MJ is an artist, educator, and activist who spent a soggy/sunny!/soggy summer in Sitka working on a graphic novel shortly after graduating from Oberlin College. MJ then moved to another city by the sea: Providence, Rhode Island, where they make a living as an educator for School & Teacher Programs at the RISD Museum and as a freelance illustrator. MJ also organizes with local chapters of Black and Pink and Showing Up for Racial Justice. Since their summer in Sitka, MJ has published comics, tabled at small press expos, and had a band album release (Reformer's Hit Me Harder). MJ assistant-edited and contributed to the anthology Inaction Comics No.1 in 2015. With White Noise Collective in 2016, MJ helped to create and train members of a collective which provides free child care for local social justice organizations that are led by people and communities directly affected by racism. In collaboration with fellow prison abolition activists, MJ curated a gallery show, Sincerely, in early 2017 which included sculptures, drawings and poetry. Right now, MJ is practicing children's book illustration and story-writing. They're also developing ideas about expanding their 2016 comic, Resistance, RI, into a longer book. Follow along at http://mjcomics.com
For the last three years, Cathryn Klusmeier has split her time between writing and commercial salmon fishing in Southeast Alaska. She first came to Sitka after graduating Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, where she studied Environmental Humanities, worked as a documentary film editor, and taught yoga. During her Sitka fellowship, Cathryn worked on a nonfiction book about storytelling and the pervasive power of place in the American South. A portion of that book--an essay called Crucifixions--recently won the 2016 Crazyhorse Nonfiction Prize. Currently, Cathryn is in graduate school at University of Oxford, getting her masters degree in Medical Anthropology. After Oxford, Cathryn plans to finish her book and continue fishing in Southeast Alaska.
Bene Rohlmann is an illustrator born in Münster, Germany. He has loved drawing ever since he was able to hold a pen and - except for his wish to become a paleontologist for quite some time, while he was still a little boy - he always knew that he wanted to earn a living from making art. So he got his diploma in illustration and moved to Berlin a few years ago, where he found his new home and where he has worked full time as an illustrator. He has worked for clients such as The New York Times, Mercedes Benz, Converse, The Stranger, and Financial Times Deutschland, among others. To hold the balance between working for customers and creating personal works, he submits his works to art zines and anthologies and has also showed them in many exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States. And as long as he is able to make a living from all that, he is the happiest guy in the world!
Rachel Baxter is a recent graduate from The Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University where she received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking (2014). Here she also exercised her zeal for teaching, particularly Introduction to Studio Art for Non-Majors as well as Introduction to Printmaking. In addition to this she was Co-Director of The Fuller Projects Gallery as well as President of IU’s Master of Fine Arts Organization where she found and cultivated a new passion of curating and collaborating with other artists. Baxter’s work has been internationally shown and typically resides in large-scale abstraction that calls on the visual language of nature. Through utilizing experimental techniques and unconventional materials and tools, Baxter seeks out reactions and situations that reflect the shifts and transformations that transpire continuously in our environment. Prior to Indiana she was born and raised in Connecticut and later moved to Albany, NY to receive her BFA from The College of Saint Rose (2011) and has recently returned to the capitol region to continue her artistic practice.
Richard Aufrichtig is a multi-disciplinary artist who hails from the Hudson River Valley. His work focuses on the creation of intimate and transformative spaces and experiences. A lifelong artistic omnivore, he has slowly been making a name for himself in a number of artistic fields. As a musician, he has self-released over a dozen albums in the past ten years. His plays have been performed in full production at the Red Cloud Opera House and at New York University. His first book of poetry, Telegrams, will be released in June of 2014 by the Vancouver-based Tenderpress. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he holds a BFA in the creation of original and collaborative work for the stage. He currently serves as the ringleader and curator of the Williamsburg Community Circus.
Solomon Endlich is a passionate physicist who, through his research, has journeyed from the beginning of the universe to the swirl in a toilet bowl. Born and raised in Northern California, he traveled east for a PhD in theoretical physics at Columbia University as a National Science Foundation Fellow. Following a stint in Switzerland at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, he has now returned to sunny California as a research scientist at Stanford University's Institute for Theoretical Physics. His research thus far is centered around using the modern mathematical tool set of quantum field theory (which is the natural language of particle physics) on a broad set of physical systems ranging from cosmological perturbations to gravitational waves from binary black holes to vortex lines in superfluids. When not exploring the world mathematically, he does so in person. Highlights include hiking up volcanoes, skiing across glaciers, climbing sheer cliff faces, swimming with hammerhead sharks, and chasing wild steelhead.