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Experimental Musician Jimmy DeRoth with his image reading system that creates music from visual input

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Friday, July 23rd, 2010 - Sunday, July 25th, 2010
ATHICA Emerges IV: Uncertainty Closing Weekend
Friday Performances & Sunday Panel & Reception
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Poet Steve Piazza Panelists:Top row from left to right: Artist Jon Swindler, Assistant Curator Katherine Holmes, Artist Casey McGuire. Bottom row from left to right: Curator Katherine McQueen, Artist Melissa Dickenson, Artist Patrick Triggs
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  • Friday, July 23: 8:00 – 8:30 p.m.
    Uncertainty Performance Night
    With Poet Steve Piazza
    Aperture: an experimental live painting & sound performance
    by Jimmy DeRoth
    $3.00 Suggested Donation but no one turned away.

    Sunday, July 25: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    Artist & Curator Panel Discussion
    Katherine McQueen, Curator, Katherine Holmes, Assistant Curator and Featured Artist: Casey McGuire and Participating Artists Melissa Dickenson, Jon Swindler & Patrick Triggs
    Refreshments and reception to follow

    Friday poet Steve Piazza will be reading scintillating short poems that relate to the uncertainty of living in our contemporary era. Jimmy DeRoth is a experimental musician and performer who interactively manipulates sound and creates music by painting on a wall; his  original use of sound equipment creates music in reaction to the image being created in real-time, with results that differ each time, making a virtue from uncertainty.

    Sunday's Closing Day will feature a panel discussion  with the ATHICAEmerges IV: Uncertainty artists and curators, culminating in a closing reception with refreshments at 5:30 p.m. The discussion will center around the metaphorical relationship of the artworks on display to the uncertain times we face. ATHICAEmerges IV: Uncertainty, this year's iteration of our  annual summer showcase of regional artists,  introduced Athens to four artists who, through installation, painting, printmaking and sculpture  explore the precarious interconnectedness of our world, reminding us that we must all tread lightly.

    Participating Artists
    Performer Biographies:
    Steve Piazza is an educator and writer living in Athens, Georgia with his wife and two children. He has published poetry and articles in various journals, and also has completed work in various other formats, including short stories, a novel, and a screenplay.

    Jimmy DeRoth was born in Rockville Centre, New York. As a teenager he grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta skateboarding and noticing that many of his friends were not asking questions and being conditioned to end up all in the same place. Art seemed to be a path where he could make his ideas seen and heard, and maybe end up somewhere more interesting. He recently earned his B.F.A. in sculpture and digital media from the University of Georgia in 2010, when he began to mesh his sculptural work and sound work into interactive performances. He uses a computer to assign sounds and sound effects to a physical object within the lens of a videocamera. Jimmy also works in painting and video but is most excited about bringing sound interactively to art.

    Artist Biographiess
    Featured Artist Casey McGuire was born in Shrewsbury, Vermont. The daughter of a taxidermist and decoy carver she was subject to object making at a young age. Growing up in Vermont has left a lasting impression and fuels the work she is producing today. McGuire received her BFA cum laude in Studio Arts from Alfred University. She received her MFA in 2007 from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In May of 2009 she was a full fellowship resident at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson VT, receiving a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship. In 2007 she was an artist in residence at the Institute of Art and Design in the Czech Republic. McGuire has exhibited widely, with works in group shows internationally and solo shows nationally at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, Colorado; the Arvada Center, Arvada, Colorado, as well as the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids Michigan in 2010 where her solo exhibition was titled The Insatiable Feeling of Soft Ground. She was featured in the October 2009 issue of Sculpture Magazine. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of West Georgia, Carrollton.

    Melissa Dickenson received her Bachelors of Fine Art from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2002. She has exhibited her work nationally at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Rosenberg Gallery at Goucher College, Gallery Imperato in Maryland, Rodger Lapelle Galleries in Philadelphia, Anno Dommini and Thinkspace Galleries both in California, as well as Transformer Gallery and American University in Washington, D.C. Internationally, Dickenson has shown her work at Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo Japan.
Dickenson is a recipient of Maryland State Artist Awards in both 2006 and 2008, as well as a finalist for the Walter and Janet Sondheim Prize for 2008 and Semi- Finalist for both the Bethesda Painting Award and the Trawick Prize in 2009. Most recently she was awarded an Artist Grant to attend Masia Can Serrat, Barcelona, Spain for fellowship in 2009.
Past exhibitions include Exploration at Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo Japan, The Walter and Janet Sondheim Prize at Baltimore Museum of Art, and No Soul for Sale art fair New York, NY. Dickenson's work Hybrids of Tutela, was featured in a solo exhibition in January at the Mclean Project for the Arts in Virginia. Dickenson's work is part of the permanent collection of the Embassy of Sudan, Khartoum, Sudan. This fall Dickenson looks forward to the publication of Baltimore Counts, a childrens' art book she collaborated on with Holland Brown Publishing.

    Jon Swindler is currently an Assistant Professor in the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia where he teaches in the Printmaking and Book Arts area. Swindler was raised on his family's wheat farm in Western Kansas, which provided both employment and formative experiences for nearly 20 years. In 1999, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking and art education from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Swindler continued his education at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where in 2003 he received a Master of Fine Arts. From 2004-2008, Swindler served as an Assistant Professor at Wright State University in Dayton OH. 
Over the last several years, Swindler has exhibited his work in numerous solo, competitive and invitational exhibitions throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He has also performed visiting artist workshops and lectures at various institutions, including: The Art Academy of Cincinnati, The Academy of Visual Arts, Ghent Belgium and the University of New Orleans. Swindler resides in Athens, GA with his wife Stephanie and son Willem.

    Patrick Triggs was born in 1986 and grew up in Newnan, Georgia. He is currently working toward his BFA in Painting from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. His work has been exhibited in Athens as well as in his hometown.
Triggs' earliest art-making memories include drawing illuminations for poems about the natural surroundings of his childhood home and carving pathways and bridges into the native red clay. He fully buys the fox's secret that "what is essential is invisible to the eyes."

    Curator Biographies:
    Katherine McQueen graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2002 with a BFA in Photography. After graduation, she moved to Austin, TX where she worked at Women & Their Work--a non-profit contemporary arts organization--for seven years, organizing education programs and overseeing exhibitions. She was featured in ATHICA’s Deluge exhibit this spring, and has exhibited her work in Texas. She has curated two group exhibitions, Sugarcoated and Pattern, Pattern, Pattern. She joined the ATHICA Board shortly after moving to Athens in July 2009 and has assisted with Grant preparation. McQueen works as a graphic designer in Athens, GA and lives with her husband Lynn Boland, curator of European art at the Georgia Museum of Art.

    Katherine Holmes graduated from Mississippi State University in 2008 with a BFA in Photography. Her most recent body of work, Nocturne: A Domestic Perspective, is in the PIEA International Traveling Photo Exhibition touring major conventions, schools, colleges and museums for three years in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa and Canada. She moved to Athens in late 2009, where after an internship with ATHICA in 2010, she continued on to fill the position of Volunteer Coordinator and was recently appointed to the board.

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