Heather Jo Davis grew up in rural Georgia, running around the pine woods and the swamps. She attended Mercer University in Macon, GA as an undergraduate and lived in Macon for several years. She discovered ceramics by working as a gallery manager for a local non-profit and through that job, getting to know the warm ceramic artist community in Georgia. She has lived in Ames, Iowa for the past 5 years, and has attended Iowa State as a graduate student in Integrated Visual Arts. “I am thrilled to be a resident artist here at the LUX this year in my favorite media, clay.”
Allie Feezell is an artist and teacher from Hastings, NE. She received her Bachelor of Art in 2009 from Nebraska Wesleyan University and her MFA in 2012 from the University of Idaho. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln, NE and is an instructor of Painting at Midland University in Fremont, NE. Her installations speak about growth, transformation, and the human experience as we move farther from the ephemeral to the permanent and our struggle with what is left behind.
Bart has an MFA degree from University of Georgia (2008) and a BFA degree from Arizona State University (1996). He works in the artistic disciplines of painting, drawing, printmaking, papermaking, photography, and sculpture. His goal is to combine the continued development of his artwork with teaching art to others. His artistric work explores human existence in time and space. Specific issues relate to universal ideas through representational and abstract approaches to form. Currently he teaches classes at the LUX Center for the Arts and is an Adjunct Art Instructor at Doane College in Crete. View additional images online at bartlynch.com.
Bri Murphy is an artist and educator originally from Essex Junction, Vermont. She attended the State University of New York at New Paltz and graduated with degrees in Ceramics and Art Education. Her work exists in the space between science and art, with her application of 3D medical imaging software to slipcast porcelain forms. Bri has always been compelled by the relationship of our physical selves to our psychological beings and her work draws on the resulting tension of this dynamic. Her work has been shown both regionally and nationally and she looks forward to expanding her artistic experience here at the LUX. To see more of Bri’s work, visit www.brimurphy.com.
Joy Ude is a fibers/mixed media artist and designer. In her artwork, she explores Black culture as a subset of American culture by addressing sociological issues including education and employment. She also compares and contrasts aspects of Nigerian culture with Black American culture in some of her artwork. Ude earned her BFA in Fashion Design in 2005 from the University of North Texas. After working in the fashion industry for several companies—including J.C. Penney and Levi Strauss—she returned to grad school. Ude graduated from the University of North Texas in May 2013 with her MFA in Fiber Arts. Her work has been included in several regional and national shows, including CraftTexas, Fantastic Fibers, and Fiberart International.
“As an American-born child of Nigerian immigrants, I continually work to shape my identity as an African American woman. Going into the new year, I will focus on images of family members here and abroad in Nigeria. Photo transfer images of these relatives—partially obscured by African wax cloth, burlap, and embroidery—will be combined to create fragmented visual narratives. The series will address the concept of culture loss and the uncertainty of a family history partially lost in translation.”