Katelyn Farneth | LUX Kimmel Fellow funded by Richard P. & Laurine Kimmel Foundation
Katelyn Farneth is a figurative painter from Pennsylvania. She recently received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Edinboro University concentrating in Painting, Drawing and Art History. She has also studied in Siena, Italy where she received a scholarship for painting. Her work speaks about preconceived socially accepted ideas of beauty. She uses untraditional mediums to create a sense of the physical and emotional strain that we put ourselves through. She is currently teaching Painting, Drawing, and other classes at the LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln.
Sara Henry was born in a small village on the west coast of Alaska along the banks of the Kuskokwim River. Surrounded by wide arctic tundra plains; nature and animals were her companion. Henry, her two sisters, and their dog spent the days exploring the land and the wild things that grew and lived there. Unsettled, her family moved throughout Alaska, eventually finding home among the trees of Arabian Lane.
Sara received her BFA from the University of Alaska Anchorage and her MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz. There, she discovered new and exciting ways of building complex sculptures using ceramic casting slip, combustible materials, oxides, and metals. Current events, ontology, existentialism, and geology are motivations for concepts, techniques and material choices. Her work is a formal inquiry and material exploration that delves into the connections between humans and nature and investigates our history and our surroundings.
McKenzie Phelps is a figurative painter and fiber artist from Omaha, Nebraska. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Through painting and using traditional feminine art forms such as sewing and quilting, her work navigates the relationship between feminine identity and societal expectations of sexuality and beauty placed on women. She aims to challenge and critique the obsessive desire of female perfection and the ultimate hollowness and self-destruction that goes along with trying to inhibit an idealized femininity.
Jason Piccoli | 2017-2018 Cooper Foundation Artist-In-Residence funded by The Cooper Foundation
Jason Piccoli is a native of Colorado and grew up moving between Littleton, Denver and Arvada. He spent his youth devouring sources of science fiction, fantasy, eastern thought, and obsessing about ancient cultures. He practiced painting, drawing and played guitar until his fingers bled. He studied Fine Art at Arapahoe Community College earning his Associate’s in Art, where he found his passion for clay and a fondness for the community that surrounded it. He earned his BFA in Ceramics at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and later his MFA in Ceramics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In graduate school he wanted to explore the idea of bridging the functional, the sculptural, and the painted image. “As a devoted reader, I am consistently in awe of the power of language to cultivate imagination and advance understanding. It is often through stories that knowledge and meaning are attained intuitively, made one’s own – versus that of reading a list of facts. It is by intuitive response to my work that I find satisfaction and authenticity. As a devoted maker, my work is my story.”