2017 CREATE FESTIVAL ARTISTS + PERFORMERS
2017 ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ashley's love affair with all things organic and wild blossomed as the result of studying landscapes with accomplished master painters in London while earning her master's degree at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, immersing herself in vast collections of floral textile prints in European museums, painting from live observation at institutions including the National Aviary, collaborating with top-notch floral designers, and serving as an artist-in-residence at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Learn more at www.ashleycecil.com.
Guitarist Byron Nash is a veteran of the Pittsburgh music scene. He has played with the Dave Matthews Band, Soulive and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. During a seven-year stint with 412', Nash opened for and played with National acts ranging from Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D., Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent, De La Soul, Fantasia, Musiq Soulchild, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadlic and many more. His current band BYRON NASH & PLAN B is a melting pot of various musical styles and influences with a wide range of sonic platforms that has touched a variety of listener.
Artist and technologist Eric Singer is the world’s leading creator of robotic musical instruments and large-scale musical robot orchestrions. Since 2000, Eric has created hundreds of musical robots, first with his art group LEMUR and now under the name SingerBots.Eric has created instruments and worked with famous artists and companies, including Grammy-winner Pat Metheny, the Lido de Paris night club, popsters They Might Be Giants, Venture Brothers composer Jim Thirlwell, computer music grandfather Mort Subotnick and many others.
INTERACTIVE LIGHT WALL
Ian Brill’s work focuses on the accumulation of form through immersion and process. Through the creation of interactive, performative and multi-sensorial environments, he considers boundaries of becoming (versus being) in our relationships with technology. Via divergent methods of varyingly-technological explorations, his work seeks to create new experiences that both evoke wonderment and critical awareness. His installations, performances, and writing have been presented internationally. Currently, Ian teaches at Penn State University.
Kendra Ross is an award-winning musical artist and cultural worker who uses words, sounds, and her body to tell stories that explore notions of liberation and movement. In 2007, she celebrated the release of her debut album, New Voice, for which she was voted New Artist of the Year by the readers of Soultracks.com. In addition to her solo work, Kendra has worked on the Kanye West-produced hit “Get By” from Talib Kweli’s, Quality (2002), Quincy Jones’ Q: Soul Bossa Nostra (2010), and on “Which Side Are You On” (2015) by Kweli and hip-hop producer and scholar, 9th Wonder for their collaboration entitled, INDIE 500.
Jose has produced and directed installation art projects including: “Navarro” 2001, a long form documentary, “An Independent Portrait” 2006, a short form documentary, “Sampsonia Way: City of Asylum” 2009, and a short fiction films like “December” 2014 and “#cake” 2016. All of these films have been present in international film festivals.
2017 ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lori Hepner is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in conceptually based photography and photographic installations. She is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, completing an MFA in Digital Media in 2005 and receiving her BFA in Fine Art Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003. Lori’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally including Duke University, Houston Center for Photography, SRO Photo Gallery, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. Lori currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA.
INTERACTIVE COMMUNITY PAINTING
Kait Schoeb is a self-taught fine artist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Desiring to have a positive impact on the community, Kait has created, live painted, and donated pieces and has worked extensively with various local and national charities including Susan G. Komen For the Cure, The Austin’s Playroom Project of the Mario Lemieux Foundation, The Twenty-Five Club of Magee Women’s Hospital, Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team (PAART), and Make-A-Wish.