J.C. Milner (Jennie) lives with her husband and two teenage girls in Fort Collins, Colorado (the Beer-muda Triangle). She loves to ride her 3-speed cruiser (winning no races here), and loves chatting with neighbors and eavesdropping on local coffee shop chatter while she draws. Jennie is charmed by local culture, diversity, individuality, often making light of our habits. Her work is about “the perfect world” where inequality, racism, sexism, violence and abuse are a thing of the past. Rest your weary eyes here, where there is hope and whimsy.
Jennie received her Fine Arts Degree in Metalsmithing from Colorado State University, has taught at the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado College Aspen, Denver School of Metal Arts, Clear Creek Academy, and Lola’s Fresh Patina. She is the current Chair of the Colorado Metalsmithing Association and was an invited speaker at the annual conference in 2013. She has filmed six metalsmithing and resin tutorials for Interweave Press and painted 5 murals including The New York State Zoo and Google Headquarters.
Sharon was born in Tarentum, Pennsylvania in 1954. A lifelong interest in art and creating led me to attend college as an art major, graduating in 1989 from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelor degree, summa cum laude, and with distinction in my major. During her time as a student at UCSB she was introduced to installation art. She quickly took to the creation of environments as a way to address my curiosity about the world and give it form through creative expression.
My work is based in ecology, social issues and simple material exploration. It is incubated within many fields of study including: science; sociology; history; art history; astronomy and world cultures – especially various Japanese art forms.
I create installations both large and small – indoors and out. I also create components that can stand alone – painting & sculpture.
I have exhibited in shop windows, galleries, schools, a city park, friend’s gardens, where ever and whenever possible, in order to connect with people where they are. My installations may include painting, drawing, found objects, sculpture, light, sound, surfacing, movement, smell; visitor interaction components – whatever is needed to best express and communicate with the visitor. I favor materials both precious and mundane.
I consider myself a visual storyteller and strive to engage as many of our five senses as possible. My goal as an artist is to touch visitors on levels that are visceral, emotional, spiritual and cerebral. I work to enter into an interaction with the viewer that is felt as well as seen, heard, smelled…
I have lived and worked in Loveland, Colorado since graduating UCSB in 1989.
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Grace was born in 1992 in Denver, Colorado. She attended Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and Colorado State University (CSU). She graduated with a BFA in Painting and a BA in Journalism & Media Communications in the spring of 2016 from CSU.
Grace specializes in painting, as well as graphic design and illustration.
As a multiracial woman I find it difficult to relate to any singular culture. Though I participate within both white and black American communities, my personal involvement has often been contradictory or inharmonious. I am neither “black-enough” nor “white-enough.” I am unable to fully connect with, or emulate, key characteristics of either black or white culture. Thus, I have always felt suspended between the two, belonging to neither. I have turned to painting to explore—and in effect create—my own cultural and racial identity.
By taking popular visual media that deals with black or white American culture, I dismantle the imagery through formal conventions (line, color, composition, etc.) to literally deconstruct my identity. The vibrant colors in my paintings reflect the energetic behaviors, beliefs, and actions of the cultural group in question while I am presented as a grey figure. I am always grey to coincide with racially identifying as black and white, feeling as though I fall in between two cultures in a literal “grey zone,” and to further emphasize the cultures I wish to reflect (my vibrant surroundings) but ultimately fail to assimilate with. At times my “assimilation” may appear forced or voluntary; violent or passive; recognizable or foreign.
I find catharsis in using paint to explore my conceptions of self. I have always struggled with my racial and cultural identity. By taking control—creating my own culture through fine art—I am able to explore what it means to me to be biracial and construct a personal, cultural space to exist within.