A talented roster of Detroit-area winners
Published: June 26, 2013
MICHAEL ZADOORIAN Michael Zadoorian is the author of two novels, The Leisure Seeker (William Morrow, 2009) and Second Hand (W.W. Norton, 2000), and a story collection, The Lost Tiki Places of Detroit (Wayne State University Press, 2009). He is a recipient of Columbia University’s Anahid Literary Award, the Michigan Notable Book award, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award and was finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His has published works in The Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, American Short Fiction, North American Review and Detroit Noir. Born and raised in Detroit, he now lives in Ferndale. michaelzadoorian.com
VISUAL ARTS FELLOWS
JON BRUMIT Jon Brumit is an artist working with sound and structured improvisation. He has participated in solo and collaborative exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Novi Sad Contemporary Museum (Serbia), Radio Web MACBA (Barcelona), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), 0047 (Berlin) and In- F (Tokyo). His work had been featured in print publications including Artforum, Penthouse, Punk Planet, The New York Times and Wired. His other media coverage includes 20/20, Tech Now and NPR’s All Things Considered. Awards and support include the Creative Work Fund, CEC ArtsLink, San Jose Public Arts Commission, Oakland Arts Commission, Meet the Composer and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts. jonbrumit.com
COCOBRUNER Coco Bruner earned a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Questioning what works in a drawing, she aims to create images that feel alive. She also works in other media including painting, text and video, often using humor to raise questions beneath the surface. She has exhibited her work in Michigan, Illinois and New York, and has received a grant from the Public Benefit Corporation of Detroit and an award from the Kreft Center for the Arts in Ann Arbor.
JASON E. CARTER Jason E. Carter’s paintings are meditations on a new perception of light brought on by the digital age. Carter, a native of metropolitan Detroit, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College for Creative Studies (1999), and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2011). Carter was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant in 2011. His work is in many public collections including the Cranbrook Art Museum. jecart.com
KATE DAUGHDRILL Kate Daughdrill received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Political & Social Thought from the University of Virginia and a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Recent projects include Detroit SOUP, a monthly dinner that funds micro-grants for creative projects in Detroit, and the Edible Hut, a community space with a living, edible roof in a public park in Detroit’s Osborn neighborhood. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Cranbrook Art Museum, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fred Torres Collaborations and Kunstverein Wolfsburg. She lives and works on Burnside Farm on Detroit’s east side.
OREN GOLDENBERG Oren Goldenberg is a video artist living and working in Detroit’s Cass Corridor. He uses video to explore the dismantlement of the public sector, subvert the assumed and create catharsis. Goldenberg critiques society through dance, documentary and satire while creating new rituals for transformation. An honors graduate from the University of Michigan, he has made films and videos for 15 years. His work has been seen in festivals, theatres, museums, derelict street corners and the World Wide Web. casscorridorfilms.com detroitblankcity.com
MARIE T. HERMANN Marie T. Hermann is originally from Copenhagen, Denmark and now works in Detroit. She previously worked as a studio manager for the British artist Edmund de Waal. She studied at Royal College of Art in London and received a Master of Fine Arts in 2009. Her solo exhibitions include Stillness in the Glorious Wilderness at Matin Gallery in Los Angeles and The only thing I can think about is yellow at Egg in London, among many others. Her work is represented in the numerous collections including the Sèvres Museum in France and the Jingdezhen Ceramics Museum in China. She was awarded the Danish Arts Foundation grant in 2009 and the Annie and Otto Johs Detlef’s Award for young, experimental ceramic artists in 2010. She is also curator and co-director of Sixpm Project Space and she is a faculty member at the College for Creative Studies. mariehermann.dk
CHARLIE O’GEEN Charlie O’Geen’s work involves architectural investigations that respond directly to the conditions of a specific site and often utilize found objects as building materials. He received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from SUNY Buffalo and then went on to earn a second Master of Architecture degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. O’Geen is the construction manager for Powerhouse Productions and currently teaches architecture at Lawrence Technological University. He lives in Detroit, where he works on full-scale architectural and building experiments. youtube.com/user/cjogeen
BRYANT TILLMAN Bryant Tillman has painted for 30 years. He was introduced to art by the late Cass Corridor painter Bradley Jones at Wayne County Community College. A field trip to the Impressionists wing at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1983 forever changed this Detroiter’s destiny. Starting with modest exhibits in artists’ venues like the Detroit Artists Market, hipster spaces, and backyard soirees, Tillman developed a parallel interest in curatorial aspects of art presentation and soon became the “go-to” guy for guerrilla venues in the ’80s and gallery management over the past decade.
CARL WILSON Carl Wilson’s parents raised their son to love all things creative. This lifelong Detroiter graduated from Cass Technical High School and has had a diverse working life. He retired from an auto plant to become a full-time artist specializing in printmaking. Wilson cites surrealist painters and German expressionist printmakers as changing the way he looked at his subjects. He sees himself as a storyteller carving tales of family, friends and the neighborhoods of Detroit into blocks thus creating small, stark, black and white novels. His work has been shown in local, national and international exhibitions. carlwilsonart.com
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