• July 1, 2016 • Blog • Views: 551

    The Artist/Educator Conundrum

    Today marks my first day of unemployment from the small, mission-driven liberal arts college to which I devoted the first twelve years of my career as an artist/educator. My trajectory as an artist began some years prior, joining forces...

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  • May 2, 2016 • Blog • Views: 632

    The Arts in the Technological Revolution: What’s at Stake?

            Arrangement for a Silent Orchestra Exhibition by Julie Comnick   The Arts in the Technological Revolution: What’s at Stake? Panel Discussion Moderated by Julie Comnick Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the Hardesty...

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  • April 7, 2016 • Blog • Views: 642

    The Hardesty: Thumbs Up for Interdisciplinary Collaboration

    Over the years, I’ve had the honor of exhibiting at a variety of progressive, non-profit galleries and arts centers nationwide, yet my experience at Hardesty Arts Center in Tulsa, OK was truly exceptional. The Hardesty, which houses the...

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  • March 30, 2016 • Blog • Views: 895

    Installing Arrangement for a Silent Orchestra at Hardesty Arts Center, Tulsa

    It’s been great to spend a week in Tulsa, OK, observing the city’s active revitalization of the arts and participating in an exceptional model of interdisciplinary arts engagement at Hardesty Arts Center, while...

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  • February 26, 2016 • Blog • Views: 1063

    Spontaneous Combustion

    You know you’ve picked the right violin teacher when the week of the performance your only assignment is to play the piece in as many awkward venues as possible, to overcome your performance anxiety. It’s probably the first...

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  • February 15, 2016 • Blog • Views: 861

    Drawing on Fire

    On the heels of the documentary phase of Arrangement for a Silent Orchestra: 28° F, I’ve been back in the studio completing the final paintings and drawings of the burning violins. My upcoming exhibition Arrangement for a Silent...

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  • January 16, 2016 • Blog • Views: 913

    The Sound of Silence

    The winter storm exited Flagstaff Jan 8. The evening prior, I’d anticipated visiting the site in the morning to document whatever snow had accumulated overnight in the final throws of the weather pattern, planning to leave the pile...

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  • January 10, 2016 • Blog • Views: 1675

    Deconstructing a Pile of Instruments

    Time-lapse video captures the dismantling of the pile of instruments: Video credit: Mark Neumann...

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  • January 5, 2016 • Blog • Views: 616

    Winter Storm Forecast

    Continuing to check weather reports on the phone, comparing disparate forecasts from multiple weather channels for the approaching series of storms. According to the NOAA Climate Prediction Center, “Thanks to El Niño, northern Arizona...

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  • January 4, 2016 • Blog • Views: 842

    Sitting Up with the Dead

    Patience. The pile of instruments seems to be positioned in the rain shadow of the San Francisco Peaks, a little haven of unwelcome sunshine in otherwise stormy northern Arizona. Revisiting the pile of instruments day after day, watching...

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