Sandra Jean Ceas was born Sandra Jean Raymond on April 26, 1951 in the state of Rhode Island.After experiencing a successful career as a Fashion Designer, Product Developer, Corporate Consultant, and Educator, Ceas eventually turned to Fine Arts. From 2002 to 2012 she added to her AAS Fashion Institute of Technology Fashion Degree a BFA in Sculpture from Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, a MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a MA in Religious Studies from the University of Denver.
Ceas has a eighteen-year exhibition history including international exposure and forty plus years of teaching and speaking at various public venues to included conferences, college campuses, U.S. military exhibitions, and creative and spiritual retreats. Her topics have continually engaged art and spirituality. In the last seven years, Ceas has experienced an annual artist-in-residence in Italy, Morocco, New Mexico, New York Spain, and Mexico, and she often leads collaborative social practice projects with students and colleagues.
Today, Ceas lives and works from a Colorado home/art studio and teaches as Colorado State University in the LEAP Master’s program for Art Leadership and Cultural Management, and studio arts at Art Students League of Denver. Her art practice engages a socio-political point of view with an interdisciplinary approach expressed through various mediums to include installation, drawing, collage, appropriation, street art public intervention, and observational photography. Ceas travels the globe surveying opportunities to use art as a means for discourse, especially where religious tension resides.
I work with a variety of materials to etch, draw, cast, print, collage, assemble, juxtapose, photograph, up-cycle, intervene, distribute, install or document a silent concern that speaks loudly in its time. On a global scale, my art specifically addresses social sensitivities around religious conflict and human nature. My art practice is generated from my worldly travels to zones of cultural tension, prompted by the Holy Spirit and grounded in the study of human conditions surrounding oppression, war and peace. My aim is to create emotional connections to unresolved situations seeking redemption. Often I embed the concept in the art making process as opposed to relying totally on the formal presentation of the work; each attribute feeds off the other to communicate the significance behind the art. Presently I am investigating the crisis in the Middle East and in Africa to deliver a visual commentary for empathetic response, education and advocacy.
Karin Soderholm is a teacher and artist whose love of education and textiles has led her on a wild adventure around the world. She has a BA in Art Education from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL and an MFA in Fibers from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. After four years in Daegu, South Korea, teaching in the Craft Design department at Keimyung University, she now calls Colorado home.
Karin has fifteen years of experience in art education, teaching in public and private schools, facilitating workshops for kids and adults, teaching in art camps, and serving as a visiting artist. Always a maker, Karin learned to sew as a young girl with her mother, learned to weave and paint as a young adult with insightful teachers, and learned to embroider with the help of charismatic friends. Her love of textiles is rooted in family tradition and the joy found in materials and process. Her artwork has been displayed in university and private galleries in the U.S., Korea, and China.
Using simple embroidery and relying heavily on the tradition of boro cloth (Japan) and kantha cloth (India),I remake and repair cloth. I trust the language of my materials -fabric and thread- and my work process-hand stitching and layering fabrics- to speak of my understanding and experience of faith. It is by faith that I see repetitive stitches as more than just marks, they are evidence of the hand that put them into place; they are evidence of the Creator.
Katina Lowe was born Katina Sares on March 12, 1981 in Toledo, Ohio.
After attending the University of Denver for her BFA in Electronic Media Art Design in 2003, Katina worked as a freelance designer for several years. She then attended Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan where she studied Print Media under noted printmaker, Randy Bolton. In her first year, Katina was awarded the David R. Zimmerman Merit Scholarship. She received her MFA in 2009.
Katina lives and works in Denver, Colorado as an artist and educator. Her installation on the moment of belief, Now Go Make Disciples, was shown in both Michigan and Colorado venues, including University of Denver’s Victoria H. Myhren Gallery. She is currently a member of Christos Collective and is the vice president of the organization. Since graduate school, Katina has continued to exhibit throughout the Denver metro area as well as nationally. Though she works in different media and enjoys experimentation, installation art is her first love, and she has spoken at public venues educating the public on installation art. Her topics focus on the paradoxes belief creates along with the prejudices, fears, magic, narrative, and mystery present within belief systems. She links these ideas through familiar human anatomy such as hair and hands.
Katina is an instructor at Colorado Christian University, teaching Art History, Digital Photography, Creative Arts, and C.S. Lewis in Film and Literature. She also teaches college level studio art and photography at a private Colorado high school. In 2011, she was an educational co-leader with RedLine Denver and Design for the Other 90%, guiding students in creating work to show alongside the Design for the Other 90% international traveling exhibition. Currently, alongside her art practice, Katina is starting her own creative consulting and art product business. Her new body of work entwines yet releases women from cultural belief systems through their hair. The media she utilizes are diverse: painting, drawing, installation, performance, and photography. In her free time, Katina enjoys writing, gourmet cooking, and outdoor recreation in the forms of cycling, mountain biking, and hiking.
Isaac Karner was born on November 17, 1981 in western Colorado. Being the son and grandson of painters, he was involved in art-making from an early age. He grew up in a working-class home in a small agricultural town, where art was always viewed as a hobby. The first in his family to attend college, he moved to Springfield, Missouri in 2000 to major in Biblical Studies at Evangel University. After taking a painting class there, he discovered that art was more than a hobby–it was his calling. He transferred to the BFA program and studied there until 2003, when he became a father and transferred to Missouri State Universityʼs BFA program. There, he studied both ceramics and painting until 2008, when he left college to support his two children.
Since college, Karner has worked a variety of jobs while continuing to create art. In 2012, he left his job to start his own art installation business and devote more time to art. His work has been exhibited in several galleries in Springfield, Missouri, and he had he honor to speak about his work at Ozarks Technical Community College. He has also been involved in a number of community-based art projects. He was privileged to travel to Cíudad Juaréz, Mexico to take part in a project with students from the Rocky Mountain College of Art+Design entitled, “Beautifying the Barrio.” He also partnered with the Springfield Healthy Living Alliance to create a mural at a local elementary school as part of their gardening initiative. Since moving back to Colorado with his wife and children in 2013, he has been a guest artist at Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies in Boulder, Colorado, where he collaborated with elementary-aged students to create works based on themes chosen by the students.
Karner currently lives and works in Broomfield, Colorado. His work is multidimensional and interdisciplinary, drawing on themes of redemption and hidden truth. He works in a wide variety of mediums and techniques including oils, watercolor, assemblage, collage, clay, and lighting to create works that are a combination of traditional painting and three dimensional elements. Each of Karnerʼs works is representative of a struggle to understand and enunciate the his faith in relationship to the world around him.
I strive to make accessible art which speaks of redemption and hope without ignoring or trivializing the plights of our society. I choose discarded material symbolically, based on its function or history, then place it in the context of a painted image. In connecting the literal and metaphorical definitions of objects and images, I am attempting to make a connection between physical and spiritual realities. I want to expose the reality that, though there is decay all around us, beauty can be found in spite of and even through it. The colors and textures of things left to the mercy of the elements–whether it be the gray, weathered wood of an old shed, or a rusty piece of abandoned farm equipment–have fascinated me since I was a boy. I find that the process of decay can take what is artificial and boring and give it character, interest, and even soul. I see this as a metaphor for what is possible in us, and hope my art reflects that.
On my good days, I am aware of the fact that I am channeling ideas more than creating a piece of art. Often, my subject matter is about things I cannot fully comprehend, but are true nonetheless.
In the rural world of South Dakota, Garrett Larson was born on March 11, 1990. Living the majority of his adolescence on a farm, his imagination gained its freedom. As he entered into a new town and stage of his education, he knew what he wanted to focus his life on and pushed through high school in three years to pursue his goal of furthering himself in art.
From there he transplanted himself into the urban city life of Denver, Colorado, where he pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. During his time there, he studied painting, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking and photography. His primary passion lies with printmaking and photography due to his love for street art, an interest that he continues to explore and share.
I believe in love. It’s my concept to life, but with life there’s a part of it that involves hardship or sadness, which brings us a lot of unknowing. I’ve been intrigued by this relationship for as long I can remember. My pieces are influenced by life’s unveiling of the day to me, by each second of every minute of the day created every moment as incredibly unique as the individuals that experience them. This is why I let the concept I imagine to lead me to the correct medium to create that specific piece of my art. Through my art, I am trying to depict both sides of this story of life: love and sadness intertwined. It’s something simple, but extraordinary.
Tara Lynnsmith McConnell was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Colorado. She is now a Denver based community and participatory artist. She holds a Master’s of Art in Integrated Arts and Education from the University of Montana, Missoula, and a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont. McConnell has worked as an art teacher for nine years and is experienced working with kindergarten through adult-aged students. She hosts art and worship integration workshops and created a participatory project for 500 teen-agers in the 2013 ELCA Senior High Youth Gathering based on the theme “The Wonder of it All.” McConnell has exhibited publicly in Fraser, Colorado, Decorah, Iowa, and at the College Hall Gallery of Vermont College of Fine Arts. McConnell’s 22 foot tall interactive and theme-based tree project was the center piece for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s Synod Assemblies for 2013 and 2014. The tree sculpture was also featured in the Lutheran Magazine. McConnell’s current work explores multi-media painting and designed experiences of play to encourage her viewers to reflect upon conditions of community connection and habitual norms.
As an artist and a person I thrive on encounters that inspire wonder, allow people to play, and establish the possibility for true connection with others. I believe that all human beings are loved wholly by the Creator of the Universe and we all have the ability to make choices that contribute to the greater good or detriment of our world. When human choices perpetuate patterns of violence and oppression, establish systems of inequity, reduce human beings to mere consumers, and normalize community disconnect, my artistic practice instead seeks to offer counter narratives to forces of destruction and dehumanization and intentionally be life-affirmative by creating experiences of serendipitous interruption, awe, and the opportunity to change. I explore the use of play to inspire discourse about joy and hope, realize the value in mystery and experiment, and reiterate the preciousness of all human beings. Through the use of play, social interactivity, object making, material connotation, historical and political reference, and artistic experimentation, I choose to work in ways that allow us to further understand and live lives of love.
Jennifer Bunge gets her inspiration from the rural Canadian prairie of her childhood and the suburban cityscape of her youth. She has always lived inland but is especially inspired by the mystery of the sea. Bunge is also inspired by bold and dramatic artists from the past and present; her influences include comic book artist Herge and the cleverly simple German Expressionist Karl Schmidt-Rotluff. She is thankful to have studied under the underground comics pioneer Frank Stack and satirical American printmaker Tom Huck. Her artwork explores real and imagined landscape, themes of faith, and topics of motherhood and parenting.
Awards include placements in local art competitions and inclusion in the New York Museum of Art and Design's exhibition, "The Art of the Paper Plate." Jennifer has been a member of two different art co-op galleries in Colorado and is currently a member of the newly formed Christos Collective out of Denver, Colorado. She lives in Northern Colorado with her supportive husband and four busy children.
I work in watercolor, acrylic, and a variety of other media to make art that represents the world and how I see it; expressionist landscapes, fanciful imaginary scenes, social commentary, faith, and subjects of parenting are topics which repeatedly emerge in my work. I continue to strive to connect and develop these themes in new and different ways. While my subjects may be diverse, dramatic color contrasts and vibrant hues are the constant in my paintings. Thinking of beauty (labeled by philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff as "aesthetic contemplation") interests me as I follow these themes because my aim in making art is to produce something new and worthy of aesthetic contemplation.
Becca Karner was born and raised in the Midwest city of Springfield, Missouri. The daughter of an artist, she was exposed to creative thinking at a young age.
Her work focuses on human relationships and includes such media as photography, typography, watercolor, ceramics, printmaking, and fiber arts.
Karner attended Missouri State University, holds a Bachelor of Science in Education, and is a certified K-12 Art educator. She has thirteen years of experience working with youth in various capacities and currently teaches for the Boulder Valley School District.
Karner and her husband, Isaac, reside in Broomfield, CO with her two stepchildren. She also enjoys cooking, interior design, outdoor activities, and sharing in community with The Well Church-Boulder. Karner is passionate about empowering youth development through art and inspiring kids and teens to take pride in, and ownership of, their aspirations.
“A musician must make music,
An artist must paint,
A poet must write,
If he is to be ultimately at peace with himself,
What a man can be,
He must be.”
I believe humanity is an expression of The Creator and we, being made in His image, are meant to be creators as well. This comes in many different forms- plating a dish of beautiful food, designing an app, composing music, building a skyscraper, etc. For me, this comes in the form of visual documentation and expression. When I am not creating artwork, I’m not telling the story I’m supposed to be telling, whether it’s to an audience or just to myself.
My art records stories about human relationships and interactions, documenting rather than creating. At times these stories challenge certain thoughts or beliefs existing in our society. Other times, the stories are about my personal experiences and take on a therapeutic purpose.