Millie Chen’s artwork has been shown across North and South America, East Asia and Europe at venues and festivals including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; The Power Plant, Toronto; Centre Culturel Canadien, Paris; Centro Nacional des las Artes, Mexico City; The Contemporary Austin; Shanghai Expo; Hong Kong Asian Film Festival; and FILE-Rio: Electronic Language International Festival, Rio de Janeiro. Her work is in several public collections including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, University of Colorado Art Museum, Art Bank of Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Pacific Railway,and Toronto Transit Commission, and she has produced a number of permanent public art commissions.
Chen's most recent awards are an Ontario Arts Council Media Arts Grant and a University at Buffalo Humanities Institute Faculty Research Fellowship, both for SRS (Silk Road Songbook). Her writing has appeared in publications in the U.K., Canada, the U.S. and China. Chen is a professor in the Department of Art, University at Buffalo, SUNY.
Erin Espelie is a filmmaker whose works have been shown at the New York Film Festival, the British Film Institute, the Whitechapel Gallery, Anthology Film Archive, the British Museum of Natural History, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and more. Her writing has appeared in SciArt Magazine, Labocine, Leonardo, The Brooklyn Rail, High Country News, and Natural History magazine. She is associate professor in the Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts and the Department of Critical Media Practices, and she is co-founder and co-director of NEST (Nature, Environment, Science & Technology) Studio for the Arts at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Mia Mulvey’s work explores the recording of time, climate change and our relationship to remote landscapes through such forms as ancient trees, ice and geology. Through field research in locations such as Scandinavia, the western U.S. and the Arctic Circle, she is interested in information bound in the land through layers and forms. In an effort to honor the “ground truth” of specific locations, her process involves using technology to sculpturally record and investigate the environment. Mulvey received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BFA from Arizona State University. Her work has been shown in numerous galleries and venues such as the Denver Art Museum, American Museum of Ceramic Art, ASU Ceramic Research Center and the Kohler Art Center. She has received numerous grants and residencies at the Montello Foundation, Kohler Arts in Industry, Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center and The Arctic Circle, an artist residency program.
Jeffrey Nytch has built a diverse career as a composer, educator, performer and thought leader in arts entrepreneurship. In addition to spending nearly 30 years as a professional musician, he has run a small business, performed as a singer and voice actor, and served six seasons as executive director of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, one of the nation’s premiere new music ensembles. His music has been performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, MoMA, National Sawdust, the Corcoran Gallery, the Kennedy Center and other venues throughout the U.S. and Europe. In 2013, Nytch’s Symphony No. 1: Formations, commissioned by the Geological Society of America, received international praise for its fusion of music, science and community engagement. More recent projects include a violin concerto for Grammy-winning violinist Edward Dusinberre, his choral work Our Birthright , and For the Trees, a multimedia piece for string quartet. He has received awards for his work from the United States Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship and the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education. His book, The Entrepreneurial Muse (Oxford University Press), applies traditional entrepreneurial theory to the performing arts. Since 2009, Nytch has served on the faculty of the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is an associate professor of composition and serves as director of the Entrepreneurship Center for Music, one of the leading programs of its kind.
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