PLAYA ALUMNI

Mark Adams

Mark Adams

Mark Adams is a painter, printmaker, writer and cartographer with the National Park Service based on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard since 1987. He exhibits regularly at The Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown where he has focused on works that use layered images of...

Eleanor Ray

Eleanor Ray

Eleanor Ray is a painter working in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York; Howard's, Athens, Georgia; and Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, and in recent group exhibitions at Modern Art, London;...

Colleen Blackard

Colleen Blackard

Colleen Blackard divides her time between Brooklyn, NY and Austin, TX, and creates artwork inspired by Texas skies of her youth. She received a BA from Hampshire College, MA, is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and recently completed a residency at...

Alan Contreras

Alan Contreras

Alan L. Contreras, a fourth-generation Oregonian, has published several books about the natural world as well as professional work in higher education topics, poetry and essays. His recent work includes Afield: Forty Years of Birding the American West (Or. State U....

Sung Eun Park

Sung Eun Park

Sung Eun Park is an artist working across the mediums of drawing, sculpture, and painting.  In her current body of work, Park has been exploring life and death.  Her ongoing series of works have been investigations into a “good death”, the reflection on our mortality,...

Kevin Craft

Kevin Craft

Kevin Craft lives in Seattle and directs the Written Arts Program at Everett Community College. His first book, Solar Prominence, was selected by Vern Rutsala for the Gorsline Prize from Cloudbank Books (2005). A second collection, Vagrants & Accidentals, was...

Hagit Cohen

Hagit Cohen

Israeli-born artist Hagit Cohen creates site specific installations that evoke a ritual experience in the viewer. Her large-scale images of seed pods and other overlooked natural objects give them a surprising agency, showing that even the most fragile elements in...

Jerry Martien

Jerry Martien

Jerry Martien has lived on the northern California coast for more than half a century, supporting his writing habit as a book clerk, doorman, poet in the schools, carpenter, and writing instructor. He has served on numerous boards and committees advocating...

Gin Laughery

Gin Laughery

Gin Laughery is a printmaker based in the high plateau desert region of Central Oregon. She depicts landscape imagery through abstraction and subtle use of color and texture.  Early life in  Eastern Washington and current life in Oregon’s High Desert, both with their...

Jenny Gray

Jenny Gray

Jenny Gray grew-up on a boat in Southern California, raised by her sailboat racing father. Summers were spent with her artist mother in San Francisco learning to “see” and make art. She moved up the coast to attend San Jose Sate University where she studied graphic...

Christine Bourdette

Christine Bourdette

Christine Bourdette is a multidisciplinary visual artist maintaining studio and public art practices. Her studio work includes sculpture, drawing, prints, and installation. Utilizing a wide repertoire of materials, her work...

Shilpa Sunthankar

Shilpa Sunthankar

As an Indian American girl growing up in small-town Colorado, writer-director Shilpa Sunthankar learned everything she knows from the movies: a steady diet of eighties Hollywood, world indie cinema in the nineties, and a hefty side of Bollywood. She'd like to say she...

Ben Lerchin

Ben Lerchin

Ben Lerchin is an artist and technologist who works with software, photography, and digital fabrication. Their practice deals extensively with the relationship between the photographic image and the American West. Reflecting on the uneasy experience of living between...

Stephanie Gottlob

Stephanie Gottlob

Stephanie Gottlob is a somatic improvisational movement artist. In 2019 she bought a truck camper and has been on the road for almost 2 years exploring movement improvisation, somatic experience and creative process throughout the various natural biomes of North...

Rossitza Todorova

Rossitza Todorova

For Rossitza Todorova, it's all about the journey. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Rossitza Todorova immigrated to the United States as a child. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2005 and her Master of Fine Arts degree in...

David Carmack Lewis

David Carmack Lewis

David Carmack Lewis began his art career as a newspaper staff artist in the 1980s. His oil paintings explore narrative and metaphor, among the oldest tools of art, to find new meaning in the familiar. His work was featured in a solo exhibition last winter at the Coos...

Bob Hackett

Bob Hackett

Robert Hackett (Bob) lives in Talent, Oregon, and is currently Associate Director of Travel Southern Oregon, the state's regional tourism office. From 1998-2017 he worked as Marketing Manager at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland and taught American Literature...

Erin Galey

Erin Galey

Erin Galey is an American film director & producer whose work explores the nuances of empathy, identity, and social justice in the sci-fi, thriller, and drama genres. Her work features dynamic female leads with rich emotional worlds, in stories of woman vs. self...

Adam Davis

Adam Davis

Adam Davis has been the executive director of Oregon Humanities since 2013 and directed the Center for Civic Reflection before that. Davis has trained thousands of discussion leaders across the country, facilitated hundreds of community and workplace discussions,...

Jill AnnieMargaret

Jill AnnieMargaret

Jill AnnieMargaret received her M.F.A. in Visual Art from California State University Long Beach in 2005 and B.F.A. with distinction from Sonoma State University. She holds a B.S. in Communications from Clarion University. The...

Sean  Edgerton

Sean Edgerton

After studying Plant Sciences and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of California, Santa Cruz, Sean Vidal Edgerton completed a graduate program in Science Illustration at California State University, Monterey Bay. Since then, he has worked as a wildlife...

Roger Peet

Roger Peet

Roger Peet is an artist and printmaker in Portland, OR. His work addresses the contemporary crises of biodiversity and capitalism and what can and can't be done about them. He is a founding member of the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative and coordinates the national...

Riversteadt (River) LaMoreaux

Riversteadt (River) LaMoreaux

Riversteadt (River) LaMoreaux, Ph.D. is passionate about interdisciplinarity – she is part writer, part scientist, and part artist. She has published in a wide variety of genres including short play, creative non-fiction, poetry, and academic scientific writing. Her...

Pardiss Kebriaei

I'm a human rights attorney interested in transformative justice. I write about the issues I work on and care about, which so far have had to do mostly with incarceration, from detention without charge at Guantanamo to life without parole in the US. At heart, I'm a...