2016 Film & Music Panelists

Njia Kai

Film&Music Njia KaiA native Detroiter and Howard University graduate, Njia Kai directs and curates major public events and cultural arts projects with a focus on community enrichment, and in support of placemaking initiatives. Her 30 years of production experience include the annual City of Detroit Tree Lighting, Art X Detroit and Noel Night in Midtown, the Wright Museum African World Festival, and the downtown entertainment series at Campus Martius Park. Njia has led arts-based summer and after-school programs for city youth and lends her expertise to a wide variety of community projects.

Frank Pahl

Film&Music Frank PahlFrank Pahl received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Wayne State University, Detroit and a master of fine arts degree in art and design with an emphasis in sound art from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has received over 80 commissions to write music for theater, film and dance and has performed throughout North America, Europe and Japan. His music has appeared on over 70 releases. Since 2000, he’s actively created kinetic sound installations, which are frequently designed to accompany his music. Pahl has taught sound design at College for Creative Studies, Detroit and sound-related courses at University of Michigan. His current music projects are Scavenger Quartet and Little Bang Theory.

Todd Chandler

Film&Music Todd ChandlerTodd Chandler is a filmmaker, musician, and interdisciplinary artist. His work has been featured at the Hammer Museum, the Torino Film Festival, Brooklyn Museum, Mass MoCA, 01SJ Biennial, and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. His first feature film, Flood Tide (2013), documents and reimagines a journey down the Hudson River on a fleet of sculptural rafts dreamed up by the artist Swoon. He is the co-creator of Empire Drive-In and was a founding member of the Miss Rockaway Armada and the band Dark Dark Dark. He has received fellowships and support from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, Experimental Television Center, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the Wexner Center for the Arts. He teaches in the Department of Film at Brooklyn College.

Terence Nance

Film&Music Terence NanceTerence Nance is an artist born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Each of his siblings are artists: Norvis Jr. Djore, and Classi. Terence makes music under the name Terence Etc. His first feature film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, premiered in the New Frontier section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film has garnered Terence recognition from Filmmaker magazine, where he was selected as one of the 25 new faces of independent film. Oversimplification… also won the 2012 Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.” The film has since been released theatrically in the US, UK, France, and South Africa. It is currently available on DVD and Digitally through Cinema Guild. Terence currently resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn – along with the rest of The Swarm and is currently developing his next feature film.

Pamela Z

Film&Music Pamela ZPamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist working with voice, sound processing, sampled sound, and video. A pioneer of live looping techniques, she creates works combining experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, processing, and gesture-activated MIDI controllers. She has composed scores for dance, film, and new music chamber ensembles including Kronos Quartet. Z has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan – including appearances at Bang on a Can (New York), Other Minds (San Francisco), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), and Pina Bausch Tanztheater Festival (Wuppertal, Germany). She’s shown installation works at the Whitney Museum (NY), Diözesanmuseum (Cologne), and Krannert Museum (IL). Her awards include a Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital, the Alpert Award, MAP Fund, ASCAP Plus Award, Ars Electronica, and the NEA Japan/US Friendship Fellowship. She holds a music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

2016 Live Arts Panelists

Penny Godboldo

Penny Godboldo completed her Ph.B. degree in Education at Wayne State University and holds an M.A. Degree in Humanities from University of Detroit in English, with a cognate in Dance/Theater. She trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance School, Broadway Dance Center, Steps Dance Studio and the Martha Graham School in New York City. She mentored under dance Icon Katherine Dunham for over 20 years and is the only certified instructor of the Dunham technique in Michigan. She has taught and performed in the U.S. (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles) as well as Toronto, Canada and various countries including England, Scotland, France and Japan. Godboldo has conducted research: “Traditional Dance” and “Dance in Religion” in Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Benin, and West Africa. Since 2006 she has frequently presented papers on her work at the KOSANBA Academic Colloquium, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Massachusetts University, Wayne State University, among other places. Professor Godboldo is currently in her 32nd year on faculty at Marygrove College, Artistic Director of the Hartford Baptist Church Liturgical Dance Ministry, and directs a community mentoring program through the arts, “Discovery: GAP” for adolescent girls and directs the Detroit Legacy Project each summer.

Carrie Morris

Carrie Morris is a director, puppeteer and performance artist with an interest in creating experiences that extend beyond the stage and out into the world.

Carrie’s work as a director and performing artist combines puppetry, multimedia and the gestural language of experimental theater. She has a BFA in directing theater from NYU and an MFA in studio art from U of M Ann Arbor. Her work has been seen in the New York International Fringe Festival, The Athens Museum of Art, Seattle’s Annex Theater, the Canadian Fringe Festival, the CATCH! New Artist Series in Brooklyn, NY, the Orlando International Fringe Festival, the Matrix Theater, as an invited artist working with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, at The Flicker Film Festival in Richmond, VA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. She is a J. William Fulbright grantee in the field of performance art for creative work in multimedia shadow puppetry in Solo, Indonesia, a Princess Grace grantee in the field of theater for puppetry design and direction and for several years was the program manager of Puppetry and Performing Arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts. She has been the director of CMAP (Carrie Morris Arts Production) since it was established in 2012 as a place where Detroiters can experience and explore contemporary puppetry, performance and multimedia works.

Aku Kadogo

Aku Kadogo is an international theatre director, choreographer, performer, educator and cultural arts curator. Kadogo has directed and created theatre works in Australia, Korea, Europe and the United States. This multi-faceted artist directs highly energetic, imaginative, original theatre works.She has served as the Director of the Black Theatre Program at Wayne State University, been a guest Faculty member at Yongin University in South Korea and is currently a Visiting Scholar at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Kadogo has worked in film, television and stage making her career debut in the original Broadway production of for colored girls who considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.

She divides her time between Atlanta and Sydney, Australia..

Leyya Mona Tawil

Live Arts Leyya Mona TawilLeyya Mona Tawil is an artist working with dance and music practices. Tawil is the artistic director of DANCE ELIXIR and TAC: Temescal Art Center. Her work has been presented in Russia, Canada and 13 countries throughout Europe and the Arab world. Her approach to experimental performance is based on conceptual scoring and location based variables. She has discussed this process with author Linda Weintraub for Movement Research’s Critical Correspondence; as well as interviews with NEA Art Talks, Art21 (NYC), Art Territories (Ramallah), Wall Street Journal and American Theater Magazine. Presentation highlights include New York Live Arts/Live Ideas (NYC), Dock11 (Berlin), MOCAD (Detroit), BIPOD9 (Beirut), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), TransDance15 (Cairo) and the Museum of Nonconformist Art (Saint Petersburg). www.danceElixirLIVE.org

Sarah Wilke

Live Arts Sarah WilkeSarah Wilke has served as the Managing Director of Seattle’s On the Boards contemporary performing arts center since 2004. Prior to OtB, Wilke worked as the Managing Director of Consolidated Works in Seattle, as the Associate Curator of Education at the Tacoma Art Museum, and at the Freer & Sackler Galleries in Washington, DC where she held various education, programming and curatorial positions. Prior to moving to Seattle, Wilke was a Fulbright Fellow in Sri Lanka. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine) and received her Master’s from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (Cambridge, MA). She has served as a panelist for the NEA, the National Performance Network, Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.

2015 Literary Arts Panelists

Samiya Bashir

Samiya Bashir is the author of Gospel, finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the 2009 Lambda Literary Award, and Where the Apple Falls, a Poetry Foundation bestseller and finalist for the 2005 Lambda Literary Award. Bashir is editor of Black Women’s Erotica 2 and co-editor, with Tony Medina and Quraysh Ali Lansana, of Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art. Bashir’s poetry, stories, articles and editorial work have been featured in numerous publications including, most recently and forthcoming, in Poetry, World Literature Today, Ecotone, HOAX, The Normal School, Poet Lore, Michigan Quarterly Review, Crab Orchard Review, Cura, The Normal School, Eleven Eleven, Cascadia Review, Hubbub, Callaloo and The Encyclopedia Project. Her long poem, Coronagraphy, was a 2013 Pushcart Prize nominee. A long-time communications professional focused on editorial, arts, and social justice movement building, Bashir is a founding organizer of Fire & Ink, an advocacy organization and writer’s festival for LGBT writers of African descent. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches creative writing at Reed College. www.samiyabashir.com

renée c. hoogland

renée c. hoogland is Professor of English at Wayne State University where she teaches literature and culture after 1870, critical theory, cultural studies, and visual culture. She has published widely in American and British literature, film, visual culture, and critical theory. Her most recent book is A Violent Embrace: Art and Aesthetics after Representation (2014, Dartmouth College Press). hoogland is the editor of Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts.

Kim Hunter

Kim Hunter is life-long Detroiter employed in media relations for social justice groups. He has served as Poet-in-Residence in several Detroit public schools through the InsideOut Literary Arts Project. He co-directs the Woodward Line Poetry Series which received a Knights Arts Challenge Detroit award in 2013. His work has appeared in Rainbow Darkness, Abandon Automobile, Triage, Hipology, Metro Times, Dispatch Detroit and Graffiti Rag. He has published two collections of poetry: borne on slow knives and edge of the time zone. In 2012, he received a Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Literary Arts. www.kimhunterdetroit.com

Albert Mobilio

Albert Mobilio is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and the National Book Critics Circle award for criticism. His work has appeared in Harper’s, Black Clock, Bomb, Cabinet, Open City, Jacket, and Tin House. Books of poetry include Bendable Siege, The Geographics, Me with Animal Towering, and Touch Wood. A volume of short fiction, Games and Stunts was published in 2012 by Belladonna Books. He is an assistant professor of literary studies at the New School’s Eugene Lang College, an editor at Bookforum, and an editor for Hyperallergic Weekend.

Anne Waldman

Anne Waldman is a prolific poet, editor, professor and performer, creating radical hybrid forms for the long poem. Author of over 40 books, including the magnum opus, The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment, which won the PEN Center 2012 Award for Poetry. Her book Gossamurmur is an allegorical adventure and plea for poetry’s archive. She co-founded and directed The Poetry Project at St Mark’s in the 1960-70s and went on to co-found The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University with Allen Ginsberg, where she continues to curate the Summer Writing Program. Widely traveled and translated, she has worked most recently in Morocco, India and France. Her most recent anthology is CROSS WORLDS (co-edited with Laura Wright). She is a recipient of the Shelley Memorial Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2013-14, and is a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. www.annewaldman.org

2015 Visual Arts Panelists

Chakaia Booker

Born in 1953, sculptor Chakaia Booker fuses ecological concerns with explorations of racial and economic difference, globalization, and gender by recycling discarded tires into complex assemblages. Booker began to integrate discarded construction materials into large, outdoor sculptures in the early 1990s. Tires resonate with her for their versatility and rich range of historical and cultural associations. Booker slices, twists, weaves, and rivets this medium into radically new forms and textures, which easily withstand outdoor environments. For her, the varied tones of the rubber parallels human diversity, while the tire treads suggest images as varied as African scarification and textile designs. Though she has adopted utilitarian jeans and work boots in her studio, she always wears a large, intricately wrapped headdress, which has links to her earliest wearable art and has become her fashion signature. Booker received a BA in sociology from Rutgers University in 1976, and an MFA from the City College of New York in 1993. She gained international acclaim at the 2000 Whitney Biennial with It’s So Hard to Be Green, her 12.5 x 21 foot wall-hung tire sculpture. Booker received a Pollock-Krasner grant in 2002 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. She has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. www.chakaiabooker.com

Sonya Clark

Sonya Clark’s work has been exhibited in over 300 museums and galleries in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. Since 2006, she has been Chair of Craft /Material Studies in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. Formerly, she was Baldwin-Bascom Professor of Creative Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the recipient of several awards including an Art Prize Grand Jurors Prize in 2014, a Pollock-Krasner grant, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Residency, the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, a United States Artist Fellowship and an Art Matters grant. www.sonyaclark.com

Elizabeth Dee

Elizabeth Dee is an American gallery owner and co-founder of Independent New York and Independent Brussels. Elizabeth Dee Gallery is located on West 20th Street in Chelsea, and has produced numerous groundbreaking and internationally-recognized exhibitions by such artists as Adrian Piper, Miriam Cahn (debut), Philippe Decrauzat, Derek Jarman, Leo Gabin (debut), Josephine Meckseper (debut), Ryan Trecartin (debut) and Mark Barrow, among others. Previously Dee established X Initiative, a nonprofit consortium of the global art community presenting exhibitions and programming in response to the major philosophical and economic shifts in Contemporary art. She was also recently included in Art + Auction Magazine’s list for the 100 most powerful figures in the art world.www.elizabethdee.com

Valerie Parks

Valerie Parks is a Detroit painter whose studio practice spans over the past 30 years, since her graduation from Wayne State University. She has participated in many solo and group exhibitions and her work can be found in area and national art collections. Parks worked for thirteen years at the Detroit Institute of Arts in the museum’s Learning and Interpretation Department, where she taught drawing and painting and curated many of the Detroit Public School Exhibitions at the DIA. Valerie Parks is also co-owner of TravelArt Services.

Senghor Reid

Senghor Reid develops figurative paintings and films that explore the connections between culture, art, science and our interactions with the natural environment. Currently an Artist-in-Residence at Cranbrook Schools, Reid received a BFA from the University of Michigan, a MAT in Art Education from Wayne State University and attended the internationally-recognized Marathon Program at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. He has received several awards, including a Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Visual Arts (2009) and the prestigious Michigan Governor’s Emerging Artist Award. Reid has exhibited in galleries and museums in various parts of the United States and abroad including the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Kentler International Drawing Space, St. Catharine Museum and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. www.senghorreid.com

2014 Panelists – Dance/Music

Left to Right:
Kristy Edmunds, Choreographer, executive and artistic director of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, founder of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
Johnny Evans, Composer, musician and bandleader
Karen Sherman, Choreographer, performer and scenic designer
Carl Craig, Grammy Award-nominated composer, producer, electronic musician and artistic director of Movement Electronic Music Festival
George E. Lewis, Composer, performer, professor and vice-chair of the department of music at Columbia University

2014 Panelists – Film/Theatre

Left to Right:
Shaun Nethercott,  Executive director and co-founder of Matrix Theatre Company
Brian Rogers, Director, video artist, co-founder and artistic director of The Chocolate Factory Theater in New York
Shay Wafer, Theatre director and executive director of New York-based 651 ARTS
Kenneth Cosby, Screenwriter, playwright, director, actor and artist in residence at Towne Street Theatre in Los Angeles
Sue Marx, Academy Award-winning director and producer

2013 Panelists – Literary Arts

Left to Right:
Wanda Coleman, Poet and author
Ken Mikolowski, Poet, editor, publisher and lecturer in English at University of Michigan
Claudia La Rocco, Performance critic for The New York Times and editor-at-large for The Brooklyn Rail
Bill Harris, Playwright, poet, critic and novelist
Robert Polito, Director of writing programs at The New School and incoming president of The Poetry Foundation

2013 Panelists – Visual Arts

Left to Right:
Hamza Walker, Associate curator for the Renaissance Society, University of Chicago
Shinique Smith, Visual artist
Rebecca Hart, Associate curator of contemporary art, Detroit Institute of Arts
Eric Fischl, Painter and sculptor
Nancy Mitchnick, Painter and educator

2012 Panelists – Literary Arts

Left to Right:
Thomas Lynch, Poet and author
Toi Derricotte, Poet and professor of English at University of Pittsburgh
John Yau, Poet, critic and weekend editor, Hyperallergic.com
Melba Joyce Boyd, Distinguished professor and chair of Africana studies at Wayne State University
Ishmael Reed, Poet, essayist and novelist

2012 Panelists – Performing Arts

Left to Right:
Don Byron, Composer, multi-instrumentalist, critic and educator
Thom Jurek, Music critic and staff writer, Allmusic.com
Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, Musician, Sweet Honey In the Rock, actress and educator
Laura Kuhn, Executive director, John Cage Trust and professor of performance art at Bard College
Michael Kondziolka, Director of programming, University Musical Society

2011 Panelists – Visual Arts

Left to Right:
Mary Fortuna, Exhibition director, Paint Creek Center for the Arts
Nick Cave, Artist
Fred Wilson, Artist
Anne Pasternak, President and creative director, Creative Time
Mame Jackson, Professor emerita, art history, Wayne State University

2010 Panelists – Literary Arts

Left to Right:
Cary Loren, Owner, Bookbeat
Lynne Tillman, Writer and cultural Critic
Thylias Moss, Professor, University of Michigan
Brad Leithauser, Professor, John Hopkins University (on monitor)

2010 Panelists – Performing Arts

Left to Right:
Grisha Coleman, Artist/assistant professor in arts, media and engineering, Arizona State University
Benjamin Hernandez, Curator of public programs, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Aaron Dworkin, Founder and president, Sphinx Organization
Greg Tate, Musician and writer

2009 Panelists – Visual Arts

Left to Right:
Susan Bandes, Former director, Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University
Dick Goody, Associate professor and director, Oakland University Art Gallery
Lorna Simpson, Artist
Richard Tuttle, Artist
Aaron Betsky, Director, Cincinnati Art Museum (not pictured)