DCA 2016 COLA Fellowship (support)

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(In)/Animate Objects, 2016, Photo: Alex Griffin

On June 29th. 2015, I was awarded the 2015-2016 DCA (Department of Cultural Affairs) COLA (City of Los Angeles) Master Artist Fellowship. The funding supported my work on (In)/Animate Objects, a performative installation I created for the 2016 COLA Fellowship Exhibition at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. In conjunction with the exhibition, I gave an artist-talk hosted by Allison de Fren, was interviewed by LA Times High School Insider, reviewed in Artillery Magazine and included in the COLA20 retrospective book and exhibition.
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Visiting Artist, Los Angeles LGBT Center (Los Angeles)

On March 6th, 2014, I was a visiting artist at the Los Angeles LGBT Center to teach a workshop on puppetry and performing objects at sparQ!, an activist theatre mentoring program produced by LifeWorks. There were 8 young people in the sparQ! program who ranged in age from 18-23. Continue reading “Visiting Artist, Los Angeles LGBT Center (Los Angeles)”

The New American Vaudeville, Waterford, CT (presentation)

On June 2012, I hosted The New American Vaudeville, at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT as part of the National Puppetry Conference.  In The New American Vaudeville, I contextualized evenings of short-form puppet and object theater for adult audiences in intimate settings. The New American Vaudeville was informed by my position as co-founder and coordinator of the Puppet Slam Network from 2005 to 2016. Continue reading “The New American Vaudeville, Waterford, CT (presentation)”

City Paper – 12/14/11, Baltimore (press)

City Paper, 2011

On December 14, 2011, Baltimore’s City Paper included me in their Top Ten – The Year In Art, characterizing my work at the Transmodern Festival as “..a whole slew of WTF”.

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Object/Fetish, Baltimore (artist talk)

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On  April 30, 2011, I presented my multimedia artist talk, Object/Fetish: Staging the Suspension of Disbelief  at a salon/art party in the H&H Arts Building in Baltimore as part of the Transmodern Festival. The artist talk was co-sponsored by the Maryland Institue College of Art’s Fiber, Sculpture and Humanistic Studies Departments.

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Artist Talk, Baltimore (talk)

Artist Talk, Baltimore 2011
Artist Talk, Baltimore 2011

On April 27 8-10pm, I presented my Artist Talk at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore for Valeska Populoh’s graduating class in the Fiber Department. While at MICA I spoke about performances like Growing Up Linda and Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical.

This artist talk was made in conjunction with my performance, Fudgie’s Death at the 14Karat Cabaret  and my presentation Object/Fetish at a salon/art party in the H&H Arts Building as part of the 2011 Transmodern Festival.

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The New American Vaudeville, Storrs, CT (artist talk)

On April 2nd, 2011, I presented The New American Vaudeville: The Puppet Slam Network, at Puppetry and Postdramatic Performance – an International Conference on Performing Objects in the 21st Century hosted by the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.  In The New American Vaudeville I contextualized growing field of puppet slams – evenings of short-form puppet and object theater for adult audiences.  The presentation was informed by my position as co-founder of the Puppet Slam Network which ran from 2005 to 2016.

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Object/Fetish, Storrs (Talk)

Marsian De Lellis, 2011, Photo: Uconn Puppetry Department
Marsian De Lellis, 2011, Photo: Uconn Puppetry Department

In Friday, April 1st, 2011, I presented my artist-talk, Object/Fetish: Staging the Suspension of Disbelief in Every Day Life at the University of Connecticut in Storrs for the Puppetry and Postdramatic Performance Conference.

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Object/Fetish, Calgary (Talk)

On March 13th, 2011 at 9:00PM, I presented my multi-media artist-talk, Object/Fetish: Staging the Suspension of Disbelief in Every Day Life at Club Sapien, a short-lived inclusive queer nightclub known for its community outrech in Calgary. My presentation of Object/Fetish was made in conjunction with the Calgary Animated Object Society (CAOS) and their International Festival of Animated Objects.

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Calgary Herald (interview)

On March 12th, 2011,  The Calgary Herald published Keith McCoy’s interview with me about my work at the International Animated Objects Festival which was described as “light years away from the child-oriented Muppets universe that Jim Henson introduced.”

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Calgary Herald, March 11, 2011

While in Calgary, I was performing Fudgie’s Death at the Dolly Wiggler Cabaret, presenting my artist-talk, Object/Fetish at Club Sapien, and introducing a screening of Handmade Puppet Dreams at the Plaza Theatre.

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