Meet the 2017 artists
Hagit Cohen is an Israeli-born artist who lives and works in Berkeley, CA. She works primarily with digital images, constructing visual scenes with photographic images and objects of ritual. She explores the relations between human beings, nature, and spirit and the power of personal ritual to effect healing and change. She hikes in the East Bay Hills where she looks, finds, and collects, transforming small, ephemeral objects, into elements that take center stage.
Hagit holds an MFA in Imaging Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she also taught fine art photography for several years. She has exhibited her artwork in Tel Aviv, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. She currently serves on the board of directors for Women Eco Artist Dialog.
Her website is www.hagitcohen.com.
Andi Korber has lived in our own Carbondale, CO since 2007. She owns and operates an architecture and land use planning firm, Land+Shelter, which embraces a sustainable, modern lifestyle while respecting the land and enhancing the community. Andi’s connection to Wilderness Workshop extents into her architectural work; she designed the Wilderness Workshop office at the Third Street Center.
Korber’s work has been shown at the Red Brick, the Aspen Chapel Gallery, the Studio for Arts and Works, and at the R2 Gallery by Carbondale Arts. She works in oil and acrylic, combining drawing, painting, collage and printmaking. She generally works in an abstract language with a strong reliance on material and pattern. Much of her artwork is inspired by maps and aerial photography, a perspective she believes is relevant to Wilderness Workshop’s programming, which is often based on geographic specificity.
Andi studied Engineering and Visual Art at Dartmouth College and went on to a Master of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Outside of art and architecture, she enjoys the Colorado scenery from a vantage point high up in the mountains, preferably on skis.
Kia Neill is a multidiscipline artist working in mixed media drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. She is native of Chicago and received her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. She recently relocated to Denver from Houston, TX, where she served as a faculty member for seven years at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Glassell School of Art. After repeat visits to Colorado, Neill moved to the mile high state to explore her deep attraction to the mountains.
Her website is www.kianeill.com.
Brooks Salzwedel lives in Highland Park, CA and works in Los Angeles. He received a B.F.A. from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, in 2004. His works consist of natural and manmade structures disconnected from their usual surroundings or places in time. They remind viewers of the subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle ways humankind has selfishly changed the landscape for better or worse. Using a self-created process involving graphite, tape, colored pencil, oil pastel, ink, and resin, wax or silicone, he places his work onto panels, small curios like vintage tin boxes or corroded pipe ends, and other found and re-manufactured objects.
In 2015, Salzwedel was chosen as Denali National Park’s visual Artist-in-Residence. He also won the Los Angeles Metro poster project for 2016, so his work will be displayed on buses, trains and metro stations around L.A. He has participated in the London Art Fair (2011), Thinkspace, PowWow Honolulu Museum of Art, and Johansson Projects. His work has been displayed in the Hammer Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art.
His website it www.BrooksSalzwedel.com
Angelita Surmon lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Her current paintings and glass works reflect a deep-rooted love of natural landscapes and influence by other inspiring landscape artists. Her art is informed by tangled grasses and reflections at the water’s edge, as well as the branches and thickets of the forest understory. She finds nature is her best teacher. She has exhibited her work in galleries locally and nationally for 36 years, including the Waterstone, Fountanhead, Rowboat, and Craighead Green galleries. Her work appears in dozens of collections nationally.
Her website is www.angelitasurmon.com.