Sonja Schenk is a multi-disciplinary artist from Los Angeles. She began with video installations and has since turned to other types of installation, painting, and sculpture. Her work explores the intersection of humankind and the natural world through traditional, technological, and transformative processes. She exhibits both locally and internationally and has created several large, site-specific installations. She has been artist-in-residence at Cerritos College in California, the Thomas McKeon Center for Creativity in Tulsa, and the U.S. National Park system. Influenced by early mentors Allan Kaprow, DeeDee Halleck, and Manny Farber, her work relies on a strong grounding in conceptual thought that is then translated to various media.
Stephanie explores flora and fauna through her paintings and drawings, using a variety of media such as acrylics, watercolors, graphite, and mixed media. She is an active member of her local art community, having co-founded the visual artists group Art Clout, which connects and promotes artists in the greater Long Beach area. She has exhibited mostly in Southern California, and has an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts and a BFA in Illustration from the Laguna College of Art and Design.
Laurie Sumiye is visual storyteller and naturalist who plays with themes of reciprocity, death and spirituality known for her with Hawaiian endangered species. She has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Hawai‘i, UK, South Africa and Brazil, and screened films at DOCNYC, BAMcinemaFest and PS1MoMA. She was an Artist-in-Residence at A Studio in the Woods (NOLA), Blue Mountain Center (NY), Digital Artist Studios (N.Ireland), Sacatar Institute (Brazil), Artfunkl (UK). Laurie has an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from CUNY Hunter College, BA in Art & BS in Communications from Bradley University, and studied art at Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence and Pratt Institute. She lives and works in California and Hawaii.