an exhibition of collaborative works by artists and poets

Artists' Biographies

Jane Fulton Alt was born in Chicago in 1951. Alt attended the University of Michigan (BA, 1973) and the University of
Chicago (MA, 1975). She has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Alt is the recipient of
numerous awards and her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston,
New Orleans Museum of Art, Beinecke Library at Yale University, University of Illinois Comer Archive, Centro
Fotografico Alvarez Bravo in Oaxaca, Mexico, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Harry Ransom Humanities
Research Center, De Paul University Art Museum, and the Dancing Bear collection of William Hunt. Alt is the
recipient of the 2007 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award and the 2007 Ragdale Foundation Fellowship Award.

Granite Amit is an Israeli-born interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Chicago, USA.  She has exhibited
nationally and internationally in places such as Chicago, New York, Paris, Edinburgh, Washington, Toronto,
Hamburg. Her work has been shown at the Chicago Humanities Festival, and has been widely reviewed in various
journals such as the Chicago Tribune and L’Humanité, France among others.  As an activist Amit is involved in
various art groups, such as “Piece Process”, a group of artists of Palestinian and Israeli/ Jewish origin, who are
committed to dialogue and have exhibited together in venues across the USA.  

David Lloyd Brown, painter and educator, is currently Associate Dean of Academic Affairs--Graduate Programs at
the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  He has exhibited extensively for over 25 years, most recently in
one person exhibitions at The New England School of Art and Design, The Artists Foundation Boston, and The
Boston Drawing Project at the Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA. He is an advisory board member of the Artists
Foundation, MA, and was a founding member of the 249A Street Artists Cooperative in Boston.  He has taught
drawing  and painting at the university level from 1989 until his appointment at the Museum School.

Kay Campbell  received her MFA in Fibers & Textile Design at the University of Kansas and her BA in Fine Arts at
the University of Toledo.  She is currently a Professor of Art at Oregon State University where she serves as area
head of the Foundations program.  She formerly ran the Fibers program in the Department of Art at Southern
Oregon University from 1987-1999.  Campbell’s work in mixed media has appeared in over 200 international,
national and regional exhibitions.  She has received numerous grants and awards and has served as a juror,
curator and lecturer throughout the United States.  Campbell’s art works have been reviewed in several
publications including American Craft, Fiberarts and the Surface Design Journal.  She is also featured in the
Fiberarts Design Books #’s 5, 4, 3 & 2.  Her art works are represented in many public collections including Marriott
Hotels Inc., The First National Bank of Houston, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Oregon Health Sciences
University, Corporate Travel Agency, Cullinet Computer Software Inc., and the Alexandria Museum of Art.

Cat Chow  has exhibited in numerous design, art and contemporary craft shows, most notably at The Metropolitan
Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the New Museum of Contemporary Art and The Museum at F.I.T.
Elegantly simple in form, yet complex in construction, Cat Chow's labor-intensive work, which began as a series of
garments is fascinating for its intricacy and use of common materials in unexpected ways. Cat Chow currently lives
and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Laura Cloud received a BFA from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School and the MFA from Rhode Island
School of Design.  Currently she is a national affiliate member of ARC, Chicago and Soho 20, New York City, and an
Associate Professor of Studio Art in sculpture at Michigan State University. Laura Cloud has traveled to Australia,
Japan, Brazil, Europe and across the USA over the past few years.  She has documented each trip in an ongoing
series called The Travel Journals.  This work has been shown both nationally and internationally.  She has also
attended residency programs located in Vermont, Ireland and Japan.

Shawn Decker is a composer and artist who creates sound and electronic media installations and writes music for
live performance, film, and video. His work has been frequently performed, seen, and heard in the US and Europe
at a wide variety of venues. He frequently collaborates with other artists, including most recently Jan Erik-
Andersson and Anne Wilson.  Recent exhibitions of both solo and collaborative work have shown at venues such as
Kiasma Museum in Helsinki, Klosterruine in Berlin, ISEA2002 in Nagoya, Japan,  the 21st Century Museum in
Kanazawa, Japan, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, CAM Houston , ISEA2000 Paris, the Waino Aalto museum in
Turku, Finland and numerous others. Decker is a Professor in the Art and Technology and Sound departments at
the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Deborah Adams Doering’s work has been honored by Sotheby’s International Young Art Competition and juried in
the 2004 and 2005 Exhibitions of American Art at RIC by James Rondeau, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
at the Art Institute of Chicago. She was selected as the 2004 Official Artist Honoree by the Rehabilitation Institute
of Chicago, an honor previously given to Victor Skrebneski. She has won several awards including Nippon Steel
Presidential Award and has been published in Print’s Best of the Best. She is a 2005 Chicago Artists’ Assistance
Program grant recipient.  Deborah recently was awarded a second Ragdale Artist’s Residency for 2006 and her
work is part of the Ragdale Foundation’s art collection. Her work has been selected by ARTExhibitionLink to exhibit
in Berlin in 2006 and Paris in 2007. She exhibited at the NOVA Art Fair, Chicago, in April 2006.