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Artist Mentorship Event
Spokane, WA
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Artist Mentorship Event
Artist Mentorship Event (Sponsored by Terrain)
Saturday, April 29, 12-3 PM
Terrain // 304 W Pacific Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

Sometimes the art world can seem impenetrable. How can you, as an artist, break into it? And once you've broken into it, how do you make it? This informal mentorship and networking event gives artists of all disciplines a chance to sit down with artists and arts leaders in small groups for casual conversations about opportunities, issues, and challenges in the arts world.

This event is free, but registration is required. Please RSVP to attend. RSVPs will close an hour before the event.

Featuring artists and arts leaders:

- Jeff Ferguson, artist
- Melissa Huggins, Executive Director of Spokane Arts      
- Ginelle Hustrulid, artist and Professor at Eastern Washington University    
- Juan Mas, filmmaker and board member of Washington Filmworks          
- Nance Van Winckel, author & Professor Emerita at Eastern Washington University          
- Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton, artist & Spokane Arts Commissioner  

12PM Sign-up with specific mentors
12:30-12:55 Session #1
1:00-1:25 Session #2
1:30-1:55 Session #3
2-3:00 Informal networking

Mentor bios:

Nance Van Winckel is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Our Foreigner, winner of the Pacific Coast Poetry Series Prize (Beyond Baroque Press, 2017), Book of No Ledge (Pleiades Press Visual Poetry Series, 2016), and Pacific Walkers (U. of Washington Press, 2014). She's also published five books of fiction, including Ever Yrs, a novel in the form of a scrapbook (Twisted Road Publications, 2014) and Boneland: Linked Stories (U. of Oklahoma Press, 2013). She is on the faculties of Eastern Washington University's Inland Northwest Center for Writers and Vermont College of Fine Arts' MFA in Writing Program. The recipient of two NEA poetry fellowships, the Paterson Fiction Prize, Poetry Society of America's Gordon Barber Poetry Award, a Christopher Isherwood Fiction Fellowship, and three Pushcart Prizes, Nance lives with her husband Rik Nelson in Spokane, Washington. Her author website is:

Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton is an artist and art educator.  Ms. Wilkins-Pepiton serves on the Spokane Arts commission and teaches visual art at Central Valley High School. Prior to moving to Spokane, she was Executive Director of SLC Arts Council in upstate New York where she successfully organized university, civic and community partnerships that served to build bridges between people from diverse educational and economic backgrounds. She regularly organized and hosted forums bringing together poets, philosophers, folklorists, and musicians to discuss a range of issues such as the power of place. Ms. Wilkins-Pepiton is a Returned US Peace Corps volunteer (China 2010-12).  Beka combines a variety of printmaking methods and often work in collaboration with writers and other artists to flesh out the fullest potential of these discoveries and to create unified works where text and image exist in dialogue. Her work has been shown locally at the Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Terrain 8 & 9, Iron Goat Brewery, and Indaba Coffee. Her most recent collaboration with Saara Myrene Raappana, A Story of America Goes Walking, is available at Aunties Books.

Juan Mas has been entrenched in the indie film world for over 30 years. .He credits his years of experience in the trenches for his ability to bring common sense of nut and bolt producing with a mixture of creative and artistic ingenuity to all his projects and organizations that works with. He has resided in Spokane for the last 19 years where he is actively involved with the Spokane Film, Theater, Music and Art scene as producer and director. Besides ZNation he continues to do his a lot of his work through his company Purple Crayon Pictures and a conglomerate of independent film makers known as the SPOKANE FILM PROJECT which he is founding member. He also a co-founder of 50 Hour Slam Film Festival, and serves on the advisory board for Washington Film Works, Spokane Falls Community College Photography/ Video department, One Heart Native Art and Film Festival and Fired Up Film Festival ,( a teenager created and run film festival).  He is an avid advocate for the continual growth and development of the arts especially film and theater in Washington State and the eclectic city of Spokane.

Born in Pullman WA full-time freelance photo/videographer Jeff Ferguson is a Spokane Tribal member with an A.A.S. in Photography from Spokane Falls Community College and a B.A. in Communications from Whitworth University. He was raised and currently resides in Spokane and has lived, worked and traveled extensively throughout the U.S. His fine art work has been shown throughout the Northwest. His editorial work has been published locally, regional and nationally with video work shown on television and screened at film festivals in both Portland, OR and Spokane, WA. He has also had the honor of serving on the Spokane Arts Commissions, as a panelist for Artist Trust in Seattle and twice as a juror for Terrain in Spokane. He has received numerous grants to support his work in both photography and videography. Although most of his work is commercial, editorial, portraiture and sports photography his passions lie in fine art photography, documentary video, nature and landscape photography and cultural preservation.

Melissa Huggins is the executive director of Spokane Arts. She previously served as the director of Get Lit! Programs, including the Get Lit! Festival, Spokane Youth Book Festival, and outreach programs for K-12 students. Her stories and essays have appeared in Lilac City Fairy Tales, Railtown Almanac and elsewhere. Her interviews with Joyce Carol Oates, William T. Vollmann and Emily St. John Mandel have appeared in Willow Springs.

Ginelle Hustrulid is a video and installation artist whose work depicts quiet human exchanges. She is an Assistant Professor in the Visual Communication Design department at Eastern Washington University, holds a BFA in painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland OR, and an MFA in video and intermedia art from Mills College, Oakland, CA. Hustrulid has lived and taught in both NYC and San Francisco, she worked as a set designer for Rob Strauss Studios, designed for x-silk clothing, and co-directed Iceberger Gallery. In her spare time she collects and rides motorcycles.


Terrain (View)
304 W Pacific Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
United States

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