Join us for the first in our 2013 series of Conversations in Creative Practice.
Jo Dery is an interdisciplinary artist who experiments with storytelling. Her works include animated films and videos, drawings, prints, illustration, installation projects, and artist/small-press book publications. Her animations have screened at festivals nationally and internationally. Most recently, she designed an installation project for the DeCordova Museum Biennial, at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Massachusetts. She is Assistant Professor of Animation, DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media, Chicago, IL.
Eli Nixon is an interdisciplinary artist who works under the name Ramshackle Enterprises. Since 1998 Eli has been writing, building, performing, and touring her own solo clown and puppet shows, collaborating with other artists, and frequently facilitating the creation of puppet parades, pageants, and performances with groups of children and adults. Eli has worked with Pig Iron Theatre and Spiral Q (Philadelphia), Red Moon Theater (Chicago), Bread and Puppet Theater (VT), and Big Nazo Puppets (RI). Eli has been an artist-in-residence at dozens of schools, senior centers, and addiction recovery and mental health facilities, and has worked extensively with community groups, camps, and after-school programs.
Conversations are made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.