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Art

 Myra Greene

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Myra Greene received her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and her MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico. She is an Associate Professor of Photography and Associate Chair of the Photography Department at Columbia College in Chicago. Her work has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums including Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, The New York Public Library, The Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C., The Sculpture Center in New York City, The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, DePaul Museum of Art in Chicago, Yuma Art Center Museum in Yuma, Arizona, The Wadsworth Museum in Hartford, Connecticut, and Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts in Atlanta. Greene published her first monograph My White Friends with Kehrer Verlag (Heidelberg) in 2012. Her work is also in the permanent collections of The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, The Museum Fine Arts in Houston, The National Gallery of Arts in Washington, D.C., The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, and The New York Public Library. 

Communication Studies 

Kimberlee Perez 

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Kimberlee Pérez is a PhD Candidate in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University.  She is a Michigan born, Chicana-identified scholar-artist who performs, researches and teaches in performance, intercultural/cultural, and queer studies. She is especially interested in questions of belonging/coalition through personal narrative and staged performance, grounded in the narratives, performances, and embodied experiences of LGBTQ people, people of color, and transnational phenomena. Her recent solo performance You Can Get Anything You Want  was performed at the Lit Lounge in Scottsdale Arizona and is also forthcoming in QED: A Journal of Queer Worldmaking. She has performed and conducted research with internationally renown artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña and La Pocha Nostra. She has also published in Text & Performance QuarterlyLiminalitiesPerformance Research, the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, as well as contributed to several edited book collections. Her co-authored monograph Answer the Call: Virtual Migration in Indian Call Centers was released in 2013 by the University of Minnesota Press.

Music 

Roland Vazquez

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Originally from California, composer/drummer Roland Vazquez decided to become a musician in 1963. Soon after high school, he began working as an R& B drummer in and around Los Angeles and then began composing for his first jazz fusion band.  He soon played on Grammy winning albums.  After receiving an NEA Jazz Performance Grant in 1977, he decided it was time to record; his first international release, "Urban Ensemble: The Music of Roland Vazquez" (Arista/GRP79) was called "a decade ahead of its time" by Billboard Magazine. He continued to develop his "funky-salsa-bebop" style with unique compositions for octet, quintet, and big band. While living and working in New York City, he was invited to attend the Manhattan School of Music on a merit scholarship and received his Master of Music in 85. Subsequently, he was employed by the University of Michigan where he taught Jazz Composition; established the first University of Michigan Latin Jazz Ensemble; and developed a new course for the American Culture wing of Ethnic Studies: "Intro to Latin Music.” In early 2003, he received a "Creative Artist" Grant from Michigan Council for the Arts to write & perform his Afro Latin Jazz suite "Music for Percussion Quartet & 3 Jazz Players." In 2009, Roland received a Recording Grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc - to record six of his original scores & "Guarabe" by his inspirational mentor, Clare Fischer.

Susan Botti

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As both a composer and a singer, Susan Botti's eclectic background and experiences are reflected in her music. Whether in an orchestral or chamber setting, theatrical influences play a vital part in her musical expression. Botti is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and grants from Meet The Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Aaron Copland Fund, The Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, The NY Foundation for the Arts, The Greenwall Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, ASCAP, and the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts. Ms. Botti was awarded a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2005 Frederic A. Julliard/Walter Damrosch Rome Prize in Music Composition. She was the 3rd Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow with the Cleveland Orchestra. Additional orchestral commissions include works for the New York Philharmonic and The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She appears internationally as a composer and singer, most recently as the artist-in-residence with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan. Botti specializes in the performance of contemporary music by composers of diverse styles, including: Gubaidulina, Kurtág, Pintscher, Chihara, Matheson, and Cage, among others. Composer/conductor Tan Dun created several major works highlighting her vocal and theatrical talents, including the role of "Water" in his internationally renowned opera, Marco Polo. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Botti's early training included studies in music, art and theater. She received her Bachelor of Music from the Berklee School of Music; and her Masters in Music Composition from the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Botti has been a member of the Composition Dept. at Manhattan School of Music since 2007, and is also on the music faculty at Vassar College.

Theatre  

Harvey White

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Harvey White is chairman of (SHW)2 Enterprises, an independent business development, consulting and angel investment firm that he founded in 2004. He is a strategic advisor to, serves on the boards of, and consults with, wireless telecom companies and technology start-ups.  In 1998 he formed and became CEO and Chairman of Leap Wireless International, Incorporated.  Leap's Cricket service is the sixth largest US wireless carrier and pioneered the "all you can use for a set price" concept for US wireless service that changed the pricing and cost structures of the US wireless carrier industry.  In 1985 he was a co-founder and Director of QUALCOMM Incorporated, where he was Executive Vice President and COO until appointed as President and COO in 1992. He oversaw the rapid and successful growth of the company and interfaced with the financial community. He was a Director, EVP and COO of Linkabit Corporation, the progenitor of the wireless industry in San Diego.  Earlier he held executive and financial positions with several technology and aerospace firms.  He attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and graduated from Marshall University with a BA in Economics.  He has served on university and prepartory school boards of trustees as well as on national education-related community service organizations.  Currently, he serves on the boards of the Old Globe Theatre, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Salk Institute and West Wireless Health Institute.  He and his wife, Sheryl, live in Del Mar and are both active in the community directly and through their charitable foundation.

 

George Tzougros

George Tzougros is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Arts Board, the state agency which nurture creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development, and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage. Mr. Tzougros works with the arts community, Wisconsin Arts Board members and staff, the Governor, Lt. Governor, and state legislation to create funding programs and services to meet the needs of the citizens of Wisconsin. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board for the National Creativity Network.

Anne Katz

Anne Katz if the first executive director of a Arts Wisconsin (formerly known as the Wisconsin Assembly for Local Arts), a nonprofit statewide community arts action and development organization whose mission is to nurture, serve, promote, and speak up for the arts in Wisconsin and all of its communities. She guides Arts Wisconsin's programs and activities, serves Wisconsin's diverse and ever-expanding creative community, and advocates and builds partnerships in the public and private sectors for the arts and creative industries on the local level.

Sheryl White

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Sheryl White is a former banking executive and entrepreneur. As the founder and CEO of Grasswalkers LLC., Sheryl plans to contribute profits to support local arts education needs. In addition, Sheryl is involved as a member of the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the Arts Advisory Commission Committee for the San Diego Airport Authority. She further supports the arts by engaging in numerous charity organizations and museum boards.