bios of the lead artists + writers + advising faculty

 Lead Artists & Advising Faculty

Kathy Kelley, Lead Visual Artist

Kathryn holds an MFA from the University of Houston. Her studio practice plays between installation work and the written word. Currently she is an interdisciplinary PhD student in Fine Art: Critical Studies and Artistic Practice at Texas Tech. Her research revolves around a pattern in which visual artists who are seminal (maintain a lifelong making practice, are prolific and are recognized in the art world) also tend to have a writing practice. She believes that visual artists’ writing, like expressive writing, has some form of psychological resilience and/or realization function. Additionally writing may provide some kind of cognitive processing needed to counter balance or deepen the largely bodily practice of art.

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Kathy Kelley, Fine Art: Critical Theory + Artistic Practices Doctoral Student
Texas Tech University, School of Art

Kathryn is founding president of BOX 13 ArtSpace, an experimental nonprofit art space in Houston. Kelley has been selected for numerous solo exhibitions, Art League Houston, Women and Their Work, Lawndale Art Center. She was invited to create an installation for the Texas Biennial. Kathryn has received numerous fellowships for artist residencies, most recently Vermont Studio Center, I-Park, Darke Gallery. She has also shown work in Mexico, Peru, and Spain.Concurrent with her making, exhibiting, writing, and research, Kathryn spent three and a half years developing systems and projects for the WASH foundation program at Sam Houston State University.

Meg Davis, Lead Theatrical Artist

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Meg Davis, Theater: Acting/Directing and Arts Administration Doctoral Student Texas Tech University, School of Theater and Dance

Meg Davis is a PhD student in the School of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University and is studying Acting/Directing and History/Theory/Criticism. She is a longtime fan and advocate of women telling their own stories as well as those of other women in order to form a greater community and unity. She is fascinated by ancient Greek plays and ideas as well as their contemporary translations. She is also an advocate for body positivity, feminist pornography, fat activism, and female playwrights.

Dr Katie Cortese, Juror

Dr Katie Cortese

Dr. Katie Cortese, Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University Department of English :: Creative Writing

Katie Cortese lives in Lubbock, TX, where she teaches in the creative writing program at Texas Tech University. Her stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Blackbird, Gulf Coast, Sport Literate, and The Baltimore Review, as well as the upcoming Rose Metal Press anthology, Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres. She holds a PhD from Florida State University, an MFA from Arizona State University, and was granted a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to attend the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, as well as a residency at the Arte Studio Ginestrelle near Assisi, Italy. The former editor-in-chief of The Southeast Review, she now serves as the fiction editor for Iron Horse Literary Review, and her flash fiction collection, GIRL POWER AND OTHER SHORT-SHORT STORIES, has just been for released by ELJ Publications in the fall of 2015. She is currently at work on a full-length story collection as well as a novel.

Dr Angela Mariani, Faculty Mentor

Associate Professor, Texas Tech University
Music Department :: Musicology

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Dr Angela Mariani, Associate Professor, Texas Tech University Music Department :: Musicology

A native of the state of Massachusetts, Dr. Angela Mariani is the director of Texas Tech Early Music Ensemble, which specializes in the performance of medieval, Renaissance, and early Baroque music.In addition to directing the Early Music Ensemble at Tech, Dr. Mariani teaches seminars on medieval music and early performance practice and graduate and undergraduate music history courses. She also designed and inaugurated Tech’s very popular, large-enrollment History of Rock and Roll course and the School of Music’s Graduate Certificate Program in Early Music Performance Practice. Another secondary research area is Contemplative Pedagogy in Higher Education, an approach to pedagogy that seeks to integrate techniques of contemplation, meditation and mindfulness into the process of teaching and learning at the university level. Since 2007, she has been an elected member of the TTU Teaching Academy.

Dr. Mariani began her professional music career in the world of rock and folk music. While completing the BA in Music Theory from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she also became interested in early music, performing in the UMass Collegium Musicum. She then taught and performed for a decade in the Boston area, creating a popular acoustic fingerstyle guitar course for Boston’s Guitar Workshop. Her interest in Anglo-Celtic folk music and its intersection with the world of rock and roll also led to the co-founding of the folk-rock band Reynardine with Chris Smith in the 1980s.

Inspired by a growing interest in medieval music, Dr. Mariani left Boston to pursue a Master’s degree in Early Music Vocal Performance and ultimately a Doctoral degree in Early Music Ensemble Direction from the Early Music Institute (now the Historical Performance Institute) at Indiana University’s prestigious Jacobs School of Music. Her doctoral document examined issues of improvisation and “invention” in the performance practice of medieval music. During her years at Indiana, Dr. Mariani studied medieval performance practice with the groundbreaking early music scholar and performer Thomas Binkley, and undertook additional voice and performance practice studies with Paul Elliott, Wendy Gillespie, and Elisabeth Wright. She has also studied medieval music with Benjamin Bagby and Barbara Thornton of Sequentia. Dr. Mariani also has a Certificate in Medieval Studies from Indiana University.

Since the early 1990’s, Dr. Mariani has hosted the nationally-syndicated public radio program Harmonia, which is heard on over a hundred stations around the US and streams globally on the internet. She has published on the topics of early music performance practice, public radio, and rock and roll, and has appeared on National Public Radio, Deutsche Welle, Radio Netherlands, and the CBC. She has recorded and toured internationally with Altramar medieval music ensemble (7 CDs on the Dorian Group label), has taught early music at workshops internationally, has served as recording session producer for groups such as Ensemble Alcatraz, The Newberry Consort, and SAVAE, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Early Music America. She also performs and records traditional Irish music with the group Johnny Faa, founded by colleague and partner Dr. Chris Smith (also on the TTU faculty and a fellow member of Altramar), and co-founded the local non-profit organization Caprock Early Music.

www.ttuearlymusic.org :: http://indianapublicmedia.org/harmonia/ 

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