Hua-Hua Zhang (K-5): Hua-Hua Zhang graduated from the Beijing Performing Arts Academy where she was trained as a performer in the ancient art of Chinese puppetry. From 1974 to 1995 she toured nationally and internationally with the China Puppet Arts Troupe of Beijing. She received many awards for excellence in performance and direction. Hua-Hua formed her nonprofit company — Hua-Hua’s Visual Expressions — to continue to develop her visions of the performing arts and to develop an art education program to share Chinese culture and puppet art with American audiences and students. Since 2000, the company has mounted four productions which have toured throughout the United States.
Caroline Lathan-Stiefel (K-8): Ms. Stiefel weaves together various materials and found fabrics to create mixed-media visual art installations. Often her installation work has focused on rhizomatic structures. Previous room-sized pieces have been inspired by marine and plant biology, as well as architectural and urban models. While the forms that make up Ms. Lathan-Stiefel’s work suggest systems or structures, they are also meant to somehow reflect time and the artist’s own hand in the work.
Combat Paper (3-12): All veterans have a story to tell. For too long, we have lived in a day and age where veterans tend to suppress their experiences – producing a culture of the “silent veteran.” Combat Paper NJ (CPNJ) is a unique participatory art project that offers artistic tools and professional instruction for all, providing a space to use art and writing to explore experiences, and ultimately share them publicly, all through papermaking. Combat Paper’s specialty is the transformative process of making handmade paper from military uniforms—Combat Paper. Through public workshops, this handmade paper creates a platform for veterans and non-veterans to come together and share stories, providing a “new language,” and much needed discourse between veterans and society. In casual drop-in sessions, on college campuses, in community centers, at pop-up street corner workshops, and at VA and military hospitals, CPNJ artists teach the art of papermaking and printmaking to veterans of all service eras. (NOTE: Combat Paper can be presented in conjunction with the Dance Residency Re-Entry.)
Aina Nergaard-Nammack (K-12): Ms. Nergaard-Nammack’s newest series “Fragments of Classical Music” explores the physicality required to create visual art. This series is inspired by the sound of classical music, which immerses the artist and influences the brush strokes. Students who experience this residency will be encouraged to discover the ways in which music and sound is influential on our physical selves. At the conclusion of the classroom sessions with DiAE’s Teaching Artist, students will travel to the Biggs Museum of American Art to see Aina Nergaard-Nammack’s “Fragments of Classical Music” on exhibition. February 2 – March 25, 2018