About the Artists

elizaBeth Simpson has been working with the conflicts and group dynamics of communities, organizations, and individuals for over 16 years. She is also a performance artist who incorporates vocal composition, puppetry, fire spinning, street theater, and storytelling, specializing in projects that engender collaboration with people who would not call themselves “Artists”. As co-director of the Creative Intervention Agency, she offers tools for collective empowerment from across the arts/organizing spectrum, including facilitating workshops throughout the country in both academic and community settings. This work is strongly influenced by her studies of Theatre of the Oppressed with Augusto Boal and the work of bell hooks. elizaBeth strives to address oppression and social injustice in all its forms by unveiling its manifestations in everyday life. Recent accomplishments include a position as Activist-In-Residence at Goddard College in 2006, receipt of the American Society for Cybernetics’ Heinz von Foerster Prize in 2007, and receipt of the 2009 Here and Now grant from the Urbana Public Arts program.

Miriam Martincic loves graphic design. “My background is in fine art but I prefer the reach of commercial art. I love that I can make a living doing what I love to do, participate in visual culture, and support local businesses and organizations in the process.” Miriam works as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator for Running Dog Design.

Running Dog Design is the collective and collaborative work of Miriam Martincic, her husband and design partner, Maurice Meilleur, and their four excellent dachshunds.

Anastasia Tumanova is a young designer based out of Champaign-Urbana. Her visual aesthetic is shaped by the simple recognition of forms and colors of objects that surround her every day (nature, people, knickknacks, furniture, fabric), and the emotions these mundane observations elicit. If not at her desk designing, she’s most likely out riding her bike on a nice day, or downtown at a music show. www.anastasiatumanova.com

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