Artist Bios

Artist Bios

Matthew Dayler

Matthew Dayler was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He draws from a wide variety of historical and contemporary imagery relating to identity in juxtaposition with music, graffiti, gay culture, and sports. Dayler’s images are often presented in the form of drawing, prints, painting and video. His work has been exhibited at the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, The Brooks Museum in Memphis, Tennessee; and Galerie Edition Schedler in Zurich, Switzerland, among others. In 2011, he had a solo exhibition of paintings and prints in Amsterdam and has been included in various group exhibitions recently in Miami, New York City and Los Angeles.  Dayler lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently teaches/lectures at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He is also one of the founders of Higher Level Art.

Mary Bennett

Mary Bennett is a conceptual artist that prefers collaboration to working alone. Her art is informed by various former jobs, everything from being a docent on Alcatraz to selling tickets for the San Francisco Giants. She re-contextualizes the everyday object; the original use of the object matters not to Mary, but it must have begun life with an entirely different purpose. Frequently she invents a history to go with the materials. The single reoccurring theme in all Mary's work is text, which is used as both vocabulary and mark. Her work is in many public and private collections ranging from the Boston Symphony to Seattle University. Her greatest fear is being too reverent.

Kimberly Miller

art_kmillerKimberly Miller holds a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from Vermont College. She has screened or shown her work at Woodland Pattern in Milwaukee and in New York, Helsinki and Bangkok. Stated interests and concerns: employing dance, stand-up comedy, theater and multiple modes of address to "destabilize the subject and call a 'you' into being."

Michelle Acuff

art_macuffMichelle Acuff received her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa and currently teaches in the art department at Whitman College. Throughout her career, Acuff has received multiple awards for both her artistic productions and her scholarship. Her work has been displayed in numerous exhibitions from Chicago to Memphis.

Sigrid Zahner

a_szahnerSigrid Zahner is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Purdue University. Born in London, England, her current research is based on the iconoclastic leadership of the Dada movement which she feels is a model and reminder that art, by definition, needs to be forever in a state of flux. Her work is materials based, but includes any medium or dimension that will lend itself to her interest in our attachment to religion, judgment and the constant sacrifice of our children to war. She was the recipient of both a creative renewal grant from the IAC in 2002, and an individual grant in 2005. Sigird is proud to be the first straight featured artist included in Gertrude Journal.

Dawn Forbes

art_dforbesDawn Forbes holds an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College. Forbes is a professional artist whose work engages in explorations of psychology, archaeology, gender identity, and the extraordinary body. Forbes currently teaches as an adjunct assistant professor of art and directs the Sheehan Gallery at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. She was the featured artist in issue 12 of Gertrude and served as the Guest Art Editor in Spring of 2009.

Work by Neil Meitzler

art_nmeitzlerNeil Meitzler (d.2009) is part of the historical Northwest School of artists, which also includes Kenneth Callahan, Mark Tobey, and Morris Graves. His work has been in numerous exhibitions throughout the Northwest and occupies a number of prominent collections including the Jundt Museum, the Museum of Northwest Art, and the Seattle Art Museum.

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