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Durango Artposium Speaker Biographies
September 7-9, 2007

Paul Boyer
Paul left his Ph.D. program in Italian and Renaissance Literature in 1974 to pursue an interest in photography that could not be repressed. The desire to produce work that had relevance to a wide variety of people and business interests drove his decision to leave the academic world and enter the commercial world. Boyer’s images tend to reflect man’s interaction with nature, rather than showing nature or industry in isolation. All the same, he’s a sucker for a beautiful landscape covered by a dramatic sky, and he’ll try for any shot that calls his attention whether it fits his preconceptions or not.

Grace Cavalieri
Grace is the author of several books of poetry, most recently, Water on the Sun, winner of the Bordighera Poetry Award. What I Would Do For Love, poems in the voice of 18th century author Mary Wollstonecraft, won a 2005 Paterson Prize. Her play on Wollstonecraft is Hyena in Petticoats, now in development. She has had 21 plays produced throughout the country, including off-Broadway. Quilting the Sun was presented at the Smithsonian, and had its world premiere in 2007 in South Carolina. She produces and hosts The Poet and the Poem on public radio, now celebrating its 30th year on-air; the series is recorded at the Library of Congress.

Louise Edwards
Louise graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1988 and the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1989. She has been in private practice at Namaste Health Center, in Durango, CO since 1990. She has had a life-long interest in spirituality, has studied many spiritual traditions and has integrated that interest into her medical practice. Currently Dr. Edwards is on sabbatical from clinical practice to focus on teaching and writing a book for the general public on naturopathic principles and the laws of ecology.

Marj Hahne
Marj is an educator who has taught children and adults poetry writing, mathematics, English-as-a-Second-Language, Business English, and arts and crafts. Formally educated as an engineer and self-educated as a poet, Marj has performed at over 100 venues around the country, as well as been featured on public radio and television programs. Her poems have been published in literary journals, anthologies, and several art exhibits, and have been incorporated in the work of visual artists and dancers.

Tex Jernigan
Tex is a graduate of the sculpture department at the Kansas City Art Institute. He came to Kansas City in 2003 from Dallas, Texas. He was raised by family that supports his creativity. All of Tex’s family members are involved in the arts in various forms of film and design.

Mary Ellen Long
Mary Ellen was born in Los Angeles and lived in the North San Diego County before moving to Durango, Colorado 27 years ago. A multi-media artist, she exhibits throughout the wide world of art. Her work includes mixed media drawing and assemblage, collage, indoor and outdoor environmental installations and artists’ books. She received her BA and MA degrees from San Diego State in printmaking and painting. She has received grants from the Colorado Arts Council and in 2003 she was the monthly featured artist at The Center for Book Arts in New York City. She is now artist-in-residence at Edgemont Highlands in Durango, creating environmental art along the wild trails.

Carol Martin
Carol is a jeweler and Chair of the Durango Public Arts Commission. Her jewelry designs incorporate kiln cast glass, precious metals, and occasionally stones. Because of the process, all of the work is one-of-a-kind. She works with sterling silver, brass, 14 kt and 22 kt gold, along with the glass that she makes.

Gavin Maurer
Gavin is the Vice President of Marketing for National Geographic Maps. He is active in community theater and serves on several boards including Colorado Mountain Club and the Mountain Music Group. He is also a mountaineer, musician and conservationist.

Kathryn Moller
Kathryn is a Professor of Theatre, Dance, and Women’s Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She has been involved in professional and academic dance, theatre, music, and performance art productions since 1974. Her work is influenced by multi-disciplinary studies and collaborative possibilities among art, music, dance and theatre.

Kulu Sadira
Kulu's compassionate, “hands-on” facilitaion approach creates an atmosphere of harmony and respect, combining humor with wisdom and intellect with heart. As a life-long learner, and passionate integralist, his broad-based, eclectic studies have included intensive training with Virginia Satir, John Bradshaw, Robert Bly, Don Beck, Naropa’s Shambala meditation training as well as an eight year personal immersion in the Integral theory and teaching of Ken Wilber.

Nikos Salingaros
Nikos is a physicist, artist, architectural theorist, and a professor of mathematics at the University of Texas-San Antonio. The author of Principles of Urban Structure and A Theory of Architecture, Dr. Salingaros collaborated with Christopher Alexander to edit The Nature of Order, a four-volume treatise on what gives life to buildings and towns. His recent research demonstrates how biophilia (E.O. Wilson’s hypothesis that human beings subconsciously seek connections with the rest of life) is a critical component of healthy human environments.

Julie Saul
Julie has owned and directed Julie Saul Gallery since 1986. She received a Masters Degree from the Institute of Fine Arts in 1982 and has worked as an independent curator, taught and lectured at a variety of museums and schools including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York University, Christies, Sotheby’s, and the School of Visual Arts. Her thesis project on Moholy Nagy Photoplastics was published and exhibited at the Bronx Musuem of the Arts in 1983.

Steve Self
Steve lives at 7000 ft in Durango, Colorado where he leads the Durango Integral Salon, hosts Big Mind evenings, trains in and teaches aikido, practices deep ki-breathing meditation, and practices graphic design, web design, art, and aesthetics. He works with his wife, Lisa, investigating and expressing Ken Wilber’s integral vision in visual form, attempting to stay true to the depth of the interwoven distinctions, while creating something aesthetic and astringent, agentic and inclusive, radiant and empty...with good humor and camaraderie.

William Stoehr
Bill lives with his wife Mary Kay in Boulder and St John, Virgin Islands. Now a full-time artist, he has been featured in several publications and is currently preparing for his ninth solo exhibition in four years. Bill is the past President of National Geographic Maps where he was responsible for the Society’s worldwide mapping.

Peter Turchi is the author of four books, including Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer, The Girls Next Door, and Magician. His awards include a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant, North Carolina’s Sir Walter Raleigh Award, and an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award. He directs the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Shan Wells
Shan is a sculptor, eco-artist, designer, painter, photographer and thinker. He is active in community projects in and around his hometown of Durango. Shan is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and has an MFA from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He is a three-time recipient of the Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship and has recieved a Pollock/Krasner Foundation Fellowship.



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