The Pasadena Unified School District is one of only a few districts in the U.S. to engage students through a project-based learning initiative called the Senior Defense Portfolio. In order to graduate, PUSD high school seniors must create and present their own unique creativity-based project which addresses an academic subject.
PUSD Arts Education has invited Fulcrum Arts to bring four artists into classrooms to actively collaborate with science teachers on this pioneering educational model.
By offering direct contact with interdisciplinary artist educators to help students think through original ways of presenting their ideas, students have multiple resources for articulating their research and demonstrating their educational growth. For the Spring 2020 term, AxS artists-in-residence include Brittany Ransom, Dicky Bahto, Jenny Yurshansky, and Tom Hall.
The program will be managed by our new AxS Residency Coordinator Geneva Skeen.
Brittany Ransom is an artist and educator currently living in Long Beach, California. Ransom is currently serving as the Associate Director of the School of Art and Associate Professor of Sculpture + New Genres at California State University Long Beach. She works within the sculpture area and specializes in 3D computerized production / digital fabrication and physical computing / kinetics. Ransom is queer, half black, and was born in 1987 and raised in the small city of Lima, Ohio.
Dicky Bahto lives in Los Angeles. He has exhibited work utilizing still and motion picture photography, sound, and performance at a variety of museums, galleries, microcinemas, film festivals, conferences, alternative spaces, and scenic locations spanning the Northern Hemisphere, including commissions from Monday Evening Concerts and The Huntington. As a member of the EPFC Co-op, he is a co-recipient of an inaugural Artist Project Grant from the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.
Jenny Yurshansky is an artist whose practice is deeply informed by being a refugee. Using material and critical parameters defined by a conceptual and research-based approach, she explores the trauma of displacement by interrogating notions of belonging and otherness through site, historical traces and social constructions, often formally manifested as absence, loss or erasure. Her work includes writing and working with a variety of materials such as cast, slumped, and found glass, charred steel, MDF manipulated to simulate antique display cases, embroidered textiles, hand-cut paper silhouettes of plants, laser etched granite and photographic installations.
Tom Hall is an Australian audio/visual artist, residing in Los Angeles. Hall’s practice is an ongoing exploration into peripheral space and time, inspired by environments and non-linearity found in the everyday. Hall uses multiple approaches to reference these spaces through algorithms, sound, and imagery, developing hybrid audio-visual environments and temporal sonic adaptations. Hall has released several recordings over the past two decades on labels such as Elli, Overlap, Arlen, and Presto!? along with exhibitions and live audio-visual tours worldwide. Hall also works as a Content Developer for the revered Cycling ’74, creators of the visual programming language Max/MSP & Jitter.