Leila Philip and Garth Evans
is a British sculptor with an international reputation. His work is included in major public collections, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art and Brooklyn Museum in New York City, Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.Tate Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Australia, among others.
Evans is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and many other awards. In 2013, his sculpture was surveyed in Garth Evans Sculpture: Beneath the Skin published by Philip Wilson, a major monograph which featured essays by prominent art historians and over two hundred and seventy color images of his work.
In addition to an active studio practice, with over one hundred one-person exhibitions in museums and commercial galleries, Evans has a major reputation as an arts educator. He was one of the four members of the faculty, who, at the St. Martin’s School of Art in 1969, designed and oversaw the now legendary “A Course.” Since 1987, he has overseen the Sculpture Program at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture in New York City. His home and studio are in Woodstock CT.
Garth Evan's CV
is the author of three books, including The Road Through Miyama, (Random House 1989, Vintage 1991) for which she received the 1990 / PEN Martha Albrand Special Citation for Nonfiction; and the award-winning memoir A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family (Viking 2001, Vintage 2002, SUNY 2009). Philip has received numerous awards for her writing, including fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Humanities. Her essays have been widely anthologized. Fluent in Japanese, she writes on Japan as well as about art for a variety of venues including Art in America.
Her background in poetry goes back to Princeton University, where she majored in Comparative Literature, earning a Fifth year degree in East Asian Studies with a concentration in medieval Japanese poetry. After working for several years as a journalist, she went on to earn an MFA at Columbia University as a Woolrich Fellow in Fiction.
Leila Philip is a Professor in the English department at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, and holds the title of Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty Mentor in the Ashland University low residency MFA program in Creative Writing.
Leila Philip's CV
Leila's Oregon Bio
is a video-artist and photographer, with an interest in documentary and horror films. Her work navigates the shifting terrain between the uncanny and the commonplace, the humorous and the harrowing, and is based on personal experiences, documentary interviews, and local history.
She has a BA in Art History and American Culture from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and an MFA in studio art from the University of Connecticut, Storrs. She was recently a finalist for a Mass Cultural Council Fellowship in Film & Video, and her videos have been shown recently at the SELECT art fair in NYC and the Visual Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow, Ireland.
Siobhan has joined Water Rising to work on the next phase of the collaboration- a video installation.
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is a filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon, currently finishing work on his first feature length documentary, A Natural History of Synthetic Biology. He was born in Ashland, Oregon and grew up outside of Salem. He’s worked in film and commercial production in Portland since 2008. In 2010 he was a co-founder of Field Test Independent Film Corps, a production company focused on cinematic documentaries about modern science.
Sam has also been an instructor with NW Documentary since 2001 when he started teaching in the Documentary Explorers Camps and joined the board in 2016. He stepped up as Executive Director in 2017. He has a life long passion for storytelling and the geography of the Pacific North West.
is the Chair of the Music Department at the College of the Holy Cross, and is celebrated worldwide for “integrating and synthesizing music of diverse cultures into breathtaking works of complex expressive layers” Musical America. His music is influenced by diverse world music traditions ranging from the throat singers of Tuva and the ancient Vedic chants of India, to the shimmering colors of the Balinese Gong Kebyar Gamelan orchestra. His distinctive music is performed throughout the United States and Europe.
Korde's music is characterized by influences of diverse world cultures. His compositions range from solo pieces to large scale music theater works including the chamber opera Phoolan Devi-The Bandit Queen, which will receive its New York Premiere in June 2015 at the Ailey Dance Center. During the creation of Water Rising, Korde approached Philip's and Evan's about writing music inspired by the poetry and watercolors. This music has gone on to be performed live, with spoken word, and is part of the video installation project.
is a cellist, Artist in Residence at the College of the Holy Cross, and the Director of Chamber Music and Performance Co-ordinator at Holy Cross. His musical journey has taken him over three continents as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. He will be recording the works of Shirish Korde for the Water Rising performances and installations.
Müller-Szeraws is member of contemporary music ensemble Boston Musica Viva and Trio Tremonti and appears regularly in recital with pianists Ya-Fei Chuang and Adam Golka. He is currently on the faculty at the Phillips Academy Andover. A prize-winner at the Washington International Competition, Müller-Szeraws is a grant recipient of the Saul and Naomi Cohen Foundation, which is generously lending him a cello by David Tecchler.
He studied at the Musikhochschule Freiburg, Germany, and at Boston University. His teachers include Andrés Díaz, Christoph Henkel, Arnaldo Fuentes, Javier Santamaría and Christiane Gleisner.
is an aspiring writer, composer, and filmmaker, but currently works as a computer salesman, contract web designer, and occasional jazz vernacular dance instructor. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a double major in Mathematics and Music. His writing, music, and films lack any sense of genre or style, and find themselves everywhere from ekphrastic poetry to science fiction fantasy, from bop style jazz to liturgical choral music, from college rom-coms to philosophical westerns.
For the Water Rising project, Will is responsible for managing, redesigning, and regularly updating the website, as well any other digital needs that may come up for the project. Additionally, he is responsible for helping book and organize showings of the video installation, as well as helping to further the marketing of the Water Rising project. He will also soon be working as a research assistant for the Cardiff Documentary, the other collaborative project between Garth Evans and Leila Philip.
is a junior Political Science major in the Pre-Business Program at the College of the Holy Cross. She is currently an intern in Holy Cross’ Pre-Business office and a Conference Organizer for Holy Cross’ Women in Business Conference.
Casey was born in Westchester, New York but is now spending her summers on Harveys Lake in Pennsylvania. She has a passion for business and is inspired by women like Sonia Sotomayor, Sheryl Sandberg and Amal Alamuddin. Casey will be rejoining Water Rising in September 2017.
Maureen Kade (On Leave)
is a sophomore at the College of the Holy Cross. She is studying in the Pre-Business Program with a focus in Spanish and Philosophy, and is the incoming Director of Awareness for Holy Cross' Agency Advertising Club.
Maureen was born and raised on Long Island, New York. She spends her summers in either the Adirondack National State Park in the Lake George area or the beaches and parks of Long Island.
She is currently studying abroad in Spain.