CO-DIRECTORS

 
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Ann Trondson

performance, video, photography, drawing

Ann Trondson’s artistic practice is based in live performance, video, sound, and drawing. Recent exhibitions of her work have been held at Louis B. James Gallery, New York City (2014); College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI (2013), and MAK Center of Art and Architecture, Los Angeles (2012). Her films have been screened at Salon 94 Gallery, New York (2014) and the Palm Springs Art Museum (2010). In 2014, she was selected to participate in one of two artists fellowships in Giverny, France at the Terra Summer Residency. Previous residences include The Guesthaus Residency, Los Angeles (2012), The Vermont Studio Center (2009), and The Banff Centre (2009). Trondson received her MFA from the University of Southern California; and lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama.

 
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Melissa Yes

expanded cinema, installation, sculpture, painting

Melissa Yes makes objects, installations, video art, and performances. She uses low-brow materials and DIY digital techniques to create moments of physical, cultural, and existential tension. Using destruction as a creative process and vice-versa, Yes tinkers with the production and consumption of American bodies, landscapes, and cultural narratives.

Melissa Yes earned an MFA with an emphasis in sculpture (2017) at the Ohio State University, as well as a BS in biology (2006) and a BFA in fine art (2012) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Yes worked as a studio assistant for artist Ann Hamilton from 2015-17. Yes’s twelve-year career in art, education, and the nonprofit sector has led her back to Birmingham, Alabama, where she is working as an artist, designer, educator, and co-director of VINEGAR. 

 

CREATIVE CONTRIBUTORS

VINEGAR’s Creative Contributors are Birmingham-based artists who are working in (or expanding into) new media, performance, and other emerging practices. Creative Contributors collaborate on VINEGAR projects while supporting each other’s creative work.

VINEGAR hopes to add two more Creative Contributors to the team in 2020. If you’re interested in becoming a creative contributor, click here for more info.

Merrilee Challiss

performance, installation, painting, sculpture

Born in Cleveland, OH in 1971, Merrilee Challiss is a multi-media artist currently living and working in Birmingham, Alabama. Over a varied career, spanning several decades and including working as Art Director of Studio By The Tracks (a non-profit art studio providing free art instruction to adults on the autism spectrum), and running a DIY music venue/ bar/ café (BottleTree Café) for a decade, she has lived and worked abroad in Berlin and Prague, and has shown work in far-flung places such as San Francisco, Portland, Phnom Penh, Miami, and shows regionally in New Orleans, Birmingham, and Nashville. She holds a BA in Studio Arts from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. She has received grants from Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the Leeway Foundation.

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Carey Fountain

social practice, music, mixed media

My artistic journey began with writing songs at the age of 11 and composing music soon after. I began experimenting with visual art during my student years at the University of Alabama as a means to express ideas in a more concrete way. I believe music helps one let go of reality while art pieces it all together. I like to explore what I call “the language in the middle.” As a musician, visual artist, culture producer, ARTrepreneur and father; I combine these disciplines hand in hand with the belief that art can inspire change to propel society forward.

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Jasper Lee

music/sound, film/video, installation

Jasper Lee is a musician and artist from central Alabama. His work across video, sound and installation explores shifts in the transmission of knowledge over time and is formed by a collision of magical thinking, storytelling, ritual, research and lyrical abstraction. He is also a performer and organizer in the experimental music scene of Birmingham, has toured nationally and recorded scores for several feature films. His debut solo LP, Mirror of Wind, was released by Noumenal Loom in 2017 and in 2019 he completed an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art at UNC Chapel Hill.

 

Ryan Meyer

video, performance, drawing

Meyer was raised between the suburban deep south and the road. He received his MFA from the University of California, Davis and has shown work nationally and internationally.

He has recently been interested in the complexities and absurdities of producing art in (and from) non-traditional art contexts such as the day job, the vehicle, the bowling league, the Skype call, and waffle house.

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Lily Reeves

performance, installation, neon

Reeves earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University in 2015 and her Masters in Fine Art from Arizona State University in Phoenix, AZ, where she graduated in April 2018. In 2019, Reeves was awarded the NOVA Emerging artists award from the FRESCO foundation, and the SAXE Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Glass Art society. Reeves’ public art work is in the permanent collections of The University of Montevallo, Alfred University, The city of Atlanta, the Nashville Int. Airport and Salem Art Works, and her work is in private collections around the world. Reeves currently lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama, where she runs her art and design studio, Reeves Studios, full time.

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Savannah Jo Turner

activism, installation, photography

Savannah Jo Turner was born and raised in Tallapoosa, GA. She has an Associate of Arts from Jefferson State Community College, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration of Art Studio and a minor in Peace, Justice, and Ecology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Turner has exhibited her work across the Birmingham area. Juried shows include Water, The Aveda Institute, Hoover, AL; The 42nd Annual Student Juried Exhibition, UAB, Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Birmingham, AL; and Ink Only II, PaperWorkers Local, UAB Project Space, Birmingham, AL. She was selected for first place in Water and top student work in the The 42nd Annual Student Juried Exhibition. Group shows include Art on the Move Student Exhibition, UAB Project Space, Birmingham, AL; Medium Art Club Pin-up, UAB Project Space, Birmingham, AL; The Language of Peace Student Exhibition, UAB Project Space, Birmingham, AL; The Holiday Bizaar, JSCC, Hoover, AL; and ReCreatement, JSCC, Hoover, AL. Turner also currently serves as a Creative Contributor for the local non-profit, VINEGAR.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Tony Bingham

Board Vice-President and Secretary

Tony Bingham is an artist based in Birmingham Alabama. Bingham teaches studio arts at Miles College, and his primary art making methods incorporate cast iron with pinhole photography. With these processes, Bingham crafts images and objects which reveal and speak of African-American heritage. He uses cast iron as a way to collect and archive historical links to cultural traditions, from blacksmiths in West Africa to enslaved iron working communities at sites like Tannehill, Alabama. Bingham’s investigations pay homage to the ways of rural black folks who take what is there before them and make the things they need, an act which reveals a connection to their origins as an African people. Bingham’s current body of work looks at marking the memory of those who’s lives and legacies lay forgotten among the unmarked headstones, found in the lost and overgrown African American burial sites.

 

Carrie Montgomery

Board Treasurer

 

Mary Powers

Board President