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Victor E. Ferrall, Jr. Endowed Artists-in-Residence Program

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The Victor E. Ferrall, Jr. Endowed Artists-in-Residence Program brings distinguished visual or performing artists to campus for as little as a day or two or for as long as a semester to teach, direct workshops, and perform or exhibit his or her works. During the artist’s stay, his or her work or work created by collaborating students is presented in an exhibition at the Wright Museum of Art. The program was established in 1998 in honor of the ninth president of Beloit College, Victor E. Ferrall.

Suzanne Thorpe


Suzanne Thorpe is a composer, performer, scholar and educator. She creates site-oriented sound compositions that use a variety of media and technology, and performs on the electroacoustic flute, expanded with digital and analog tools. She is also a Deep Listening instructor, having studied in depth with American Composer and Deep Listening Founder Pauline Oliveros. Thorpe’s compositions draws upon traditions of acoustic ecology, soundscape, land art, and improvisation, and her research intersects with new materialism, systems theory, and environmental ethics.

She has performed and exhibited her work internationally, and has been awarded the Frog Peak Collective Award for innovative research in technology, along with grants from Harvestworks Digital Media Foundation, New Music USA, and the MAP Fund. Having earned her MFA at Mills College in Electronic Music & Media, Thorpe is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at University California, San Diego, and co-founder and director of TECHNE, an education organization whose goal is to close the gender gap in technology oriented endeavors.

Amanda Browder


Amanda Browder’98 specializes in large-scale fabric installations for building exteriors and other public sites. Her work has been recognized nationally and internationally at festivals, art shows, and in publications.

Helen Gillet


Helen Gillet is a jazz-based cellist, singer, composer, and improviser. She grew up in Belgium, Singapore, Chicago, and Wisconsin. Performing her own eclectic mix of French, contemporary jazz, North Indian, blues, and classical styles, Gillet has forged a path for the cello in the New Orleans music scene since her arrival in 2002, winning Best Female Performer (2014 Gambit Big Easy Awards), Best Mixed Bag (2012 Gambit Big Easy Awards), and Best Contemporary Jazz (2011 Gambit Big Easy Awards). Beloit College is proud to claim her as a graduate of the class of 2000.

She has performed extensively in music venues across the United States and Western Europe. Beginning cello lessons at the age of 9, Gillet has taken her classical education all the way to a master’s degree (Loyola University). Her training as an improviser began with North Indian Hindustani vocal ragas in 1998, which launched her into the worlds of free improvisation, jazz, funk, rock, and French chansons. Gillet has performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Festival International (Lafayette, La.), Voodoo Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival and Hindsgavl Festival in Denmark, Mirano Oltre Festival in Italy, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Tomie Hahn


Tomie Hahn is a performer and ethnologist whose activities span a wide range of topics, including Japanese traditional performing arts, Monster Truck rallies, issues of identity and creative expression of multiracial individuals, relationships of technology and culture, interactive dance/movement performance, gestural control, and extended human/computer interface in the performing arts.

Lisa Anne Auerbach


Lisa Anne Auerbach is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles, Calif. Focusing primarily on knitting, photography, and publications, her work has been exhibited internationally since 1996. Select solo exhibitions include Chicken Strikken at Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden; Election Sweater Project at the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colo.; Torn Porn at Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Fla.; and Take This Knitting Machine and Shove It at Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, U.K. Select group exhibitions include Nine Lives at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Calif.; Cottage Industry at the Baltimore Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Md.; and The Way That We Rhyme at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Calif. 

Auerbach is the recipient of the 2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, a 2007 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists, and a 2013 City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Fellowship. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester N.Y., and her Master of Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Calif. Her work is represented by Gavlak Gallery in Palm Beach, Fla., and she is an assistant professor of art at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif.

Tony Scodwell


Beloit native Tony Scodwell is the the 2013 Ferrall Artist-in-Residence. A jazz musician, Scodwell is a formidable trumpet player who makes custom trumpets, and is also a professional photographer. He studied at the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston on a full scholarship provided by the international music magazine DownBeat, and he toured with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. He currently resides in Las Vegas.

Nina Katchadourian


Nina Katchadourian is an internationally renowned artist who is known for working in a wide variety of media including photography, sculpture, video, and sound. She is represented by the Sara Meltzer gallery in New York and the Catharine Clark gallery in San Francisco. Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally at venues such as PS1/MoMA, the Serpentine Gallery, New Langton Arts, Artists Space, SculptureCenter, and the Palais de Tokyo.

Philip Bohlman


Philip Bohlman is a professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago and an artistic director of the New Budapest Orpheum Society who has extensively researched the history of Jewish music, as well as the musical cultures of Europe, America, and the Middle East.

Aaron Gach


Aaron Gach is a social activist, artist, and co-founder of the Center for Tactical Magic, a global organization established in 2000 headquartered in Oakland, Calif., that explores the connection between art and magic. He has lectured at Stanford University, the University of California-Santa Cruz, and the California College of the Arts.

Marie Watt

2007 Fall

Marie Watt is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Portland, Ore. In her artwork, she draws from indigenous design principles, oral tradition, personal experience, and Western art history. She is represented in Portland by Jane Beebe at PDX Contemporary Art and in Seattle, Wash., by Greg Kucera Gallery.

Leighton Pierce

2007 Spring

Leighton Pierce is a new media artist who uses film, video, and sound to create experiences in transformative time. Before making films, he studied ceramics and music composition. Pierce currently serves as the chair of the film and video department at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. He previously taught film, video, and audio production at the University of Iowa.

Ellis Marsalis



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Stephanie Barber


Stephanie Barber is a multimedia artist who creates meticulously crafted, odd, and imaginative films and videos as well as performance pieces that incorporate music, literature, video, and anything she is thinking about. She has had numerous solo screenings of her film and video work including shows at the Museum of Modern Art and The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art among others. She teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Ester Lamneck and Robert Rowe



Nick Cave


Nick Cave is an American fabric sculptor, dancer, and performance artist best known for his “Soundsuits,” which are wearable fabric sculptures that are bright, whimsical, and other-worldy. He lives in Chicago where he serves as director of the graduate fashion program at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Jeanne Silverthorne


New York sculptor Jeanne Silverthorne’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, Denver Museum, Houston Museum, and Albright Knox Museum among other institutions. She presently teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.