Artists in residence

Previous Artists

Green Box’s residency program kicked off in 2020 and each artist makes a lasting impact in our community.  

Renee Cornue
Stillhouse Junkies

Stillhouse Junkies is a one-of-a-kind creative project born out of the collective passions of three individuals with very different musical backgrounds. With chops and stylistic leanings ranging from classical to West African, blues, bluegrass, and swing, Fred Kosak, Alissa Wolf, and Cody Tinnin came together around a shared goal of bringing sounds and grooves to their fans that fall outside of easy genre distinctions. With all three band members trading lead vocal, songwriting, and arranging duties, Stillhouse Junkies paint with a rich tonal palette that pays homage to their musical heroes while forging a unique artistic path. Stillhouse Junkies are proud to be winners of the 2021 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year award, 2018 and 2019 Telluride Band Contest finalists (3rd & 2nd place) Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Showcase Artists, and Showcase Artists at both the 2020 & 2021 IBMA World of Bluegrass.

The Durango, Colorado-based bluegrass band is spending their Green Box residency focusing on composing material, writing arrangements and conducting rigorous daily rehearsals to prepare for their next album. They will also be engaging with music students across the community, including Manitou Springs School District 14.

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Nathaniel Huard
Amir Amiri

Amir Amiri dwells at the centre of a unique musical universe where ancient inspiration, dazzling virtuosity, and bold creativity meet. Surrounding himself with outstanding collaborators from the worlds of jazz, classical and world music, Amiri fearlessly transcends genres and borders, exquisitely transporting his ancient instrument into the musical conversations of our time.  Born in Tehran, Iran, Amiri is a master of the santur, a 72-string instrument dating from approximately 500 BCE.  Since arriving in Canada in 1996, Amiri has created numerous groundbreaking ensembles including the Amir Amiri Ensemble, inspired by the fluidity of musical influences in Iran and featuring the hypnotic presence of a Whirling Dervish; and Ensemble Kimya, a Montreal-Paris collaboration, combining early classical and contemporary music from Europe, the Middle East and India. Perséides, his duo with double bass player Jean Félix Mailloux, was featured at the National Arts Centre’s Sounds of Persia: Canada’s New Music Masters in 2018, where Amiri was Artistic Director.

Paula Bohince author photo, photo credit to Patrick Mullen
Patrick Mullen
Paula Bohince

Paula Bohince is the author of three poetry collections, all from Sarabande: Swallows and Waves (January 2016), The Children (2012), and Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods (2008). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Granta, POETRY, The TLS, The Irish Times, Australian Book Review, and elsewhere.  She has been the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholar, the Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place, a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Amy Clampitt House Resident, the inaugural Summer Poet in Residence at the University of Mississippi, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a Hawthornden Fellow.  She has received the “Discovery”/The Nation Award, the Grolier Poetry Prize, the George Bogin Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and Second Prize in the UK National Poetry Competition for her poem “Among Barmaids.”  She has taught at New York University, the New School, The Poetry School, and elsewhere.  She lives in Pennsylvania.

Paula will be advancing her fourth poetry collection, Illume, which considers the role of artificial light on climate change and wildlife, meditating on geopolitical implications of the fossil fuel industry broadly but how in subtle ways plant, human, and animal are impacted.

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Nathan Bilow
Arvin Ramgoolam

Arvin Ramgoolam is a father, writer and co-owner of Townie Books and Rumors Coffee & Tea House with his wife Danica in Crested Butte, Colorado.  He is the 2020 recipient of the Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship from One Story and a recent MacDowell Fellow.  His work focuses on otherness and place, especially minorities in the American West.

Arvin will work on his novel in progress which unsettles the west and at its core is the story of a family living with grief with themes of memory, land, and belonging.  The story is rooted in the geological, mythological and human history of Southern New Mexico.

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Brooke Smiley

Brooke Smiley is an artist who guides land and body learning.  Brooke is a Somatic Movement Educator (SME) from Body Mind Centering® working in the BMC® practitioner training, and therapist in Somatic Experiencing® (SE), practicing from both Western and Indigenous perspectives.  Her passion for working with the earth comes from being born into a family of builders.  She holds a California General Contractor’s License, and specializes in Superadobe, as a graduate and long term apprentice of California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture (CalEarth).  She has experience building earth domes for the Tarahumara women in Guachochi, Mexico, the Havasupai in Arizona, sculptural play gardens outside the Hayward Gallery in London, and the “Hollywood Dome” featured on HGTV.  She is awarded as a United States Dance Scholar from the California State Senate, California Legislature, and United States Congress.

Brooke will spend her residency developing an EARTH.SPEAKS project with/for/by the community.  EARTH.SPEAKS is a series of land-based public art projects aimed at healing through community creation of earth markers, a sustainable practice of structure building.  This work centers Indigenous identity through reconnecting with our bodies, one another, and the land.  Brooke will guide the community in building two earth markers, to uplift awareness of Indigenous history, present day visibility, and messages of the land.

Joe Friend
Nikki Pike

Nikki Pike is an Artist and Activist committed to serving the community through her art practice and role as an educator. Through the use of universally positive human experiences such as curiosity, music, surprise, and gifting along with the influence of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, she spreads values of empowerment, vulnerability and connection in the form of experience as opposed to product. Nikki sees herself as a Cultural Agent working together with local communities promoting activity and creativity. With her expansive practice, Nikki straddles Public Arts, Social Sculpture, Service Art and is exploring ideas of Relief Art intended to aide communities responding to disaster. Her methods start from the ideals of democracy and her work has been featured at the Denver Art Museum, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and Art Basel Miami to name a few. Currently Nikki resides in Denver, Colorado and holds a professorship at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

During her residency, Nikki Pike will create an outdoor sculptural work utilizing bark-skinned forms, adding to Green Box’s public collection.  Additionally, Nikki will develop a series of drawings related to the work and embark on community engagement workshops throughout her residency.

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Edwin Ushiro

Edwin Ushiro is an artist from Hawaii who currently resides in Southern California.  After earning a BFA with Honors in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design, he has been working in the entertainment industry as a Concept Designer, Storyboard Artist and Illustrator for clients including: Sony, 20th Century Fox, Fox Animation, Jim Henson, Warner Brothers and Lady Gaga.  In addition, he has been exhibited at venues worldwide including the Villa Bottini in Italy, the Museum of Kyoto, and the Honolulu Museum of Art.

During his residency, Edwin will create paintings which explore the oral traditions, focusing on ghosts and legends, of the Pikes Peak region.  The final result will be displayed on Lake Street through the winter.  Edwin will interview residents of the community in service of the art, by collecting local folklore and ghost stories and will provide various workshops inclusive of Plein Air sketching, composition, drawing and painting.

Carole d'Inverno.Cropped. Photo by Monica Frisell
Monica Jane Frisell
Carole d’Inverno

Carole d’Inverno is an abstract artist who grew up in Italy & Belgium, moved to the United States in 1979 and now lives in Brooklyn.  d’Inverno has had numerous solo and group shows in the United States. Solo shows include Transumanza: Duluth and Minnesota, at the Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN (Winter 2020); Transumanza: Massillon and Ohio, at the Massillon Museum of Art and History, Massillon, Ohio; Appalachia: an Abstraction, at the Western Carolina University Art Center; A Way of Saying, at SUNY Rochester Monroe College, Rochester, NY.  d’Inverno is the recipient of The Art of Ivy Side, National Competition Winner, PENN State Altoona, PA; she has been accepted into the historical Artist Lab at Rokeby Museum,VT, and has been awarded Fellowships and Residencies at the Art and History Museums, Maitland, Florida, the Studios at Key West, La Playa, Summer Lake (OR,) Willapa Bay AIR, Willapa (WA), the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson (VT), the BAU Institute, Otranto (Italy,) Starry Night, Truth or Consequences (NM,) and the Wassard Elia Center, Ascea, (Italy.)  Her work is in the public collections of the Microsoft Art Collection, Kirkland, WA; Group Health Headquarters, Seattle; Swedish Hospital, Seattle; Seattle University, Seattle; The Maitland Art and History Museum and in private collections across the US and Europe.

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Monica Jane Frisell
Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell’s career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 40 years and many celebrated recordings, whose catalog has been cited by Downbeat as “the best recorded output of the decade.”  Recognized as one of America’s 21 most vital and productive performing artists, Frisell was named an inaugural Doris Duke Artist in 2012.  He is also a recipient of grants from United States Artists, Meet the Composer among others.  In 2016, he was a beneficiary of the first FreshGrass Composition commission to preserve and support innovative grassroots music.  Upon San Francisco Jazz opening their doors in 2013, he served as one of their Resident Artistic Directors.  Bill is also the subject of a new documentary film by director Emma Franz, entitled Bill Frisell: A Portrait, which examines his creative process in depth.  He has six Grammy nominations, and one win.

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Matthew Jamal

New York based composer and multi-instrumentalist, Matthew Jamal has a vast musical palette drawing inspiration from folk, eastern and western classical music, jazz, and gospel. He released his debut EP, Itinerant, in 2020 which featured improvisational music using only the sounds of his double bass and voice.  A graduate of Manhattan School of Music, Matthew will compose and record a new musical work during his Green Box residency.

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SubUrban Photography
Jessica Kahkoska

A Colorado Springs native, Jessica is a playwright, librettist, screenwriter, performer and researcher/dramaturg for theatre and TV.  She is most interested in work driven by interdisciplinary research, true stories, and community collaboration.  Her work as a writer has been commissioned by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Cooper Union, NY Stage and Film, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, and Roundabout Theatre Company, amongst others.  Jessica will write, develop and perform a history & art audio tour for Green Box and Green Mountain Falls which will launch at the summer Festival in 2022.

Taryn Vander Hoop/Summation Dance

Taryn Vander Hoop, a lifelong student of movement, is a dancer, choreographer, and international yoga and dance teacher known for her long unique sequences and encouraging spirit. Her company, Summation Dance, co-founded with Sumi Clements, is a highly-physical modern dance company, now based in NYC and LA. The company has performed at notable venues, such as Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), Jacob’s Pillow, and Z-Space, and toured nationally. Taryn will build and choreograph a new work with two dancers during her residency.