Sunday, October 9, 2011

Stock has it's first ever guest curator, and YOU still get to decide who gets the money.

Linda Austin has agreed to be our first ever guest curator. She will get to choose 5 proposals from those submitted to us and then we will use the first 5 proposals we receive this cycle to round out our pool to the usual 10. We are excited about having guest curators as another way of reaching out beyond our own personal artistic networks, tapping into more of Portland's artistic communities and as a way of bringing new perspective to the what we do with Stock. Here is Linda's bio and you can check out her website to learn more.

With a background originally in theatre, Linda Austin began making performance and dance in 1983, when her first piece was presented at the Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church. As an active participant in the downtown New York dance and performance community until 1998, Austin presented work at Performance Space 122, the Danspace Project, the Kitchen, and Movement Research at Judson Church. From 1992 to 1994 she lived and made work in Mexico, returning in Mexico City in 1998 for a two-month residency sponsored by Movement Research and funded by the U.S./Mexico Culture Fund.
In 1998, needing a more expansive and stable environment for the creation of work, Austin moved to Portland, Oregon, bought a small church which became her studio and, with lighting designer Jeff Forbes, founded the performing arts non-profit Performance Works Northwest. PWNW serves as parent organization for Linda Austin Dance as well as the catalyst for other projects such as a 2002 residency and commissioning project with New York-based choreographer Sally Silvers.
In the Northwest, Austin has performed in Northwest New Works at both On the Boards and as part of PICA’s TBA Festival; as well as at Velocity (Seattle), Conduit. the Echo Theatre and at her home studio, Performance Works NorthWest.