Artists and Organizers

Organizers
Sura Faraj: Community activist, builder and organizer; flag dancer; Milwaukee River lover; promoter of environmental sustainability; lover of justice; believer in sacrifice. sura@suraforchange.com, 414.263.1513
Annie Weidert is not an artist herself but loves to be part of the birth of new community relationships and vivid, visible reflections of our community’s life and spirit! She is fueled by exploring what vitalizing things can be made happen when energetic folks come together to pool their time, resources, talent, and creativity. Our community is what we do together. She'd love to brainstorm with you. aweidert at gmail.com, 408.761.1755
Paul Peck: A former vagabond, Bohemian and Thespian, and Sign Language Interpreter, I have returned to my hometown of Milwaukee and put down roots as an East Side homeowner and apartment manager.  I was impressed with Sura's campaign for Alderman.  I was very excited about this project and soon discovered the effort had a unique purity....the focus on building community was never lost, and the ensemble efforts of artists and homeowners was never eclipsed by personal vainity.  While most projects like this have a jury system.  The uniting of artists and homeowner to deceide for themselves on how to create a collective expression in the community was a democratic approach that is truely unique to this effort....I usually work in 3-D....prefering to Sculpt rather than illustrate or paint, I found the creation of a Mural for John to be a rich and rewarding experience.....Watching how this project has motivated a wide variety of participation throughout the community has been inspiring and can rightfully make everyone proud of our city. 
 
Pacia Sallomi: Pacia Sallomi is an Associate Professor of Art at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI where she teaches painting and drawing.  She has had 17 solo show and has been included in more than 65 national and international exhibitions. In 2007 she published a collaborative book of poetry and paintings called, Shield … Le Bouclier, a project that was created during a six-month residency in France.
Carolina Soza
Melissa Froiland:I got involved with Art in the Alleys to build community, have fun and be a part of making art. melissaf@chorus.net
Isaiah Rembert: For many years I have had one foot planted in the world of community economic development and the other in arts and cultural development initiatives. My graduate studies have allowed me to merge the two fields and promote community based art/cultural initiatives which have been and continue to be one of the pillars of post-industrial redevelopment efforts. The Alley Art Project is an ideal manifestation of community development and creative expression, and I am humbled to have contributed, in some small, way to its success. irembert@uwm.edu
Lorraine Jacobs
Chris Christie: Chris is a writer/ activist/artist who has an MFA in creative writing. She is interested in creating art that contributes to making the world a more just and peaceful place. cckingsley@gmail.com
Nick DeMarsh: Nick was inspired by the recently added murals on the Southside that added color and energy to the community.  This Art in the Alleys project shows that artists are seeking an opportunity to express themselves. He looks forward to seeing the next positive creations to emerge. nickdemarsh@gmail.com

Artists
Pacia Sallomi
: Pacia Sallomi is an Associate Professor of Art at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI where she teaches painting and drawing.  She has had 17 solo show and has been included in more than 65 national and international exhibitions. In 2007 she published a collaborative book of poetry and paintings called, Shield … Le Bouclier, a project that was created during a six-month residency in France.
Elizabeth Sawyer: I am an art therapy major at Carroll College and have an emphasis on children with autism. I am very interested in all aspects of creativity/artistic expression and can be contacted at esawyer@cc.edu.
Brian McGinnis
Steven Ruiz
Paul Peck:  I am completing my Degree in Sculpture at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design where I have been studying Industrial Design and Sculpture...I have been interested in developing appropriate technology for the developing world and hope one day, as an avocation,  to translate my professional skills as an artist, Designer, and technical writer to make known solutions more readily available to persons in the field....Currently, I am creating an 8 foot human figure out of welded chains to be installed at the Medical College of Wisconsin....and am working on several works 
of cast bronze....both as decorative and fine arts pieces. .....paul.peck@gmail.com

Cecily Babb
Kara Mulrooney
Kristopher Pollard
Maureen Kane
Juliet Jaeger
Shana Goetsch:
Shana R. Goetsch received her BFA in painting from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in May 2008. She also holds a printmaking minor. Using her work as a vehicle for change and empowerment in herself and others, Goetsch often uses words and specific phrases to interject personal history, experience and meaning into her pieces. Many hand gathered and found objects are used as materials in her work, as well. Goetsch sees painting as an important starting point in her field, “I’m a painter, and anything else I can possibly get a way with.”  esgee@sbcglobal.net
Kari Garon
Jessica Laub
Vanessa Andrews and Chris Christie:
Vanessa is an artist graduated from UWM with a BSA in art. Chris is a writer/ activist/artist who has an MFA in creative writing. We are both interested in creating art that contributes to making the world a more just and peaceful place. cckingsley@gmail.com
Kate Luscher
Lynn Allen
Tia Richardson
Angela Livermore



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