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Barry's most recent collection of lyrical poetry BARRY TAGRIN: Painter and Writer (Art and Academic Director): Masters Degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. His varied and substantial teaching career began with the establishment of the Greenwich Painters and Writers Workshop in San Francisco, and has included over the years faculty positions with Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at Austin, Rikkyo University in Japan and the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain. He has exhibited his paintings worldwide, read and lectured internationally with the Fulbright Commission, and held classes and workshops in Poetry in venues as diverse as Japan, Malaysia, Czech Republic, Egypt and Mexico. His latest book of poems is entitled Collage of the Soul and is available now on Amazon.com
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Sigrid Heath SIGRID HEATH is an award winning actor, playwright and director, who has co-founded three theater companies and collaborated in the development of experimental, multi-discipline work in Philadelphia, New York City and Woodstock, N.Y. She was the 2001 recipient of the prestigious Berrilla Kerr award for playwrighting. Wingbone, her monodrama based on the life of Beryl Markham, was produced by screenwriter Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia, The Painted Veil), Her teaching career is many-faceted, and she is especially accomplished in the area of classic literature and historical/analytical studies of mythology. A learned woman of immense talent, her mentoring style of instruction has brought illumination into the lives of many.
George Crane GEORGE CRANE: Writer, journalist, editor and world traveler holds a Bachelors from the University of Illinois in English Literature and Art History and a Masters in Creative writing from San Francisco State University. He has taught at Manhattanville College, University of Indianapolis and has given seminars and readings around the world (New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Athens, Paris, Prague, Bucharest and at the 2008 International Writers Conference in Bulgaria.) He is author of two internationally acclaimed memoirs, Bones of the Master: A Journey to Secret Mongolia (Random House/Bantam Books) and Beyond the House of the False Lama: Travels with Monks Nomads and Outlaws (Harper Collins). Besides nonfiction, he has translated poetry from the Chinese, A Thousand Pieces of Snow; and an upcoming novel, Never Been Killed, Never Been Eaten: A False Memoir (HarperCollins). Crane’s screenplay, an adaptation of his book, Bones of the Master, has been optioned and is currently in pre-production by Random Acts Entertainment. His writing has been translated into 16 languages.
Cameron Hockenson CAMERON HOCKENSON: An artist and teacher with HISA since 2004, he received a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Masters of Fine Art in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. His art in the form of commissions and exhibitions has been shown internationally in a wide range of contexts including the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Intersection for the Arts, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Arte Sella sculpture park in Italy, and Kamiyama Artist in Residence Program in Japan. He is the recipient of numerous residential grants and fellowships from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Camargo Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, Montalvo Arts Center, and the Valparaiso Foundation in Spain. Hockenson has presented his work at archaeological conferences concerning the intersection of art and science at the Aix-Marseille Institute for Advanced Study in Marseilles, France. His cross-disciplinary practice spanning a wide range of media, addresses historical and contemporary relationships between human culture and the environment. - www.cameronhockenson.com
Alexander Aston NEVA BERGEMANN is a painter and printmaker. She holds a Master's degree in art education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from the University of Minnesota. Neva has been a working artist and teacher for over twenty years, exhibiting her artwork internationally as well as in various regions of the United States. An accomplished artist with a wide range of experience, Neva enjoys working and teaching in more than one medium. Appreciating change, and creative energy, she is flexible and considers choice of medium to be as important as each idea or image being created, aware that watercolor, monotype or oil all have their own expressive qualities.
Yuko Yamauchi painted modeling the kimono YUKO YAMAUCHI: Assistant Director and Registrar, is a graduate of Hokkaido University Medical Program in Sapporo, Japan, and a Certified Occupational Therapist. For six years she was Director of Rehabilitation Therapy for the Red Cross Hospital in northern Hokkaido. Recently earning her degree in Psychology from Indianapolis University, she plays an important role in HISA’s program counselling and organizes the orientation and cultural excursion modules so integral to HISA’s vision of social and creative immersion into the Greek island atmosphere.