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Visual Arts and Craft Panelists
Alida Fish is known for still-life work using manipulated photo processes combining handwork with digital and darkroom techniques printed on glass, metal and a range of artists papers. She is a currently a teaching artist and trustee at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and Professor Emerita at the College of Art and Design, University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has had many solo exhibitions, and her work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, and the International Museum of Photography, among others. Her numerous awards include a Masters Fellowship from the Delaware State Arts Council, and an Individual Fellowship in Photography from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has conducted many workshops and lectures and has served as visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome.
Christopher Schmidt, director of the Schmidt-Dean Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa., is an exhibiting artist who has worked in the gallery business for over 25 years. Schmidt-Dean Gallery was established 18 years ago and exhibits museum quality work by regional, national and international artists. The gallery represents photographers, sculptors, painters, and printmakers. Considered to house the most electric art stable in Philadelphia, the gallery has been voted "Best of Philly" by Philadelphia Magazine. The gallery has also been reviewed by the New York Times, Art News, Art in America, Art Forum, Works on paper, Craft Magazine, Art & Antiques, Architectural Digest, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Mi-Kyoung Lee is associate professor of Crafts and the head of Fibers at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pa. Lee earned her BFA in Fibers from Dong-A University in Busan, Korea, and her MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts, as well as MFA in Fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Lee has had eight solo exhibitions and a number of national and international shows, including Reading Public Museum, Cranbrook Museum of Art, New York and Chicago SOFA, Busan Metropolitan Museum in Korea, and most recently Espace des Tisserands, Alsace, France. She received a Junior Minority Faculty Grant Award from Lindback Foundation in 2004 and 2007. Lee was an editor for Art Textile of the World: Korea, Volume I, which was published in December 2005.
Music Composition and Performance Panelists
Robert Tanner serves on the faculty of the music department at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga, where he teaches classes in composition, theory, and music history. Tanner’s works have been featured in numerous venues, including the Atlanta University Center Composer’s Symposium, the Associated Colleges of the South New Music Festival, and The Ohio State University Contemporary Music Festival. His compositions have been featured in concerts by several musical groups, including the choral ensemble Impromptu, the Choral Guild of Atlanta, and the Young Eight String Octet. Recent honors include commissions from the Luna Nova New Music Ensemble and the Young Voices of Atlanta and recognition in the Young Eight’s Emerging Composers Competition. In addition, Tanner has earned numerous awards and honors, including the State of Ohio Regents Fellowship, Capital University’s John W. Mattern Alumni Prize, and induction into several honor societies.
Helen Kim joined the music faculty in 2006 at Kennesaw State University. She made her orchestral debut with the Calgary Philharmonic at the age of six and has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops at Boston's Symphony Hall, as well as with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. Kim earned her Master's Degree from the Juilliard School and is the recipient of more than 100 national and international awards. In 1992, she won the prestigious Artists International Competition in New York and, as a result, gave debut recitals at Carnegie Weill Hall and the Aspen Summer Music Festival. A native of Canada, Ms. Kim has been engaged by many of Canada's leading orchestras, and has also appeared with the Cobb, Georgia Symphony Orchestra, DeKalb, New Orleans, Aspen and Banff Festival Orchestras, and with orchestras in the United Kingdom, Germany and Poland. She is currently the assistant concertmaster of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra.