Protecting a Free Press while Journalism is in Turmoil
Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
at the Gerald R. Ford Library

Ken Cadwallader

Kenneth Cadwallader's paintings are wonderfully colorful and dynamic representations of the world around us. Inspired by just about everything, Cadwallader paints subjects ranging from landscape to floral to figure with a unique quality all their own.

As Cadwallader built his professional career many people began to take notice including galleries, magazines and jurors. His paintings can be found in galleries across the country. Cadwallader has participated in many prestigious shows such as the Arts for the Parks, Oil Painters of America, and Portrait Society of America, receiving awards in all.

Cadwallader's paintings are a strong combination of color and design. He has derived his style from the influence of painters whom he admires, masters he has worked with and an unmistakable element that comes from deep within. Cadwallader strives to convey his vision to the viewer, inviting them to share the sheer wonder he experiences while painting.

J Brett Grill

J Brett Grill is a painter and sculptor currently residing in Columbia, MO. Brett attended at the University of Michigan where he studied figurative sculpture, earning a Bachelors degree in fine art in 2001. He received his MFA in painting at the New York Academy of Art in 2003. Brett has been awarded artist residencies in France and Norway. He has lectured on his own work and historical painting techniques throughout the Midwest and has exhibited across the nation including Chicago and New York. He is represented in private collections all over the nation. Brett is currently Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO where he teaches drawing and painting and maintains his professional practice. Additionally, he has received numerous figurative sculpture commissions, notably the President Gerald R. Ford Sculpture to be installed in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington D.C. in fall 2009.

Scott Hessels

Scott Hessels is a new media artist and independent filmmaker who has worked in several different media including film, video, web, music, broadcast, print, and performance. He is best known for experimenting with the cinematic form by mixing film with emerging technologies like sensors, robotics, and GPS. After previously working at UCLA, he is currently at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

His films and videos have shown in the top international film and new media festivals, on television, and in contemporary art galleries over the past 20 years.  As a media artist, his work has exhibited around the world including
The Museum of Modern Art in New York last year.

His large-scale artworks are often complex partnerships and he was worked with a wide range of government and private industries including NASA, Skywalker Sound, Sony Pictures, Nokia International, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company.

Jonathan Hils

A native of New Hampshire, Jonathan W. Hils is an Associate Professor of sculpture at the University of Oklahoma School of Art & Art History. He received his BFA degree from Georgia State University and his MFA from Tulane University. The recipient of the 2005 Oklahoma Visual Art Coalition Fellowship (OVAC) for outstanding creative work in the visual arts, Hils’ work has been exhibited extensively across the country and is represented in several private and corporate collections. He was selected for a John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry residency in 2005 & received the 21st Rosen Outdoor Sculpture prize in 2007. He will present his first solo museum exhibition at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art in September 2010. He currently resides in Norman, OK and is represented by Walker Fine Art in Denver, CO.

Derek Maxfield

Derek Maxfield, Co-Owner of Ice Sculptures Ltd, has been featured on the Discovery Channel and on Ripley's Believe It or Not TV show and book. He is co-author of Ice Sculpting the Modern Way and has been showcased in Chef Magazine, the National Restaurant Association's magazine, MBA Jungle, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.  Winner of numerous ice sculpting competitions including the 2008 Tour of Champions and 2nd place at the Ice Alaska World Championships. His ice has been commissioned for movie premiers, President Ford on the 35th anniversary of his inauguration, and Governor Granholm's Inaugural Ball. Derek has created displays for celebrities and entertainers from Aerosmith to ZZ Top. Maxfield also created sculptures for the 2004 Ryder Cup, the 2006 Super Bowl, the 2007 World Series, and the 2009 NCAA Final four Championships.

Margaret Vega

Margaret Vega teaches painting and drawing at Kendall College of Art and Design, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has also taught at Academia di Belle Arti in Perugia and at Grand Valley State University. Highlighted major exhibitions include: Angelus Novus International Exhibition, Perugia, Italy; Bridging Continents 14 American Artists in Germany, exhibits in: Munich, Frankfurter, Stuttgart, and Cologne. Margaret has served as principle interior architect and furniture designer for three Caffe' Leonardo locations and Suite 303 of the Waters Building. Her awards include: Michigan Council for the Arts Grant; YWCA Tribute Award for outstanding contribution in visual arts; and Legacy 2003: Woman's  History Month Award.