JACK O’HEARN, Brickscape Founder and Project Director

Jack O’Hearn is the Community Arts Coordinator for The West Virginia’s Department of Arts, Culture and History. He’s also a multi-media artist specializing in site-specific work for both exhibitions and public spaces. Born in Lowell, MA in 1982, O'Hearn earned his MFA at The University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2013 and his BFA at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA in 2005. Over the past few years, he has participated in several site-specific exhibitions utilizing alternative spaces, which inspired him to develop and coordinate Brickscape. Among his highest awards have been a Grant for Visual Artists from The Harpo Foundation in 2014 as well as an Artist Fellowship in Painting from The Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2008. www.jackohearn.com 

ROBERT HOWSARE

Informed by a background in psychology and commercial printing, Robert Howsare’s interdisciplinary work explores failure and the glitches occurring within systems.  He currently lives and works in Buckhannon, West Virginia, where he is an assistant professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Howsare is a 2018 Brickscape alum and has participated in several other residencies such as the Vermont Studio Center and Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from Ohio University. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally; select venues include the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Austrian Cultural Forum of New York, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art and the International Print Center of New York. www.roberthowsare.com

MIYUKI AKAI-COOK

Miyuki Akai Cook is the Associate Professor of Fibers at Marshall University, Huntington, as well as a 2018 Brickscape alum. Miyuki was born and raised in Japan where her mother introduced her to sewing, knitting, and crocheting. She earned her BFA in Interior Design from Osaka University of Arts, Japan. In 2000 Miyuki took a journey to the U.S. to explore a different culture, and re-discovered a passion for textile while studying at the University of North Texas. In 2006 she received her MFA in Fiber/Artisanry from University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth. She calls herself a “maker” because her curious and adventurous personality led her to use various techniques, materials, and spaces for uniquely different purposes. www.miyukiakai.wixsite.com/artist