Jack O'HearnResidency Coordinator

Jack O’Hearn is the Community Arts Coordinator for West Virginia’s Division of Culture and History. He’s also a multi-disciplinary 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 

Jessica O'Hearn

Jessica O’Hearn is the Artistic Director and Curator at the Juliet Art Museum in Charleston, WV. Born and raised in NJ, she earned her BFA at Lesley University in 2006 and her MFA at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2011. After completing the printer training program at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography, Jessica went on to work as registrar to the Michael Mazur Estate, Printmaking Lab Technician and Foundations Lecturer at The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and Production Printer at The University of Notre Dame’s Segura Arts Studio in South Bend, IN. www.theclaycenter.org/museum-of-art/

Nik Botkin

Nik Botkin is a native West Virginia artist who holds a Master of Art with a concentration in sculpture from Marshall University and a Bachelor of Art with a concentration in painting from West Virginia State University.  He is owner of Apartment Earth contemporary art gallery located in Charleston, West Virginia where he exhibits his own work alongside the work of other non-traditional artists. The juxtaposition of being raised in a family with multiple generations employed by the local power plants and spending childhood summers in the wilderness of Pocahontas County is the shaping factor behind all his work.  His goal is to create a non-hypocritical place for people on both sides of the environmental argument to come together. www.apartmentearth.net

Elizabeth Turner

Elizabeth Turner is a mixed media artist living Charleston, WV. She is Co-Director of Apartment Earth Gallery, is a member of West Virginia’s Allied Artists and works for the communication design company, MESH Design and Development, as their Operations Manager for their Charleston, WV and Brooklyn, NY studios. Turner has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Textile Design from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA. While living in Philadelphia she worked for textile design companies Galbraith & Paul, and Viv Pickle Custom Handbags. In 2007, she moved to Asheville, NC and apprenticed with textile artist, Barbara Zaretsky, before returning to her hometown in 2008. www.etcreative.tumblr.com