CSA STL Season Two Artists

All artwork depicted here is meant to illustrate the kind of work each artist creates and is not a representation of the exact work being produced for the CSA. 


Phillip Finder

Phillip will create a series of white stoneware bowls with a 12" diameter that all feature unique textural details resulting from scraping, pinching, and the use of slips.

Bio: Phillip Finder is an emerging artist working in St. Louis, MO. Clay is his primary medium, but he often combines his clay work with other materials, including metals, concrete, and wood. Phillip holds a BFA from the University of North Florida, and in 2013 earned his MFA in Ceramics from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. At SIUE, he was the recipient of the Carey Orness Sculpture Award and the Martha Holden Graduate award. Currently, Phillip teaches ceramics at St. Louis Community College Forest Park, Maryville University, and Krueger Pottery Supply. His work has received recognition both locally and nationally, and has recently been featured by Barcelona based architecture and design group, MDBA.


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Tate Foley

Tate will create a series of Risograph artist's books of drawings and appropriated graphics that explore Reagan-era deregulation of advertising directed to children.

Bio: Tate Foley was born in Millerton, a small, rural town in Northcentral Pennsylvania and currently lives and works in Saint Louis, Missouri. In 2007, he received his BA in Studio Art from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and earned his MFA in Printmaking in 2010 from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. His work has recently been exhibited in New York City, Washington D.C., Portland, Saint Louis, and Cleveland, and has been purchased by both Yale University and Reed College libraries. With a broad and deep knowledge of disciplines coupled with a printmaking core, Foley creates works that alter relationships between images and text. Tate is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts at Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri.



Carrie Gillen

Carrie will create a series of one of a kind 9"x12" low-relief paintings that explore ideas of materiality, abstraction, and architectural excavation.

Bio: Carrie Gillen is a native of St. Louis, Missouri who currently works and lives in South St. Louis City. She received her Bachelors in Arts from Loyola University in New Orleans and is currently pursuing an MFA at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. As an artist and educator, Gillen has taught with a variety of St. Louis nonprofit organizations, worked as an assistant art coordinator for the Louisiana Children’s Museum, and participated in public art programs affiliated with the South Grand St. Louis Community Improvement District. Her interdisciplinary work focuses on reinterpreting contemporary building practices in both domestic and institutional spaces. She aims to expose the implications of our contemporary built space through a somewhat dystopian narrative. 



Ming Ying Hong

Ming will create a series of roughly 10"x8" graphite drawings on mylar focused on a range of slow-changing, ephemeral subjects.

Bio: Ming Ying Hong uses drawing as a way to explore the idea of nothingness, an idea that exists in between meaning and non-meaning. For her CSA project, this interest is encapsulated in the instability of moving images within the static framework of a piece of paper. Ming has shown in a number of cities in the United States, including Baltimore, Maryland; Louisville, Kentucky; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and St. Louis, MO. She was born in Guang Zhou, China and is currently completing her Master of Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Ming will graduate in May 2015.



Nick Nihira

Nick will create a series of 18"x24" black and white screen prints.

Bio: Nick Nihira is a painter, printmaker, and musician living in the Fox Park neighborhood of St Louis. He is an Assistant Professor of Art at Jefferson College and a member of the local band, CharFlies. Nick received a BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, OH and an MFA from Washington University in St Louis.



Jeremy Rabus

Jeremy will create a series of paintings that blur the line between 2D and 3D art by incorporating a variety of different materials.

Bio: Jeremy Rabus explores the physical properties of paint (such as opacity and viscosity), and the optical effects of color through his vibrant abstract paintings. He received a BFA in Painting from Southern Illinois University in 2004. He has exhibited widely in the St. Louis region, in venues such as Mad Art Gallery, the St. Louis Artists’ Guild, the Ethical Society of St. Louis, and is currently preparing his sixth solo exhibit with Hoffman LaChance Contemporary in St. Louis, as well as a group exhibit at Jamie Brooks Fine Art in Costa Mesa, CA. He has received several awards, including the Rosemarie Sacchi Award and the SIUE Friends of Art Award-Painting. Rabus lives and works in St. Louis, MO.



Ruth Reese

Ruth will create a series of porcelain cups that feature images and poetry. Each member will receive 3 cups.

Bio: Ruth Ann Reese is a studio artist living and working in St. Louis, MO. Reese pursued literature in her undergraduate studies at Loyola University in New Orleans, and ideas surrounding story and metaphor still inform her work. Reese went on to earn her MFA in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis, where she used clay and dirt to create architectural installations. For Reese, clay is a primordial and elemental material – an expression of the body, its plasticity and, most importantly, its humanness. She is an artist fascinated with pathos, and the nature of presence. For her, the art object carries an embedded knowledge to be questioned, explored, and shared. You will find her work published in “500 Plates and Chargers,” “500 Raku,” and “Mourning the Unborn Dead: A Buddhist Ritual Comes to America.”  She has exhibited locally and nationally, including at the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin and Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design in St. Louis. Reese has held several solo exhibitions, and is the director of her own exhibition space, Reese Gallery, which exhibits other artists. Ruth Reese has taught across the bi-state region, most recently at St. Louis Community College at Meramec and Maryville University.



Louis Wall / The Texas Room

The Texas Room will record a series of songs specifically curated for the CSA project.

Bio: Louis Wall, a St. Louis-based musician, started The Texas Room project in 2014 to celebrate St. Louis’s rich and diverse music scene. Since then, The Texas Room has facilitated many recording sessions that provide free recording time to refugees and new American musicians while creating artistic collaboration across social boundaries. The Texas Room Collaboration Project engages many diverse musicians to create an album celebrating cultural heritage and our ever growing immigrant population. The Texas Room is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. The Texas Room operates at Native Sound Recordings in Saint Louis, MO.



Ken Wood

Ken will create four medium size prints in editions of twelve or thirteen impressions each. The four images will share a color palette and gestural motifs, and each will consist of three layers and colors. Each member will receive one print.

Bio: Ken Wood is an artist and educator based in St Louis, MO. He has shown his paintings and prints locally at The Contemporary Art Museum, COCA, Philip Slein Gallery, Good Citizen, Art St Louis, Duet, The Foundry in St Charles, and UMSL. Recent and upcoming shows outside of St Louis include group exhibitions at the Opie Gallery in Kansas City, the gallery at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, “The Contemporary Print” show in Austin, TX, the Aqua Art Fair in Miami, and a printmaking show in Cairo, Egypt. He is the recipient of the Solo Exhibition Award at the Print Center in Philadelphia, chosen from over 400 national and international applicants by jurors Dan Byers, Senior Curator of the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston and Tina Kukielski, Curator of the Hillman Photography Initiative, Carnegie Museum of Art; that show opens in April 2015. Most recently, his piece Written Words Fly, II-b (AP2) was selected for New Prints 2015/Summer at International Print Center New York, which opens on June 11, 2015 and runs through July 31. His work is included in collections nationwide, and can be seen in the offices of Twitter in California, STL Venture Works in Chesterfield, and KWMU in St Louis. He has taught Printmaking, Drawing and Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, Wesleyan University, Temple University in Rome, Virginia Tech, Washington University in St Louis, and St. Louis Community College - Meramec.