Zach Hill is an artist and arts organizer who graduated with a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Hill has shown in institutions and underground spaces locally and nationally. He is a founding member of the collective After School Special, and a was awarded the 2015 Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists in the emerging category.
"My work exposes the sliver of magic that can be found in the everyday, turning it into a fantastical and raucous journey through symbolism. Informed by an interest in cinema and theater, these multimedia narratives are told through video, sculpture, participatory performance, and installation. A television becomes a portal, a wig becomes a curse, and a queer youth becomes a zebra as unnamed characters navigate from reality into alternate, interior dimensions.
During my residency with Bunker Projects I plan to begin working on a project titled The SHRM Troop: a coming of age narrative about a group of unforgiving, relentless misfits. The SHRM Troop forms as a neurotic, formerly-terminally-ill girl, a stripper, and the only out gay kid at school take a stoner with a secret under their wings. The project will be presented as a short film but along the way will generate a series of costumes, props, storyboards, and video."
Tate graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a BFA in Studio Art in May of 2016. She studied abroad at Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts, London in London, UK during Spring of 2015. Tate has worked with the Mattress Factory Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art, both in Pittsburgh, and the Strohl Gallery, Fowler-Kellogg Gallery, and Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden at the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution in New York.
"I am a painter of biographical interior spaces in which the decorations, objects, and furniture depicted are referential to and representational of my memories, emotions, desires, and dreams. Internal mind spaces become interior rooms. My paintings are symbolic of spaces in my mind, constructed by my experiences, which only exist in my blood. These rooms are pieced together from rooms and events throughout history, memories of places of travel, interactions with and characteristics of loved ones, lusts for textile prints and runway styles, and flora and fauna. I aim to create oddly luxurious and unapologetic feminine mind spaces into real spaces, where my audience can exist and dream in."