Current Residents

Residents are at the heart of the Creative Arts & Design Learning Community. One of the primary ways we come together is through The Studio’s weekly seminar. Beyond that, we share our talents by collaborating and supporting each other in our creative practices. Read on to get to know the community even better!

Resident Profiles

Steven Berry

Steven Berry

Hometown: Rosendale, WI
Resident Years: 2017-2018
Expected Graduation Date: 2021
Intended Major: Mathematics & Computer Science
What is your current creative practice?

Writing.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Played video games.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

Unfortunately not, at the moment.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Lots of school.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

Being able to explore many disciplines of art.

Joicelyn Brenson

Joicelyn Brenson

Nickname/Stage Name: Joi
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Resident Years: 2017-2018
Expected Graduation Date: 2021
Intended Major: Communication Arts & English
What is your current creative practice?

I'm a visual artist. I usually work with acrylic or watercolor. I like to use canvas or watercolor paper.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

I loved to spend time with my family in nature. I love(d) to go hunting with my dad and brother on my grandma's land.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

I just have my art on Facebook and Instagram; I don’t have a permanent gallery, but I do get to be shown every once in a while.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I want to be an artist and writer one day. I'm not sure what my career will be, but I want it to make me happy and for it to be helpful to others.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

I love being around creative people. It's so inspiring and comforting.

Collin Dedrick

Collin Dedrick

Hometown: Menomonee Falls, WI
Resident Years: 2017-2018
Expected Graduation Date: 2020
Intended Major: Computer Science
What is your current creative practice?

Composing/arranging music; videography; singing; and playing piano.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Programming computers, and nothing involved with the arts. High school is what opened me up to my artistic side.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

My original music and videos are available at www.youtube.com/users/cukee8.

This year, I am in Wisconsin Singers where I sing, dance, and help arrange music. We have our shows at the Overture Center on November 10th & 11th.

 

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Directing/conducting musicals for high schools.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

A community of fellow artists where there is always someone who knows more than you and is there to help as an amazing resource.

Claire Embil

Claire Embil

Hometown: Skokie, IL
Resident Years: 2017-2018
Expected Graduation Date: 2021
Intended Major: Photography/English
What is your current creative practice?

Digital Photography and Poetry.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Play with American Girl Dolls.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

Claireembilstudios.weebly.com

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Being happy with what I do, whatever that might be.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

The people I've met.

Nile Lansana

Nile Lansana

Hometown: Southside of the Chi (Chicago)
Resident Years: 2017-2018
Expected Graduation Date: 2020-2021
Intended Major: Journalism, Creative Writing
What is your current creative practice?

Poetry/Spoken word, but I am interested in making videos, short stories, and expanding my perspective as an artist.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Static Shock, sweet potato pie, and sleep (and I still love all of those things).

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?
  • Resisting Arrest (edited by Tony Medina)
  • The Breakfast Poets (edited by Kevin Coval, Nate Marshall, and Surayah Ali Lansana)
  • Revise the Psalm (edited by¬† Surayah Ali Lansana and Sarah Jackson Opoku)
  • Youth Speaks Youtube
  • BNV 2016 Chicago
What's one thing you envision for your future?

Being able to give back to my community and uplift Black and Brown youth.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

Aside from First Wave; Elevenatti; 11th Co; "Eleven make it look sexy", having free access to high-quality safe spaces to develop our artistic ambitions and a plethora of minds and mentors to bounce off of.

Onam Lansana

Onam Lansana

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Resident Years: 2017-2018
Expected Graduation Date: 2021
Intended Major: Political/Legal Studies
What is your current creative practice?

Poetry and Fashion

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Play soccer and win poetry slams.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

Youtube.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Becoming a top lawyer.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

Being surrounded by creative people.

Emma Leeper

Emma Leeper

Hometown: San Carlos, CA
Resident Years: 2017-2018
Expected Graduation Date: 2021
Intended Major: Visual Arts
What is your current creative practice?

I don't concentrate in anything specifically, but as of now I would specialize in drawing and maybe pattern design! But mostly drawing.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

I loved playing sports, reading, and drawing.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

Not yet! But hopefully someday!

What's one thing you envision for your future?

A steady job that allows me time to work on art in my spare time, or a successful full-time artistry position. I'm trying to be open to as many options as I can be.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

I have gotten the chance to meet so many other talented artists, and not just visual artists. I think one of the coolest parts was that most or a lot of Studio residents don't do their artistic ability as their major. Everyone is so multi-talented and we can all learn from each other and share our talents.

William Lundquist

William Lundquist

Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Resident Years: 2017-2018
Expected Graduation Date: 2021
Intended Major: English
What is your current creative practice?

Creative Writing, Singing, and Verbal Expression.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Video games.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

soundcloud.com/basedboiz

What's one thing you envision for your future?

A livelihood that makes me happy.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

The people.

Veda Manly

Veda Manly

Hometown: Madison, WI
Resident Years: 2017-2018
Expected Graduation Date: 2021
Intended Major: Information Systems (Certificate in Dance)
What is your current creative practice?

Dance, drawing, painting, sewing (kinda), and photography mainly; but I'm down to try everything.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

I think I was starting to get into anime, but I was also really into American comics, especially X-Men.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

Sometimes I post doodles on my Instagram (@vedafayem) and every once in a while, I’m in shows for Dance.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Having a dog and lots of plants.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

The People! Everyone is so great and it's so fun learning about other people's art forms!

Noah Mapes

Noah Mapes

Hometown: De Pere, WI
Resident Years: 2017-2018
Expected Graduation Date: 2021
Intended Major: Undecided, possible Art History
What is your current creative practice?

I play guitar, drums, bass, keyboard, and sing.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Play Madden.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

Youtube and Soundcloud (Motra).

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I'm going to eat a lot of Taco Bell.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

Being surrounded by friendly, creative people.

Natalie Miselem

Natalie Miselem

Hometown: Greendale, WI
Resident Years: 2017-2018
Expected Graduation Date: 2021
Intended Major: Psychology and Sociology
What is your current creative practice?

Music and musical theater.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Cheer-leading.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

Not at the moment, but I’m working on it.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

A family and a lot of dogs.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

Being surrounded by such a diverse community of other artists and musicians.

Lucas Peterson

Lucas Peterson

Hometown: South Orange/Maplewood (MapSo), New Jersey
Resident Years: 2017-2018
Expected Graduation Date: 2021
Intended Major: Political Science/Agriculture/Undecided
What is your current creative practice?

FREE SALAD!

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Imagine.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?
  • WID (Wisconsin Institute of Discovery)
  • Free Salad Exhibition (Coming soon…)

 

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Making positive waves in the world.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

The people are all very unique, talented, chill, and diverse.

Seminars

 

 

 

The Studio Presents: Fall 2017 Seminar

Integrated Arts 110, Section 001: Creative Arts Community Fall 2017 Seminar

Tuesdays, 5:30-7pm, Blackbox, B32 Sellery Hall

Credits: 1

Instructors: Faculty Director, Faisal Abdu’Allah & Program Coordinator, Marina Kelly.

Download the syllabus (PDF) here.