Carolyn Lavender was raised in Washington and has lived in Arizona for many years. She attended Northern Arizona and Arizona State University where she earned a BFA and MFA in Drawing. Some resume highlights are the 2004 Arizona State University Art Museum show “Democracy in America”, the 1995 and 2007 Tucson Museum of Art Biennials, and the “Group Show of Strangeness”, Durex Arte Contemporanea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Public collections include: ASU Art Museum Print collection, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Tucson Museum of Art, City of Glendale, City of Mesa, City of Phoenix Municipal Print Collection and Shemer Art Center. In 1996 she completed a residency at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and another at Studios Midwest, Galesburg, IL in 2005. In 2001 Lavender helped found the Phoenix artist-run space, eye lounge and was a member for 3 years.
Monica Aissa Martinez, born and raised in El Paso, TX, lives and works in Phoenix. She attended the University of Texas at El Paso where she studied Metals and Ceramics. She earned a master of fine arts from New Mexico State University, with emphasis in Drawing and Printmaking.
Her work has exhibited in the Phoenix Art Museum (Local’s Only), the Tucson Museum of Art (AZ biennial ’09), the ASU Art Museum (Here and Now), Tempe Center for the Arts, Mesa Arts Center, and the Scottsdale Center for the Arts (élan vital, a solo). Her work has been seen internationally, and is part of of numerous private and public collections including: New Mexico State University, Mesa Arts Center, Phoenix Municipal Court House, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary of Art, Arizona State University, and Brigham Young University.
Martinez’s drawing, paintings and prints are featured in three publications through the Hispanic Research Center and Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingue of Arizona State University. Both ASU and the University of Norte Dame have commissioned Martinez to create limited edition prints.
Mary Shindell earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Northern Arizona University and her Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing from Arizona State University. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Arizona, California, Texas, New Mexico, Illinois, Hawaii, New York, New Jersey, Montana and Kansas. Mary’s work can also be seen in permanent collections at the Glendale Public Library, Mesa Community College, The Print Club of Albany, Westin Kierland Resort Herberger Ballroom and Phoenix Municipal Court Print Collection. Mary recently completed a terrazzo floor commissioned by the City of Phoenix Department of Arts and Culture for the Westside Senior Center and has public art commissions on the Northwest and Mesa Extensions of Valley Metro Light Rail. She is a member of 515 gallery on Roosevelt.