The Water of Life: Artistic Expressions Artist Biographies

Caroline OrrCaroline Orr is a first-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from Memphis, Tennessee. After spending two summers teaching in Rau Village, Tanzania, Orr held two independent art shows (2010 and 2011) in Memphis to benefit the school’s food program. Collectively, the proceeds from both shows provided lunch to all 652 students at Rau Primary School for two full years. Orr learned through this process that art is a powerful tool for generating awareness and pointing others to a cause. Art, to Orr, is a vehicle through which we become connected to the stories and testimonies of other people. Her portraiture primarily centers on authentic representations of children and aims to evoke emotion and elicit a thoughtful response from the viewer. Orr is a Morehead-Cain scholar studying art and business at UNC.

Orr’s paintings will be on display at the FedEx Global Education Center March 19 through July 25, 2013 as part of exhibition The Water of Life: Artistic Expressions.  This collection of Orr’s work was created for the Painting for Pipeline project organized by UNC’s student organization A Drink For Tomorrow, which raises awareness and funds to combat the global water crisis.

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Bright EkeBright Ugochukwu Eke was born in Mbaise, Nigeria, and currently lives in Los Angeles. He received his BA and MFA from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Since graduating he has held numerous artist residencies including ones in the Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago and Colombia. His works have been shown in cities as varied as Algiers, Durban, Lagos, London, New York, Richmond and Verona.

Eke is the spring UNC Hanes Visiting Artist-in-Residence. He creates socially oriented art, exploring the ways in which people interact with their environments. Using water as a theme and medium, he challenges viewers to think about this precious resource politically, ethically, and ecologically. Eke’s work looks at the interdependence of various networks, and therefore comments on culture and the environment as much as it derives from them—conceptually or physically.

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Brooks de Wetter-SmithBrooks de Wetter-Smith is a distinguished musician, educator and published photographer. He has performed in 24 nations as a recitalist and concerto soloist with orchestra, and is featured on many commercially released CD’s. His photographic endeavors have taken him above Mount Everest’s Base Camp in Nepal, and led him on expeditions into the Peruvian Andes, the Brazilian Amazon, the rain forests of Panama and Costa Rica, to Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, the High Arctic and Antarctica.

His multimedia projects have featured both polar regions and he is working on a new mixed-media production exploring Central American rain forests that will involve videography, music improvisation, interpretative dance, and improvisation theater. Exhibits of his photography have been seen recently at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts; the Capella in St. Petersburg, Russia; the FedEx Global Education Center, and numerous universities across the United States.

Allen AndersonAllen Anderson has written works for the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, Speculum Musicae, Ascolta, the Empyrean Ensemble, the UNC Chamber Singers, UNC New Music Ensemble, Aleck Karis, Thomas Warburton, Daniel Stepner, Tod Brody, Grace Kennerly and Matthew McClure, among others. Recent compositions include Remove/______ , a multi-movement work for mixed ensemble and five singers on the subject of the Cherokee Removal, solo compositions for flute and viola, and music for Hans Richter’s 1926 silent Filmstudie.

His work has been acknowledged with awards or commissions from the Guggenheim, Fromm and Koussevitsky foundations, Chamber Music America, BMI, League of Composers/ISCM (both the National and Boston chapters), the Institute for Arts and Humanities at UNC and the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild. In 2005 he received the Goddard Lieberson Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Since 1996 he has been on the faculty of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill teaching composition and theory.

Tama HochbaumTama Hochbaum is an artist/photographer living in Chapel Hill. She received her MFA in Painting from Queens College in NYC. She worked as a painter for 20 years before turning to photography. She has exhibited extensively in the Triangle including an exhibition entitled Down The Rabbit Hole, photo-illustrating Alice in Wonderland, at Golden Belt’s Room 100 in Durham, NC. She recently was featured in Chris Vitiello’s MixTape Evenings at the Casbah in Durham where a number of her slide shows to music were presented. Her work was included at the recent Miami/Basel Art Fair in December of 2012 and has been shown in New York, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Hochbaum is represented by George Lawson Gallery in Los Angeles/San Francisco.