Karen T. La Beau is the artist-in-residence at the VOA McAdoo. She is a native of New Orleans who now resides in Shreveport, LA and is a self-taught artist who began painting professionally in 2007. Rather than write an autobiography, Karen has chosen to tell her story through visual art on canvas, vinyl albums and wood. She has private collectors all over the country from California to Maryland. She was honored as a woman artist contributing to the NWLA arts community by the North Louisiana Multicultural Center two years in a row and was voted one of the top three favorite visual artists in the Shreveport/Bossier area for 2016.
Kathryn Usher is the artist-in-residence working at the Mercy Center. In January 2016, Kathryn became a featured artist in art critic Dave Hickey’s latest book “Wasted Words.” It is an experimental work on social media and art. With over 30 years as a professional artist, Kathryn creates clothes by hand by ripping apart small sized silk and linen pieces and remixing them to create clothes with interesting lines as well as creating headpieces, masks and costumes. In 2014 Kathryn was awarded an Art Ambassador grant by SRAC, which allowed her to exhibit at Oxford Museum in the UK and in 2012 she received top prize by Louisiana Poet Laureate Julie Kane and Meadows Museum.
Jerry Davenport is artist-in-residence working at The VOA LightHouse. Since 1988, Jerry has been a multi-disciplined artist and instructor in visual art, photography, and dance. His professional associations include the Shreveport Regional Arts Council, Bossier Arts Council, Pamoja Art Society, and Renzi Education and Art Center. Jerry has taught art at Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC), Robinson Film Center, Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation (SPAR) Centers, and Shreveport Job Corps. His honors include a Shreveport Mayor’s Award of Excellence, a Shreveport City Council Resolution of Recognition for Artistic Excellence, and gold medals in dance in the National Veterans Creative Arts Competition. !
Sherry Tamburo is artist-in-residence working in partnership with Heather Beauvais at the Providence House. She is a visual artist with an Architectural Design background. According to Tamburo, using recycled materials and items found in nature to create art pieces is exhilarating and nurtures her creative spirit. Sherry would like to help foster an appreciation and awareness of the importance that art plays in everyday life. She hopes that through the Nick Cave Project experience she can continue to help others tell their unique stories and experience the power of art, offering a glimpse into a world that has the capacity to change lives.
Heather Beauvais is artist-in-residence working in partnership with Sherry Tamburo at the Providence House. Heather is a mixed media artist best known for her work in wardrobe and makeup design. She studied theatre and film at Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX and since graduating has worked in film and television with a focus on special effects makeup. Heather also has experience in costume construction and makeup appliance fabrication including mold making. She is currently working as a makeup artist on the set of the television mini series, “Salem,” an American supernatural fiction drama inspired by the real Salem witch trials in the 17th century.
Luther Cox Jr., is the founder, artistic director and choreographer of Inter City Row Modern Dance Company. In 1986 Cox served as Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Southwestern, in Lafayette, LA and in 2000 as Coordinator of Dance at Southern University/Shreveport. Inter City Row Modern Dance Company celebrates the honor of being the oldest African American operating dance company in the State of Louisiana.
Luther Cox will be working with Nick Cave, PoeticX, Elizabeth O’Bannon and other artists to create the Nick Cave Performance of a Lifetime, “AS IS.”
POETIC X (Shreveport, LA) is a Poet/Spoken Word Artist who has brought the Power of Poetry up close and personal to many artistic communities. His passion and persistence has led him to being a highly sought after component of the spoken word movement. He has many awards and recognitions under his belt, including a Fellowship Award, Bona-Fide Performance Award, and the G. Scott Griffin Award. POETIC X has recorded 2 CD's of Poetry. He is the founder of SPEAK Entertainment. A Mural of his work, "The Central Art Station" can be found at The Central Art Station. (Shreveport, LA) He frequently visits schools, colleges, universities, venues, events and conducts workshops as well. He has been named Poet Laureate of the Month by The National Endowment of the Arts and Poet Laureate of the Month by the Louisiana Film Prize. He has featured in many magazines and newspapers including The Shreveport Times. His slogan: 'Taking Artistry To Higher Heights
Drawing upon the language and tools of the design world and capitalizing on his expertise as a typographer, Bob Faust creates visual, visceral and contextual art experiences that inspire and/or instigate action. He is the principal and creative director for Faust, a cultural branding and communications studio as well as the studio/special projects director for artist Nick Cave where he collaborates on both exhibition design and performance works, most notably producing Cave’s ongoing series of HEARD performances in New York, Hong Kong, and Denver. Faust developed the visual identity and two video works for “AS IS by Nick Cave”.
Evan Falbaum is a Shreveport native who has been making films for 15 years. Evan is the owner of Moviesauce, an award-winning production company that specializes in music videos, commercials, and movies. Evan has also written and directed two full-length feature films. Evan has worked with Nick Cave from the onset of his artist in residency with the Shreveport Regional Arts Council to document the entire scope of Cave’s work in Shreveport. Falbaum will also premiere a film of the Nick Cave work in Shreveport at an exhibition in the fall of 2016 @ artspace.
Angelique Feaster Evans is an award-winning actor and a recipient of the 2012 “15 Under 40 Top Young Professional Award,” the 2012 “SRAC Theatre Artist Fellow,” the 2012 “G. Scott Griffin Award,” the 2011 “American Association of Community Theatre Outstanding Actress/All-Star Cast/Outstanding Production” award and a 2009 “40 Under 40 Honoree.” Angelique’s television credits include a co-starring role in the Lifetime Television series THE DIVISION. Angelique’s stage credits include CROWNS, For Colored Girls, Having Our Say, The Little Foxes, A Raisin in the Sun, Marvin’s Room, Steal Away, Steppin’ Out, Talk Radio, The Women, and Doubt.
Michael Futreal plays an assortment of oddly tuned flutes primarily built from natural materials like bamboo, sunflower stalk, and pokeweed as well as the more familiar harmonica, ukulele, banjo, and guitar to create original impressionistic music outside the typical bounds of genre. He operates out of Shreveport and performs with his instrumental trio Twang Darkly. In 2015, Michael was honored as the recipient of the SRAC Music Fellowship Award.
John Durbin is a senior animator at Moonbot Studios and was a collaborator on the studio’s Oscar winning short film, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”. Durbin is currently lead animator on Moonbot’s latest project, the short film, “Taking Flight”. After winning an animation contest, Durbin connected with Dallas-based Reel FX, where Brandon Oldenburg was a founding partner. When Oldenburg formed Moonbot Studios, he brought John to Shreveport. John has worked with Oldenburg and Moonbot on over 20 projects and counting.
Brenda Wimberly is an active Classical Concert Artist who has been distinguished with solo performances throughout the United States, Austria, Western Germany, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean Islands and South Africa. Ms. Wimberly is the 2015 SRAC Performance Showcase Winner and a Music Fellowship recipient. Ms. Wimberly is distinguished as the first recipient of the San Francisco Opera’s Leontyne Price Award and has also been honored by the Metropolitan Opera’s Young Artist Program, the Loren Zachary National Competition, the Opera Guild of Southern California and was chosen the Shreveport Opera’s Singer of the Year.
Sereca Henderson is a noted educator, artist, and creative entrepreneur. She is a graduate of Caddo Parish Magnet High School and attended Dillard University and Centenary College of Louisiana. A classically trained pianist, Sereca has been featured on countless productions and recordings, including Eric Clapton’s single, “Diamonds Made from Rain”. She is also a full-time elementary school teacher and the founder of Musicology International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of children and youth through Education and the Arts.