Ticka Arts was designed to assist in the development and growth of the photographically based artists by providing a collaborative space that will provide resources, information, and individual grant funding. We strive to encourage artists to seek out opportunities that will challenge, expand, and nurture their artistic pursuits.
Executive Director/Co-Founder – Sonseree´ V. Gibson
Sonseree´ is a photographer living and working in Austin, Texas. In 1999 she received a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of California, Sacramento. In 2006 she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. While studying photography she became inspired by the art of self-portraits when she was shown an art piece created by Adrian Piper titled Political Self-Portrait #2 (Race). Since that time her work has focused on creating portraits that tend to comment on race, and their social effects on American culture. Over the past several years she has exhibited work at various venues including Gallery RFD in Swainsboro, Georgia, The Arthouse at the Jones Center in Austin, Texas, as well as Austin’s City Hall. She has been an active member of the Society for Photographic Education since 2005.
Board Member/Co-Founder – Ashley Elizabeth Craig
Ashley Elizabeth Craig is an artist and educator living in Camden, Maine. She received a BMA in Media Arts from the University of South Carolina and an MFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia. She has taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design, the University of South Carolina, Miami International University of Art and Design (MIUAD), Barry University and has now settled in at the Maine Media Workshops + College.
In late 2012 Ashley, along with two colleagues started a not for profit organization, named Ticka-Arts. Ticka-Arts uncovers hidden talent within the photography community and showcases their work on their website as well as physical exhibitions at rotating locations in the US and the Caribbean.
Ashley is active in the fine art community, exhibiting nationally in Massachusetts, Florida, Oregon, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas, and California. She participates in portfolio reviewing events and both attending and giving artist lectures and guest critiques. Ashley also works curating both graduate and undergraduate exhibitions with Universities and Colleges. She has been an active member in SPE since 2004 working with different committees and caucuses.
Co-Founder – Sherin Diaz Villa
Sherin Diaz was born in 1972, in San Juan, Puerto Rico where she currently lives and works. She is presently teaching middle school photography at St. John’s School in Puerto Rico. She is a candidate for her Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Caribbean University, where she will graduate December 2012, and is currently apprenticing as a curator for small collections and galleries.
Sherin has been an avid photographer all her life, yet it was not until 2005 that she acquired a Photography and Printmaking BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Her photogravures have been exhibited in France, Atlanta, Savannah, and New Mexico, leaving her mark on SCAD’s private collection.
Her primary focus is creating mysterious complexities out of simple scapes. Her eye for composition, light and attraction to shape and design enable her to create extraordinary images using, archival, alternative and traditional photographic techniques to compliment her vision.
Board Member – Arthur Fields
Arthur Fields completed an Master of Fine Arts in Photography in May of 2011 at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. He earned a BFA in Digital Imaging and Photography at Washington University in St. Louis in 2008. While maintaining a love for abstraction and the portrait; Arthur’s current photographic work deals with self-image and technology relationships.
Arthur is a board member of The Texas Photographic Society. He also is an active member of the Society for Photographic Education, where he serves as Co-chair of the Multicultural Caucus and Student Volunteer Coordinator of the SPE National Conference.
With backgrounds in training and development, and graphic design, his academic research concentrates on using popular social media such as Instagram and Tumblr in the classroom. He currently teaches photography and runs the Shircliff Gallery of Art at Vincennes University in Vincennes, IN..
Board Member – Tiffany Smith
Tiffany Smith is a visual artist from the Caribbean diaspora who uses photography, video, and installation to create conceptually based work focused on identity, representation, cultural ambiguity, and community. Smith received a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design and an MFA in Photo, Video and Related Media from School of Visual Arts, NY. Smith’s work has been exhibited internationally and throughout the United States including shows at The National Gallery of Jamaica during the 2014 Jamaica Biennial, Photoville 2015, New York, International Photo Festival, Leiden, Netherlands, and Photo NOLA, New Orleans. Tiffany Smith is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.
Secretary – Sarah E. Gibbons
Sarah has a B.A in photography and art history from Lycoming College and a M.F.A. in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. Having an interest in photography from an early age, Sarah’s work explores the construct of personal identity in relation to gender, place and family.
Professional experiences include head of the printing department for a SoHo retouching studio, assistant teaching and guest lecturer, and Custom Lab Technician for the Maine Media Workshops. Available for shows, sales, commissions, event photography and freelance print and Photoshop consulting. Originally from Connecticut, Sarah now lives in Durham, NC where she is a full-time photography faculty at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham
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