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Mission Statement

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/Curator/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.

Website: sonsereevgibson.com

Board Member/Co-Founder – Ashley Elizabeth Craig

Ashley Elizabeth Craig is an artist and educator living in Miami, Florida.  In 2007 she received an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah Georgia and quickly began her teaching career there.  She traveled throughout the United States working at the Maine Media Workshops, University of South Carolina, assisting for various photographers and working for different publications before settling in Miami Florida where she is a Professor of Photography at Miami International University of Art and Design.

Ashley is active in the Miami art scene, exhibiting with the Miami Independent Thinkers, participating in Musing with Myra, acting as a photographic mentor to up-and-coming photographers in the area as well as curating both graduate and undergraduate exhibitions at her university.   Ashley is currently working on a new body of work that she will be showing during Art Basel 2012.  She has been an active member in SPE since 2004 promoting the organization to her students and organizing group trips to the upcoming Regional and National Conferences.

Board Member – 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..

Website: arthurfields.net

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

Website: segibbons.com


Ticka Arts Logo created by Roxanne Bradley

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