ART & ARTISTS

Artists from across America will be participating to help create sculptures that inspire, attract and contribute to local communities.

Dan Das Mann

Deidre Defranceaux

Grant Irish

Jamie Vaida

Jessica Reeder

Joy Busse

Karen Cusolito

Khabir Salahadyn

Michael Christian

Orion Fredericks

Ryon Gesink

Rosana Scimeca

Sean Orlando

Alvin Sessions

Shaun Barnes

Benjamin Carpenter



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Alvin Sessions

Alvin Sessions is a master fabricator, inventor, and artist. Born in Texas, he now explores his thriving passion for the arts in Colorado. In the last several years, Alvin has taken his masteries and wealth of talents to moving toward freedom, and out of what he refers to as the Measurement System. His pieces are homogeneous in medium (steel) and are known for uniqueness and originality. Alvin is dedicated to inspiration itself and endeavors so to communicate reciprocity through is work. He resides in the sharing of empirical art.


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Ryon Gesink

Ryon Gesink is an artistic jack-of-all-trades. His early fascinations with biology, military technology, subversive literature, punk rock and art fused into the curious aesthetic he expresses through writing, large scale kinetic fire sculpture and frenzied musical performances with his band, The Turks. He began as a poet, became a painter, experimented with music, and moved on to metalworking. He now juggles all of the above.


A native of Michigan, he works in his shop in West Oakland as a freelance welder/fabricator. His work has appeared on the cover of "Burning Man: Art in the Desert" and he has collaborated on many industrial strength art projects in the Bay Area.


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Benjamin Carpenter (Bender)

Benjamin Carpenter is a working artist and studio director who focuses on sculptural ironwork.


During his childhood in New England, he spent time building cardboard forts and other various contraptions with tools smuggled from a garage. Earning a B.F.A. from Maine College of Art in jewelry-making led Benjamin to explore the possibilities of larger scale metalwork and sculpture. He gained experience working for, and with, several artists and craftspeople on both coasts of the United States.


Benjamin now lives in San Francisco where he exhibits his work nationally, runs Backbone Metals and is working towards his M.F.A.


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Corbett Griffith

An Atlanta native, Corbett Griffith founded Instinct after attending Georgia Tech and graduating at the top of his class in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Sculpture, from Georgia State.


Since childhood, he's been deconstructing or tearing apart things only to replace them with a creation to be admired. Product design and manufacturing was an instinctual path for him.


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Shaun Barnes

Shaun Barnes is a multi-disciplinary artist who is inspired by the reactions of nature to man-made endeavors. Her time at University was devoted to the study of Economics - the most unnatural of systems - combined with an anthropological intersection of global historic and current Social Sciences. She now works with her hands. Her functional metal pieces reflect abstract natural forms and textures, correlating strikingly essential graces with everyday living.


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Dan Das Mann

Dan's degree in landsape architecture from Rutgers University is the basis for his fascination with large-scale work. He has and is a self-taught jack-of-all-trades, and has created a large body of work including The One Tree, The Faces of the Man as well as a line of sculptures produced for the consumer market.


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Karen studied at Rhode Island School of Design and Massachusetts College of Art and has produced several public art installations in and around the Boston area. She is passionate about the human form as a means of expression. Her work includes painting and mixed-media sculpture, as well as photography and literary "vignettes."


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From his shop in Oakland which is complete with on-site foundry, Grant casts and fabricates bronze, often surrealist-inspired sculpture. He also continues to evolve his line of hand-crafted functional art. Commissioned by designers and collectors, his metalwork is the highlight of a growing number of unique homes and businesses


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Sean Orlando

Multi-disciplinary artist working in a variety of different mediums, from metal and fire, to plaster, wood and video. His interests are rooted in the interplay of aesthetics and functionality. He has done site-specific installation, welded sculpture, multi-media sculpture, video installation and performance art. He believes in an integrated hands-on and conceptual approach to art making. He has collaborated and worked with a number of artists and arts organizations including The DuDu Arts Collective, The San Francisco Opera, The Oakland Symphony, Drowning Rat, BRAF, Zellerbach Playhouse and The Crucible. Lately, he's the recipient of a large grant for a huge sculptural project, The Steampunk Tree House. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. Originally from New York, Sean moved Out West to study art at UC Berkeley. He's has been a Studio Manager, teacher, and Events Planner at The Crucible Industrial Arts Center in West Oakland for four years.


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Joy Busse

Joy Busse is CEO and Chief Information Architect of Busse Design USA. Since the founding of Busse Design in 1997, Joy and her company have helped many business-to-business and consumer companies meet their goals of building user loyalty through intuitive and elegant user experiences.


From many years of successful work as an entrepreneur, information architect, and designer, Joy has become a recognized expert specializing in the creation of well-crafted and intuitive user experiences. She serves as a judge on the Ziff-Davis Global Information Infrastructure Awards panel, the Art Directors Club awards panel, and the Web awards panel from 2002 through 2008. Joy has been a regular columnist for Internet World Magazine's "Deconstructing" columns, and has written several articles on user-centric product development, usability and rapid prototyping.


Before founding Busse Design USA, Joy managed creative teams for Excite@Home. Prior to joining Excite, she fine-tuned her digital media skills while working at a multimedia design firm in Northern California, where she worked on high profile accounts such as AT&T, Clinique, Digital Computers and Disney.


Joy graduated with honors in 1995 from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California with a focus on digital interactive media usable interfaces design.

Jamie Vaida

Jamie Vaida, a metalsmith by trade, has spent years perfecting his craft of creating beautiful, often functional, pieces of art from recycled metals. He finds the hidden beauty and shape in the raw form of a given piece and twists and bends the metal until its full potential is exposed.


After receiving a B.A. in Marketing from Fort Lewis College in Colorado, Jamie pursued his passion for landscape design. He came to the Bay Area and founded Vaida Metals Sculpting in 2001. On his off-time, Jamie can be found creating new inventions, making beautiful art, or pursuing humanitarian causes.


Art Across America is the brainchild of Jamie Vaida, who is also the creator of the steam powered carousel in conjunction with Nimby's Kinetic Steamworks, and many other projects.

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