The Aviary

The Aviary at Island Farm Press is an invitational artist-in-residence program offering artists in all media the opportunity to create a limited edition screenprint at our studio.

During these short-term residencies we offer each artist full access to our printmaking facilities and collaborate with them to help translate their ideas into print.

The program's name has its origins in a term used by a friend, who referred to artist studios as The Aviaries, and the curators and critics who periodically cycle through them as The Ornithologists. (John, our resident Ornithologist, is on standby to talk about art, prints, politics, and tennis.)

Nicole White

Resident Artist, October 2019

Nicole White is an Oakland-based artist, curator and historian. White uses historical and contemporary photographic processes to examine the medium’s varied functionality.

Recent exhibitions include: Medium, MWSPE, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (2018), Developed Work, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS (2018) and Redux, (solo exhibition), DVC Art Gallery, Pleasant Hill, CA (2017). In 2018, White was interviewed by Jess Dugan for Strange Fire Collective and spoke at the MWSPE conference about a new body of work entitled Museum Pictures.

Nicole holds and MA in Art History from the University of Connecticut and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA.

Vabianna Santos

Resident Artist, July 2019

Vabianna Santos’ interdisciplinary work is populated by sudden transformations, interwoven gender, mischievously updated metaphysical themes and encounters pushed out to the unthinkable. (He)r work indulges in willful contradiction, combining storytelling and performance with physical illusions. The collision of fields of color, musical instruments, architectural references, alien terrains and text invent a world of permeability between body and object.  S(he) is interested in demonstrating how we live in our bodies is a vital source of knowledge.

She holds an BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, MFA from University of California San Diego and is currently a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at UCLA.

Gwynne Johnson

Resident Artist, May 2019

Gwynne Johnson creates slow-made belongings in her garden studio in Petaluma, CA. Focusing on one-of a kind and small-batch objects, each Guinevere belonging is marked with a unique serial number and carries the character inherent in handmade objects. She draws inspiration from the Sonoma coastal landscape and the changing seasons. She holds an undergraduate degree in Art History from The University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.