June 27 – July 31, 2022 | Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is pleased welcome the 2022 – 2023 Artists-in-Residence: Yael Braha, Megan Koeppel, Anela Ming-Yue Oh, Jada Patterson, and Tyler Quintin.
Yael Braha grew up in Italy, surrounded by a visually abundant environment that shaped her love for composition, aesthetics, and visual arts. Her family are refugees from North Africa – they had to leave everything behind and start over in a foreign country. As a result of this displacement, acquiring knowledge (you don’t need a suitcase to carry it with you) is one of the values that inspires her to learn every day. She has earned a BA in Graphic Design and an MFA in Cinema. Her background in multimedia and visual arts (metalwork, filmmaking, storytelling, interactive installations) deeply influences her current ceramic work. yaelbraha.comWhile at Arrowmont Yael intends to explore surface design on functional pottery, atmospheric firings, and mixed-media installations. You can view more of her work at
Megan Koeppel is a fiber artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“My recent work involves repurposing materials, like scrap fabric, to create new quilted works. These processes help me to explore where traditional fine art practices and quilting overlap. The accessible nature of quilting and repurposing common materials fuels my independent studio work, while enabling me to connect with a community of fiber artists well beyond a gallery space. The impact of this community has encouraged me to introduce the figure into an often abstract medium as a way to reflect on the hand, labor, and decoration that are part of these techniques.”
Visit meganclairekoeppel.com to explore more of her work.
Anela Ming-Yue Oh is a multidisciplinary artist in love with curry and the ocean. She holds a BFA in studio art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Her art practice is deeply grounded in a sense of community and sharing her skills with others through playful experimentation and collaboration. She uses materials that have a life of their own such as clay, paper, and fiber to feed her studio practice and create environments full of color and texture.
As a mixed-race artist of Malaysian Chinese descent, she utilizes imagery, colors, textures, and smells from her cultural heritage to pay homage to the work of her ancestors as she builds new worlds and futures. Her work aims to inspire a sense of hope and proposes visions of a future that includes marginalized voices by choosing to take a joyful and playful approach while discussing immigrant histories. Her work has been exhibited across the United States at galleries and museums in California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and New York, among other places. She has been an artist-in-residence at Sonoma Ceramics, and a teaching artist-in-residence at the Oxbow School. In 2021–22 she was the West Bay View Fellow at Dieu Donné Papermill. She is currently a 2022–23 resident at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts where she will be combining her love of materials in new and exciting ways.
More of Anela’s work can be found at anelaoh.com.
Jada Patterson is an artist and gallerist born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics and Art History. Jada’s studio practice is multi-disciplinary as she makes work primarily in clay and beeswax exploring the human condition pertaining to identity, material culture and adornment. Her curatorial practice centers, but is not limited to Queer and BIPOC sculptural artists. Jada has attended residencies at the Ox-Bow School of Art, Charlotte Street Foundation and is currently the Artist in Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
View more of her work at jadapatterson.com.
Tyler Quintin earned a BFA in General Studio Arts from Washburn University (Topeka, KS) in 2016. Having an interdisciplinary foundation has informed the ways in which Tyler approaches to clay. Prior to his residency at Arrowmont, he completed a 2-year residency at the Morean Center for Clay (St. Petersburg, FL) and a short term residency at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft (Deer Isle, MN). Tyler’s work has been featured in numerous national and international exhibitions. His work is featured in the permanent collections of the Mulvane Museum of Art (Topeka, KS) and the San Angelo Museum of Art (San Angelo, TX).
“…I am interested in the formulation of identity through the guise of online avatars. My sculptures utilize animal characters to act as my own avatars to tell personal narratives. Parts of these animals are deconstructed into wire frames to communicate the idea of a rendered, artificial moment. In contrast, I want the emotions of the avatars involved to communicate the authenticity of the experience.”
When creating a virtual representation of ourselves online, there’s this tendency to idealize the character’s features. My piece, “Rendering an Icon,” is my own play off of this idea. The “wire-frame” wreath surrounding the the black and gold tiger is my own contemporary play on the golden halo imagery in biblical paintings.
View more of his work at tylerquintin.com.