Visiting Artists: Anya Kivarkis, Emily Endo, and The Far Woods!

January 23, 2020

Throughout each semester AC+D welcomes artists, designers, and critics from a wide range of disciplines for studio visits, critical conversation, and a fresh burst of inspiration! These engagements offer students new perspectives on their work, methods of making, and entrepreneurial strategies while building personal relationships with professionals in their fields. Throughout January and February we're hosting Anya Kivarkis, Emily Endo, and The Far Woods for individual studio visits with AC+D students!!

Olivia Thirlby, Red Carpet 2008, Earrings, Silver, White Gold 2008

Anya Kivarkis

Anya Kivarkis' work as a metalsmith critically engages conversations of celebrity, fashion, and fine jewelry. Kivarkis received a BFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and an MFA in Metal from the State University of New York in New Paltz in 2004. Her work is included in collections such as the Tacoma Art Museum, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, The Rotasa Foundation, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Kivarkis is represented by Sienna Gallery in Lenox, Massachusetts and Galerie Rob Koudijs in the Netherlands.

Water Baby Fountain Cast glass, synthetic hair, acrylic, dyed water scented with flowers and salt, 2019, photograph by Mario Gallucci

Emily Endo

Emily Endo (née Nachison) was born in San Diego, California in 1984. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006 and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010. Her work has been included in exhibitions across the country at venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR), Bellevue Museum of Art (Bellevue, WA), Bullseye Projects (Portland, OR/Latheronwheel, UK), Disjecta Contemporary Art Center (Portland, OR), New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM), and University of Nevada Sheppard Contemporary (Reno, NV). Endo’s work has been featured in Art Ltd. Magazine, Frontrunner Magazine, American Craft Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, LVL3 and Bad at Sports. ). Endo lives and works in Joshua Tree, CA where she is the co-director of Dust to Dust gallery and the High Desert Observatory.

Navigate Together, Nina Montenegro of the Far Woods

The Far Woods

We are sisters Sonya and Nina Montenegro, the designers and makers of The Far Woods. Our studio is situated on a small organic farm outside of Portland, Oregon.

The things we make reflect our deepest desires about the world. We seek to contribute to a great Culture Shift in which there is a land ethic, a reverence for nature, a rejection of the dominant throw-away mentality, and direct connection to where our food and the things we use come from. Many of our artworks serve as educational tools and inspiration for reconnection to nature, food, and community. Our practice crosses disciplines, including teaching handcraft skills, beekeeping, and growing food, to work toward an ecologically-viable and socially-just future.

We are proudly represented by literary agent Kate Woodrow at Present Perfect Dept.