Line-up order and Brief Bios of each Presenter:
1. David Shields
2. Bridget Dunlap
3. Kenny Braun
4. Jennifer Chenoweth
5. Sam Martin
6. Matt the Electrician
7. Mike Hicks
8. Christine Ten Eyck
9. Eric Bricker
10. Evan Voyles
David Shields is an Associate Professor of Design in the Department of Art and Art History at UT. He makes up one half of the partnership, with Jennier Elsner, at the design studio Viewers Like You. David is currently focusing on historical and visual research of 19th century typographic form, through investigations of the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection.
Bridget has a knack for creating gathering places that center around a good bar. After garnering success and great reviews for projects in Houston, she came to Austin and opened Lustre Pearl and Clive Bar on Rainey Street and has two more projects in the works. Her approach is geared to a grown up experience - and, as Tribeza noted, Bridget is One to Watch.
Kenny is a Houston native who moved to Austin to play music and attend UT. He got a BS in Radio Television Film and worked in TV before moving into still photography. His work is exhibited widely and received much acclaim and many awards. He divides his time between editorial, commercial and personal assignments that explore sense of place and memory - taking the time to return to scenes from his childhood.
Jennifer holds a BFA in Painting & Sculpture from Kansas City Art Institute, an MA from St. John’s College in Santa Fe and and MFA in Painting from UT Austin and continues her inquiry - studying Greek and painting. The method of inquiry extends into her artistic and creative work taking her into various media with her exploration of becoming and being.
Sam Martin is a writer and editor. He is the author of dozens of magazine articles and nine books of non-fiction, including Manspace: A Primal Guide to Marking Your Territory. He recently gave a TED talk on that subject at the TED Global conference in Oxford, England. Sam is currently the director of content strategy at frog design.
MATT THE ELECTRICIAN
Matt the Electrician is a singer songwriter. He has lived in Austin, TX for 14 years. He lives in Austin with his wife Kathie and his children Ramona and Arlo. He tours all over the world. He has won awards, and many nice things have been said about him. And yes, he really was an electrician.
Mike Hicks is a designer and writer headquartered in Austin, Texas. He headed the nationally infamous design firm Hixo, Inc. for 25 years before forming Hixosolo in 2003 to focus on brand identity, packaging projects and his collection of cat whiskers. His work has appeared in every major design competition and publication in the U.S. and is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian and other museums.
CHRISTINE TEN EYCK
Christine is a Landscape Architect whose firm has offices in Phoenix and Austin. Her roots are in Texas, so returning here after spending years in Arizona was a natural development. Much of her work is dedicated to altering water-guzzling practices of landscape design by repurposing storm-water and building cooling systems as resources for her lush gardens.
Eric made his directorial debut with Visual Accoustics, the award winning documentary of the life and work of photographer Julius Shulman. Eric is presently working on his next project: “WHAT IF…?? HOW GEEKS AND GAMERS WILL SAVE THE WORLD, consisting of a feature length film and social game launched via Facebook. Austin become home for Eric in 2008 and has found it to be a dynamic, supportive and creative community.
After Evan graduate cum laude from Yale, returning to Austin was not on his mind. He headed west to find fortune and discovered it on the backroads – first in the found imagery and unintended poetry of highway vignettes, and then as an antiques dealer specializing in the detritus of those vignettes. His art informs his signmaking and vice versa, and he is still trying to figure out what makes these things work for him, and for the rest of us as well.