Katia Arfara & Patricia Sannit

Teaches at IA&A at Hillyer

Katia Arfara is an independent researcher and curator in the field of the performing arts based in Athens. She holds a PhD in contemporary art history from Paris I- Panthéon/Sorbonne. Her essays at the crossroads of theatre, dance and visual arts have appeared in various journals and critical anthologies. Her current interests focus on post-documentary theatres, new media practices, public art and installations. She has lectured extensively in France and Greece. Dr Arfara is a member of the Intermediality working group of the International Federation for Theatre Research. She is currently Artistic Director of Theatre and Dance at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens, where she founded the Fast Forward Festival which incorporates an expanded field of art practices, in 2014. Her essays have appeared in various journals and critical anthologies. She is the author of the book “Théâtralités contemporaines. Entre les arts plastiques et les arts de la scène” (Peter Lang, 2011) and the editor of the special issue Scènes en Transition-Balkans et Grèce for Théâtre/Public (2016).

Raised in a Swedish-American home, Patricia Sannit was exposed to art and crafts as a child and went on to study art while attending college in Norway. Sannit returned to the USA and received her BA in Art History, Norwegian, and Fine Art from the University of Minnesota where she studied under renowned American potter, Warren Mackenzie. Sannit then attended California College of Art, studying under Viola Frey, and was awarded her MFA with High Distinction. Post grad, Sannit worked on archeological sites in the Near East and Ethiopia, excavating and studying early cultures and art. Sannit’s life and work are influenced by her research into the continual movement and migration of people, ideas, and culture. She is always working towards an understanding what it means to be human. Patricia works mainly with clay and found materials. The stuff of life. Her work is process based and balances control with allowing materials to retain essential properties.

Patricia Sannit exhibits nationally and has work in dozens of private and museum collections. She is the 2016 Arlene and Mort Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award recipient, has received the Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Development Grant, Arizona Commission on the Arts Professional Development Grant, the Contemporary Forum Artist Grant, designated Master of the Southwest by Phoenix Home and Garden and has been featured in Ceramics Now. She has been an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation, the Red Lodge Art Center, and the Belger Crane Yard Art Center.

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