Art in Odd Places Orlando 2017/NOISE invites you to its annual public art and performance festival, taking place from November 10-12, 2017, along Orange Avenue, from Wall Street to South Street. This years festival features visual/ installation, performance, time-based media, virtual/gaming work, online-IRL hybrids, and many others that explore this years theme of “Noise” and actively engage the public realm.
Art in Odd Places is made up of a group of arts professionals who work collaboratively to produce the festival. Most of the organizing happens around busy work/life schedules, to create an opportunity for creativity to inspire daily lives. AiOP 2017: NOISE/Orlando is brought to Orlando by the Downtown Arts District and is funded by grants, sponsorships, and individual donations. The core group of organizers change from year-to-year. The AiOP 2017 Orlando organizers are:
Ed Woodham, AiOP Founder & Director
Barbara Hartley, Executive Director, Downtown Arts District
Julian Chambliss, Curator
Rachel Simmons, Curator
Moriah Russo & Leah Sandler, Co- Curatorial Assistants
Carey Estes and Tiffany Stewart, Website Designers + Developers
Whitney Morris, Microsite Master
Amy Spence, Social Media Strategist
About the Curators:
Rachel Simmons lives and works in Winter Park, Florida. She holds an MFA from Louisiana State University. Since 2000 she has been actively involved in socially engaged art projects as an artist-educator at Rollins College. In 2009, she was given the Florida Campus Compact Service-Learning Faculty Award for the State of Florida. That same year, Rachel journeyed to Antarctica for the second time to make work about climate change and ecotourism. Most recently, she traveled across the desert landscapes of Namibia to research ecotourism in southwestern Africa. She often collaborates with scholars from other academic disciplines to create her mixed media work. Current collaborative projects include Future Bear with Julian Chambliss and The Aesthetics of Scale with Lee Lines.
Julian C. Chambliss is Professor of History and Coordinator of the Africa and African-American Studies Program at Rollins College. His interdisciplinary research PAGE 3 and teaching explores comics, cities, and community in the United States. As a teacher-scholar concerned with these issues, he has worked on the environmental comic project Future Bear with Rachel Simmons and he has designed public history projects that trace community development, document diverse experience, and explore the cultural complexity in Central Florida. His curation projects include AfroFantastic: Black Imagination and Agency in the American Experience and Beyond the Color Line: Historical Narrative of Education and Enterprise in the Black Experience. He has been recognized for his community based work as recipient of the Cornell Distinguished Service Award recipient (2014-2015) and Florida Campus Compact Service Learning Faculty Award (2011).