Artists by Last Name N-Z

Olds, Erin

I am from Cleveland, Ohio, but I have been living in Fresno for the last four years. Since moving from Cleveland in 2011, I have served as AmeriCorps member teaching remedial reading, a profession that lead me to Reading and Beyond here in Fresno. I have also worked with the City of Fresno PARCS department and currently work as a ranger at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo and a research assistant for Fresno State. With the help of the Fresno Music Community, I have been able to release my first album just last month titled "American Dream" and an EP about the pandemic, called The Quarantine EP.

Ordaz, David

I am David Ordaz from Fresno, California. I just turned 22 in early September. I am the child of two Mexican immigrants. I love R&B music and youth/street culture. I've been at Fresno State going on 5 years to complete and earn my Bachelors in Art with the hopes of becoming an art teacher. I am an artist in all sense. I am a writer, painter, and music producer. I try to have all those forms and the mediums I work with reflect my environment and personal values.

Orloski, Andrew

Andrew Orloski (b. 1986) is an M.F.A. candidate at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. His interdisciplinary practice relies heavily on sculpture, abstraction and materiality. Born in Florida and raised outside of Philadelphia, Andrew holds a BFA in Sculpture from Millersville University in Pennsylvania and a Post Baccalaureate in Sculpture and Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. The artist has spent the past decade working for various colleges and universities; namely Wellesley College in Boston, Grinnell College in Iowa and most recently holds a position as Sculpture Technician at California State University; Fresno. An avid traveler, Andrew is greatly interested in the intersections of culture and how relics of social structure can shift historical narratives through materials.

Park, ChoLin

ChoLin Park has exhibited her work in Fresno, Tokyo, Geneva, Seoul, New York City, and San Francisco. This includes a solo exhibition in the Fresno City Hall and inclusion in a group show in Fresno Art Museum. She received a Ph.D. in painting at Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea and an MFA degree from Pratt Institute in New York. Park currently teaches Art Appreciation at Clovis Community College and taught Art History, Drawing, and Painting at California State University, Fresno and Reedley College.

Pellegrino, Kayla

I am currently a senior majoring in the graphic design emphasis portion of Graphic Design: B.F.A. (I know that is a mouthful, but that's actually what my major entails). Some of my hobbies include reading, playing video games, watching more science-orientated videos, and interacting/playing with my family's cat Oliver. Socialization by far was impacted by the pandemic the most for me personally. I am fortunate to have three family members that manage to pay the bills well despite it, let alone have them around for interaction purposes to begin with.

Pellissier, Dennis

I am a retired farmer and building contractor. I have studied art since 1970 and continue to paint and cartoon along with my gardening and constant home improvement.

Potter, Nicholas

Born and raised in London, England. Much of the artwork I produced there was fueled by the banality of everyday spaces, particularly the elevators, lobbies and corridors of tower blocks and public spaces. After completing graduate studies at the Birmingham Art Institute, I moved to the U.S in 1999, where I taught at Florida State University for two years before moving to California. My current works reflect on modernist architectural spaces, images of power, class and materialism that represent fears about existence and isolation. Sometimes seductive depictions of artificial utopias, create tension and anxiety that remind us of the foreboding doubt that lingers only slightly below the surface of our desires. Nick is a Professor at California State University, Fresno.

Quintana, Monique B.

Monique Quintana is the author of Cenote City (Clash Books, 2019) and a contributor at Luna Luna Magazine. She has been awarded artist residencies to Yaddo, The Mineral School, and Sundress Academy of the Arts. She was also the inaugural winner of Amplify’s Writer of Color Fellowship and has been awarded fellowships to the Community of Writers and the Open Mouth Poetry Retreat. She lives in Fresno’s Tower District and can be found at moniquequintana.com.

Ramirez, Jayne

I have been staff at Fresno State for over 13 years and am working remotely for the first time. Creativity and art are my outlets. I am a mother and wife living here in Fresno. Creativity and art are throughout our house.

Rain Tree, Roman C.

Munahoo! Born and raised in Fresno. I am Indigenous. I am Dunlap Band of Mono and Choinumni. Thank you for the opportunity.

Rofan, Leila

I am a 43 year old Studio Artist From Fresno, CA. and an M.A.in Arts student at Fresno State. I began studying art long after I graduated and worked as a computer engineer. I found art an inseparable necessity throughout my life. I am open to different and experimental media styles, as well as romanticism and expressionism.

Samore, Bradley

Bradley Samore is a second-year M.F.A. in poetry student at Fresno State. He consults graduate writers in the Graduate Study Center's Graduate Writing Studio. Last academic year, he taught Academic Literacy to freshmen. Bradley's writing has been featured in various publications including West Texas Literary Review and on PBS TV.

Sanchez, Demetrius

My name is Demetrius, but I go by "Petri," like the dish. I am a sophomore at Fresno State. I am currently undecided in my major, however it is my dream to be a full-time artist. This pandemic has given me a lot of time to think about and push towards making my dream a reality. I was holding on to the fear of not living well and being a starving artist. But I think it would be much better to struggle doing what you love instead of being comfortable and bored. Art, my art especially, holds a big place in my heart, because it's so free, so expressive, and subjective. And, I hope I can do it for the rest of my life.

Schmidt, Jim

Fresno jazz musician and instrument maker (flutes and saxes).

Sedan Delivery

Sedan Delivery is a Fresno-based rock 'n' roll band whose debut album, entitled UNTITLED, is now available at Bandcamp.

Smith, Jay

Called a "fixture in the Central Valley" (NPR), Jay Smith has had a wide variety of talent flow through his band. From jazz fusion to pop, the band has channeled a wide spectrum of musical genres to stay working and relevant.

Vogl, Sally

For over 30 years, Sally Vogl taught visually impaired students first in Lesotho, Southern Africa then in the United States. Vogl holds an MFA in creative writing from Fresno State. Vogl now teaches poetry in California prisons. Some of her work has appeared in The Main Street Rag, Lunch Ticket, and damselfly press.

Valdez-Nawatani, Kaelani

I am a 4th year undergraduate student at the University of The Pacific, pursuing a BFA in Studio Art and an AA in Art History. I've been curating art shows since 2017 and have grown a passion for it since then. I have a passion for my community (Stockton, CA) and aim to be kind and do good everyday here.

Walker, Carrie

I’m 44 years old and live in Stockton, Ca. Prior to the pandemic I worked in Guest Relations/Event security at the arena here in town. I am also a CTA who has a passion for photography and my community. 

Waterhouse, Dan

Native Fresnan who attends Fresno City College and Fresno State. Currently a photography major at Fresno City and a history graduate student at Fresno State. Member of Spectrum Gallery in the Tower District. Photography is something I've done for forty some years.

Williams, Tara Mae

I earned my Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and MFA in Creative Writing Fiction at Fresno State. This is the second year I've been teaching English courses in Arizona at Mohave Community College. My photos and writing have previously been published in The Weird Reader Vol. III, Southwest Review, Entropy's Black Cackle, and Apparition, among others.

Yturaldi Dueñas, Felica

Trying to find meaning in artistic creation and expression.

PANDEMICAL, Center for Creativity and the Arts 2020

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