February 9, 2016


On the Line 2016 



Casey Avaunt is a third-year Ph.D. student in Critical Dance Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She is a Gluck Fellow and Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow at UCR. Her choreography has been presented at The Culver Center in downtown Riverside, New York’s Joyce Theater, San Francisco’s Meridian Gallery, 8/F Platform in Hong Kong, Taiwan’s National Experimental Theater, and at The 11th Indonesian Dance Festival.

Sue Roginski graduated from the University of California-Riverside in 2007 with an MFA in Dance (experimental choreography). She teaches part time at Mt. San Jacinto College and is a Teaching Artist at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. She is a founding member of P.L.A.C.E. Performance and an organizer for Trolley Dances Riverside. Her current choreographic work is influenced by 8 years of improvising with Susan Rose and Dancers.



Val Carnahan was raised in a home where dance and music was a way of life. She began her formal training at a performance art school in Virginia and propelled forward from there. A few places she studied at include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as a scholarship student/third repertory company member, at Point Park College in Pittsburgh, and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as a dance major. Val is currently a guest artist creating choreography at Mt. San Jacinto College in Menifee.

Erica Johnson a recent graduate of the University of California, Riverside, is currently working as a tap, jazz, and lyrical instructor and choreographer at four Southern California locations including: Dance Spectrum in Beaumont, Kane Dance Academy in Riverside, Victoria’s Simply Dancing in Moreno Valley, and Dance Dimensions in Palm Desert. Johnson is currently completing a project with Joel Smith, co-director of Casebolt and Smith, while working on establishing her own tap collective for local youth and continuing a pursuit of modeling and acting.

Rebekah Johnson, as a member of Intersect Dance Theatre, is currently involved in ethnographic studies relating to culture, politics and the practice of theater performance. When Rebekah is not in rehearsals you can find her teaching dance and gymnastics at various community centers located in Riverside. On March 12 at ARC Pasadena, Rebekah will be performing solo work that is being directed virtually by Crystal Sepúlveda who is temporarily taking residence in Berlin, Germany.

Kylie Kruger has been dancing for 28 years. She is a teacher and choreographer of Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, and Hip Hop. She lives in Temecula, California where she shares her love and knowledge of dance teaching at studios including, Inland Valley Classical Ballet Studio and Dunamix Dance Project. Still training and learning every day, Kylie is always searching to grow and share her love of movement with colleagues and artists around the world.

Tracy Tom-Hoon is a dancer and choreographer that believes that everyday movement is just as important as trained technique. She has danced in Intersect Dance Theatre and Tongue. She has performed in New York and LA and is currently working on a project called 100 Short Dances which can be viewed on YouTube. At the moment she is teaching kids in an after school program headed by the Riverside Arts Council called Arts and Minds. Tracy is concentrating on the question of: what makes dance dance?




Rashaun Richardson is the filmmaker for “On the Line”. He is a Dean’s Honor List third year student at UC Riverside, majoring in Theatre, Film and Digital Production, with additional coursework and professional portfolios in Analog and Digital Photography. He appreciates mid-century modern and minimalistic aesthetic, and loves to travel, being of West Indian, Puerto Rican and Vietnamese descent. He continues to hone his artistic eye, using all of Southern California’s diversity of landscapes and people for constant inspiration.



Musicians :

Gabriel Hartman is a multi-instrumentalist who resides in Riverside, California. He was an accompanist for the dance department at Riverside City College for 12 years and has worked with many choreographers from the area and also visiting artists composing, performing, and as musical director. He enjoys the “marriage” of live dance and live music, and the variety of site specific pieces.


Jeff Zahos has been in various roles as an artist in dance; musician, sound designer, composer, and dancer, in Illinois, California and New York. Currently Music Director in Dance at UCR, he has been a dance musician at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was on the music faculty at Eastern Illinois University. He has also been the recording engineer for the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO. Jeff holds BA and MFA degrees from the University of Illinois.


Visual Artists:

Zoe Bray is an artist and social anthropologist. Her research concerns identity politics and representation. Trained as a painter in the naturalist-realist tradition, she specializes in portraying people from life. After four years as Professor at the University of Nevada Reno, she is now Visiting Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is currently working on a new series of pop-up drawings about ‘(political) life in the Levant’.

Jimmy Centeno seeks to bridge borders and stitch people together across race, class and ethnicity. He uses a wide range of media to express this vision: including photography, welding, found objects, and painting. Raised in South Central Los Angeles, he works as a welder. He holds degrees in Liberal Arts and Latin American Studies and is currently completing an MA in Art history and collaborating with Mexican philosopher Enrique Dussel on a project on de-colonial thought. He organized a lecture series for the Vincent Price Art Museum and regularly participates in international conferences on philosophy and aesthetics. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, most recently at the LA Artcore Brewery Annex.

Sandra Cornejo was born in Houston, TX. She received a BFA from VCU in 2009, with a concentration in Painting and Printmaking. Recipient of the Ellen Battell Stoeckl Fellowship, she attended the Yale/Norfolk Summer Program in 2008 and was also a 2008 recipient of the Dean’s International Grant. Her concentration lies in oil painting, while exploring video and printmaking. Sandra has been involved in community outreach programs in Richmond, Washington D.C., as well as internationally. In 2011, she traveled to Salama, Baja Verapaz to work alongside ArtCorps and Oxfam America, as a Creative Facilitator. She is currently Assistant Director for the Latin American Community Arts Project.

Nathanael Dorent is a Franco-American architect and principal of Nathanael Dorent Architecture, a prize winning architecture firm whose practice ranges from interior design to urban development projects. He received the Andre Arfvidson prize from the Academie des Beaux Arts for an experimental proposal on emergency architecture and “transitory cities” (Paris, 2010), an honorable mention  for the Daegu Library International Competition and for the  Interior Design best of year prize (2013). His work has been widely published in architecture and design magazines and presented in galleries and the Serpentine Gallery “Map” Marathon. He also teaches at ENSA Paris-Malaquais, Strate College, and Parsons Paris.

Carrie Ida Edinger’s current projects and research with interdisciplinary practice investigate cross-discipline methods and new media. Her current Internet-based collection project has themes that present the social interaction between people and objects. In June 2013, the collection project was included as a web-based artwork in the Currents 2013 Santa Fe International New Media Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was a 2015 opinion columnist for Anthropology News with her column entitled Crossing Disciplines: Art and Anthropology.

Mike Grandaws Studio Steel Welding is a design and build studio, a local, Riverside family owned shop of artists, designers and builders. They focus on “making awesome” on a daily basis. Mike’s sculture has been exhibited in numerous venues around Southern California, including he Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Rebecca Guerrero was born in Los Angeles, California and has also lived in Baja California and in Europe. She has studied literature, art and fashion design and taught college in the United States, worked in London with a fashion designer and then in Los Angeles. Her work consists of a variety of media with pastels, acrylics, oils, silk screens. Photography is her preferred media. Traveling, literature, nature and life are her inspiration. Her art is multifaceted and arbitrary to the viewer; once captured by it, one finds hidden messages that might be faces, poetic symbolism and literary references. “I create art because I breathe.”

Danielle Giudici Wallis focuses on various levels of domesticity, home and place in her practice. Her work has evolved from investigating the built environment through sculptural objects to exploring the consequences of that built environment on the natural world, and our relationship to it. Environmental issues have intertwined with community engagement and intervention. I have strayed from the studio to wander beyond its walls, probing artistic and social methods in an effort to carve out a sustainable practice that questions our consumer culture (including within the arts), invites inquiry, and provides a respite from all the noise.

Anh Ly is a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology. Her research interests include medical anthropology, critical global health studies, biopolitics, and health care in transitioning states. Anh is the proud mother of three lovely children. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, photography, and voraciously consuming exquisite fiction or ethnographies.

Monica Landeros was born in Indiana, relocated to Mexico, then to California, then to Massachusetts, spent a year in Russia and finally made California her home. She uses her skills as a fashion designer to create sculptures that resemble clothing but are made with materials ranging from wire, wood, metal mesh, plastic, paper and hot glue. For “the Second Look” she developed an installation about the shifts from sadness to acceptance, frustration to anger or “feeling ok” she has experienced since losing her baby son a decade ago. Her work for “Hanging Out” pursues this complex emotional journey.

Barbara James has developed a “diary” of quilts sewn of materials gathered from the many countries where she has lived. Her work has been exhibited in the context of the “Moving matters Workshop, ” a program of art and performance by serial migrants artists.

Megan James loves the wide capacity for expression in art. Her work involves the confluence of the fields of History, Anthropology, and Archaeology paired with the aesthetics of Biology. She finds a beauty in the nature of deterioration and how broadly it applies to the elements of society. Her artistic expression began with drawing and painting. She migrated to ceramic production and loved the perfection of form. She has ended up in sculpture, because she finds it to be the perfect convergence of the conceptual, and the beauty of form.

Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein was born and raised in Colombia then lived in Germany, Mexico and the United States.  Her art deals with emigration, displacement, exploitation, violence and abuse, and implores viewers to confront the convoluted inequalities of our modern world. Her work has been widely exhibited in the US, Europe and South America and is in the collection of many museums including the Los Angeles County Museum, Museum of Latino-American Art, Long Beach, The Museum of American Art of The Smithsonian Institute, Museo de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia.

Susan Ossman’s artistic and curatorial practices have developed in a dynamic relationship with her work as an anthropologist. She conceived the “On the Line” project and directs The Moving Matters Traveling Workshop (MMTW), a global platform for serial migrant artists. She is Professor of anthropology and director of Global Studies at UC Riverside.

Frank Ramos is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, where his focuses include psychological anthropology, conflict theory, youth interest programs and athletics, as well as research in trauma therapy and reconciliation. Personal interests include the martial arts of aikido and systema, surfing, youth advocacy and mentoring, military veteran’s programs, East Asian artwork, fossil hunting, and rare map collecting.

Cindy Rinne creates art and writes in San Bernardino, CA. Cindy Rinne has attended Hanging Out/On the Line and enjoyed the various artistic expressions and the involvement of the public. She has assisted with the outdoor setting of the project by displaying her very own green leaf enwrapped scarves. They are wearable and contain some upcycled fabrics. She has written a new series of short poems to read at the event and give away to the public.

Manja van de Worp, principal at NOUS engineering London is an Architect and Structural Engineer who works closely with architects and artists.  Her expertise lies in the translation of an idea into a working structural design, relating fabrication, materiality and geometry. She has worked for Arup in London in the Advanced Geometry Unit and at the Advanced Technology and Research group, designing structures with a complex geometry and moveable structures. Manja launched NOUS engineering London in 2013 a consultancy for advanced structural analysis tools, complex structural systems, materials and fabrication technologies. She teaches at the Architectural Association and the IAAC in Barcelona.



Juliann Allison is a feminist scholar, environmentalist, homeschool advocate, yogini, runner, rockclimber, mate, and mother of four with a passion for the outdoors. She currently chairs UC Riverside’s Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies and is an MFA student at Antioch University Los Angeles.

Deb Durham is currently an MFA candidate in the UCR Department of Creative Writing, with a focus on creative nonfiction. Her essays have appeared in South Loop ReviewQreview and WBEZ Chicago’s eight forty-eight. As a solo performance artist, she has appeared at Victory Gardens Theater, Links Hall and at Columbia College Chicago’s Gender Fusion. Her current obsessions include teen romance novels on the 1950s and writing the perfect paragraph.