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Anna Tsouhlarakis: Artist-in-Residence at the Fountainhead Residency

Anna Tsouhlarakis:  Artist-in-Residence at the Fountainhead Residency

 

 





Introduction to Anna Tsouhlarakis.  1:34 min.  Interview:  Raymond Elman.  Post-production:  Lee Skye.  Music:  Dee Yan-Kee.  Recorded via Zoom:  6/16/2021, The Fountainhead Residency, Miami.

 

ANNA TSOUHLARAKIS is a Native American artist of Navajo, Creek, and Greek descent who works primarily with installation, video, and performance art. Her work has been described as breaking stereotypes surrounding Native Americans and provoking thought, rather than focusing solely on aesthetics. Tsouhlarakis wants to redefine what Native American Art means and its many possibilities. She received her BA from Dartmouth College with degrees in Native American Studies and Studio Art. She went on to receive her MFA from Yale University in Sculpture.

Her work has been part of national and international exhibitions at venues such as Rush Arts in New York, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Crystal Bridges Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, the Heard Museum, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Tsouhlarakis has participated in various art residencies including Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Yaddo, and was the Andrew W. Mellon Artist-in-Residence at Colorado College for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Tsouhlarakis lives and works in Colorado with her husband and three children.

The videos below were recorded via Zoom, are organized by Success Factor, and run between 30 seconds and 6 minutes. Click on any video. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos.

 

EXPOSURE TO BROAD INFLUENCES: 3:07 min.





Where did you grow up and what was your first awareness of art of any discipline?

 

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  1:18 min.





What kind of jewelry did your father make?

 

CREATES A UNIQUE PERSONAL BRAND:   2:56 min.





How did your passion for making art evolve?

 

SEIZES OPPORTUNITIES:  2:30 min.





Describe your journey from the Southwest to Dartmouth College, one of the most elite schools in the world.

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  4:15 min.





My longtime dear friend Varujan Boghosian was your teacher at Dartmouth. Please describe some of your experiences with Boghosian.

 

COMMUNITY VALUES:  3:19 min.





What was your experience with the culture of Dartmouth College?

 

VALUES FIRST-RATE EDUCATION: 2:42 min.





What was your next move after graduating from Dartmouth?

 

SEIZES OPPORTUNITIES:   2:10 min.





How has your career evolved since graduating from Yale?

 

SELF-CONFIDENCE: 1:43 min.





What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were starting your art career?

 

SERENDIPITY:  1:35 min.





What is the role of serendipity in your work?

 

COMMUNITY VALUES:  6:05 min.





What are some of your favorite projects?

 

SEIZES OPPORTUNITIES:  3:27 min.





For the month of June, 2021 you participated in a special Fountainhead Residency program for artists with young children. How did you find out about the program, and what are your experiences so far?

 

COMMUNITY VALUES:  1:15 min.





Have you had the opportunity to connect with artists in the Florida Native American community? Or is there not enough time for that in the one-month residency program?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  0:49 sec.





What’s your favorite movie?