Jess Hirsch is a sculptor and installation artist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2013 and has since received a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, the Jerome Emerging Artist Project Grant, the Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship, the Jerome Fellowship at Franconia Sculpture Park, and Art(ists) on the Verge Fellowship. She has participated in Northern Spark and in the Art Shanty Projects. Hirsch explores alternative medicine and healing modalities through interactive sculpture. Her interest in healing began seven years ago while facing a personal health crisis. Since, she has focused her art practice on educating the public on alternative health practices through everyday experiences such as bathing, eating, and sleeping. Her sculptures range from full room installations where the viewer enters a new space to experience healing, to small take home sculptures, where the viewer can privately experience the sculpture. Hirsch is the co-founder of Powderhorn Kitchen, a radical school/gallery/store that offers handmade objects, home-brewed medicine, and socially engaged installation with the art community. Her latest trajectory is towards exploring plants as a sculptural medium in outdoor spaces.
Andrew Jansen is a Minneapolis based musician, recording and self releasing music for over a decade in both the upper midwest and west coast. Blending genres such as rock, folk, psychedelic, punk and elements of electronic music he has played in numerous bands and most recently released the album "Loud,” largely comprised of melodic dream pop sound with some experimental, garage, and 60's overtones. In 2015 he collaborated with Paul Clipson to produce a live film score for Clipson in the bay area. He also performed music for Emily Johnson’s Shore, a multi-day performance. Jansen’s most recent project Bridges was a curation of 12 ambient musicians playing live under the Greenway bridges to be experienced by the biker in transit. He also plays under the moniker Beach Body, creating live scores for healing practices such as yoga and guided meditation.
Emily Stover is an artist-designer and adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota College of Design. Though her professional experience is in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design, she crosses design disciplines to create public art installations and engaging experiences in and about public space. Emily is a City Arts Collaboratory fellow through Public Art Saint Paul, and a recent recipient of the Forecast Jerome Planning Grant, Art(ists) on the Verge Fellowship, the McKnight Next Step Fund, and a 2015 Franconia Fellowship. Her work has been part of the Northern Spark Festival, the Creative City Challenge Maker Day at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Weisman Art Museum’s Pop-Up Park programming, and the Walker Art Center’s Open Field through the Kitchen Lab Residency. Past work includes a temporary structure for making and sharing dumplings, a solar-activated sonic sculpture, and an interactive game-like experience about the postal service. Emily’s recent work involves working on licensed mobile kitchens for food-based community programming, a city-scale light installation in downtown Saint Paul, a river front market inspired by the street markets on the Seine, and a bus stop residency project.