Gettin’ a little cozy with our artists for Exquisite Corpse

For this project, we wanted to represent the past year of work at EMP as well as tip our hat to our future endeavors and artistic collaborations. Some of the artists are old friends of EMP and some are brand new ones! Get an idea of what we’re bringing to the table on November 2:
Tyne Lowe
Tyne first tried her hand at drawing comics at the ripe age of 6, telling superhero epics about anthropomorphized fast food when she wasn’t drawing dinosaurs. Seventeen years later, she is still a dedicated student of the Sequential Arts. A graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a dual degree in Art and Art History, Tyne is a freelance artist specializing in line work for graphic novel-style comics. She has worked collaboratively with integrated art projects by Our Fair City and the Society of Young Superheroes, both rooted in Chicago. She has exhibited her work at conventions including Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD, MoCCAFest in New York City, and Chicago ComicCon. Tyne hopes to continue drawing and to begin a career in children’s book illustration or character design for animated film.



Dominique Zeltzman
A movement artist in San Francisco from 1991 to 2006, Dominique’s work has been performed in the U.S. and the Czech Republic. Her narrative video, Girl Under the Table toured LBGT festivals worldwide. A Fells Point native, she resides in Patterson Park with her vibrant seven year old daughter. She is an MFA student in the Imaging and Digital Arts program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.







Chris Fitzwater
Chris was born in Poolesville, MD and has been painting in the Baltimore/DC area for the last ten years. His work can be found in private collections around the U.S. as well as London. His piece “Garment Merchants” was featured at EMP in the Rotating History Project’s Down Through the Needle’s Eye this past July and his piece “La Malinche” was shown for EMP Collective’s traveling project, Genesis, in August.




Sara Moore
Sara Moore received her B.F.A. in General Sculptural Studies from The Maryland Institute College of Art in Spring 2008. She creates installations based on the outcomes of political and social turmoil, as well as loss. Her interest in the collective community has led her to take part in numerous community art projects in Baltimore as well as Ticuantepe and Siuna, Nicaragua. Her work has been exhibited at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul Korea, Baltimore, Maryland, and in Washington, D.C.


Grant Whipple











Stephanie Kwak
Stephanie Kwak is an artist who works in Washington, DC and lives in Baltimore. She is a member of DC-based artist subscription service Project Dispatch and is currently Development Coordinator at Transformer. For more information, visit







Amanda Burnham
I make drawings and drawing installations based on my explorations of and encounters with the city. Often working on site, outside or in my car, I read the landscape for found fragments of language and record the poetics of vacant lots, moveable type signs, billboards, and rowhouses with ink and other water media on paper. I often piece fragments together in a cumulative manner not unlike the way the urban landscape is collectively authored over time. My drawing installations expand upon these explorations, layering and stitching together found visual elements of the landscape in conversation with the site against which they have been displaced, using paint, artificial turf, concrete, sand, and trash directly on the wall.


Sara Barnes &
Sara Barnes hails from the midwest but has spent the past 8 years of her life in Charm City, with nearly 6 of them spent at MICA. Sara will graduate in 2013 with her MFA in Illustration Practice. She is also the creator of the daily art blog, Brown Paper Bag, a website that focuses on works on paper and beyond.







Kate McGraw
Kate McGraw has exhibited her work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Curator’s Office, Washington, DC; Gallery at Flashpoint, Washington, DC; Katzen Art Center, Washington, DC; Zentral Bibliothek of Zurich; The National Library of Argentina; Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature, University of Richmond Museums and Scope New York Art Fair among other venues. McGraw received critical acclaim from the Washington Post for her collaborations with Ann Tarantino.

Kate McGraw earned both her BFA in Painting & Drawing and BA in Women’s Studies from Penn State University. McGraw has lived and worked in Vermont and Washington, DC and currently resides in Brooklyn where she continues study toward her MFA in Drawing & Painting at Brooklyn College.



Teddy Johnson
Teddy Johnson’s paintings play with the traditions of Western Art and history as a forum to explore storytelling, human psychology, color, and contemporary culture. He has had solo shows in MD, VA, GA , NYC and most recently at Minas Gallery in Baltimore in June, 2012. His work has been included in numerous group shows in VA, MD, and GA. His paintings have been featured in the Korean Magazine: Art People, as well as the Urbanite and Baltimore Style Magazine. His work has also been exhibited internationally in Italy and in Korea. Teddy has curated shows in Baltimore, MD and Brooklyn, NY with the Rotating History Project, which he co-founded with Heather Rounds in 2010. Their most recent show, Down Through the Needle’s Eye, was at EMP in July 2012. A VA native, he is currently based in Baltimore MD. His education includes a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, a MFA from The Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia and two semesters of study in Cortona, Italy.


Valeska Populoh
Valeska Maria Populoh works as an artist, educator and cultural organizer in her adopted hometown of Baltimore. Embracing a wide array of tactics, from illustration to performance, Valeska’s work is motivated by an interest in healing and repair, in our relationships to each other and to the natural world. Valeska collaborates often with other artists and organizations to invent, create and curate cultural actions and events, including the Puppet Slamwich! at Black Cherry Puppet Theater. Valeska also serves on the faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art.


Ryan Maxwell
Ryan is a freelance photographer and theatre director based in Washington, DC. He has directed for the Inkwell, the Source Festival, Adventure Theatre, Young Playwrights Theatre, and Flying V. Before landing in DC, Ryan spent two years as Artistic Associate at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Boston, directing touring productions and assisting artistic director Steve Maler on Shakespeare on the Common. He was also assistant director for Anthony Rapp’s Without You at the 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival.

As a photographer, Ryan has placed photos in group shows and won awards with FotoWeekDC, DCist Exposed, and InstandDC.


Heather Rounds
Heather Rounds is an artist, curator, and writer currently living in Baltimore Maryland. Her poetry and short works of fiction have appeared in many literary publications and her biographical novel THERE (forthcoming, March 2013) won the 2011 Emergency Press International Book Award. In 2010 she co-founded The Rotating History Project with Teddy Johnson, a curatorial collective dedicated to exhibitions highlighting how history and modern life connect in a given environment. Her latest visual work, a series called Purge Effort, includes repurposing over twenty years worth of collected paper, scraps and other pulp-based build up.



Zachary Z Handler
Zachary Z. Handler received his BFA in Photography from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2003 and his Masters in Arts Administration from Columbia University Teachers College. Over the past thirteen years, Handler has worked with such arts organizations as the Museum of Modern Art, Quest: arts for everyone, and the Creative Alliance, providing community and access programs for persons with disabilities. Handler has also traveled both nationally and internationally, promoting and teaching arts education classes to deaf and hard of hearing youth in foster care.

Currently residing in Baltimore, Handler spends his days working for the Baltimore Medical System as the Deaf Services Program Manager. Always on the lookout for creative opportunities in both professions, Handler all the while enjoys the appropriation of found objects, the company of 1970s cinema, and the color pink.


Ram Brisueño
Through collage and painting, color and mood, my paintings show the warmth and joy of a head abloom who wants to share with you, to engage in conversations about lightness in darkening days…as an artist, I want you to smile and enjoy the possibilities of dreams…A local Baltimore artist, Ram Brisueño has exhibited work throughout the metropolitan area.








Joshua Copeland
Self-taught, DC-based artist Joshua M. Copeland searches for personal enlightenment through painting, working in oils, acrylics and spray paints. Joshua finds inspiration from artists such as Banksy to Gustav Kilmt. Working with a variety of tools; the painter shows us images of vintage night lives, abstractions of passion and grace, and portraits.

“The function of the artist is to provide what life does not.” – Tom Robbins


Luke Atkinson
Luke Atkinson is an artist living in Washington, DC.


Madeleine Pierce
Madeleine Pierce has spent her life striving to to communicate through her drawings and paintings feelings that can’t be put into words. For many years, that feeling was related to the way things look and feel different at night. Very recently, daytime has started to play a larger role, as well. She moves closer to the center of Baltimore just about every year, and currently is studying illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

You’ll also see the works of…

Alexis DeVance