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THE DIRT PALACE
BOARD & STAFF
Xander Marro has been living the good life in the feminist sub-underground for too many years to count on her long bony fingers. A jack-of-all trades type, she works in probably too many media ranging from printmaking to paper mache to 16mm film. In 2016 she was the RISD Museum artist fellow. She cut her teeth in arts management on the jagged edges of spreadsheets at AS220. She's been involved with issues around affordable housing and the changing landscape of urban America for nearly two decades. She currently serves as the Chair of ONE Neighborhood Builders, a Providence community development corporation.
Pippi Zornoza is an interdisciplinary artist working in sound, performance, installation, video, and printmaking and is a co-founder of the Dirt Palace feminist art collective in Providence Rhode Island. Zornoza's work has been featured internationally and is housed in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Her work has been published in the Bell Gallery's Building Expectation: Past and Present Visions of the Architectural Future, Anthony Alvarado's DIY Magic, Mathew Barney and Brandon Stousy's Tubal Cain, and in the art-poster anthology, the Art of Modern Rock.
XANDER MARRO: Co-Director
PIPPI ZORNOZA: Co-Director
MIRANDA ZHEN-YAO VAN-BOSWELL: Work/Exchange AIR
Miranda Zhen-Yao Van-Boswell is an artist of the Hong Kong diaspora, currently living in the ancestral homelands of the Narragansett Nation (colonially known as Providence, Rhode Island). Coincidentally born the same year as the Hong Kong handover from Britain to China (1997), Miranda is making one cyanotype a day for the next 25 years in anticipation of a nationhood death certificate issued July 1st 2047.
Miranda is a photographer and the Work/Exchange AIR at the Wedding Cake House (October 2021-April 2023). She’s interested in the triangular affair of translation, rituals of domesticity, and the intersection of personal and collective histories. Miranda is a cofounder of the community darkroom The Shade, and has work held in the Museum of Everyday Life's permanent collection.
Miranda Zhen-Yao Van-Boswell
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Becci Davis was born on a military installation in Georgia named after General Henry L. Benning of the Confederate States Army. Her birth initiated her family’s first generation after the Civil rights Act and its fifth generation post-emancipation. Becci is a Rhode Island-based interdisciplinary artist who finds inspiration in exploring natural and cultural landscapes, in addition to her experiences as a daughter, mother, American, and Southern born and raised, Black woman.
After earning a MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design in 2017, Becci was the recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award in Visual Art, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship in New Genres, the Providence Public Library Creative Fellowship, and the RISD Museum Artist Fellowship. She was also featured as one of Art New England Magazine’s 10 Emerging Artists of 2019. Becci lives with her family in Wakefield, Rhode Island and is currently an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Visual Art at Brown University.
Angela DiVeglia is an artist, archivist, and urban gardener; New England's postindustrial landscape is her natural habitat. She works as the Curatorial Assistant in Providence Public Library’s Special Collections. She is a graduate of Amherst College (B.A., English) and the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (M.S., Library Science).
SHAUNA M. DUFFY
Shauna M. Duffy, CPA, MBA (Board Treasurer), after spending nearly 20 years involved in the Providence music and art communities, Shauna became the Managing Director of AS220 in downtown Providence in 2015. Prior to working at AS220, she spent many years in public accounting working with Rhode Island not-for-profits including museums, social service agencies, schools and arts and culture organizations. Shauna has previously served as Treasurer of AS220’s Board of Directors; as a director and later Chair of the Prometheus Radio Project’s Board of Directors; as Treasurer and later Chair of the Everett: Company, Stage & School Board of Directors; and as an adjunct accounting faculty member in the MBA program at JWU.
Why do you serve on this board?
I am honored to be a founding Board member of the Dirt Palace Public Projects. As a young woman (teenager, really) finding my place in the Providence music and art community, I was inspired by the women who had founded the Dirt Palace. My first time in the space itself was overwhelming and opened up a whole new world to explore. I believe strongly that artists must own affordable physical space to live and work, so that they can safely create and engage with the community for the long-term. The Dirt Palace has managed, through hard work and tireless commitment, to be a legal space that retains much of the character of the many illegal artist spaces around Providence and around the country. Through the DPPP, I can help try to make it more sustainable. For nearly two decades, female-identified people at the Dirt Palace have lived, worked, created and inspired those around them. Through the DPPP, we can expand the opportunities for women to live, work and create, and help ensure that the Dirt Palace continues to nurture and inspire for decades to come.
Cody Ross is an indebted beneficiary of alternative cultural institutions, subcultural space-making, and radical political interventions at every scale. He has contributed to a range of projects and organizations, including collective housing experiments, worker-owned cooperative businesses, art collectives, artist-run community and studio spaces, academic research projects, and youth movement organizing against incarceration.
In collaboration with a collective of artists, he helped found New Fruit, an artist-run studio, printmaking, and exhibition space in Portland, Maine dedicated to supporting feminist, queer, and radical cultural production. Cody was awarded a Kindling Fund grant for his project Cathedral, an iPhone application and digital curatorial platform imagined as “a public bathroom on your cell phone.” His art practice is informed by a general ontological confusion provoked by queer, feminist, and affect theory as well as a faith in the space of encounter. Cody has worked for libraries, archives and museums throughout the northeast, including the Maine College of Art, Bowdoin College Library, the LGBTQ National History Archives, and the Leslie Lohman Museum. He currently tends to the preservation of digital archival material at the Brown University Library. He is grateful to have been a resident of Dirt Palace from 2018 to 2020.
ANABEL VAZQUEZ RODRIGUEZ
Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez is an independent curator, artist and organizer based in Providence, Boston and San Juan. She is currently Curator at Leica Gallery Boston and Assistant Programmer at MassArt Film Society.
Why do you serve on this board?
"As a curator, manager and arts advocate deeply involved in the arts community of New England and beyond for nearly two decades, I am thrilled to be part of the Dirt Palace Public Projects and to be working collaboratively, implement projects, and to continue building community."
J. R. URETSKY
J.R. Uretsky weaves performance, video, puppetry, and sculpture into emotionally charged, affective artworks that shift seamlessly between autobiography and fiction. Uretsky’s work confronts viewers with expressive confessions that test the bounds of comfort, personal space, and acceptable presence. The characters that emerge through her performances are relatable yet also alien and non-specific, forging an ambiguous space where emotion is the remaining constant. Uretsky is also an independent curator as well as the Exhibitions Manager at New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!. She currently lives in Providence, RI and is the drummer of the queer punk duo Bed Death.
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