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Justin Randolph Thompson_ Project Director
Justin Randolph Thompson is a sculptor and new media artist born in Peekskill, NY in ’79. Living between Italy and the US since 2001, he has exhibited internationally and participated in numerous residencies in the US and in Europe. A recipient of the 2013 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, a 2013 Visual Art Grant from the Fundacion Marcelino Botin, a 2013 Emerging Artist Fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park , a Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant, the Open Studio Fellowship at Franconia Sculpture Park, a Jerome Fellow and a resident at the Taller of Jannis Kounellis at the Fundacion Marcelino Botin in Santander, Spain, Thompson had a recent solo project at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio, at Villa Romana in Florence, at La Tache Gallery in Barcelona, as well as a recent screening at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In March he realized a performance at the Reina Sofia in Madrid.

Forthcoming projects include a collaborative show with Bradly Dever Treadaway, Sweet Exorcist at the Weil Gallery in Corpus Christi and a solo show, Moldy Figs at Momenta Art in Brooklyn.

Jason Thompson_ Sound Director and Composer
Jason Thompson is a third generation jazz musician from Peekskill, NY. He began his professional saxophone career in 1996 when he gave up a scholarship to the University of Tennessee and started a six year stint on the road with Knoxville-based, nine member rock/R&B group Gran Torino. The group toured nationally, made several recordings, and enjoyed some college radio success before disbanding. Thompson returned to the UTK to study jazz under many great professors including Jerry Coker, and Donald Brown. Thompson's choice of the baritone saxophone as his main voice puts him in a smaller circle of the saxophone family, but it's his bass saxophone playing that makes him truly unique. He recently founded the band Frog and Toad’s Dixie Quartet. Thompson performs and composes regularly and has collaborated with his younger brother on over 50 projects.

Bradly Dever Treadaway_ Filmmaker and Audiovisual Director
Bradly Dever Treadaway is a Brooklyn based artist and teacher utilizing photography, video, film and installation to emphasize socially conscious themes and self- awareness. His work revolves around fleeting family histories visualized through domestic rituals, the loss of cultural tradition and aspires to reunite present and past through visual metaphors. Treadaway works with five generations of family archives from Southern Louisiana, deconstructing and re-contextualizing the archive to serve as form, medium and concept.
Treadaway is a Fulbright Scholar to Italy and works as both a Faculty member and the Digital Media Coordinator at The International Center of Photography in New York City. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art, Center for Photography at Woodstock, The International Center of Photography, The Mobile Museum of Art, The Ospedale degli Innocenti in Florence, Italy, and the Lishui Museum of Photography in China. His film/video work has been screened at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the National Centre for Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia, Union Docs, Anthology Film Archives, the Nashville Film Festival, the Coney Island Film Festival, and at the Brooklyn Arts Council’s Scene: Brooklyn.
Treadaway also remains engaged in a 17-year collaboration with internationally acclaimed and exhibited artist Justin Randolph Thompson.

The Baritone Sax Army_Core Collaborators
The Baritone Sax Army is a group of Bariotne Saxophones from New York City that specialize in Low note inspired public disturbance. They performed with Thompson in the piece Brutus Jones at Socrates Sculpture Park. In that occasion their members were: Stefan Zeniuk 'General Connquistador', Paula Henderson, Maria Eisen, Jason Candler and Kevin Dannenberg

Institutional Engagement:

Salem Art Works has provided funding, coordinating and support for the project through a residence.

Salem Art Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art center and sculpture park located in rural Upstate New York. Founded in 2005 by artist Anthony Cafritz, Salem Art Works is dedicated to supporting both emerging and established artists in the creation of new and progressive work, as well as promoting the understanding and appreciation of contemporary art within the region. Fit the Battle was developed in dialogue and with the support of the staff at Salem art works and Sculptural props were created in residence there.

The project will take place at the Hudson Valley Center For Contemporary Art who have additonally provided logistics and outreach based support.

The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, located in Peekskill, NY, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and education organization founded by the Marc and Livia Straus family. The Center is dedicated to the development and presentation of exhibitions and interdisciplinary programs that enrich our understanding of contemporary art, its contexts, and its relationship to social issues. HVCCA is also committed to the enrichment of Peekskill, a multicultural community that has recreated itself as a major arts destination. HVCCA operates a 12,000 square foot exhibition space and is the primary sponsor of the Peekskill Project, an annual, city-wide exhibition of site-specific artwork.

The project was supported by a 2013 Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park.

Socrates Sculpture Park is the only site in the New York Metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale sculpture and multi-media installations in a unique outdoor environment that encourages strong interaction between artists, artworks and the public. The park's existence is based on the belief that reclamation, revitalization and creative expression are essential to the survival, humanity and improvement of our urban environment. Thompson was awarded a 2013 Emerging Artist Fellowship permitting the realization of sculptural props for Fit the Battle.

The project is in part funded by a 2013 Louise Comfort Tiffany Foundation Artist Award

The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Awards in Painting,
Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography, Video, and Craft Media

Every two years, designated nominators from throughout the United States recommend candidates to be considered for a grant from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. The nominees are reviewed by an invited jury composed of artists, critics, museum professionals, and representation from the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Awardees are selected for their talent and individual artistic strength.

It is the intention of the Foundation to support artists whose work shows promise, but who have not yet received widespread critical acclaim or commercial recognition. The purpose of the monetary grants is to give artists the opportunity to produce new work and continue their development. The 2013 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Competition has been administered by Artists Space.