Artist INC Live Argenta Peer Facilitators

Arkansas playwright Judy B. Goss first improvised backyard scenes with childhood pals in Texas. Earning degrees in theatre and performance of literature, she became theatre director at a community arts center. Married and raising daughters, she led creative dramatics as an artist-in-education and directed community plays, before teaching full-time at Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School. After an Arts Council fellowship in 2000, she participated in Sewanee Writers’ Conference workshops three times, with mentors Lee Blessing, Beth Henley, Daisy Foote and Dan O’Brien. Her scripts have had staged readings, and First Farewell was produced in 2011.

Kandy Jones, The Garage Sale Queen - Kandy has been an artist all her life. She calls herself a “redneck Martha Stewart.” She explores the world around her and recycles it into something new and unexpected with found objects. Her creations move, converse with, surprise and amuse the viewer. Her mixed media mosaics and hypertufa work are found in Little Rock’s River Market, Clinton Foundation, Little Rock Zoo, and private collections throughout Arkansas. She is a frequent guest on KATV’s Saturday Daybreak, and has appeared with Janet Carson, and Chris Olsen. She has been featured in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, North Little Rock Times, Arkansas Times, and 501 Life. She teaches at the Arkansas Arts Center and Eureka Springs School of Arts. An avid storyteller, she speaks to groups all over Arkansas about the “Art of Recycling,” and she has been featured on NPR’s “Tales From the South.” Her recent mermaid sculpture won the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Arkansas Sculpture Invitational. For more information, visit her website. 

Kevin Kresse is an Arkansas native who has supported his family as a sculptor and painter for 15 years in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has exhibited his work in New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Memphis, TN. and Atlanta, GA.  Among his awards were painting fellowships from the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Arkansas Arts Council.  He has been commissioned to do numerous public works, from large outdoor pieces to bronze busts. Kresse has been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles, radio interviews, television features and a short film. 

A native of Bulgaria, pianist Kristina Marinova studied at the State Conservatory of Music in Sofia with renowned pianist, Iovcho Krushev. She received her Masters in Music in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, in the studio of Prof. Arthur Greene and graduated with honors. She is a winner of numerous competitions and awards internationally, as well as in the US. Ms. Marinova has been a participant in major music festivals where she has collaborated with some of the most prominent musicians in the world. She has appeared as a soloist with the Bulgarian State Orchestra, as well as various university orchestras. As a soloist, Kristina appeared in Europe and the US. Currently, Ms. Marinova is the vocal coach for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Opera Theatre and choral program, as well as the Chotard Institute of Music.  Additionally, she is the founder of the Outreach Program for the Performing Arts at UALR, and frequently appears on the stage as a soloist and a chamber musician. In 2012-2013, season Ms. Marinova will be appearing in recitals throughout Arkansas, in piano Duo Arete with pianist Tatiana R. Mann.

Matt McLeod is a painter and sculptor specializing in fine art and commercial or public art solutions. After graduating from Southern Methodist University in 1987, Matt spent a fifteen-year career in advertising, before becoming a full-time artist.  Matt spent the last ten years in fine art, developing paintings into his bold, vibrant style - what he calls Outrageous Color. Matt’s Outrageous Color is included in several private and corporate collections across the US and has brought significant recognition, including pieces in the Delta Exhibition at The Arkansas Arts Center and on the front cover of the first Arkansas Artists Calendar. In 2011, Matt was the featured artist for Riverfest music festival. This year, Matt will be the featured artist for The Thea Foundation’s Annual Spring Fine Arts Festival in North Little Rock. Besides having work in numerous galleries across the US, Matt now matches his business and fine art experience to help clients with large-scale commercial art projects.

Jon Shannon Rogers, b. 1984, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008, studying abroad in Umbria, Italy at the International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture for six weeks in 2007. He received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the New York Studio School in 2011. In 2012 he was selected as one of Oxford American's Top 100 Under 100: New Superstars of Southern Art. Rogers is currently an Adjunct Professor of Drawing at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia and paints out of his studio downtown Little Rock. He is represented by Greg Thompson Fine Art.

Pianist, Tatiana Roitman has appeared as a soloist and recitalist across North America and Europe. The BBC hailed her performance of G. Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Oxford Pops Orchestra as “formidable…both accurate and with rarely seen joy.” In 2010 Naxos released Roitman’s performance of the Rhapsody in Blue in the album Jazz Nocturne - American Concertos of the Jazz Age. A versatile performer – soloist and chamber musician, with repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary, Roitman’s interpretations are characterized by warmth and emotional intensity, aiming to reach and to educate her audiences, ensuring continuation and pertinence of the art form.

Born in 1954 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Dominique Simmons grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Her earliest art memories are of looking at the "big" art books from the family library, the smell of turpentine and oil paints, and photographic chemicals from her father's dark room.  In 2013, Dominique retired as an adjunct professor in art at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). Prior to that, she was an instructor at the Arkansas Arts Center.

Dominique earned a Master of Fine Arts at UALR and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Arkansas State University. She is a competitive artist and her creative abilities have been recognized in a number of venues. Her work has frequently been picked for the” Delta Competition”, and the “Prints, Drawings, and Photographs” competition at the Arkansas Arts Center.  Dominique is also a frequent exhibitor and winner in the annual “Small Works on Paper” competitions.

Dominique’s work is represented in the permanent collection of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the University of Central Arkansas, and many private collections throughout the United States.