Artist INC Live OKC Peer Facilitators

Heather Clark Hilliard is a visual artist with a foundation in photography and a devoted practice to the study of fiber materials and processes. In 2013 Hilliard was invited to be the Artist-in-Residence at 108 Contemporary in Tulsa during her solo exhibition ‘Finding the Fire’. In 2012 she fulfilled two studio assistantships at Penland School of Crafts and received two Awards of Merit from the curators of FiberWorks and Concept/OK. 

She has studied natural dyes with internationally recognized master dye artisans and is committed to the practice and advocacy of natural colors which are often used in her work. Hilliard’s work has been exhibited in ten states and published in the Art Focus Magazine and the Surface Design Journal.

She works from her home studio and dye garden or while traveling with her husband crisscrossing the country with their dog Butternut.

Beau Leland has worked as an independent video producer and editor in Oklahoma for over ten years, and has worked on various documentaries, commercials, and music videos. Beau also continues producing work for the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, and has created hours of content for the Oklahoma History Center. In 2008 Beau's first feature film, "Rainbow Around the Sun," premiered at South By Southwest film festival, and was chosen as best Oklahoma feature at deadCENTER Film Festival the same year.  Beau is interested in-above all else-contributing to the cultural and economic development of Oklahoma’s art community. He is a Taurus.

Robert Matson is the Academy Administrator for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and is the writer for their Musical Theatre Educational Tour. Robert also has his own business, Robert JM Productions, a production company where he writes original and diverse plays for the LGBT community in Oklahoma City. His most recent work, Beneath the Zipper, was chosen to perform at the 2012 Chicago Fringe Festival and will premiere a new drama, Mr. and Mister this year. Robert has worked in Theatre for over 30 years from actor to director but most importantly as a playwright.

Sunni Mercer has over 20 years of experience in the area of design and studio art.  Her signature work is mixed media and art in context installations.  Sunni’s work has shown nationally and internationally and is archived with the Smithsonian. Sunni has received numerous awards and grants for her work.  She is former Director of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition and the Oklahoma City National Memorial Center.  Her work has been the subject of numerous articles in a variety of national publications, including a book on her work regarding women in Africa dealing with AIDS.

Michelle Moeller is the Director of Perpetual Motion Dance.  Michelle’s choreography was selected for the ROGUE Festival, Oklahoma City Ballet’s Future Voices and the New Genre Festival.  Michelle is an Assitant Professor in Dance at the University of Central Oklahoma where she received her BA in Dance.  She completed her Master of Fine Arts in Dance at Texas Woman’s University and was awarded the Excellence in Choreography scholarship.  Michelle is continually striving to fulfill the Perpetual Motion mission of creating a collaborative network of artists to establish and sustain a unique multidisciplinary arts performance and education program for the community.

Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate was born in Oklahoma, is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and a 2011 Emmy Award winner. The Washington Post praised him for “his ability to effectively infuse classical music with American Indian nationalism.”  His commissioned works have been performed by the National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Colorado Ballet and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, among others.  Tate earned his degrees from Northwestern University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He was appointed Oklahoma Creativity Ambassador in 2008. His works have been recorded by the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus.

Christopher Grant Wiser's formal music training began in 7th grade band on the saxophone, his primary instrument of study at Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he was awarded Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees. Following graduate school and one year of teaching elementary music he began his career as a private music instructor and professional musician. Currently he is lead vocalist, keyboardist, songwriter and manager for the funky keyboard/drum duo Sugar Free Allstars, a group that has made a name for themselves in the kid's music world on the national level with three songs on the SiriusXM Kid's Place Live top 13 charts; mentions in Time, People and Parent's Magazines; airplay on the #1 NPR show Car Talk; and inclusion of a song on a 2012 Grammy award winning album. In addition he is the co-founder and executive chair of Wiggle Out Loud, OKC's Family Music Festival, Oklahoma's first event of its kind.

Lauren Zuniga is an internationally touring poet, activist & teaching artist.  She is the author of two poetry collections, The Nickel Tour (Penmanship Books, 2009) and The Smell of Good Mud (Write Bloody, 2012), a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. Her work has been featured on Upworthy, MoveOn.Org, BoingBoing, Autostraddle & Everyday Feminism. She is a three time national slam finalist and one of the top ranked female slam poets in the world. She has performed in over 200 schools and universities as well as prisons, shelters, churches, train stations and even on a city bus. In 2012, she served as Activist-In-Residence at the University of Oklahoma and was voted Best Local Author by the Oklahoma Gazette. She currently works as the Director of Literary Arts at SixTwelve Community Center and lives with her partner, two kids & dog in a house named Persimmon.