Vox Announces New Members
Eight new members join collective

Vox Populi is pleased to share that eight new members have joined the collective as of June 2017. A diverse group that runs the gamut from poetry to curation to new media practices, they will each make an exciting new addition to our regular rotation of exhibitions as well as programming the Blackbox space. Vox Populi typically makes a call for new members living in the greater Philadelphia region annually, dependent on the needs of balancing the membership. Please stay tuned to our website or subscribe to our e-mail list if you are interested in learning more about this annual call. Vox would also like to extend our gratitude to those who applied, the extremely strong pool of applicants made this decision challenging and exciting for the collective and we look forward to networking with any applicants and considering collaborations with you in the future.

Our warmest welcome to Mel Bentley, Maude Haak-Frendscho, Maddie Hewitt, Paul Hinson, Gina Elizabeth Murdock, Destiny Palmer, Theresa Rose, and Asha Sheshadri.

Mel Bentley


Mel Bentley organizes the reading series Housework and edits with Jonathan Hamilton the new journal Boneless Skinless, featuring work by Housework participants. A chapbook of poems “Bucolic Eclogue” was released from Lamehouse Press in July 2016. Mel has worked in publishing for a variety of clients including Copper Canyon, Ugly Duckling Presse, LUMA Foundation, and Jacket2 reissues at Kelly Writers House. They have previously performed at Vox as part of Fish Songs with member Jim Strong.

E. Maude Haak-Frendscho

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E. Maude Haak-Frendscho is an arts worker and recent transplant to Philly from Oakland. Maude is currently a Project Manager at Mural Arts Philadelphia, and previously developed and oversaw programs for Headlands Center for the Arts. She has produced work for Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. Independently, she co-edited Drift Magazine from 2009-2011 and produced several social projects in public spaces. She is interested in presenting works that touch the broader cultural moment, often tied to concepts of embodiment, materiality, and place histories. These interests are reflected in her curatorial, writing, and editing projects, which often take shape through collaboration and invest in the process of their making. She has an MA in Urban Studies from San Francisco Art Institute, and a BA in Community & Environmental Planning from UW-Seattle.

Maddie Hewitt


Maddie Hewitt is an interdisciplinary artist and curator working between practices such as performance, video, sculpture, and sound. She earned a BFA in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art. In 2016 she was selected for an artist residency at Artistes en Résidence in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and in 2015 she was an artist in residence at Flux Factory in Long Island City, NY. In addition to being selected for several group exhibitions there, as a Flux Factory resident Hewitt co-curated a group exhibition funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and featured in The Creators Project on VICE, she also curated a lecture series highlighting the history of and artwork relating to New York waterways, and presented a film screening by the Australian artist, Keg de Souza. Hewitt has exhibited her own artwork internationally with most recent venues including: La Cabine (Clermont-Ferrand, France), ACRE TV (Chicago, IL), Flux Factory (Long Island City, NY), Open Space (Baltimore, MD), and Icebox Project Space (Philadelphia, PA). She is a former curatorial member at Little Berlin where her exhibitions were covered by Art F City and the Nicola Midnight St. Claire. Hewitt was Project Manager for Room 21, a site-specific performance funded by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage and presented by FringeArts and the Barnes Foundation in September 2016. Maddie is currently based in Philadelphia, PA where she works for Ars Nova Workshop and The Artblog.

Paul Hinson

Paul Hinson, still from short dance film "Where is the Pass"
Paul Hinson, still from short dance film “Where is the Pass”

Recently, Paul was an artist-in-residence at the Teton Artlab in Wyoming. In collaboration with the Dancer’s Workshop, he shot a dance film on the high plains where the Oregon Trail originally crossed the Continental Divide. Paul’s experimental films have screened around the world at festivals including the Montreal Underground, London and Porto Underground, Big Muddy, Y’allywood, Haverhill Experimental, and Unexposed Microcinema.Paul also works as a director of photography for documentary, film, and TV. Among other projects, he is in production on Catherine Pancake’s feature documentary Queer Genius and will premiere Iris Devins’ short film After the Date at the 41st Frameline Festival.Growing up in an intentional community deep in the hills and hollows of rural eastern Appalachia, Paul came to know landscape as intimate, enclosing and sometimes isolating.After graduating college, like many who leave the rural South to find space for themselves and their work, he moved north. In Philadelphia, he completed an MFA in film at Temple University.Paul’s films engage the physical, emotional, spiritual, and visual shapes of our relating to our land through combinations of optical printing, actor improvisation, choreography, observational documentary, landscape photography and installation.

Gina Murdock

Gina Murdock "Seasons"
Gina Murdock “Seasons”

Gina Elizabeth Murdock explores aspects of illustration and storytelling through physical and visual narratives and combines traditional performance styles such as mime, clown, and mask, with handmade objects, marionettes, and paper dolls to create tactile and layered theatrical works. She was a member of the Brooklyn based performance group Magnus, Miller, Murdock & Truman until 2013 and is an ongoing member of Saints of an Unnamed Country.  She trained intensively in classical Commedia Dell’Arte with Stanley Sherman, devised physical theater at the Pig Iron Theatre Company School, and Pochinko clown with Donna Oblongata.

Last summer Gina did a preliminary mini tour of her solo mime show in Brooklyn and Philadelphia and will continue to develop a catalog of mime solos in the coming year based on the archetypes of Pierrot/Columbine and the phases of the moon.  She is also working on a series of hand painted jester garments and a moveable paper doll celestial atlas of the “clowniverse”.

Destiny Palmer


Destiny Palmer is a 2017 graduate of the MFA program at Tyler School of Art at Temple University and of Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Destiny was co-founder of Traditions Remixed, an artist collective whose goal is to create a supportive community for young artists, especially artists of color, encouraging collaboration and networking. Palmer has been exploring and investigating what it means to be an artist and advocate for the arts. Palmer served on Boston’s Arts and Culture Team under new elected Mayor Marty Walsh. Palmer has also worked with organizations like Discover Roxbury, Dorchester Arts Collective and TLC Arts and Sciences Foundation, while also participating in exhibitions at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Museum of Fine Arts. Prior to moving to Philadelphia, Palmer was a faculty member at Boston Arts Academy. As an educator her goals are to mentor students as they develop as young creators, especially in preparation for college and as artistic professionals.

Theresa Rose

Broad and Washington

Theresa Rose works as an artist, curator and organizer. She earned a BA in Art Education from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  She is the founder of Philly Stake, a micro-granting dinner event that funds local, creative, community-engaged projects. In 2016, Rose curated the public and participatory project, 9th Street Stock Exchange, with Jon Rubin in collaboration with the Mural Arts Program along the Historic 9th Street Market. Recently, she curated five visual, performative and participatory projects for the West Park Arts Fest with the Fairmount Park Conservancy. She is also a studio artist working in mixed media collage. Her recent works on paper feature photo-collages with splashes of brightly hued water color and light drawing, culling from the urban landscape of Philadelphia. She teaches in the Graduate Program at Moore College of Art and Design. Rose was formerly the Visual Arts Program Director at FringeArts and, prior to that, Public Art Project Manager for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Rose is also practicing yogi. Her work has been part of exhibitions at Fleisher Art Memorial, The Print Center, Little Berlin, Crane Arts and Seraphin Gallery.

Asha Sheshadri

Asha Sheshadri's solo sound project Isolde Touch
Asha Sheshadri aka Isolde Touch

Asha Sheshadri is recent MFA graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Her current interdisciplinary work involves the human voice as a medium, creative non-fiction, and experimental documentary strategies. She holds a BA from Boston University and has released sound works through Digitalis Ltd., Further Records, and most recently, Entr’acte Recordings. Her work has been displayed and performed at spaces including the Middlesex Lounge, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, SDSpace4Art, and the MIT List Visual Arts Center. She experiments with computer, voice, text and video synthesis to explore the relationship between sonic and visual. Harsh rhythmic elements are layered in her Isolde Touch solo project with lush vocal counterpoint, illuminating the intersection between the soft and abrasive, the naturally-occurring and the machine-generated.

posted: June 26, 2017 topics: