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ZOOM Panel Discussion: Breaking Into “The Biz”

Sponsored by Pat Garrity of The Corcoran Group


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Join SAC Artistic Director Amy Kirwin along with a panel of accomplished arts professionals from the visual arts, performing, music, filmmaking, photography, literary arts and more. For students and young adults who are interested in careers in the arts, you do not want to miss this vital conversation with the experts.

Panelists include composer Carter Burwell, artist Peter Drake, photographer Deborah Feingold, filmmaker Mary Lambert, actress/singer/author Gloria Reuben, and author/producer Garth Stein.

Music: Carter Burwell, Film Composer

Carter Burwell is an American composer of film scores and a graduate of Harvard College. He has consistently collaborated with the Coen brothers, having scored most of their films, including Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country For Old Men, Burn After Reading, Hail, Caesar! and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Burwell has also scored three of Todd Haynes’s films, three of Spike Jonze’s films, and all the films of Martin McDonagh. He has received Oscar nominations for Best Original Score for Haynes’s Carol (2015) and McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).

Visual Arts: Peter Drake

Peter Drake is a painter whose work sheds light on small strange moments. Magazines, movies, toys and art history are some of the raw elements of his paintings. Working in full technicolor or subtractively (sanding away at the surface) in black and white Drake thinks of his paintings as Giotto meets Vermeer on the way to David Lynch’s house.

Peter Drake’s art has been featured in 27 Solo exhibitions and his work is held in numerous private, corporate and public collections including the Whitney Museum of Art, Phoenix Museum of Art, MOCA LA, Weatherspoon Art Museum and the L.A. County Museum of Art, among others.

His work has been written about in Art in America, Artpulse, (t)here Magazine, Newsday, BmoreArt, Flash Art, Interview, The New York Times, Art & Antiques, Artists Magazine, Huffington Post, Time Out, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists, Art at Eaton Center, The Figure, New York’s Underground Art Museum: MTA Arts & Design and Launching Your Art Career: A Practical Guide for Artists.

Drake actively lectures, curates, serves as a Board Member for the Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. and is the current New York Academy of Art Provost.

Photography: Deborah Feingold

Deborah Feingold began her photography career 35 years ago when she became immersed in the jazz culture of the late 70’s shooting Chet Baker, Miles Davis, and other jazz legends.  After working as the first staff photographer for Musician magazine for 5 years, she continued shooting musicians for the next 2 decades.

As a contributor to Rolling Stone, People and Time magazine, among many other publications, Deborah has photographed most of the biggest names in pop culture.  She has created over 100 portraits for book covers among them, “The Audacity Of Hope” by Barack Obama.  Her work has been syndicated all over the world and is included in numerous music anthologies as well as private collections.

Film: Mary Lambert, Director

A graduate of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied fine art, filmmaker Mary Lambert applied her art school sensibilities to groundbreaking work in music videos for Madonna, Janet Jackson, Eurythmics and many more pop icons of the period, helping fuel the visually-hungry MTV revolution. Her visual panache developed in the video world led naturally to the hallucinogenic, dreamy landscapes in her first feature, the cult classic Siesta (1987), which received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Feature after its release. Lambert is perhaps best known for directing Stephen King’s first adaptation of his own work, Pet Sematary, the huge box office success of which inspired a sequel, Pet Semetary II, three years later. Now a prolific television director, and the first woman to direct a SyFy Channel original movie, Lambert has consistently tapped into her own interior mindscape to manifest deeply emotional genre fables, establishing a unique visual lore all of her own design.

Mary is also an Assistant Arts Professor at Tisch School of the Arts, Undergraduate Department of Film and Television where she has served as the Area Head of Acting and Directing.

Performing Arts: Gloria Reuben, Actress/Singer/Author

Gloria Reuben is an actress, singer, published author and president of the global environmental organization WATERKEEPER ALLIANCE. Her acting credits in television, film, and theater include portraying the HIV+ physician assistant “Jeanie Boulet” on the hit television series ER (a role that garnered her two Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe nomination), Other television series including RAISING THE BAR, FALLING SKIES and Marvel TV’s CLOAK & DAGGER,  CITY ON A HILL, and the hit USA Network series MR. ROBOT. Select film credits include the role of  “Elizabeth Keckley” in Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN, Paul Weitz’s ADMISSION, and starring opposite Samuel L. Jackson in REASONABLE DOUBT. Gloria’s portrayal of Condoleezza Rice in David Hare’s play STUFF HAPPENS at the Public Theater in NYC garnered her a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play.

Her career in music includes being a backup singer for Tina Turner in 2000, which led her to record her solo record JUST FOR YOU. Gloria has released two jazz albums – PERCHANCE TO DREAM in 2015 and FOR ALL WE KNOW in 2020.

Gloria’s non-fiction book MY BROTHERS’ KEEPER: TWO BROTHERS. LOVED. AND LOST. (an intimate tribute to her two brothers who have passed away) was published by Post Hill Press in November 2019. Whether as an actress, singer, author or activist, Gloria devotes 100% of who she is, in all her endeavors.

Literary Arts: Garth Stein, Author/Producer

Garth Stein is the internationally bestselling author of the contemporary classic, The Art of Racing in the Rain, the story of a beloved philosopher dog named Enzo who teaches us everything we need to know about being human. The book led to the 2019 feature film of the same name starring Kevin Costner, Milo Ventimiglia, and Amanda Seyfried. The Art of Racing in the Rain has sold more than 6 million copies world-wide, been translated into 36 languages, and spent more than three years on the New York Times bestseller list. The novel inspired a Young Reader edition as well as four children’s picture books, and a stage adaptation by Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle.

Garth is the author of three other novels—A Sudden Light, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, and Raven Stole the Moon—as well as a full-length play, “Brother Jones“. He is the co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a non-profit collective dedicated to energizing readers, writers and their communities by providing funding, programming, and donations of free books to those in need.

Garth lives in Seattle with his wife and three sons.




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EARTH – Artists as Activists

Saturday Apr 17 - Sunday Jul 11

Curated by Amy Kirwin Program Partners include Drawdown East End, Peconic Land Trust, South Fork Natural History Museum, Oceana and the Peter Matthiessen Center. This timely exhibition features artists who use their talents to focus on environmental conservation and activism, whether through fine art, science, photography, film, music, prose or other forms of artistic expression. The vision for eARTh is to use art to creatively confront the alarming state of our precious planet and its inhabitants in a way that all can understand and appreciate. The intention of eARTh is to ask questions and inspire action. What can you do to make a difference? Artists include Roisin Bateman, Kristian Brevik, Scott Bluedorn, Megan Chaskey, Erica Cirino, Rossa Cole, Janet Culbertson, Thomas Deininger, Alejandro Duran, Jim Gingerich, Mamoun Friedrich Grosvenor, John Haigney, Kara Hoblin, Michael Light, Pamela Longobardi, Christa Maiwald, Tucker Marder, Janine Martel, Steve Miller, Patricia Paladines, Aurora Robson, Cindy Pease Roe, Lauren Ruiz, Jonathan Shlafer, Anne Sherwood Pundyk, Anne Seelbach, Kathryn Szoka, and Diane Tuft, plus a special project by the members of the South Fork Natural History Museum’s Young Environmentalists program. Image: Alejandro Duran; Vena, 2011