gene gort
jeff krieger
Gene Gort is a visual artist, video producer, media programmer and educator who lives in Collinsville, Connecticut.

His artwork and videotapes have been shown internationally including DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; Pacific Film Archive/Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; TheVideoArtFoundation, Barcelona, Spain; Cyberarts Festival 2001, Boston, MA; University of Rochester; Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY; Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts; Vtape Salon and the Art Gallery of York University/Prefix Centre for Contemporary Art, Toronto; Black Maria Film and Video Festival, touring; Athens Film and Video Festival, Athens, Ohio.

He has been twice recognized by the Rockefeller Foundation with nominations in the Film/Video/New Media categories for individual fellowships. He has received grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts; Pollack-Krasner Foundation; LEF Foundation; New England Foundation for the Arts, "New Forms": National Endowment for the Arts Regional Artists Projects and has received a residency at the MacDowell Artist Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

He currently holds the position of Associate Professor in Media Arts at Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, a program he designed and directs.

Award-winning performer Jeffrey Krieger, chamber musician, solo recitalist and specialist in the performance of new music, plays the more conventional-looking cello as principal cellist of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He is among the new generation of solo recitalists who have incorporated technology - the computer and video - as well as an electronic cello built by Vermont craftsman Tucker Barrett into performance. Mr. Krieger was a recipient of a 1993 Solo Recitalist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts which allowed extensive touring in the USA, and a 1996 State of Connecticut Commission on the Arts Artist Fellowship for work in multi-media.

Mr. Krieger has recorded for CRI, Vienna Modern Masters, Capstone, Innova and O.O. Discs. His most recent recorded work, Suddenly It’s Evening by Donald Erb on CRI CD 857, has received critical acclaim from the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Fanfare Magazine.

Ken Steen's music sits squarely on the frontier between the acoustic and electronic domains of musical expression; often combining traditional orchestra, chamber ensemble or soloist with electronic instruments or processed sound and noise.

He recently received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship (2006), a Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism (2005), a grant from the American Composers Forum Continental Harmony Encore Project (2005), and a residency at the Artist's Enclave at iPark (2004).

Recent premiere performances and sound installations in such diverse locations as Xi'an, China, Fortaleza-Ceará, Brazil, Spring in Havana Festival, Havana, Cuba, Merkin Concert Hall in NYC and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, Australia, confirm that his work is fast attaining international recognition.

Steen is currently Associate Professor of Composition and Theory and director of Studio D at the Hartt School, University of Hartford.

photos: John Groo

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