Collaborating Artists

Collaborating Artists 2017-2018

Ashley O'Brien was raised in Massachusetts and now lives in Denver, Colorado. She graduated from Hampshire College with a BA in Fashion History and Garment Construction, studying under Jean Hill, Peter Kallok, and Kiki Smith. Since, she has pursued a career in fashion and design, working in the performing arts and high-end sewing manufacturing alike. Ashley has had the privilege of working with performing arts companies in Texas, Colorado, and New York, including Rude Mechs, Language of Fish and Eva Dean Dance. She currently works with Opera Colorado and knits sweaters in her free time.

Caroline Partamian is an independent curator, composer, and artist who now resides and works in New York City. Caroline is a curator of exhibitions focusing on the theme of abreaction and somatics in relation to dance, performance, and other more tangible mediums of art. She is a longtime advocate of dance, with training in ballet and modern dance. Partamian was an artist+curator-in-residence at Flux Factory in Long Island City, Queens and still remains active in her alma mater's artistic community. She was a member of the collaborative psych-punk project Scully, amongst other projects The Splinters, Habibi, and The Numerators. She received her Master of Arts from New York University’s Museum Studies program, where she focused on applying teaching methods of postmodern dance to the conservation of contemporary performance art acquisitions at museums. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Anthropology and minors in Music and English. She currently works for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and artist Laurie Anderson. In recent years, she has spent her time in New York City working for various artists including Eva Dean and Amanda Browder, and was an archivist for NYU Fales Library, the Kathleen Hanna documentary The Punk Singer and Death by Audio documentary Goodnight Brooklyn. She has also interned for Film & Video Curator Chrissie Iles and Senior Registrar Barbi Spieler at the Whitney Museum of American Art. For more information about her projects, visit

Donald Knaack (Percussionist/Composer and Environmentalist) – The music of Vermont composer, musician and environmentalist Donald Knaack has been performed at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Van's Warped Tour, festivals with Phish, World Environment Day at the United Nations, Sundance Film Festival, among others He has composed two critically-acclaimed works for choreographer Twyla Tharp, been featured on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, CBS Sunday Morning, NPR, the BBC and television commercials for The NBA, Electronic Arts and ESPN.

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