2: Justin Katz

Categories: Creatives 2012

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So in celebration of our Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

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Justin Katz
Justin Katz is a five-time Emmy Award-winning motion design director, producer and editor at Flock of Pixels. With a BFA in Film & Animation from RIT, a career start in brand identity at Landor, and an ad agency education from JWT--he later headed out west on a whim and has been loving it here ever since.

Justin often gives talks on motion design around the country and founded MGPHX. His client list includes: AIGA, Apple, American Express, Brand New Conference, Canon, Coca-Cola, Coldstone, Cox, Del Monte, Goodwill, Honda, iGo, Insight, Kibbles n Bits, Kotex, Lulan, Massage Envy, Milk-bone, Phoenix Coyotes, Sylvan Learning, & Taser to name a few. Justin currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Liz, dog Dave, and eats way too many burritos.

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3: Jacob Meders

Categories: Creatives 2012

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So in celebration of our Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

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Jacob Meders
Jacob Meders came to Arizona after graduating from the Savannah
College of Art and Design in Georgia. He earned his graduate degree in printmaking from ASU in 2011 and is currently showing his work in the Berlin Gallery at the Heard Museum.

Meders says he recently started a small print shop called "War Bird Press" and collaborated and print for fellow Phoenix artist Matthew Moore. His long term goal is to establish a community print shop for Phoenix.

See also:
- Jacob Meders Showcases Printmaking and Cultural Influence in "resurfaced"
- Extraordinary Animals at the Heard's Berlin Gallery


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4: Frank Gonzales

Categories: Creatives 2012

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So in celebration of our Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

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Frank Gonzales

Frank Gonzales was born in Mesa in 1975 and raised in Tempe. He says he was interested in art after high school but didn't really know how to pursue it or if there was a future in it.

"It seemed so far fetched at the time and all I really wanted to do was Graffiti, that was my most creative outlet," he says. "I took art classes at PHX community college for a year and transferred to MCC after hearing about their great art dept. It was there where I was introduced to drawing and painting in a classical manner."

Gonzales moved to California to attend the Laguna College of Art and Design, then to New York, and then back to Phoenix last December. He currently lives in Tempe and paints fulltime.


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5. Mary Stephens

Categories: Creatives 2012

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So in celebration of our Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

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Mary Stephens, photo by Chandra Narcia

Mary Stephens is the owner of the Hosteling International - Phoenix Hostel and Cultural Center in Downtown, and the producing director for ASU - Performance in the Borderlands.

Most of her work centers on cultural exchange, whether through the travelers that come through her door, or in the productions she directs and produces that address issues or race, gender, and class. In these various expression of her work she collaborates with local artists and culture leaders to create vibrant spaces of idea exchange. When she is not working, she is either cleaning up empty lots, or traveling abroad.

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6: Jordon Roberts

Categories: Creatives 2012

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So in celebration of our Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

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Jordon Roberts

Jordon Roberts says he was born in "some roadside Texas town that goes by the name Odessa. Apologies if it's far more than a roadside town that is known for greatness and I'm just dismissing it. I say roadside because I think labor started during a drive and Odessa was the closest place." He lived in Texas before moving to California, Goergia, and then Phoenix, where he's been since high school.

Roberts is a graphic designer who works for Rethinc Advertising, a small boutique advertising agency in Old Town Scottsdale. He also does a number of side projects including poster design and illustration under his own name.


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7: Becky Nahom

Categories: Creatives 2012

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So in celebration of our Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

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Becky Nahom, Image by Juno Schaser
Becky Nahom uses her education in painting to pursue a curatorial practice. Throughout her collegiate career, she has curated art exhibitions such as It Gets Better and Unreal at the Step Gallery and most recently, Rinse & Repeat at Bragg's Pie Factory.

Nahom works remotely for site95 in Brooklyn, NY as well as interning with the ASU Art Museum's Desert Initiative. Becky will receive her BFA in Painting from ASU in the Spring of 2013.

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8: Tomas Stanton

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Tomas Stanton
Tomas Stanton is a poet, writer, teaching artist, and community activist. He says he's a self-taught artist dedicated to advancing the art of spoken word through fusion with theatre and dance.

Stanton is co-founder of Phoenix's premiere youth spoken word ensemble, Phonetic Spit. He uses hip-hop pedagogy to inspire youth to boldly express themselves through poetry, dance, theatre, and graffiti. His work and teaching style is rooted in his childhood experiences of poverty and single parent household, political issues, identity, and love.


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9: Emily Stergar

Categories: Creatives 2012

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So in celebration of our Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

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Emily Stergar, photo by Kelsey Wiskirchen

Emily Stergar says she's originally from the cornfields of rural Indiana. After graduating from Herron School of Art and Design in 2004, she picked up and moved to the Big Apple. She says missed open space, so she didn't last very long. She then decided to move to Virginia and live by the ocean, which she says was great, but it was the wrong kind of space. When she moved to Arizona for graduate school, she says she immediately thought: "Now this is the right kind of space!"

Stergar currently teaches sculpture at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Phoenix College, inspiring my students to make sculpture. She recently received the International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Student Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture for 2012.


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10: Melinda Bergman

Categories: Creatives 2012

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So in celebration of our Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

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Melinda Bergman
Melinda Bergman was born in San Diego and moved to Phoenix after living in Sweden for 25 years.

Bergman is a staple in the local arts community. She's shown in galleries around the world and throughout metro Phoenix, including Modified Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Regular Gallery and she's taught art at the college level for years. Bergman paints, sculpts, and combines materials for installations -- she says she works with anything she can get her hands on.

See also:
- Mayme Kratz and Melinda Bergman Talk Inspiration and Process at SMoCA
- You Are Here: A Collection of Maps of Phoenix at Regular Gallery
- Art That Makes This City So Irresistible

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11. Bob Roman

Categories: Creatives 2012

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So in celebration of our Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

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Bob Roman
Bob Roman describes himself as a bit of a vagabond, and the Phoenix metro area as the closest thing he has to a geographical notion of home. He travels, draws, gives Ignite talks, and encourages everyone he meets to wander.

"I place a premium on new experiences and try to keep my life in perspective with the idea that experiencing more will leave me open to fullness that is evasive in the routine," he says. "Always on to another adventure."

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