CreativeRHINO Launches *asterICT

Interactive new media company CreativeRHINO is excited to announce a new series of visiting artists entitled *asterICT

This series seeks to break down barriers between contemporary artists and their audience by inviting emerging artists from a broad range of disciplines to Wichita for performances, exhibitions, workshops, and casual conversation.  *asterICT brings contemporary arts to the community on an intimate level so that artists and audiences can engage with each other and thus mutually benefit from a shared artistic dialog.

CreativeRHINO is pleased to debut *asterICT with the first group of visiting artists: vocalist Jennifer Beattie and pianist Adam Marks.  Their performance will be April 6th in conjunction with a new exhibition by artist Kate Van Steenhuyse at the NakedCity Gallery.  More details to come.

Ms. Beattie is hailed by Opera News for her “exuberant voice and personality.” She is a versatile mezzo-soprano and dynamic performer in styles ranging from opera to chamber music and musical theater to cabaret. This season she joins the Opera Company of Philadelphia as well as being a soloist in the Mozart Requiem with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia.

Mr. Marks is praised by The New York Times as an “excellent pianist” with “titanic force.” In 2008, he made history as the first American laureate of the French Concours International de Piano d’Orleans for music composed since 1900. He currently serves as the Director of Artistic Programming for Fifth House Ensemble and actively pursues collaborative endeavors as an essential part of his career.

Ryan Gates stated, “After two years of immersing ourselves in the Wichita art scene, we are extremely excited to begin contributing to it through the launch of *asterICT, a program aimed at introducing Wichita to emerging artists and non-traditional art forms, while introducing those artists to Wichita as well.”

Kathryn Van Steenhuyse says, “One of the exciting things about being in Wichita is the accessible and supportive community. Wichita is just a step off the national radar in terms of having a contemporary art buzz—we have just enough of a scene and established institutions to create a foundation, but not so many that there isn’t space for new activity. This means there is space for freedom and opportunity.” Van Steenhuyse, who is an accomplished painter, went on to say, “*asterICT aims to nourish that energy by bringing new artists to town that really engages with the public casually as well as professionally. I see it as an incredible opportunity for mutual creative and intellectual inspiration.”

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