JH Artist Talks: Micki Watanabe Spiller and Sam Ita

WED, JUN 12, 2024

Community Arts Grantee: JH Art Talks

Location: Espresso 77
35-57 77th Avenue
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

7:00 PM - Doors open (happy hour until 8pm)
8:00 PM - Presentations begin

Please join JH Art Talks for an artist talk on Wednesday, June 12th at 8 pm at Espresso 77 cafe in Jackson Heights, NY, as they open their 2024 artist talk season!

Artist Sam Ita will present a short talk about their paper engineering works. Ita will be followed by featured artist Micki Watanabe Spiller who will discuss their book-inspired art practice.

Event will also be live streamed via JH Artist Talks' FB page.

Micki Watanabe Spiller is a reader, paper purist, and a lover of books. She creates works using them as source material and her studio practice can be evenly divided into reading, writing, and making. Though her background is in sculpture, she also combines performative aspects creating moments where storytelling can take place. When not teaching at Parsons School for Design and Pratt Institute, or making things in her studio, she can be found on long bike rides around the city. 
Instagram @mickispiller

Originally from Upstate New York, on the Canadian border, Sam Ita attended art school in Brooklyn. A classified ad in The Village Voice led to his first job in paper engineering. Having created over thirty titles, he is best known for his Pop-up Graphic Novels adaptations of literary classics.
His books have been featured in various publications, including Publisher’s Weekly, The Comics Journal, The Kirkus Review, The Christian Science Monitor, The School Library Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Paper Craft 2, Fully Booked; Ink On Paper Design & Concept for New Publications, Playing With Pop-Ups, The Art of Pop-Up Eye-Ai Magazine.
Instagram @sammyita78

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