An interview series focusing on the contributions of women and non-binary artists in Ames, Iowa.
The first volume of interviews in the series featured Jamie Malone, Kristin Roach, Sara Merritt, and Helen Barton. The interviews aired during Women's History Month, March 2022, on KHOI Radio, 89.1 FM on Mondays at 4pm for local listeners.
Missed the interviews? They are archived and everyone can listen at khoifm.org.
Jamie, Kristin, Sara, and Helen were asked to provide a playlist to accompany their interviews. Those songs were curated into an ARTiculations Volume 1 Spotify playlist that aired with the interview series.
This interview series was part of the #WomenKnowStuffToo program series. Launched in 2020, #WomenKnowStuffToo has aimed to celebrate the expertise, special skill sets, and unique persepectives of women and non-binary artists through talks, workshops, and discussions.
This program was a collaboration with Dr. Emily Morgan, College of Design, Dr. Ruxandra Marcu and Nancy Gebhart, Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity, and Rosie Rowe, Parks Library. Special thanks to KHOI Community Radio, Humanities Iowa, and the National Endowment for the Humanities
March 2022 Featured Artists
Jamie Malone (they/them) is an Iowan traditional and graphic illustrator who graduated with a B.A. in Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration in 2019 from Iowa State University. They have been working as a freelance illustrator for many non-profits, authors, and schools in the central Iowa area. Past clients include One Iowa, Mainframe Studios, Young Women's Resource Center, FoodCorp INC, and Confluence Brewing Company. They were a selected artist for the 2020 Trans People Are Sacred National Billboard Campaign organized by artist Jonah Welch and SaveArtSpace. Their most recent accomplishment is "And That's Their Family!", a children's book by author Kailee Coleman, that Jamie fully illustrated.
Kristin M Roach
Kristin M Roach (she/her) is an artist, author, and creative entrepreneur. Trained in painting with a history in craft & fibers, she takes an interdisciplinary approach to her work. Kristin uses scientific data and cast-off materials to create drawings, paintings, and immersive installations about backyard ecology. Kristin is best known for her monochromatic paintings of migratory birds on junk mail. Her art and zines are internationally exhibited and collected and her book, Mend it Better, has been published worldwide. She currently lives and works in Ames, Iowa.
Sara Merritt (she/her) works full time developing educational programming for Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University. She is also an artist, professional belly dancer, and educator with over 20 years’ experience teaching a range of programs from painting and problem-solving to martial arts, transnational fusion dance, science communication, and more. She holds a B.A. in Art, Sexuality and Aesthetic Perception from UMass-Amherst, an MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, and an Informal Learning in Museums Professional Certificate from Oregon State University. Sara is consistently drawn to the connections between things and people, the intricacies of visual patterning, and the spectrum of perception – especially as an exploration through distortion. She believes absolutely and equally in the transformative powers of visual expression and informal education.
Helen Nabuduwa Barton (she/her) is a designer and creator living in Ames, Iowa. Growing up in Uganda, community and connection are some of her core values. Helen considers her space of strength and influence to be working with minority-owned or allied businesses, and collaborating to share their voice and impact. She is currently working as a User Experience Designer, and staying involved in the Ames community after graduation.