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Shelley Horton-Trippe

Shelley Horton-Trippe

Shelley Horton-Trippe is an artist working in media-appropriate constructs from video/performance/installation to drawing, painting and singing. After studying at the University of Montana, and receiving her MFA in video and installation in 1978 from the University of Oklahoma, she traveled to Paris to further her studies w/ video artist, Nam June Paik. In 1983 she exhibited her work in the invitational “7Artists ou Sudwest American” at the Salon d’Autumn, Paris.

She has continued her international pursuits by exhibiting site-specific installations commissioned for the Edinburgh Festival, the De Marco European Art Foundation for the Venice Biennale and the Maritime Museum in Malta. She has been an active participant in her art community of Santa Fe, New Mexico, making art with a diverse population of Hispanics, Native Americans and the homeless. She has received four National Endowment Grants, three New Mexico Arts Division Grants, a Witter Bynner Grant in Poetry, an Artlinks grant and artist’s residencies at Brantwood, John Ruskin’s home in the lake district of England, Tagar Gap in Malta and at the Harwood Museum in Taos, New Mexico. In 2007, she studied with video artist, Gary Hill.

For the past two years she has been collaborating with her companion, singer-songwriter Scott Ardis, a.k.a. T.W.Man, on developing a high/low study of American roots music. She lives between studios in Santa Fe and Durango, Colorado.

T.W.Man

T.W.Man

T.W.Man, born mid-century in boxcar on abandoned section of track outside Dallas…rails and ties had all been pulled up except an 80-ft. section where the rusted iron wheels last stopped rolling. It was in the south pasture of Archibald Stewart’s small farm where he’d stored bales of hay for cattle. This old boxcar had been a hotel for hobos and migrant workers for many years. Mr. Stewart found him in there that summer, almost still wet. Scrawled upon the planks were these words: “Please help this teenie weeny little man.”

Scott Ardis, a.k.a. T.W.Man, studied radio broadcasting and art history at the University of Oklahoma while pursuing a career in rock’n’roll. While continuing his study of the roots of American music, he was a member of many popular culture bands including The Rhythm Chickens, the Rio Trio and also the traditional Irish group, Banish Misfortune. Along with these traditional musicians, he developed a course of study used in prisons and public schools and toured and collected old timey music in rural Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri.

Currently working on his own compositions of country roots music called “Folkietonk,” T.W.Man recorded a new CD, “Pork’n’Beans” in Nashville with country music legends Jim Hoke and the Reverend Otis Moon. He has lived for the past 20 years in the woods outside of Durango, Colorado. There he had a long-time eclectic radio show broadcasted from the Ute Reservation.