On November 14th through the 16th, 2014, an event will take place in Ashland, Oregon that may change the way you view art in the world. It will bring together some of the world’s most creative minds for a weekend of inspirational workshops, discussions and presentations. Think “TED” talks with hands-on workshops. Our artists/presenters will lead workshops aimed at inspiring regional art students from middle school through college as well as adult students. Plus, our evening presentations will be inspirational to anyone who attends. We are proud to feature these guests artists for Art Inspires Ashland 2014!


Dan ThompsonDan Thompson  lives and works in New York City, where he focuses on painting and drawing from life. His work has been exhibited in public and private collections throughout the world, including the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, John Pence Gallery, Arcadia Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Pasadena Museum of California Art, the National Arts Club in New York, the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. and The World Art Museum in Beijing. Since 2006, he has co-founded two schools of art in New York City and regularly conducts workshops all over the United States.


Jean Williams CacicedoJean Williams Cacicedo  received a BFA in Sculpture from the Pratt Institute, New York, in 1970. Based in Berkeley, Jean has been both teacher, curator, lecturer and visiting artist in many schools including CCA Oakland, Penland School North Carolina, Spilt Rock Arts Program U of Minnesota, Shakerag Workshops Tennessee, RMIT Melbourne, Australia, and Hong Kong Polytechnic China. Jean was a prime innovator in the Wearable Art Movement of the 70’s. For over three decades she has worked both on and off the body, incorporating a special process she developed for wool fabrics as well as works on paper. In 2000, a 30-year retrospective of her work was featured at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, California. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the de Young Museum, San Francisco, Oakland Museum of California, and Museum of Art and Design, NYC.


Natalie FletcherNatalie Fletcher creates incredible landscape camouflage illusions blending models into natural scenery. Originally from Texas, Natalie moved to Ashland, Oregon in 2006 to attend a four-year intensive painting program. After graduating, Natalie got her first job as a body painter. She instantly loved it: the interactions and the excitement of painting a human. It was new and fresh and unlike painting on canvas. During 2014, Natalie was a contestant on the reality-television body painting competition called Skin Wars. And, on September 24th, 2014, Natalie Fletcher became the first Skin Wars champion! In the final episode, when asked what she would do if she won the $100,000 prize, she said she would become an art advocate for body painting and show how beautiful an art form it is.