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IGNITE featuring Artist Activists Erica Larsen-Dockray & Pamela Tanner Boll

Date: Time: 12:30 pm–1:50 pm
Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts Room: CEMA 101
1300 Q Street
Lincoln NE 68588
Contact: Megan Elliott, (402) 472-2615, carsoncenter@unl.edu
Erica Larsen-Dockray

Erica Larsen-Dockray is an Animation and Media Artist, Educator, Playworker, and Activist. She is an occasional adjunct faculty at her alma mater, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), in the Film/Video School’s Experimental Animation program. Erica’s class, The Animated Woman, was covered by the Associated Press and Agencia EFE, and featured in over 1,000 news outlets including the LA Times and the New York Times. In 2020, Erica finished a nine year tenure as a teaching artist at Inner-City Arts in downtown Los Angeles where she ran the Saturday Middle School and High School Animation courses.

In 2013 she founded the Calibraska Arts Initiative, a cross-cultural summer program bringing artists from California to her hometown in Nebraska to teach multi-generational workshops in their métier. In 2017 the initiative received a $25,000 grant from the Johnny Carson Foundation which was used to purchase 5 animation backpacks allowing the program to expand into a state-wide initiative. Erica also is a Co-Founder of SCV Adventure Play Foundation with her husband Jeremiah, creating play spaces for children and adults, which facilitate and support self-directed and unstructured play.

Her art practice includes hybrid installations consisting of varying elements such as painting, moving image, dance, theater, interactivity, and experimental projection. Her work has been shown domestically and internationally in cultural institutions such as the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, The CalArts Expo, Thymele Arts, Future Studio Gallery, The New Children’s Museum in San Diego, CA,and at the Art Festival Kesenian Indonesia.

Her latest projects include collaborations with costume designer and textile artist Cybele Moon, creating performance pieces where textiles and projected animation and moving image become one. Spring 2018 marked their third collaboration creating an interactive installation at Wesleyan University’s Davison Art Center, which will run its second phase at the Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2023.



Pamela Tanner Boll

Ross Media Arts Center Geske Cinema Showcase Artist Pamela Tanner Boll is an Artist, Filmmaker, Writer, and Activist. She is the Founder and CEO of Mystic Artists Film Productions. Pamela is the Director/Executive producer of To Which We Belong, a documentary that highlights farmers and ranchers leaving behind conventional practices that are no longer profitable or sustainable. These unsung heroes are improving the health of our soil and sea to save their livelihoods — and our planet.

She is the Co-Executive Producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary, Born into Brothels. Pamela has executive produced the following film projects: Living in Emergency: True Stories of Doctors Without Borders; In a Dream; Connected: A Declaration of Interdependence; Our Summer in Tehran; Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields; Close to the Fire; She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry; E-Team; Teen Press; Obit; Navajo Nation; and Storm Lake.

Pamela directed and produced Who Does She Think She Is?, a feature-length documentary film that follows five women who are mothers and artists. Pamela also directed A Small Good Thing, a film that asks the question how can we live in a better way. Pamela grew up in Parkersburg, WV. She received a BA in English from Middlebury College and a Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies from Lesley University. Pamela raised three sons in Winchester, Massachusetts and now lives in Boulder, Colorado.


The event is free and open to the public in person or on Zoom at: https://go.unl.edu/ignite

https://arts.unl.edu/carson-center/beyond-classroom/ignite

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This event originated in IGNITE Colloquium.