Stephanie Frostad creates graphite and oil paintings on primed two-dimensional surfaces. She writes that her work is “endlessly inspired by both nature and culture,” and ranges from observations of flora and fauna to intricate compositions depicting human endeavor.
Frostad earned her MFA from the University of Montana, her bachelor’s at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and studied at the Studio Arts Center Institute in Florence, Italy. She has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad in Canada, China, Italy and New Zealand. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections.
Jennifer Groneberg is the author of two non-fiction books, Roadmap to Holland: How I Found My Way Through My Son’s First Two Years with Down Syndrome, and My Heart’s First Steps: Writings that Celebrate the Gifts of Parenthood. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She was named Zonta Best Woman Writer (2009) by High Plains Book Awards and received an Excellence in Media award from the National Down Syndrome Congress (2008).
Groneberg writes “about populations no one talks about – a rural mother, a rural mother of a child with disabilities, an adult woman with disabilities. These stores are not being told, and I want to tell them.” Her stories trace “themes of love, loss, acceptance and forgiveness,” she says. “I think of it as shaped storytelling, or sculpted honesty. I believe that shared stories are healing.”
Sam Krahn is a composer, guitarist, performer, and teacher whose works have been performed by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Fidelio Trio, Ensemble Uusinta, Ensemble Dal Niente, Duo Gelland, the Cascade Quartet, Strains New Music Ensemble, the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and many others. He received a doctorate in music composition at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and holds a master’s from Roosevelt University and a bachelor’s in classical guitar performance from Boston University.
Krahn says, “For the past 15 years, my focus as a composer has been to create music that is shared through traditional means: a notated score is given to highly trained performers to make extremely specific sounds and gestures.”
Along the way, Krahn has played in numerous rock bands, classical ensembles, improvisational groups, and as a soloist. He is currently the director of the Montana Improvisers Orchestra, a music teacher at Great Falls College – MSU and an artist-in-residence at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Contemporary Art in Great Falls.
Aaron Parrett earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Montana in Missoula, and a master’s and doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Georgia in Athens. He has been writing both non-fiction and fiction since 2001. Parrett teaches English at the University of Providence in Great Falls and Latin at Carroll College in Helena, where he is also the founder of The Territorial Press.
Parrett’s passion for writing “changed dramatically when I discovered letterpress and acquired a 1920s Chandler and Price platen printing press,” he says. “Once I resolved to make a book of my own writing using century-old methods, I determined that the composition itself would influence every aspect of the ultimate product, and that the challenge would be to learn how the physical process of choosing letters one at a time from the type case would influence the thought process behind what I write, both at the level of the sentence as well as the level of the subject matter itself,” he writes.