Dancer and frequent collaborator Edwin Olvera preaches the importance of project agreements

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Steve Kodis was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin. In 2005 he moved to Milwaukee to study design at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. Since 2009, he has worked as a graphic designer/art director. He believes challenging convention by asking “why” is the way to inform better work. Understanding a problem from the inside out will inform a solution that works from the outside in. His recent interest in vexillology (the study and history of flags) has lead him to start an initiative that intends to help the City of Milwaukee redesign and adopt a great flag.

Heidi Parkes is a new resident of Milwaukee, but her family’s roots in Milwaukee run deep. A graduate from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she is an artist in many mediums, a yoga therapist, and an experienced art educator. Creating quilts that function artistically as paintings or collage; Parkes adds layers of meaning to her work with printed fabrics and found textiles. When composing these elements into a quilt she relies on improvisation and the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-sabi, embracing the mistake, the ephemeral, the humorous, and the imperfect beauty of the world that surrounds her.

Edwin Olvera, a proud Wisconsinite, has spread his wings far and wide. His skill and ability as a dancer, choreographer, performance artist, and teacher has been of worldwide note as he has performed and taught in locations across the globe. After attending UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, Edwin joined the world renowned dance company, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, where he was an integral force in the choreographic and creation process over the course of ten years. During this time, he was featured on countless television shows and commercial advertisements including Sesame Street, Born to Dance, and the NFL Channel. Edwin has collaborated with international artists Inbal Pinto and Basil Twist and has been featured in articles by both Dance and Dancer Magazine. In 2012 Edwin choreographed for an evening length performance for Pridefest Milwaukee in collaboration with the Emmy award nominated lighting and production company, IG Designs. Edwin has also completed his BA in Dance at UWM after ten years. He currently interviews other successful professional movement artists from around the world for his weekly video blog as well as offering transformational creative movement workshops for adults called CON NECT. Edwin has also recently released his first ebook “Smart Kinetic Capital.”

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