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Combined, the Creative Team brings over 150 years of professional experience to Awadagin Pratt: Black in America.

Creative Team

Michelle Bauer Carpenter

Michelle Bauer Carpenter is a Professor in the College of Arts & Media at the University of Colorado Denver. Carpenter has produced, directed, and edited award-winning documentary pieces. Her video pieces have been screened in numerous international and national film festivals, art galleries, and broadcast television.

Leslie Gaston-Bird

Leslie Gaston-Bird (CAS, AMPS, MPSE) is the author of the book "Women in Audio," part of the AES Presents series published by Focal Press (Routledge). She is an Avid Certified Dolby Atmos Professional and Dante Level-3 Certified audio engineer working freelance re-recording mixer (dubbing) and sound editing under Mix Messiah Productions. She is also a voting member of the Recording Academy (The Grammys®) and its P&E (Producers and Engineers) Wing.

Joshua Blair

Joshua Blair is a designer and visual artist focused on branding, marketing, narrative, and experience.

Travis Vermilye

Travis Vermilye is a digital and mixed-media artist who creates imagery inspired by the natural world. His abstract digital imagery and animated short films invite you to gaze into a dream-like microscopic realm and find a sense of joyous calm within the organic forms on display. Travis’s work has grown from an award-winning 18-year career as a medical illustrator and animator with work shown on Dateline NBC, The Oprah Winfrey Show, in the New York Times, National Geographic, and via numerous medical organizations. 

Mark Rabideau

Mark Rabideau is an author, speaker, educator, administrator, artist-entrepreneur and an international leader in reimagining how artists and institutions can thrive within the contemporary marketplace and respond to the challenges and opportunities we face in the 21st century. 

Trevr Merchant

Trevr Merchant is the co-founder and Director of Photography at Torch Media.

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