We make things. Things are good.
Vermont Makers was founded in 2011, learn more about the past two+ exciting years in this graphic timeline
Vermont Makers Founding Members and Core:
Artist-Producer Jenn Karson is the founder of Vermont Makers and the publisher of STEAM-e-Zine.com. She is the principal at Sesamedia New Media, an early sponsor of Champlain Mini Maker Faire. She has a Masters of Fine Art in Design and Technology from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her artwork explores technology and sound and is exhibited nationally. She recently has taken on teaching and administrative responsibilities with the University of Vermont’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and the U of Vermont FabLab. Her artwork can be found at http://www.studiojuju.com/
Rebecca Schwarz works across disciplines to enrich health through art on individual, collective and Earth based levels. Her art is inspired by patterns in nature with technology as one more layer of patterning. She has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in sculpture and an MFA in interdisciplinary arts focused on community engaged art, teaching and ecological art. Rebecca teaches at Champlain College and coordinates Art from the Heart, connecting children, families and caregivers with play and creativity in the hospital. Her work can be seen at rebeccaschwarz.com.
Ken Howell strives to be a prolific artist and man of leisure. He falls short. Routinely. Will our underdog hero transcend the obstacles that tether him to a life more ordinary? Ken is an Assistant Professor in Champlain College’s MFA in Emergent Media Program, and an organizer of all things Maker in Vermont; including sitting on the board of the Generator Makerspace. Creatively, he is interested in tension and balance: of intuition and logic; of self and other, of dislocations in time and space pervasive in our culture; of systems and antisystems; and of the dominant schema of binary oppositional pairings that presume, and often cause, instability in the first place. He also has a collection of stamped pennies.
John Cohn is currently an IBM Fellow in IBM Corporate Strategy. John received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at MIT, and earned a Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University. John has authored more than 30 technical papers and has contributed to four books on design automation. He has more than 60 patents issued or pending in the field of design automation, methodology, and circuits.
John is active in education issues at a local, state and national level. He frequently takes his traveling “Jolts and Volts” electricity show to schools, community groups, universities and museums across the US . John is so passionate about promoting science and engineering that he spent 59 days living and inventing in an abandoned steel mill as part of Discovery Channel’s new technical survival show “The Colony”.
Throughout his career John has used his technical skills and passion to enable the creative visions of artists, musicians, activists and educators around the world. He loves using the mediums of light, sparks, sound and motion to bring science and art together to surprise, educate and entertain. .. and just for the heck of it. John lives in a restored schoolhouse in Northern Vermont with his family and is eager to share his love of science and engineering with anyone who will listen.