Chris Zatarain is a first year MA student in the Applied Intercultural Arts Research program in the Graduate College/GIDP at the University of Arizona. He completed his BA in Music with a minor in Environmental Studies at the University of Arizona in May 2023. He is primarily interested in music, sound studies, and multimedia storytelling as they relate to climate change and the environment. Zatarain was a member of the flagship cohort of the Diana Liverman Scholars at the University of Arizona from 2021-2022, where he contributed environmental communication pieces for community partners in Southern Arizona, including the creation of a sound meditation piece for the Cascabel Conservation Association. Zatarain is a 2023-2024 senior correspondent with Planet Forward, a student environmental storytelling platform based out of George Washington University, and as a 2022-2023 correspondent, was selected as a Storyfest Finalist in the Spring of 2023 for his composition The Sound of Mountains Melting scored for English horn and fixed media. He currently serves as 2nd Oboe/English horn with the Sierra Vista Symphony.
Jacqueline Arias is a third-year MFA interdisciplinary student born in Costa Rica and raised in southern Ohio. This varied geographical and cultural history has inspired a body of work that combines experimental video, data-visualizations, sound and performance to construct alternative historiographies. Arias is an independent director of a feature length documentary film, entitled Imaginary Mothers that was screened at the 2017 Golden Door International Film Festival and at the Adoption Initiative 2018 biennial conference. In 2018, Arias was awarded a seed grant from Women In Film and Video DC. Arias has been invited to speak about her work and activism at Nogales Museum, Mexico and Loyola University, Maryland. In 2022, Jacqueline was awarded a $10,000 Border Lab Graduate Fellowship from the Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry at the University of Arizona. Her work was recently selected for the Arizona Biennial at the Tucson Museum of Art where she was asked to speak about her work as a part of the Artist’s Spotlight series. Arias earned a BFA in photography from Parsons School of Design and is currently in the interdisciplinary MFA program at the University of Arizona in Tucson.