Pashon Murray has an unrelenting drive for waste reduction, recycling, and reuse of materials. She is helping to change the carbon footprint of Detroit through revitalizing neighborhoods, finding solutions for everyday waste, and eliminating trips to the landfill. In 2010 Murray co-founded Detroit Dirt, a local composting and biomass collection company that specializes in providing compost and biomass solutions for the metro Detroit community. Detroit Dirt’s closed-loop model process was designed by Murray
to help revitalize Detroit. 

In 2012, Pashon launched Sustainable Integrations (SI), a Detroit-based 501(c)(3) organization that combats environmental deterioration through learning, educating, leading, and serving the public with programs and services on sustainable land use, ecosystem remediation, renewable energy practices, and improved waste management. In May 2014, Newsweek named Murray as one of its “13 Women in Business to Bet On.” detroitdirt.org


Abby Barrows is a marine research scientist and grew up in Stonington, Maine. Her passion for travel brought her to the University of Tasmania, where she received a BSc in Zoology. After mapping the canopy of old-growth temperate rainforests and trapping Tasmanian devils, Barrows studied and published two papers on seahorse diversity in Papua New Guinea. She has traveled the South Pacific by boat, trekked the Himalaya, explored the Middle East, researched sea turtles and big cats in South and Central America, dived Mediterranean wrecks, and worked aboard a schooner in the Gulf of Maine. On her travels, she saw one thing in common everywhere: plastic pollution. Barrows has directed global microplastic pollution research since 2013, developing the most diverse and largest known dataset available to-date. When not studying plastics, you can find her out on her oyster farm in Deer Isle. adventurescientists.org/microplastics.html


Meredith Brickell is an artist, educator, and community organizer based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her practice is informed by particular sites, especially those that reflect the impermanent nature of places and the ways that these places are continuously shifting and being redefined. Meredith is the Project Leader for the House Life Project, a neighborhood initiative in Indianapolis that facilitates art-based collaborations between artists and neighbors to reimagine vacant properties as sites for productive use. During her twenty-year career as an artist, Brickell has exhibited her work across North America and abroad. She has received numerous grants and awards including a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Indianapolis Arts Council and a Silver Prize from the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan. Brickell is an Associate Professor of Art at DePauw University where she teaches courses in ceramics and community-engaged art. mbrickell.com


Sara Clugage is a dilettante. She lives, writes, and works in Brooklyn, New York, where she is the editor-in-chief of Dilettante Army (dilettantearmy.com), a website for visual culture and critical theory. She is a member of the Leadership Collective for Art+Feminism, a campaign to improve coverage of cis and transgender women in the arts on Wikipedia. Clugage acts as a director for the Craft Advanced Research Projects Agency (CARPA) and hosts a series of public salon dinners themed on the artistic production models and culinary histories of diverse times and places. She holds degrees in Philosophy (BA, University of California at Santa Cruz), Textiles (BFA, California College of the Arts), and Visual and Critical Studies (MA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago).

Art+Feminism is a do-it-yourself and do-it-with-others campaign to improve coverage of gender, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia, and to encourage women editors. Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well-documented; in a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as women. This lack of participation has led to significant gaps in content on the world’s most popular online research tool. Founded in 2014 by Siân Evans, Jacqueline Mabey, Michael Mandiberg, and Laurel Ptak, Art+Feminism has included events everywhere from coffee shops to the world’s largest museums and universities. Since 2014, over 7,000 people at more than 500 events around the world have participated in Art+Feminism’s edit-a-thons, resulting in the creation and improvement of more than 11,000 articles on Wikipedia. artandfeminism.org


Susie Ganch is Interim Chair for the Department of Craft and Material Studies in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received an MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Part of her practice is directing Radical Jewelry Makeover, an international jewelry mining and recycling project that continues to travel across the country and abroad. Solo exhibitions include: How Soon is Now?, Mississippi State University; TIED, an ArtForum Critics’ pick, Visual Arts Center, Richmond, Virginia; and Land and Sea, Sienna Patti Contemporary, Lenox, Massachusetts. International group exhibitions include: MFA Boston; Design Museum, London; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo; and Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin. Public collections include: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California. Ganch is a recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant, and VA Commission for the Arts Grant. She is represented by Sienna Patti Contemporary Gallery. susieganch.com


Pascale Gatzen is an artist, educator, and fashion designer based in New York and Arnhem, The Netherlands. Within her art and design practice, Gatzen produces and facilitates large collaborative projects using clothing as her main medium. Embracing fashion as a mode of human togetherness, the focus of both her artistic practice and her teaching is on the relational and empowering aspects of fashion, advancing cooperative models of production and exchange. As an Associate Professor at Parsons School of Design in New York she developed and implemented an alternative fashion curriculum with an emphasis on community, self-expression, and love. Gatzen is a founding member of ‘friends of light’ a worker cooperative for textile production in the Hudson Valley, New York. She is the new Head of the MA Fashion Design program, at ArtEZ, University of the Arts, Arnhem, The Netherlands, where she is creating a radically new curriculum named Fashion held in Common. Her work has been shown and published internationally. friendsoflight.net


Pam Longobardi lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia, where she serves as Professor of Art at Georgia State University. Her artwork – framed within a conversation about globalism and conservation – involves painting, photography, and installation to address the psychological relationship of humans to the natural world. She has shown her artwork across the US and in Greece, Monaco, Germany, Finland, Slovakia, China, Japan, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Costa Rica, and Poland. Longobardi founded the Drifters Project in 2006, which provides a visual statement about the engine of global consumption and the vast amounts of plastic objects and their impact on the world’s most remote places and its creatures. She has an ongoing collaboration supported by the Ionion Center for Art and Culture in Metaxata, Kefalonia, Greece. In 2014, Longobardi was awarded the title of Distinguished University Professor by Georgia State University, and has been named Oceanic Society’s Artist-In-Nature. driftersproject.net


Darren J. Ranco, PhD, a citizen/member of the Penobscot Nation, is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Native American Programs at the University of Maine at Orono. In general, Dr. Ranco’s research focuses on Wabanaki protection of cultural and natural resources. Since 2009, he has been the project leader of the Brown Ash/Emerald Ash Borer project working collaboratively with Wabanaki basketmakers to protect brown ash trees from destruction from an invasive species. He received a Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School and a PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. Dr. Ranco teaches classes on indigenous intellectual property rights, research ethics, environmental justice, and tribal governance. The son of Nelson Newell Ranco and May Ranco, he grew up in Orono and currently resides in Hampden, Maine. umaine.edu/nativeamericanprograms/people/darren-ranco


Nanda Soderberg received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on Glass from the University of Hawaii and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. As well as keeping a professional art practice, Soderberg has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, California State University at Fullerton, Cleveland Institute of Art, Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack, Urban Glass, and Pittsburgh Glass Center. He currently lives in New Hampshire where he teaches glass blowing at Franklin Pierce University and St. Paul’s School. Nanda has committed himself to educating others on the infinite possibilities of working with glass. nandasoderberg.com



A lottery process is used for selecting summer conference participants, with half of the spaces reserved for new attendees.

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

If you have any questions, contact Haystack at (207) 348-2306 or haystack@haystack-mtn.org.





Room & Board  

Single (limited availability)


Double with bath


Quad with bath


Double (near central washroom)


Triple (near central washroom)


Dorm (near central washroom)


Day Student (rate includes all meals)


Housing is assigned on a fist come, first served basis — although we make every effort to assign registrants their first choice in housing.  If registrants have particular physical or medical or special needs (including sleeping disorders), these can be note these on registration forms. View images of the school’s accommodations.


There is a full refund, less a $100 cancellation fee, for cancellations made by July 1st. There is no refund after that date.




July 8-12, 2018


Sunday July 8:

2:00-6:00 pm    Arrival and check in

6:00 pm              Dinner

7:30 pm              Welcome and opening presentation

Monday July 9:

8:00 am               Breakfast

9:00-10:30 am   Presentations

12:00 pm             Lunch

1:00-4:30 pm      Studio sessions and discussion groups

6:00 pm                Dinner

7:15 pm                 Presentation

Tuesday July 10:

8:00 am                Breakfast

9:00-10:30 am    Presentations

12:00 pm              Lunch

1:00-4:30 pm      Studio sessions and discussion groups

6:00 pm                Dinner

7:15 pm                Presentation

Wednesday July 11:

8:00 am                 Breakfast

9:00-10:30 am     Presentations

12:00 pm               Lunch

1:00-4:30 pm        Studio sessions and discussion groups

5:00-6:00 pm        Group discussion and walk through

6:00 pm                  Dinner

7:00 pm                  Closing event

Thursday July 12:

8:00 am                  Breakfast

9:30 am                  Departure



Haystack does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identification, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, economic status, or veteran status. All are welcome. For special needs or questions about accessibility, please contact Haystack.

A prep sheet detailing personal items that you will need to bring from home, is sent upon conference registration confirmation.