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Nov 19, 2008

Greetings on behalf of the Sultanate of Oman!

Yes, it was a glorius reception! We were greeted at the door of the ballroom by four gentlemen dressed in Omani traditional costumes. Turns out one was the Ambassador- whose daughter, Mozn is one of Claudia's students. We soon found her among the crowd, dressed in a lovely traditional gown and attended by two maids, whose job it was to sheild Mosn's face from the cameras. (Video and photos of the event were to play on Omani TV and she was being protected from "the Poparrazi"). After hanging with her for a while, we instinctively began moving between her and any cameras. As a result Claudia has probably been on TV in three nations in the last 6 months, at home during an Obama rally, here during an Obama celebration, where someone reports they saw her on TV, and certainly now in Oman. With so much foreign relations exposure I'm thinking of running her against Sarah Palin in 2012.
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I'm a sculptor/filmmaker living in Montana, USA. I am using art to move the evolution of humanity forward into an increasingly responsive, inclusive and interactive culture. As globalization flattens peoples into a capitalist monoculture I hope to use my art to celebrate historical cultural differences and imagine how we can co-create a rich future together.

I see myself as an artist/philosopher laboring deep in the mines of joy. I've had a good long career of exhibiting work around the world and working on international outreach projects, most notably being the first American to be invited to present a one-person exhibit in the Hermitage Museum. Recently I have turned my attention from simply making metal sculpture to creating films and workshops for engaging communities directly, tinkering with the very ideas and mechanisms behind cultural transformation. I feel that as we face tragic world crises, if the human species favors our imaginative and creative capacities we can cultivate a rich world to enjoy.

For me the deepest satisfaction in making art comes in engaging people's real life concerns rather than providing simple entertainment or decoration. Areas of conflict or tension are particularly ripe for the kind of transformative power that art uniquely carries. I invite any kind of challenge that serves people on a deep level.