This Week at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sage Stream - (Replay at 7 p.m.)
Tuesday - Donna Frost; Thursday - Photographer Lori Grinker
Donna is a true traveling troubadour ' performing 250 dates year round across the country. She has written, recorded and released 10 CDs of original music. Her latest release " The Beautiful Unseen " is going out to Anericana radio stations in May. The Mississippi Music Foundation Award named her Best Americana Artist 2023. She has received 11 consecutive ASCAP Plus Awards for her work as a performing songwriter. She was a Kerrville New Folk finalist in 2004. Donna is involved in outreach programs for the elderly the homeless and the animals. Donna has been a musician partner with Music for Seniors in Nashville , TN for 7 years. She has performed programs in senior communities all over middle TN. She also teaches ukulele classes for Seniors. In 2019, Donna was given the 2019 Musician Partner of the Year Award by Music for Seniors. Donna has been a volunteer musician at Room in the Inn for the past 5 years, serving Nashville's homeless community. For the past 3 years Donna has presented Facebook Live programs from her local animal shelter The Humane Society of Sumner County, to present dogs and cats up for adoption and to raise money for HSSC.
Born in 1957 in New York, Lori Grinker became fascinated by photography as a teenager when her father brought home the new SX-70 Polaroid Land camera, which she first experimented with while taking a bubble bath.
In her first year of college, she fell in love with darkroom processes while studying with Harold Feinstein at Windham College in Vermont. Transferring to Parson’s School of Design, she studied with photo masters such as George Tice, Lisette Model and Bernice Abbot.
It was, however, during a photojournalism class at Parson’s that her career began when her term project photographing young boxers – and a 13- year-old Mike Tyson – in Catskill, New York, was published in Inside Sports magazine.
Grinker left college when editorial assignments began to take her around the globe. In 2013 she returned to school getting an MFA in Visual Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts where she expanded her practice to include mixed media, experimental and documentary film, as well as transmedia projects.
Her work has garnered many honors and awards, including, Orange County Arts Council; Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, NYFA Arts Grant; W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fellowship; Ernst Hass Grant; Open Society Community Engagement Grant; Hasselblad Foundation Grant; Center (Santa Fe) Project Grant and a World Press Foundation (1st Prize).
Grinker’s work has since been published around the world and exhibited in solo and group shows. She is the author of Mike Tyson, 1981-1991 (Powerhouse Books, October 2021). Afterwar; Veterans from a World in Conflict (de.MO 2004) and The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (Jewish Publication Society 1989). A multimedia memoir, Six Days from Forty, exploring the history of AIDS, gay rights and sexual identity is ongoing. Her newest work, All the Little Things employs still life and portrait photography to explore memory, loss and love. She is currently working on her first feature documentary film, The Charlie Show.
Lori is an Associate Professor of Journalism & Design at The New School, Lang College and part-time faculty at New York University’s Arthur L Carter Graduate School of Journalism. Grinker is a senior member of Contact Press Images and is represented by CLAMP art gallery in New York City. She lives and works in New York City and Newburgh, NY.