Get to know the Lowcountry’s local-independent business community, one changemaker at a time. “Small Talks, Big Ideas with Steve” is a podcast that features local business insights and updates, alongside interviews with members, sponsors, and supporters.

For our 13th episode, Steve sits down with Katy Mixon and Maria White.

Katy Mixon is a visual artist working in painting, sculpture, quilting and photography. She earned an MFA from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a BA from Davidson College. She is an alumna of The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Mixon is a recipient of a Working Artist Grant and a Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Award. She was a finalist for a William and Dorothy Yeck Young Painters Award and a VCUarts Fountainhead Fellowship. Mixon has been an artist-in-residence at the Gibbes Museum of Art, SC; VCCA, VA; Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, NE; The Hambidge Center, GA; AICAD Studio Practice Residency, NY; and Byrdcliffe Art Colony, NY. Select exhibition venues include The North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; GreenHill Gallery, NC; The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, NC; Ackland Art Museum, NC; Spartanburg Art Museum, SC; Coker University, SC; 701 Center for Contemporary Art, SC; A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn; The Painting Center, NYC; Target Gallery, VA; Rubber Stamp Projects, FL.

Maria White is a Mexican American studio potter and independent filmmaker. White was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and also raised in Summerville, South Carolina. White first learned to make pottery while earning her degree in Art from Winthrop University. She continued to focus on ceramics with scholarship and studio assistant opportunities at Penland School of Craft and Haystack Mountain School of Craft, then went on to apprentice with sculptor and inventor, Michael Sherrill. White began her professional ceramics career in Los Angeles where she spent over a decade creating ceramics for celebrated chefs, interior designers and the sets of major motion pictures and television series. Her ceramics have earned the Award of Excellence from the American Craft Council and her pieces have been published and collected internationally. Outside of her ceramic work, White’s independent films have won awards from top international film festivals and she often collaborates with her husband, Matthew Mebane. While living in California, she co-founded the Los Angeles Womens Film Collective to help empower women working across all filmmaking disciplines. White is a survivor of postpartum anxiety and depression and is an advocate for maternal mental health. White founded Mugs for Moms, a non-profit organization that strives to bring artists, healers and advocates together to help raise awareness about perinatal mental health and offers resources and support for moms and their families. White is the mother of two and lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her family.

 

Erika Grimes