GRIT Collaborative serves as an interdisciplinary platform for artists and communities to collectively engage with diverse, global issues. Through collaborative works and multi-media pairings of music, dance, and visual art, GRIT Collaborative encourages dialogue.
Joshua Marquez, Artistic Director
Joshua Marquez (b. 1990) is a North Carolina-based composer whose music explores the spectrum between tone and noise through the examination of timbral subtleties. Hailed as "cutting-edge" (The Gazette) and "haunting" (The Daily Iowan), the juxtaposition and fusion of his unique timbres represent the alienation and assimilation of being an Asian-American in the 21st Century.
Marquez's music has been performed and recorded, internationally, by ensembles and musicians such as the JACK Quartet, Carmine Marcello Rizzi (violin), Iwona Glinka (flute), Akropolis Reed Quintet, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, University of Iowa Center for New Music, Fresno State New Music Ensemble, Gate City Camerata, Quintet Sirocco, and the Cape Fear Wind Symphony. Recordings of Marquez's music have been released by RMN Classical Records (UK), Sarton Records (PL), and E.M.P.i.R.E.S Records (USA).
Marquez holds a PhD from the University of Iowa in addition to degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (MM), and Campbell University (BA). Joshua is currently the Artistic Director for the interdisciplinary arts nonprofit, GRIT Collaborative. Marquez serves as a Resident Composer for the Saint Mary's Summer Composition Intensive in Notre Dame, IN (2014-present), having previously taught at the University of Iowa and the Preucil School of Music.
Dana O'Malley, Executive Director
Dana O'Malley is a visual artist currently based in Wilmington, NC. Her work has been exhibited in Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. She holds an MFA in Painting from the University of Iowa. Her paintings investigate the landscape of tenderness through representations of partnership, touch, environmental collapse, and growth. Dana was a recipient of the 2015-16 Mildred Pelzer Lynch Fellowship at the University of Iowa.