Harry Kollatz Jr., a Richmond native, is senior writer for Richmond magazine and author of two books on the city’s storied past. True Richmond Stories (2007), a partial collection of his long running Flashback column, and Richmond In Ragtime: Socialists, Suffragists, Sex and Murder (2008) an historical narrative of three rambunctious years, 1909-1911. He co-founded the former Firehouse Theatre Project and the new Fifth Wall Theatre. His first novel, Carlisle Montgomery, is due out toward the end of 2017. The artist Amie Oliver is his Muse-in-Residence.
Amie Oliver balances her full time studio practice with teaching and mentorship to artists of all ages. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University (BA) where Oliver was recently awarded the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Fellowship, for the College of Architecture, Art and Design. Amie earned her MFA from Bowling Green University by the time she was 24.
Oliver's artwork has been exhibited in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, China, S. Korea, Tibet and Australia. Her art is in numerous corporate and private collections.
Oliver has curated and juried exhibitions throughout the mid-Atlantic region for Capital One, initiated the Satellite Exhibition Program of 1708 Gallery and was on the steering committee of the Inaugural 1708 Gallery InLight Richmond. She has been a curator and advocate for other non-profit exhibition spaces such as Artspace Richmond and is on the advisory board for the Iridian Gallery.