Mac Adams is an artist and Distinguished Teaching Professor at SUNY College, Old Westbury. He received his MFA at Rutgers University and his BFA from Cardiff College of Art, South Wales, UK. He lived in NYC for 32 years before moving to Montclair, NJ. Both a sculptor and a photographer he has had over 70 one man shows in the US and Europe and produced over 14 public commissions in both the US and in Europe, the most notable being the Korean War Memorial, in Battery Park, NYC. His recent exhibitions have been at the Elizabeth Dee Gallery, NYC, 2013. Mudam, Luxembourg. Musée d’Art Moderne, 2012. Galérie GB Agency, Paris, France 2011. Musée Nicéphore Niépce, France, 2010. More information can be found at macadamsstudio.com.
Bill Albertini is an Irish born artist. He has an MFA in sculpture from Yale University and studied as an undergraduate at Crawford College of Art and Design in Ireland and Ravensbourne College of Art and Design in England. Albertini lives and works in New York where he has exhibited regularly for the last twenty-five years. His recent solo exhibitions include “Space Frame Redux” at Martos Gallery and he was included in “Gravity of Sculpture: Part II” curated by Saul Ostrow at Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City in 2013. In the early 1990s Albertini started working extensively with video and computer animation as well as 3D modeling, and these disciplines continue to be central to his work. His recent “Temporal Shift” series of videos and still images are based on the process used to make Three Strip Technicolor films, however instead of exposing the red green and blue channels concurrently to create a color image Albertini does so sequentially. Memory and reenactment combined with the resultant variations are important to Albertini in these pieces. More information at billalbertini.com.
Luis Camnitzer, born in 1937, is a German-born Uruguayan artist and writer who moved to New York in 1964. A highly regarded critic and curator, Camnitzer also taught at SUNY, Old Westbury, where he continues to serve as professor emeritus. He was at the van guard of 1960s Conceptualism, working primarily in printmaking, sculpture, and installations. Camnitzer’s artwork explores subjects such as social injustice, repression, and institutional critique. His work has been shown in noted institutions including The Kitchen and El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY; List Visual Arts Center at M.I.T., Cambridge, MA; and Museo Carillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico. Camnitzer’s work is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Tate, London, UK; and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina (MALBA), among others. More information can be found at: www.alexandergray.com/artists/luis-camnitzer.
Mary Ellen Carroll
Mary Ellen Carroll, born in 1961, is a conceptual artist who lives and works in New York City and Houston. Her career as a conceptual artist spans more than twenty years and a range of practices, from art, to architecture, writing, performance and film. The foundation of her practice is the investigation of a single, fundamental question: what do we consider a work of art? Her work has been exhibited at numerous American and international galleries, including the Whitney Museum-New York, Generali Foundation-Vienna, Austria, ICAPhiladelphia, the Renaissance Society-Chicago, ICA-London, Museum für Völkerkunde-Munich, MOMUK-Vienna. She realized No. 18, an architectural insertion, for the Busan Biennial in Korea and will present at Documenta 12. Her work belongs to several public and private collections. She is the recipient of numerous grants and honors, including, a Graham Foundation Fellowship for prototype 180 and the AIA’s Artist of the Year Award. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pollack/Krasner Award, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. More information at www.mecarroll.com.
Christo & Jeanne-Claude
Christo, born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, Bulgaria in 1935, and Jeanne-Claude, born Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, Morocco in 1935, were a married couple who created environmental works of art. Christo studied art at the Sofia Academy from 1953 to 1956, settled in Vienna and enrolled at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. Jeanne-Claude earned a baccalaureate in Latin and philosophy in 1952 from the University of Tunis, worked along her husband taking on responsibility to oversee work crews and raise funds. Jeanne-Claude passed away in 2009. The couple first met in Paris in October 1958 and started to create temporary pieces that incite new ways of seeing familiar landscapes. In 1961, Christo and Jeanne-Claude covered barrels at the port of Cologne, their first collaboration. Other works followed such as the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin, the Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris, the Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California (1972), Surrounded Islands in Miami's Biscayne Bay (completed in 1983), and The Gates in New York City's Central Park (2005). Their work is in the collection of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Musée d'art moderne et d'art contemporain, Nice, France, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. The artists received several honors and awards. More information at www.christojeanneclaude.net.
Katherine Daniels creates sculptures, site specific installations, and outdoor public art pieces with beads and repurposed materials. She is a recipient of a 2013 Puffin Foundation Grant and a 2011 and 2012 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Manhattan Creative Communities Fund Grant. She was awarded the 2012 Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award for Public Art from the New York City Parks Department. Ms. Daniels has also been awarded a Chashama Foundation studio (2005 - 2013), an AIM (Artists in the Market Place) participation at the Bronx Museum (2009), a PS.122 Project Studio (2003), an Artist in-Residence at the Henry Street Settlement (2001), a Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program grant (2000) and a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship in painting (2000). She is a graduate of Rhodes Island School of Design and Johnson Sate College. For more information go to www.katherinedaniels.com and www.stationindependent.com.
Kara Daving was born in Buffalo, NY, in 1982, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. In May 2011 Daving graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with an MFA in Visual Arts and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University in 2004. Her recent work explores political narratives and abstraction through a sculpture and painting discourse. Daving playfully intersects the realm of fact and fiction, and draws from collective myth, sea folklore and current phenomena to tell the tale of contemporary consumerism. Daving’s work was nominated for the 2011 MFA Joan Mitchell Award, selected for Albirght-Knox Art Gallery’s Beyond/In Western NY Biennial, TONY:12 Biennial in Syracuse NY, and has exhibited work in Buffalo, New York City, Berlin, Toronto, Las Vegas, St. Louis, Honolulu and Atlanta. More information at karadaving.com.
Peter Dudek is a sculptor, teacher, independent curator and cultural programmer. He teaches sculpture at Hunter College and the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and was recently commissioned to create a series of murals for downtown North Adams, Massachusetts. In addition he is the Director of Cultural Programming at Bascom Lodge atop Mount Greylock in Adams, Massachusetts (www.bascomlodge.net) and has curated several major exhibitions in NYC including Dead-Fit Beauty; Architecture, Architecture, Architecture; and Photasm. He received his Masters Degree in sculpture from Hunter College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. Born in Adams, MA, he has lived mostly in New York City for the past 35 years but often finds himself in New England. Primarily a sculptor, his work has been recently exhibited at the Herter Gallery, UMass, Amherst, and Ventana 244 in Brooklyn. See at peterdudek.com.
Helidon Gjergji was born in Tirana, Albania and currently lives in NYC. Among other venues he has exhibited at ReMap 4 (Biennial), Athens; Manifesta 8; Venice Biennale 52; Tirana Biennale 1 and 4; Venice Biennale of Architecture 12; The Festival of Ideas 1 at the New Museum (NYC); Present Future; Artissima 10 (Turin); MASS MoCA; MADRE – Museo d'Arte Contemporanea (Naples); Apexart (NYC); National Gallery (Tirana); VILLA ARSON (Nice); Lothringer 13 (Munich); Queen Museum of Arts (NYC); Chelsea Art Museum (NYC); Botkyrka Konsthall (Botkyrka, Sweden); MURAM – Museo Regional de Arte Moderno (Cartagena, Spain); The American Academy in Rome; National Museum of Romania (Cluj); National Museum of Malta (Valletta). Gjergji’s work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture, Contemporary, Flash Art, Domus, New Art Examiner, Swedish Public Radio, etc. He has received degrees from the University of the Arts of Tirana, the Academy of Fine Arts of Naples and Northwestern University. More at wooloo.org/hgjergji.
Romanian born Ana Golici is an artist and teacher. She has taught at Hunter College and at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. She received her MFA in printmaking from Hunter College, NY, and her BFA from the Institute of Fine Arts Nicolae Grigorescu, in Romania. Once in NYC, Ana started to use new techniques like xerox transfers and digital imagery. She became a member of the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, and later a Board Member, helping to establish a new digital lab. In 2013, Ms. Golici has been the first artist in residence at the Mountain Lake Biology Station in Virginia. She had exhibitions at the Adelphi University, Garden City, NY; the Romanian Cultural Institute, NY; Hunter College, NY; New York Hall of Science, NY; Galateea Gallery, Bucharest, Romania; Romanian Library, NY; Amfora Gallery, Bacau, Romania; Hanul cu Tei Gallery, Bucharest, Romania. Group exhibitions include The Ljubljana Biennial of Prints, Slovenia; 181st Annual Exhibition, National Academy, NY; Momentum, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, NY; Library of Congress, Washington DC; New Prints, IPCNY Gallery, NY; Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY; John Szoke Gallery, NY; The 4th International Biennial Print Exhibit, Taipei Fine Arts Museum. She received several grants and honors. For more information go to: http://www.efanyc.org/studio-member-galleries/golici-ana/.
Nicholas Knight was born in Indiana in 1975. He has lived and worked in New York since 1998, after graduating from Indiana University with a BFA in Fine Arts and a BA in History and Philosophy of Science. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the US, Canada, Asia, and Europe. He has had solo exhibitions at Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco; Eugene Binder, Marfa, Texas; Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, Ontario; B2 Project, Seoul, South Korea; 65GRAND, Chicago; and Hewitt Gallery of Art, Marymount Manhattan College, New York. Museum exhibitions include “Minimal Myth,” Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; “Queens International 2004” at the Queens Museum of Art, New York; and “Double Bind / Stop Trying to Understand Me!” at the Villa Arson Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France. His website is nicholasknight.net.
Vikki Michalios is a visual artist in the New York City and Newark Metro areas with a studio/lab in Jersey City. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree program from The Evergreen State College and a Master of Fine Arts degree program from the University of Oregon. Vikki relocated from her native Pacific Northwest residence to New York City in 1995. Her work deals with environmental systems and concerns using painting, drawing, print-making, and installation. Vikki’s installation work blends together art, horticulture, and sustainable technologies. Miniature gardens grow from hanging vessels filled with water and nutrients. Vegetables climb wire adapting to the indoor environment as they grow with no soil or natural light. The miniature gardens transform the space and aim to transform how agriculture is viewed in our culture. For more information: www.michalios.com.
Jorge Pardo was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1963 and studied at the University of Illinois, Chicago and received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Pardo’s artwork explores the intersection of contemporary painting, design, sculpture, and architecture. Pardo engages viewers with works that produce great visual delight while questioning distinctions between fine art and design. Employing a broad palette of vibrant colors, eclectic patterns, and natural and industrial materials, Pardo’s works range from murals to home furnishings to collages to larger-than-life fabrications. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions including Gallery Gisela Capitain, Cologne (2012); neugerriemschneider, Berlin (2011); Petzel Gallery, New York (2010); Gagosian Gallery, New York (2010); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2010); K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2009); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2008); and Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2007). His work is part of numerous public collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London. Jorge Pardo currently lives and works in Los Angeles, and in Merida, Mexico. For more information please visit www.petzel.com.
Moritz Partenheimer (born 1979 in Munich, Germany) studied at Bauhaus-University, Weimar and at Pratt Institute, New York. In 2006 he graduated from Bauhaus University with a master’s degree and moved to Munich where he lives and works. He works with photography to create surreal worlds of their own kind, composed of sites in various locations around the world. He studies the urban microcosm and investigates urban space to define its identity. His work is represented in numerous private collections, as well as public collections, such as the Museum Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Allianz Art Collection, ADAC Art Collection. His most recent awards include, 2013 Artist in Residence, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York City. 2012 Erwin und Gisela von Steiner Foundation Grant, Munich. 2010 LeadAwards, Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg. His most recent exhibitions: 2013 Marc Straus Gallery, New York, ISCP Open Studios, New York, 2012 Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, Darmstadt, Germany, Gallery Binz & Krämer, Cologne, Germany, 2011 Gallery Jordanow, Munich, Germany. For more Information: www.moritzpartenheimer.de.
Risa Puno creates interactive installations and sculptures that play with elements of everyday life. Puno has exhibited at national and international venues, including: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, El Museo del Barrio, SculptureCenter, NURTUREart, Flux Factory, apexart, Queens Museum of Art, Galerie Stefan Röpke in Cologne, Germany, and MMX Open Art Venue in Berlin, Germany. She participated in the Artist in the Marketplace Program at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, as well as the Art and Law Residency Program with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Her work has been mentioned in Hyperallergic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and artnet Magazine. Puno studied art and medicine at Brown University, and earned her MFA from New York University. She grew up in Louisville, Kentucky where she fostered a love for miniature golf and all things deep-fried. For more information, please visit: www.risapuno.com.
Michael Rees is an American artist focusing on sculpture, installation, animation, and interactive computing. He teaches sculpture and digital media at William Paterson University, and has taught at Oberlin College, The Kansas City Art Institute, Washington University in St. Louis, New York Institute of Technology, and Rutgers University. He studied at Vassar College, transferred to the Kansas City Art Institute where he received his BFA in 1982. In 1989 he graduated from Yale University with an MFA in Sculpture. He has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; The MARTa Museum, Herford, Germany; and The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO. Notable fellowships include the Rockefeller Grant and Media Arts Fellowship of the Tribeca Film Institute (2008), New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship (2007), Creative Capital Grant (2002) and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the exhibition Artificial Sculpture (1999). For more information see www.michaelrees.com.
Julika Rudelius is an internationally exhibiting video and performance artist. She studied at the Rietveld Academy and has completed residencies at the Rijksakademie van beeldenden kunsten, Amsterdam; ISCP, New York; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program, New York. Rudelius has shown extensively at international venues including the Tate Modern, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; ZKM, Karlsruhe; Brooklyn Museum, New York; and MOCA, North Miami. Her work has also featured in the ICP Triennial 2009 at the International Center of Photography, New York; The 2009 International Incheon Women Artists' Biennial, Korea; and Heartland at the Smart Museum, Chicago. Solo exhibitions of her work have been presented at Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart; Leo Koenig Inc, New York; Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin; Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art, New York; Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris; Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam; and at the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem. Recently Rudelius was interviewed for Crane.tv, and has been appointed a professorship at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach in Germany. She works between New York and Amsterdam. More information at www.rudelius.org.
Gina Ruggeri lives and works in Brooklyn, and teaches at Vassar College. She has an MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art and a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute, College of Art. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York, and at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT. Her awards include a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and a NYFA grant in Painting. For more information, go to www.ginaruggeri.com.
Dan Solberg & Jake Cruzen
Dan Solberg and Jake Cruzen are artists from St. Louis, MO, currently residing in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, respectively. They met in 2007 as Studio Art MFA classmates at Washington University in St. Louis, and have been working together ever since. Their collaborative work focuses on the tools of image-making and reflexivity in contemporary production methods. For more information about their exhibitions visit dansolberg.com and jacobcruzen.com.
Caterina Tiazzoldi & Eduardo Benamor Duarte
Caterina Tiazzoldi is an Architect and Visiting Professor at the GSAPP Columbia University and Politecnico di Torino. She received her Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from the GSAPP Columbia University and her PhD in Architecture from Politecnico di Torino. She is the principal of the award winning interdisciplinary studio Caterina Tiazzoldi / Nuova Ordentra and the Director of the research lab NSU/ Columbia University. Her work is inspired from the idea of combinatorial hybridization to respond to the complexity of today’s cities, challenging the boundary between the urban environment and public interaction. She was nominated for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, won the Architecture Rivelate award and was finalist for the Renzo Piano Award. Her work has been recently displayed at the Saint Etienne Biennale, Boston Design Museum, Soho Digital Gallery, Cité de l’Architecture in Paris, Salone Satellite, Made Expo, Experimenta Design, Torino World Design Capital. For more information: www.tiazzoldi.org.
Eduardo Benamor Duarte is an Architect and Assistant Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He received his Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from the GSAPP Columbia University. He founded his studio Benamor Duarte Architecture currently based in NY and Lisbon focused on design of objects, and spatial environments at large. His studio practice engages the flexible adaptation of a geometrical abstract apparatus in works that include installations for public spaces, ceramic building blocks, home furniture or landscapes powered by renewable energies systems. Recent commissions, include group exhibitions at the Cite’ de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris, Salone Satellite Milan Furniture Fair, Temporary Museum for New Design, Made Expo, Wanted Design NY, Soho Digital Art Gallery, Bienniale Design in Saint Etienne and Experimenta Design in Lisbon. His work has been awarded by institutions such as the Ministério da Cultura and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. For more information: www.benamorduarte.com.
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Ana Tiscornia lives in NYC. She is currently an emeritus professor at SUNY, Old Westbury, as well as art editor of Point of Contact, The Journal of Verbal and Visual Arts. She writes for several art publications such as the Spanish magazine Atlántica International, the Colombian Art Nexus and the Uruguayan Brecha. Ana Tiscornia studied architecture at the Universidad de la República in Montevideo followed by visual arts studies at the Guillermo Fernandez School of Visual Arts, printmaking at the Club de Grabado de Montevideo, and semiotics in Montevideo. Her solo exhibitions include the Galeria El Patio in Bremen, Germany; the Cabildo de Montevideo, Museo Histórico, Montevideo (1996); the ICI, Instituto de Cultura Iberoamericano, Buenos Aires (1997). Selected group exhibitions took place at Artist Space, New York (1994); Index Gallery, Osaka, Japan (1997); Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, New York (1997); APEX Gallery, New York (1998); and the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York (1999). She represented Uruguay at the II and the XI Havana Biennial, Cuba, and the III Bienal de Lima, Peru. In 2000 she was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and in 2004 the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. More information at anatiscornia.com.
Monika Wuhrer is an artist and artistic director of Open Source Gallery in South Slope, Brooklyn. Born in Vorarlberg, Austria in 1971, she lived in Milan, Italy, from 1990 to 1992, studied in Vienna with Michelangelo Pistoletto from 1993 to 1998. She received her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture and New Media from the Academy of Fine Arts, Austria in 1997/1998 and moved to New York City in 1999. Her work is a reaction- critical yet playful- to her environment. Without being restricted to any material or media, she concentrates on establishing ties among all human activities, from economics to politics, science to religion, education to behavior. Her most recent exhibitions include Bread and Soccer, In the Arena of the Art, at the Austrian Cultural Forum, NY; and slow revolution at the Rotunda Gallery. For more information: http://mwuhrer.com.