2011 Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts
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April 7 – 10, 2011

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Confirmed Speakers, Moderators and Mentors

Antoine Abi Aad Antoine Abi Aad is a graphic designer, lecturer and a coordinator at ALBA, the Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Art. After seven years in Japan, he came back to Lebanon in 2008 to teach at ALBA He also has exhibited, worked and taught in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Greece, Brazil, Peru, Tunisia, Dubai, Thailand, Viet Nam and Lebanon.


David Adams David Adams combines more than twenty years of experience working on the Fulbright Scholar Program with thirteen years as a faculty member at a variety of colleges and universities. Recently he has been given responsibility for bringing the Rockefeller Foundation-supported Bellagio residencies for artists and scholars to the attention of more prospective applicants across the world. He has extensive experience advising grant applicants on strategies for preparing successful applications.

Justen Ahren Justen Ahren founded The Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency, a month-long program providing established and emerging writers of poetry, fiction and non-fiction with the time and space in which to realize their creative projects. He also is director of the Summer Festival of Poetry at Featherstone Center for the Arts and a poet whose works have appeared in several journals including, most recently, Fulcrum and Borderlands, and the Texas Poetry Review.

Azra Aksamija Azra Aksamija is a Sarajevo-born Austrian artist, architect, and architectural historian. Her broader artistic and academic practice explores representation of Islamic identities in the West, spatial manifestation of identity politics, Orientalism, as well as possibilities of cultural interaction and conflict-mediation through art and architecture. She has published and exhibited her work in various international venues such as the Generali Foundation Vienna, Biennial de Valencia, Gallery for Contemporary Art Leipzig, Liverpool Biennial, Witte de With Rotterdam, Sculpture Center New York City, Secession Vienna, Manifesta 7, and most recently at the Stroom Den Haag and the Jewish Museum Vienna.

Lynne Allen Lynne Allen is a Professor of Art and Director of the School of Visual Arts at Boston University. She also is an artist whose works have been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and are included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art Library and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, among others. Her honors include two Fulbright Scholarship (USSR 1990, Jordan 2004-05), two Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Grants, a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant, a Whiting Foundation Grant and a Pew Fellowship finalist. Other honors include a distinguished international award for a residency at Grafikens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden as well as residencies in Canada, Sweden, Belgium, Russia, Jordan and South Africa.

Zsuzsanna Ardó Zsuzsanna Ardó is an European visual artist, writer, independent curator, and founder of Creatives without Borders. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally. Based on a book of hers, published by Oxford University Press, she co-scripted and presented a European-wide, live educational satellite series from King’s College for the European Space Agency. She is the founding curator of the André Kertész Photography Competition and has served as Jury Chair for international photography competitions.

Nuit Banai Dr. Nuit Banai is an art historian and critic who received a PhD in Art History from Columbia University before joining Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2007. Her research interests focus on the post-war and contemporary construction of new publics through the visual arts, especially in Europe and the Middle East. Her writings have appeared in catalogues for the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Barbican Art Gallery in London, Artists Space, Bronx Museum for the Arts, and the Americas Society in New York City. She served as Assistant Editor of the journal RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics (2002-2005), a regular contributor to Artforum International, a Contributing Editor for Art Papers, and has written for Art Journal, Frieze, Modern Painters, and Time Out New York. Dr. Banai recently completed a manuscript on Yves Klein for the Critical Lives series published by Reaktion Books.

Judith Barry Judith Barry is the Director/Professor in the MFA in Visual Arts at Art Institute of Boston, Lesley University, an artist and writer whose work crosses a number of disciplines: performance, installation, sculpture, architecture, photography and new media. She has exhibited internationally at such venues as the Berlin Biennale, Venice Biennale of Art/Architecture, Sao Paolo Biennale, Nagoya Biennale, Carnegie International, Whitney Biennale and the Sydney Biennale, among others; and her work is included in such collections as the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Whitney Museum and Pompidou Center. In 2000 she won the Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts; and in 2001 she was awarded "Best Pavilion" at the Cairo Biennale. Among her publications are Public Fantasy, a collection of her essays, published by the ICA in London. Her project...Cairo Stories premiers at the Sharjah Biennial in March 2011.

Marek Bartelik Marek Bartelik is the President of the US Chapter of the International Art Critics Association (AICA), Vice-president of AICA International, an art historian and art critic specializing in 20th century art and theory of art, with a Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Art History from CUNY Graduate Center. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He is the author of To Invent a Garden: the Life and Art of Adja Yunkers, The Sculpture of Ursula von Rydingsvard (with Dore Ashton and Matti Megged), GDR/DDR: Contemporary German Painting in Portuguese Collections, East Sixth Street (volume of poetry) and The Gentle Rain (in Polish). He is a regular contributor to Artforum.

Mira Bartók Mira Bartók is the author of The Memory Palace, an illustrated memoir, published by Free Press (Simon & Schuster.) Her writing has been included in numerous literary journals and anthologies, been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and cited in The Best American Essays series. She has also been a Fulbright Grantee, an artist/writer-in-residence at Ragdale and Centrum, among others, and has won awards for both her art and her writing, including the Vogelstein Foundation, The Pen-American and Carnegie Fund for Writers. As a visual artist, Mira has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, including the Detroit Institute of Art and New York's Franklin Furnace. Mira also lectures on grants and opportunities for artists, writers and musicians and is the founder of Mira's List, a blog for international artists seeking grants, fellowships and residencies.

Ute Meta Bauer Ute Meta Bauer is the Director of MIT's new Arts, Culture and Technology (ACT) Program, a merging of the former Center for Advanced Visual Studies and Visual Arts Program. Additionally for more than two decades she has worked as an editor and curator, most notably as the artistic director of the 3rd Berlin biennial for contemporary art and as co-curator in the team of Okwui Enwezor for Documenta11. She also has served as director for various art institutions as well an advisor for a number of high-profile cultural boards. She is chairwoman of the Art Advisory Board of the Goethe Institutes, a member of the International Scientific Board of the Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau, and most recently she was nominated as a member of the International Committee of the 3rd Yokohama Triennale 2008.

Cynthia Baron Cynthia Baron is a teacher, graphic designer, and writer. She is the Academic Director of the Digital Media graduate programs in the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University. Previously Technical Director and Lecturer in the Department of Visual Arts (now Art+Design), she was the executive vice president of a Boston-based graphic design studio for over a decade. Cynthia has edited, authored or co-authored over a dozen books, including Adobe Photoshop Forensics: Truths, Sleuths and Fauxtography, and Designing a Digital Portfolio, which is in its second edition. She has been a series editor for Rockport Publishers and a contributing editor to the magazines Critique and Computer Graphics World. Cynthia has been profiled or quoted in media ranging from MIT Technology Review to USA Today.

Roberley Bell Roberley Bell is an American artist, whose projects examine ideas related to the built environment, exploring the relationship between the man made and the natural. She has worked internationally, creating both public interventions and gallery exhibits, and is the recipient of many grants and fellowships, including the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Pollock Krasner and, most recently, a 2010 Fulbright Senior Scholar to Turkey.

Shana Berger Shana Berger is an artist, writer, and curator who lives and works in York, Alabama. Driven by the idea that art can play an integral role in realizing positive social change, her work blends modes of art, activism, organizing, and advertising. Berger is a founder of the Indiana artist group and organization Your Art Here, and currently works as Co-Director of the Coleman Center for the Arts. She is a recipient of an Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship, and a Curatorial Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Jedediah Berry Jedediah Berry's first novel, The Manual of Detection, received the William L. Crawford Award from the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts and the Dashiell Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers. It was also a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. Jedediah's stories have appeared in numerous journal and anthologies, including Conjunctions, Chicago Review, Best New American Voices, and Best American Fantasy. He is the recipient of a residency fellowship from Yaddo, and in spring 2011 he will be writer-in-residence at the James Merrill House. He currently works as an editor at Small Beer Press.

John Bisbee John Bisbee has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, received numerous awards, including from the John Mitchell Foundation and been the subject of a number of museum exhibitions at such venues as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, among others. As National Public Radio noted of American sculptor John Bisbee, "...over the course of his career, he has made almost all of his art with what most people use to hang it - nails."

Ute Meta Bauer Kathleen Bitetti has been a Boston-based artist, curator and arts/artists activist since 1989. Her activism focuses on public policy, advocacy, community building and the development of free or low cost resources/services for artists working in all genres and artists run businesses and organizations. She is the co-author of Stand Up and Be Counted - a survey of Massachusetts' artists on their work lives, socioeconomic status, access to healthcare, and medical and non-medical debt and is the co-founder of the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition and two Massachusetts based working groups: the Artists Health Care Working Group and the State House Artists Working Group.

Kathy Black Kathy Black is the Program Director of the Vermont Studio Center. Prior positions include Visiting Professor at Trinity College of Vermont and Seminar Leader at Goddard College. In addition, she is an artist, whose works have been shown throughout New England and the US, including at the Rhode Island Community College, Laguna Gloria Museum in Texas and the Johnson State College in Vermont.


Boshko Boskovic Boshko Boskovic is the Program Director of Residency Unlimited, a New York based non-profit arts service organization whose mission is to support artists and curators in residency. Additionally he works at the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation and has curated exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum in Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina, the Belgrade Cultural Centre in Serbia and the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. During his tenure as Associate Director at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York he also worked closely with artists such as Los Carpinteros, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov and Johan Grimonprez.

Esther Bourdages Esther Bourdages is a long collaborator with Quartier Éphemère, a visual art centre based in Montréal, where she works on programming. She also is an art historian, curator, sonic explorer and author of many articles and critical commentaries on contemporary art. She focuses on new forms of sculpture and is interested in field recording, specifically the music potential of sounds from the environment.


Ralph Brancaccio Ralph Brancaccio is a multi-disciplined, self-taught conceptual artist, whose work often revolves around social commentary or is politically motivated. He has attended a number of international artist-in-residence programs as well as created public art works and interventions both nationally and internationally with the New York Foundation for the Arts serving as the umbrella organization. Such projects include Silent March for HIV Prevention and the Y Project, which asks, 'Why do we live so comfortably with an imbalance of human equality and irresponsibility.'

David Lloyd Brown David Lloyd Brown is an artist and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs - Graduate Programs at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts. He has exhibited extensively for over 25 years, including at the New England School of Art & Design and The Artists Foundation Boston. He also serves on the board of overseers of The Boston Modern Orchestra Project and in 1983 he was a founding member of the 249 A Street Artists Cooperative in Boston.

Laura Brown Laura Brown is the Co-Director of Handhouse Studio and an educator, sculptor, artist and builder in her own right. She a member of the 3D Department at Mass Art from 1996 to 2002; and, during that time, she served as Curator for an outdoor sculpture exhibition for the City of Boston's ParkARTS program located in twelve parks throughout the city and the Boston Common for First Night 2000. She has traveled and lectured extensively on her wide variety of interests. Among her skills are exhibition design and installation, architectural design and building, woodworking, foundry, welding, earth technology, concrete, paper making and photography.

Mario Caro Mario A. Caro currently serves as the president of Res Artis, an international network of art residencies. He also serves on the board of the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, which runs an artist-in-residency program dedicated to serving the needs of indigenous artists from around the globe. He is a professor of Visual Studies and has recently taught at the City University of New York. His previous post was as the Public Scholar for Civic Engagement at Indiana University. He is strongly committed to combining his interdisciplinary academic training with his community-oriented organizing activities.

Pieranna Cavalchini Pieranna Cavalchini is the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a collection of fine and decorative art and an innovative venue for contemporary artists, musicians and scholars. Housed in a 15th-century Venetian-style palace with three stories of galleries surrounding a sun- and flower-filled courtyard, the Museum provides an unusual backdrop for the viewing of art. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's preeminent collection contains more than 2,500 paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, manuscripts, rare books and decorative arts. The galleries house works by some of the most recognized artists in the world, including Titian, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Manet, Degas, Whistler and Sargent.

Anja Chavez Anja Chavez is the Curator of Contemporary Art at The Warehouse Gallery, an international contemporary art venue of SUArt Galleries at Syracuse University. The Warehouse Gallery has been a member of the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers (CMAC) and Th3: The Third Thursday-citywide arts event night since 2006. The gallery's mission is to present exhibitions and programs by artists whose work engages the community in a dialogue regarding the role the arts can play in illuminating critical issues of our life and times.

Joni Maya Cherbo Joni Maya Cherbo is an independent arts practitioner based in New York City who teaches, researches, and writes on the sociology of art, arts issues, and cultural policy. Dr. Cherbo is currently the Executive Director of the Resource Center for Cultural Engagement, a contributing editor of the Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society and an editor of a new series on the arts in America sponsored by Rutgers University Press.


Biljana Ciric Biljana Ciric is an independent curator based in Shanghai and the current Artistic Director of Ke Center of Contemporary Arts and executive curator for the Intrude Public art project presented by Zendai MoMA. She is also a regular contributor for Chinese and International art publications and an Artforum writer.



Bonnie ClarkBonnie Clark is an experienced marketing professional with demonstrated strength in developing and implementing marketing and fundraising strategies that bridge the gap between traditional and social/new media marketing to build relationships and communities that deliver value in highly competitive industries. Bonnie is also a mixed media and collage artist working with fibers and textiles, a member of the Southern Graphics Council, the American Print Alliance, the Surface Design Association, the Handweavers Guild of America, the American Tapestry Alliance, the National Polymer Clay Guild, the International Society of Altered Book Artists, the Association for Gravestone Studies and Mensa.


Charles Coe Charles Coe is a grants program officer for the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a long-time activist with the National Writers Union, a labor union of freelance writers. He also writes poetry and prose; his volume of poetry Picnic on the Moon was published by Leapfrog Press.





Jean-Yves Coffre Jean-Yves Coffre is the Director of CAMAC, a creative, multi-disciplinary center offering international residency programs for artists, scientists and technologists working with new media. While at CAMAC, Jean-Yves has organized and curated renowned exhibitions of works by contemporary artists, such as Julia Lohmann, Alice Anderson, Steve Shada and Marisa Jahn. He has also curated three versions of Rodeo Performance, an international festival of performances; and in 2008 he was invited to China to write a book on the city of Hangzhou, which was published in 2009. Among his additional projects is a pedagogical program for children, which now serves more than 5,000 people per year.


Margaret Cogswell Margaret Cogswell is the Program Officer for Visual Arts at the Asian Cultural Council where she has been since 1999. During her tenure at the ACC she has worked to expand ACC’s collaborative relationships with different residency programs throughout the United States and Asia. Cogswell at the same time maintains an active career as an artist. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NYFA fellowships and two Pollock-Krasner grants. Her River Fugues project is an ongoing series of site-specific/ mixed-media installations being developed and presented throughout the United States.

Roger Colombik Roger Colombik works on a wide range of projects that include public sculpture and documentary studies on cultural identity - often in collaboration with his wife, Jerolyn Bahm-Colombik. Roger was a Fulbright Scholar to the Republic of Georgia in 2003; received an CECArtslink Project Award to Armenia in 2010 and Republic of Georgia in 2005 and has been an artist-in-resident at the Museu de Arta Comparat, Singeorz-Bai, Romania, Haslla Art World, Gangneung, South Korea and Center For Polish Sculpture, Oronsko, Poland.

T. Allan Comp T. Allan Comp has received national awards for his work with the people of the Appalachian coal country, for his successful effort to engage the arts and humanities in environmental recovery and for his remarkable choreography of multiple federal agency partnerships, particularly with VISTA, in working with rural mining communities. Recognized as an artist/thinker and a good speaker, Comp was once described as "a relaxed blend of John Muir, John Dewey and John the Baptist." An employee of the Department of the Interior Office of Surface Mining, Allan was named a Purpose Prize Fellow by Civic Ventures in 2007 and, in 2009, was the first federal employee to be named a National River Hero by River Network. In 2009 he was awarded the Service to America Medal, the highest award a federal employee can receive. An historian of technology with a long engagement in cultural resources, community redevelopment and environmental reclamation, Allan is committed to the recovery of Appalachian mining communities from a century of pre-regulatory exploitation and neglect - and to the expansion of that experience to the rural mining communities of the Mountain West and elsewhere.

Lynne Cooney Lynne Cooney is currently the Exhibitions Director at Boston University’s School of Visual Arts and Director, ad interim of the Boston University Art Gallery. Previously, she was the Exhibitions and Program Manager for Southern Exposure, a non-profit arts organization in San Francisco, where she organized solo and group exhibitions, performances, panel and artist talks and related programs. Prior to joining Boston University, Lynne was the Assistant Director of Development for the Boston Center for the Arts, fundraising for the BCA’s diverse visual and performing arts programming.

Lies Coppens Lies Coppens is the Director Het Entrepot in Bruges, Belgium,a creative art lab for young artists who need time and space to create and to experiment..She holds a Masters in Art History (Ghent University, Belgium) and a Masters in Cultural Anthropology (Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium). After her studies she left for Shanghai, China, where she started work in an art gallery for contemporary Chinese art, organising residencies for foreign artists. After 2 years she moved on to Zendai MoMA, where she was working in the curatorial department of the museum as project coordinator of the Intrude 366 project, a large-scale project about art in public spaces.

Marisa Crawford Marisa Crawford is the author of The Haunted House from the feminist poetry press Switchback Books. She lives in Brooklyn where she works as a copywriter, is an editor of Small Desk Press, and volunteers as a writing mentor with Girls Write Now. Her writing has appeared in GlitterPony, Invisible Ear, Shampoo and Action, Yes.




George Creamer George Creamer is an artist and Dean of Graduate Programs at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In this capacity, he has expanded MassArt’s graduate programs to include a low-residency MFA Program offered in conjunction with the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. He has exhibited his work widely in galleries in Boston, New York and Los Angeles as well as other institutions such as Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. His other academic affiliations have included Yale University, Middlebury College, Mount Holyoke College and Tufts University.

Ralph Crispino, Jr. Ralph Crispino, Jr. is the founder of the I-Park Foundation, Inc., a 10-year old artists’ residency program and facility in East Haddam, Connecticut. He also has a deep interest in museums and is the President of Superior Products Distributors, Inc., a construction products and equipment distributor in Milldale, Connecticut, where he has worked since 1970.



Taylor Davis Taylor Davis is a professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, cochair of sculpture at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and, currently, a Radcliffe fellow. Davis has recently exhibited her work at the Horton Gallery and at White Columns in New York, Office Baroque Gallery in Antwerp and Samson Projects in Boston. She also showed in the inaugural exhibition of the permanent collection at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (ICA Boston), and was selected for the Whitney Biennial 2004. Davis has been awarded an Anonymous Was a Woman Award, the 2001 ICA Artist Prize, two International Association of Art Critics awards and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant. (Photo Credit: Tony Rinaldo)

David Deitcher David Deitcher is a writer, art historian and critic whose essays have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Parkett, the Village Voice, and other periodicals, as well as in numerous anthologies and monographs on such artists as Felix Gonzales-Torres, Isaac Julien, and Wolfgang Tillmans. He is the author of Dear Friends: American Photographs of Men Together, 1840-1918 and curator of the exhibition of the same name at New York’s International Center of Photography. He also was the editor of The Question of Equality: Lesbian and Gay Politics in America Since Stonewall (Scribner, 1995), and has been core faculty at the International Center of Photography/Bard College Program in Advanced Photographic Studies since 2003 as well as core faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts /Visual Arts Department since 1997

Marja De Jong Marja De Jong is the Founder and Director of Saksala ArtRadius, a residency where young, international artists can stay for several months to work, meet, discuss and establish contacts in the art world, while discovering their own artistic vision. Saksala ArtRadius provides support to create cooperation between artists and the local inhabitants and crafts (wo)men. Artists' studios can be used for small art productions. Other workspaces are available for bigger works and paintings, etc. The outside area can be used for sculpting. There is free internet access in the library. Tools and machinery are available and free to use after registration.

Ariel de Man Ariel de Man is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of Out Of Hand Theater, whose productions have been featured in Variety, Studio 360, Back Stage, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Discovery News, Theater Journal and TheatreForum. In addition Out of Hand Theater has received a number of accolades, including the New Generations: Future Audiences Award from the Theater Communications Group in 2007 and been named Atlanta's "Best New Company" (AJC 2001), Atlanta's "Best Theatrical Mad Scientists" (Creative Loafing 2003), and one of "A Dozen Young American Companies You Need to Know" (American Theatre Magazine 2004).

Maiken T. Derno Maiken T. Derno is the Cultural Attaché and Head of Culture, Press and Public Diplomacy at the Consulate General of Denmark in New York. Her background is in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies; she has previously taught at Columbia University and the University of Copenhagen. She also is the author and editor of several books and journals, including Bad Music: The Music We Love to Hate and Trafficking Boundaries. Women and Performance: a Journal of Feminist Theory , as well as scholarly articles on modernity in literature from Shakespeare to Gertrude Stein. Additionally, from 2006-08 she was the special advisor to the Danish Arts Council on the DaNY Arts Collaboration Programme.

Marco Dessardo Marco Dessardo is a sculptor based in France whose site-specific works have been shown throughout the world from Korea to Germany to Sweden to the United States. He also has participated in a number of art festivals, including the Busan Biennale and Geumgang Nature Art Biennale, and created temporary and permanent pieces at such institutions as the I-Park Foundation in East Haddam, Connecticut. He constructs inhospitable folding houses, unstable drifting boats, rocking bridges leading to nowhere, leaking aqueducts to random irrigations and winding walls.

Dirk Drijbooms Dirk Drijbooms is the Director Apothiki Art Center. The Apothiki is an Art Center situated in the Kastro, the historical heart of Parikia, capital of the Cycladic island of Paros. In cooperation with artists, art galleries, foundations and cultural institutions - both Greek and international, this multi-functional space hosts contemporary art exhibitions and cultural events and provide a working and living space for artists in Residence.



Janeil Engelstad Janeil Engelstad's award winning projects have examined and given voice to some of the most important issues of our times, including gang violence, homelessness, peace and ecology. Working in partnership with foundations, universities, governments, NGOs, and major corporations her work has created positive environmental and social change in communities throughout the world. Currently she is developing an international project and touring exhibition titled "Make Art With Purpose (MAP)," that will present the work of artists and organizations working in public practice.

José Luis Falconi José Luis Falconi is a Fellow at the Department of History of Art and Architecture and Curator of the Art Forum Program for Latino and Latin American Art at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. He has contributed to several Latin American, European and U.S. magazines and journals as a writer, editor and photographer. His publications include a collection of his poetry Indicios del Naufragio and such academic publications as A Principality of Its Own (edited with Gabriela Rangel), The Other Latinos (edited with José Antonio Mazzotti) and Portraits of an Invisible Country. In addition his photographic work has been exhibited widely in the United States and Latin America.

Jesseca Ferguson Jesseca Ferguson is a pinhole photographer who combines hand-made photographic processes and collage. She has been an artist-in-resident at Debrecen (Hungary), Skopelos (Greece), St. Vincent & the Grenadines (invited by the Engelhard Foundation) and Strasbourg (France) as part of the Boston/Strasbourg Sister Cities Program.




George Fifield George Fifield is a new media curator, a writer about art and technology and teacher. He is the founding director of Boston Cyberarts Inc., a nonprofit arts organization, which produces the Boston Cyberarts Festival. This international biennial Festival of artists working in new technologies involves numerous exhibitions of visual arts; music, dance, and theatrical performances; film and video presentations and symposia at numerous arts and educational organizations throughout Massachusetts.

Dorothea Fleiss Dorothea Fleiss is the Director of the Dorothea Fleiss East-West Artist Symposia in Carei, Romania as well as organizer of other programs such as the Donau Summer Academy and the International Summer Academy in Shandong, China. The Symposia offers a 10-day residency program and symposia in rural Romania, culminating in an exhibition. Dorothea is also an artist, whose works have been widely exhibited at the Salon de l'Art Contemporain, Luxemburg, Belgium, 10th Kermesse of Contemporary Art, International and Biennial Edition, Torino, Italy and Inner Mongolian Museum of Art, and Hu He Hao Te, China.

Ana Flores Ana Flores is a Cuban-American sculptor, ecological designer, writer, and activist who lives in Charlestown, Rhode Island and Nova Scotia, Canada. Her sculptural work, focusing on cultural and ecological narratives, is shown internationally and included in private, corporate and institutional collections throughout the United States. She has also served as a juror for a number of organizations; and, in 2008 Flores was honored with a TogetherGreen Fellowship for her leadership skills in conservation.

Yannick Franck Yannick Franck is a Belgian sound and visual artist and the founder of the electroacoustic project Y.E.R.M.O. (Venice Biennale 2009, Pavilion of Luxembourg). He composes soundtracks and performs live music for films and theater performances - currently for the National Theater in Brussels as well as various independent companies.




Andrea Frank Andrea Frank received her MFA from Parsons in NYC, where she also participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including the DAAD, Rotary International Foundation, Danner Stiftung, Vermont Studio Center, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and the MIT Council for the Arts. She currently teaches Photography and Related Media at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology. Her own work has been exhibited internationally, with recent solo exhibitions at Carroll and Sons in Boston, Galleria Michela Rizzo in Venice, The MIT Museum Compton Gallery in Cambridge, MA and the Kunsthalle Göppingen in Germany.



Katherine French Katherine French is currently the Director of the Danforth Museum of Art, where she has curated numerous exhibitions exploring Boston Expressionism, including Jack Levine: Political Discourse, Hyman Bloom: A Spiritual Embrace and David Aronson: The Paradox. Other notable shows include John Walker: Passing Bells, George Nick: Spirit of Place, and Gerry Bergstein: Effort at Speech. In 2007 she received an award for curatorial excellence for Joan Snyder, A Painting Survey, 1969-2005 from the New England chapter of the International Association of Art Critics, and was named 'Best Curator of Locally Made Art' at the 2010 Boston Art Awards. Under her direction, the Danforth Museum of Art has been named an 'Outstanding Cultural Organization' by the Massachusetts Arts Education Collaborative.

Hanneke Frühauf Hanneke Frühauf is the former curator of BINZ39, a gallery and artists-studio project in Zurich, and now the curator for Bridge Guard. She is also a member of the Res Artis’ advisory committee and art director of dutchartdesk.ch, a foundation that enhances the perception and mutual understanding between Switzerland and the Netherlands through art and culture projects.



Karol Frühauf Karol Frühauf is the Director of the Bridge Guard Art/Science Residence Center, Štúrovo, Slovakia. It supports all artistic and scientific disciplines, with the main characteristic being "bridging" - intertwining disciplines, uniting opposites, exploring and moving boundaries in social contexts - during a 3 to 6 month sojourn in the 'Bridge Guard' residence.


Jane Gavan Jane Gavan is the Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia. The Sydney College of the Arts Residency program provides professional artists, scholars and curators access to our world-class facilities in generous spaces, which overlook Sydney Harbor. Artists in residence engage in the presentation or development of research and artistic works. Research residents contribute to the academic program and SCA research community through interaction with staff and students.

Hakki Engin Giderer Hakki Engin Giderer is a Turkish artist and writer, including the author of The End of Painting, a book that focuses on modern Western and Turkish painting. He also has served as the Associate Dean of the newly established Çankiri Karatekin University’s Faculty of Fine Arts program and is the director of the university’s summer academy. The summer academy is one of the most important activities of the Fine Arts’ program with a mandate to provide an international dimension to the university.

Janet Goldner Janet Goldner is a sculptor, photographer, researcher, activist and former Senior Fulbright Research Fellow. Since her Senior Fulbright Research Fellowship to Mali in 1995, she has spent several months in Mali every year, developing and directing a University Study Abroad program to Mali and has been an active collaborator with Malian artists, who have been the key to her experience and understanding of Malian culture.

Dr. Benoit Granier Dr. Benoit Granier is a composer/visual artist, working out of Beijing, Singapore and Dublin. Currently he teaches computer music, composition, and digital and interactive media at the Beijing Central Conservatory. He has written for a large diversity of instruments and worked with mixed media and pure electronics, recently developing an interest in the creation of compositions for mixed ensembles, regrouping classical formations and traditional forces.

Jason Gross Jason Gross is the founder/chief editor of Perfect Sound Forever, the longest running online music publication. He also is a freelance writer for the Village Voice, Time Out New York, New York Magazine, Spin, The Wire, MOJO, Film Forum, Relix and other publications. He also co-produced the heralded 3-CD box set "OHM - The Early Gurus of Electronic Music."

José Guerreiro José Guerreiro is a Lisbon based, social worker and a theater teacher, who works with youngsters with fewer opportunities, from neighborhoods of little prosperity. He has also organized arts festivals, international youth exchanges and educational projects. Recently he created the project "World Theatre," which organizes theatre workshops with the aim of promoting and developing its practices.

Hans Guggenheim Hans Guggenheim is an artist, art historian, anthropologist and director of Project Guggenheim. In 1956, he traveled the world for LIFE magazine, drawing and reporting on artists and exhibitions. Other past positions also include a Professorship of Anthropology at MIT and Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s Center for International Affairs. He has worked in Mali to build water-granaries and small dams during the drought, and as an artist and supporter of traditional art and craft around the world. Based on his years of experience in remote corners of the world, in 1997, he founded Project Guggenheim to provide high quality training in the traditional arts and contemporary skills for students. Their schools and programs (in Tibet, Mali, Guatemala and northern Canada among the Inuit) support traditional arts and encourage innovation - understanding that for traditions to survive, they must respond creatively to new cultural and economic challenges.

Jeannette Guillemin Jeannette Guillemin is the assistant director of the Boston University School of Visual Arts. In addition to working closely with the director on a variety of projects, she also counsels art students and runs the internship program. Six years ago, she launched and continues to direct the Visual Arts Summer Institute, an arts program for youth. With a diverse background in creative writing, theatre, and visual arts, Jeannette is interested in the powerful role that art plays in society. She serves on several boards including her local arts commission and Art Street, Inc.

Debbie Hagan Debbie Hagan is editor-in-chief of Art New England magazine and has been writing about the visual arts for three decades. She teaches creative writing at New Hampshire Institute of Art and is book reviews editor for the online literary magazine Brevity.





Machiko Harada Machiko Harada is the former Curator for the Akiyoshidai International Art Village as well as an Assistant Director for the Artist in Residence Program, which featured such artists as Anya Gallacio and Anish Kapoor. Harada has also curated exhibitions at the Kanazawa College of Art and was the Coordinator for Artport in Nagoya. The Akiyoshidai International Art Village, established in 1998, is a public cultural institution whose mission is to support creative activities through the residency program with an aim to serve as a place to create and promote arts and culture.

Mags HarriesMags Harries is best known for her site-specific artwork, which ranges from major permanent public works to temporary events and performances.. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and recently was a Fellow at the Bogliasco Foundation. For the past ten years Mags Harries has worked collaboratively on public art projects with architect Lajos Héder as the Harries Héder Collaborative. They have completed public art pieces throughout the US, including SunFlowers, an Electric Garden in Austin, TX; bridges and seating for the Highline Canal in Phoenix, AZ; MoonTide Garden in Portland, ME; The Big Question at the Science Center in Des Moines, IA; and Terra Fugit at the Miramar Regional Park, FL.

Laura Harrison Laura Harrison is the Associate Director of Administration at the Bogliasco Foundation. She also is a documentary filmmaker and has taught media literacy, video production and film history. Along with her award winning documentaries, which include Secret People (2000) and Thurmond, W. Va (1995), she most recently co-produced, directed and edited Space, Land and Time: Underground Adventures with ANT FARM, a feature-length documentary about the renegade 1970s architecture collective best known for Cadillac Ranch. The film was the recipient of the Cine Golden Eagle Award.

Lajos Héder Lajos Héder has worked collaboratively on public art projects with architect Mags harries as the Harries Héder Collaborative for the past ten years. Both are known for their site-specific artwork, which ranges from major permanent public works to temporary events and performances. nationally and internationally. Some of their public art pieces include SunFlowers, an Electric Garden in Austin, TX; and bridges and seating for the HighlineCanal in Phoenix, AZ; MoonTide Garden in Portland, ME; The Big Question at the Science Center in Des Moines, IA; and Terra Fugit at the Miramar Regional Park, FL. Recently he was a Fellow at the Bogliasco Foundation.

Astrid Hiemer Astrid Hiemer has been a writer, photographer and associate editor at Berkshire Fine Arts, a digital magazine, for the last five years, since the beginning of BFA. She has also worked with countless national and international artists in the past thirty years, mostly as an administrator for projects, exhibitions, conferences and events in the US and abroad.


Dan Hirsch Dan Hirsch currently is Emerson College’s Director of Music Programs for ArtsEmerson. He also has served as the concert program manager at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the director of music programs for World Music/CRASHarts and is the founder and programmer for Non-Event, an experimental music series founded in 2001. In addition, he serves as a music consultant for the Goethe-Institute in Boston, on the Board of Directors for the Berwick Research Institute and on advisory panels for the Somerville Arts Council and Grant Makers in the Arts.

Maria Hirvi-Ijäs Maria Hirvi-Ijäs , PhD, is a contemporary art researcher with the University of Helsinki. Her research areas are exhibition theory and the rhetorics of the art work. Her background is in higher art education, in particular teaching and theory as well as strategic leadership and development, and curating, including at such institutions as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma in Helsinki, the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm and the Finnish National Gallery.


Lillian Hsu Lillian Hsu is an artist and the Director of Public Art at the Cambridge Arts Council (CAC) where she administers the Percent-for-Art program for the City of Cambridge. She also has directed the education and outreach programming for the CAC Public Art Program, including Public Art ACTS and Public Art/Moving Site, which was awarded one of the best public art projects of 2006 by the Americans for the Arts/Public Art Network. As an artist, she has been the recipient of grants from the Radcliffe Bunting Institute for Advanced Study, the Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, among others.

Kayoko Iemura Kayoko Iemura is an architect and Program Director of Tokyo Wonder Site. As an architect she created such projects as the Site of Reversible Destiny - Yoro Park, together with Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins - and later the Lifescape Association, which involved the holistic use of clothing, food, agriculture and living spaces for people of all ages. Since 2001, Kayoko has managed the programs at Tokyo Wonder Site to support and nurture emerging artists, and to exchange global creativity through collaborations between the visual arts, contemporary music, performing and traditional arts.

Marisa Jahn Marisa Jahn is an artist/writer/community organizer, co-founder of REV- (a non-profit organization that fosters socially-engaged art, design and pedagogy), and current Director of Architecture at Art Omi. Jahn also has been an artist-in-residence at such programs as MIT’s Media Lab and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and is the co-editor of Recipes for an Encounter, byproducts: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices and Where We Are Now: Locating Art and Politics in NYC. Her work has been presented in museums world-wide and been featured in Art in America, LA Times, NY Times, Discovery Channel and NPR, among others.

Jean-Baptiste Joly Jean-Baptiste Joly is the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation Akademie Schloss Solitude, as well as founding Director and Artistic Director of the Akademie. He is also an honorary professor at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Berlin. Quoting Nicholas Tsoutas, Director of Sydney's Artspace, "Akademie Schloss Solitude is a pre-eminent studio residency organization that has not only challenged the very meanings of residencies, cultural exchanges and global mobility – but has challenged and set the very standards and expectations by which residency centers operate."

Gianni Jetzer Gianni Jetzer is a curator and critic living in New York. Since 2006 he is the Director of Swiss Institute - Contemporary Art, an independent art space in Downtown Manhattan. He has realized numerous exhibitions with international artists at Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich (Curator, 1998-2001), Kunsthalle St. Gallen(Director, 2001-2006) and Swiss Institute New York. He has written numerous contributions for catalogues, art magazines, and newspapers such as Kaleidoscope, Parkett, Flash Art, Spike and Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

Arlette Kayafas is the director of Gallery Kayafas, a fine art photography gallery operating in Boston's South End since 2003.
She opened her gallery after 43+ years of collecting photography and contemporary art.
The gallery is dedicated to showing the finest photography from it's inception to the most recent and contemporary work mixing the established with the emerging artist.

Elaine A. King Elaine A. King is a professor of the History of Art/Theory/Museum Studies at Carnegie Mellon University. She also has curated over 20 one-person exhibitions and catalogues, organized and curated over 35 group exhibitions, and guest curated Likeness at Pittsburgh's Mattress Factory, Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2006, with Gail Levin, she co-edited Ethics and the Visual Arts, published by Allworth Press. She is also a freelance critic who writes for several art publications; has been invited by the State Department to nominate artists for the Venice Biennale, Sao Paulo, and the Cairo Biennials; and has given lectures on art and culture both nationally and internationally.

Csaba Kiss Csaba Kiss is one of the Directors of At Home Gallery Synagogue Association for Arts and Culture, Samorin, Slovakia. It is a unique center for contemporary arts, incorporating a historical synagogue and a home-like residence for artists, writers and musicians with the possibility to exhibit or perform in the synagogue. The residence was ceremonially opened by the Dalai Lama in 2000.


Suzanne Kiss Suzanne Kiss is one of the Directors of At Home Gallery Synagogue Association for Arts and Culture, Samorin, Slovakia. It is a unique center for contemporary arts, incorporating a historical synagogue and a home-like residence for artists, writers and musicians with the possibility to exhibit or perform in the synagogue. The residence was ceremonially opened by the Dalai Lama in 2000.


Ian Koebner Ian Koebner is the Founding Director of the not-for-profit Sacred Slam, which is dedicated to challenging misconceptions through the arts, creating cross-cultural exchanges and promoting respect for diversity. Youth At War & Peace (YAWP), Sacred Slam’s most ambitious project to date, is a global platform for youth from conflict and post-conflict regions to create art based on their experience and understanding of war & peace. Sacred Slam is now developing creative opportunities for artists, academics, and curators of all ages to expand and engage with the YAWP collection.

Knoll+Cella Knoll+Cella have been collaborating on projects since 1998, and in 2004 founded Transart Institute. Knoll also is an assistant professor of nophotography at University of Hawaii Manoa in Honolulu; and with Cella, they have jointly shown at the Museum of Modern Art, Salzburg; Honolulu Academy of Arts Museum; Queens Museum of Art, New York; Art Complex Museum, Boston; and the Tallinn Print Triennial, Estonia. Knoll+Cella were most recently visiting artists at the Lingnan University Visual Studies Program in Hong Kong.

Aysegul Kurtel Aysegul Kurtel is the Founder and Director of K2, in Izmir, Turkey. It is a non-profit organization with 20 artists' studios, a documentation center and gallery that aims to create an open platform, especially geared towards young artists. Its purpose is to give a chance for new approaches and experimental ideas so that contemporary art at an interdisciplinary level can be presented and also exhibited. Workshops, conferences, and discussions at the K2 Art Center are expected to create an international interaction between artists.

Anne La Prade Seuthe Anne La Prade Seuthe is the Curator of The Hampden and Central Galleries at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Hampden Gallery is one of two Fine Arts Center Galleries located in Residential Areas at the university. It has a reputation for being the launching pad for emerging artists working in all disciplines. Its active programming schedule runs throughout the academic year and features solo, group and thesis exhibitions that are enhanced through opening receptions, artist talks and workshops. 

Michelle Lampa Michelle Lampa is currently a Manager of Business Development for Asia and Eurasia at the Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment (MOITI). She also directs the social media initiatives for MOITI.  Prior to her current role at MOITI, she worked at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center after moving from Los Angeles, CA. She attended Simmons College in Boston. 


Reif Larsen Reif Larsen's first novel, The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet, was a New York Times Bestseller and is currently being published in twenty-nine countries. The novel was a 2010 Montana Honor book, a Border's Original Voices Finalist, and IndieBound Award Finalist and was short-listed for the Guardian First Book award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. His essays and fiction have appeared in Tin House, one story, and The Believer. He studied at Brown University, and has taught at Columbia University, where he received an M.F.A. in fiction. He is also a filmmaker and has made documentaries in the U.S., the U.K., and sub-Saharan Africa. He now lives in Saugerties, NY.

Claudia Lefko Claudia Lefko is a life-long educator, activist and advocate for children. In 2000 she founded The Iraqi Children's Art Exchange in Northampton Massachusetts. ICAE organizes and supports professional artist exchanges and collaborative projects between these artists and US and Iraqi children and youth. Since 2006 ICAE projects have been shown at such venues as MASS MoCA and the Delaware Art Museum; and included Iraqi artists in Jordan in collaboration with individuals and institutions - the Dar Al Anda and Orfali Galleries, SAVE the Children, CARE and the Jordan Children's Museum. In 2009 ICAE re-established its connection with the children's cancer unit at Baghdad’s Children's Welfare Teaching Hospital in Medical City, where the project first began.

Leonard Lehrer Leonard Lehrer is the co-chair of the Fulbright Arts Task Force. He also is a painter and printmaker whose work has been widely exhibited and collected, including by NY’s Museum of Modern Art and Washington DC’s National Gallery of Art. He also has served as the Chair of New York University's Department of Art and Arts Professions, Columbia College's Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Art and is presently the University of Texas, Austin's Visiting Professor and Director of the Printmaking Convergence Program, College of Fine Arts and Department of Art & Art History. Additionally, Lehrer is a Founding Trustee of the International Print Center New York (IPCNY); on the Board of Directors of Apex Art Curatorial Program (NYC) and is Chair of the College Board’s National Task Force on Arts in Education. His awards include the Gold Medal Award of Distinction of the National Society of Arts and Letters and a Lifetime Achievement Award in Printmaking from the Southern Graphics Council International, among others.

Linda Lighton Linda Lighton is sculptor and arts activist, who helped put in place the one percent for Art Program in Kansas City. She also has served on numerous boards, including at the Nelson Atkins Museum, Review Magazine and the Kansas City Ballet; and currently serves on the Kansas City Jewish Museum Board, the National Committee at the Kemper Museum and Advisory Committee for the Kansas City Artists Coalition. As an artist, she has participated in numerous international residencies and helped send more than 82 artists to 46 countries with the help of the Kansas City Artists Coalition.

Greg Lindquist Greg Lindquist is a Brooklyn-based artist and writer. He writes about art for artcritical.com, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic and ARTnews. Lindquist also is a contributing editor for artcritical.com and Art Books in Review Editor for The Brooklyn Rail. He is the 2009-10 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grantee and the Sally & Milton Avery Arts Foundation Grantee for the 2009 Art Omi International Artist Residency. Lindquist’s most recent work addressed architectural decay and entropy through an immersive installation of painting and sculpture. He participated recently in Frozen Moments: Architecture Speaks Back, organized by the Laura Palmer Foundation (based in Warsaw) in The Ministry of Transportation building in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Janna Longacre Janna Longacre is a Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art + Design. Janna was also the curator for MassArt In Cuba, which included artwork and projects based on and inspired by Cuba from invited faculty and alumni who have been involved with the history of the island. The invited artists include Juan Pablo Cárdenas, John Cataldo, Sharon Dunn, Al Gowan, Yoav Horesh, Consuelo Issacson, Janna Longacre, Abelardo Morrell, and Adam Puryear, who showed a wide range of their personal artworks and writing from photographs and paintings to clay sculptures and excerpts from novels.

David Macy David Macy is the Resident Director at the MacDowell Colony, a pioneering force and contemporary leader in the field of artists’ residency programs. Before joining MacDowell in 1994, Macy was the program and facilities manager at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, California. For twenty years he has been committed to creating ideal working and social conditions for creative artists of all disciplines. Macy currently serves on the boards of the Alliance of Artists Communities and Monadnock Arts Alive.

Sarat Maharaj Sarat Maharaj was co-curator of Documenta X1 (Kassel. 2002). With Richard Hamilton and Ecke Bonk, he curated ‘Retinal. Optical. Visual. Conceptual... on Marcel Duchamp’ (Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. 2002), was co-curator of ‘Farewell to Postcolonialism’, Guangzhou Triennial, 2008 and editor/curator: Printed Projects 11 (Dublin) ‘Querying the GT 2008’ at the Republic of Ireland/Northern Ireland Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2009. He also was the co-curator of last year's San Paolo Biennale, 'Knowledge-Politics-Art' and is the curator of the Gothenburg Biennale: 'Pandemonium: art in a time of creativity fever,' which will open in 2011. In addition, he is Professor of Visual Art & Knowledge Systems, at Lund University & the Malmo Art Academies, Sweden.

Dyan Marie Dyan Marie is a visual artist who creates projects that explore urban issues and contemporary cultural experience. She also is the founder of Bloor Magazine, Cold City Gallery, ARTATWORK and DIG IN. She co-founded, C Magazine, Urban Surface and BIG and is also director of a project space Dupont/Dyan Marie Projects and a board member of the City of Toronto’s Art for Public Places Committee, the Centennial College Advisory Committee and the Bloordale BIA. She has received numerous awards, including the Urban Leadership award from the Canadian Urban Institute, the Government of Canada’s Community Builders Award, the Ontario Provincial Government Good Citizen Award and City of Toronto's Clean and Beautiful Award. 

Tucker J. Marion Dr. Tucker J. Marion is an Assistant Professor in Northeastern University’s College of Business, School of Technological Entrepreneurship. Dr. Marion’s research is concentrated on product development, innovation, and entrepreneurship. A graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University, he holds a Masters from the University of Pennsylvania and Wharton School in Technology Management, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Penn State. He has held product development and manufacturing positions at Ford Motor Company and Visteon Corporation. In 2001, he co-founded the Innovation Factory, where he headed product development and operations. In 2004, he began FlashPoint Development, a boutique product design firm that specializes in working with new ventures.

David Medalla Murray McKay Murray McKay is an artist and Associate Director of Enrollment Management with Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. He teaches portfolio preparation workshops throughout North America to artists and educators in all mediums. His own work has been exhibited, screened and performed at The Terra Museum of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum, Royal College of Art in London and Blue Man Group.


James McLeod James McLeod is an Associate Professor Fine Arts 3D / Glass at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the Executive Director and co-founder of Floating World Projects, a non-profit arts organization that transcends cultural stereotypes and prejudices via arts education and artistic collaboration. Floating World Projects aims to develop and sustain cross-cultural media projects that highlight how cultures form positive symbiotic relationships in our new global age. Currently Floating World Projects is involved in facilitating a number of collaborative art and educational projects in New York, Turkey, Israel and Palestine

Veronique Le Melle is the Executive Director the Boston Center for the Arts. Prior to joining the BCA, Le Melle was the Executive Director of the Louisiana Division of the Arts. As the Division’s Executive Director, she successfully restructured Louisiana’s Grants Program and implemented a streamlined grant application process. During her tenure, she was also instrumental in creating the structure and mission for Louisiana’s first private cultural foundation, the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation. Additionally, Le Melle has served as the Director of Culture and Tourism in the Office of Queens Borough President and as Executive Director of the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Inc.

Kaiwan Mehta Kaiwan Mehta is an author (Alice in Bhuleshwar-Navigating a Mumbai Neighborhood), lecturer, translator, theorist and critic in the fields of visual culture and architecture. He has served as a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart from 2007-2010; and from 2008-2009 worked as an urban researcher with the ADACH (Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage) Pavilion for the Visual Arts at the 2009 Venice Biennale. He has just established, as its founder Director, Arbour: Research Initiatives in Architecture to be launched in December 2010.

John Michalczk John Michalczk  is currently Chair of Fine Arts and Co-Director of Film Studies at Boston College. Besides teaching, he has produced documentaries for PBS television dealing with conflict resolution, disabilities and social justice. His publications and films deal with such topics as anti-Semitism, World War II and the Holocaust. At present, he is engaged in producing a documentary on the widespread violence that swept Kenya after the national elections of 2007-2008.


Patricia Milder Patricia Milder is a Brooklyn based art writer and critic. She is the Managing Art Editor at The Brooklyn Rail; her writings on art, performance and dance have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, PAJ: A Journal of Art and Performance, Artcritical.com, The L Magazine and in various exhibition catalogues. In 2009 Patricia was selected as a Writing Live Fellow for Performa09. In 2010 she was a guest lecturer at the School of Visual Arts, in the Visual and Critical Studies Department. She has been invited to be writer-in-residence at the Mount Tremper Arts Festival 2011, where she will also moderate a panel discussion: 'Critical Issues at the Intersection of Performance and Art.' She is currently curating an alternative space exhibition of art and performance with the artist Lizzie Scott, and organizing a panel on 'Curatorial Practices in Contemporary Dance,' which will be recorded and published in the 100th issue of PAJ.

Francine Koslow Miller Francine Koslow Miller  has been a Boston-area critic for Artforum for over twenty years and a recent contributor of features to Sculpture Magazine.  She also has taught at liberal arts institutions (including McGill University, the University of Massachusetts and Northeastern University) and art colleges (the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Montserrat College of Art). Additionally, she has published numerous art catalogues, three art monographs and currently is awaiting the publication of The Rape of the Rose, a personal and factual account of the saga surrounding the attempts to sell Brandies University's invaluable collection of contemporary art.

Katherine Louise Mitchell Katherine Louise Mitchell is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and administrator. In addition to her work as a professional artist, she currently serves as the Community Programs Coordinator at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA). Her work has been practiced/exhibited nationally in venues including SomArts Cultural Center, 66balmy, Crucible Steel Gallery, Grossman Gallery, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 57Delle Project Space and the Massachusetts Campus Compact Conference on Civic Engagement. Publications include the Vincent Curtis Educational Register: Interdisciplinary Art Education: Creativity in a Culture of Choice.

Regina Maria Möller Regina Maria Möller is a Berlin/Trondheim based artist, author, founding editor of the magazine regina and creator of the label embodiment. Shown internationally, her work and position is cross-disciplinary - she addresses topics, using a wide range of formats. She also has taught at numerous international academies and universities; and, currently, is a professor at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU.

Dana Moser Dana Moser is a musician, film/video and digital media artist. As a curator, he has assembled numerous exhibitions of interactive installation/kinetic sculpture including Electroland, The Ballad of Wires and Hands" and Path to Ground. He is currently Department Chair of the Studio for Interrelated Media at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design where he develops curricula for Internet art and electronic projects.

Susanne Mueller-Baji Susanne Mueller-Baji is an independent art critic, journalist, artist and curator based in Stuttgart/Germany. Presently she is curating three international art projects: Scriptease, Seascape – art and environmental protection and Hinterlassenschaften/Verlassenschaften, which focuses on the way Germany is perceived today. Her writings – primarily on fine art and literature – have been published in Germany, Hungary, Italy and the United Kingdom; and she is presently working on her first book. As an artist she has taken part in residencies, art projects and exhibitions throughout the world.

Vincent Murphy Vincent Murphy has served as an artistic producing director of three theaters and has a professional career spanning four decades of collaboration on more than 200 productions in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe. Murphy has devoted much of his career to championing the development of new plays. At Theater Emory, he developed a biennial Brave New Works series for locally, nationally, and internationally acclaimed writers and initiated and produced festivals for Athol Fugard, Frank Manley, Naomi Wallace and Wole Soyinka. In 2003 he created Sister City Playwrights for which nine major playwriting Labs swap writers.

Tran Thi Huynh Nga Tran Thi Huynh Nga founded the Blue Space Contemporary Art Center, the first non-profit arts organization in Vietnam, and the first arts organization in Vietnam to receive a grant from the Ford Foundation. She has also curated and organized several exhibitions and workshops in various parts of the world, including the Cultural Representation in Transition - New Vietnamese Paintings in Bangkok, organized by Siam Society of Thailand; the Meeting Point 98 workshop for Thai and Vietnamese artists; the Gap Vietnam exhibition in Berlin, organized by Cultural House of the World; the international workshop at Long Hai Beach, Vietnam, for artists from England, USA, Canada, Spain and Vietnam; as well as TransCultural Exchange's Tile Project: Destination, the World.

Elisabeth Ochsenfeld Elisabeth Ochsenfeld is a Timisoara/Romania-born, Heidelberg/Frankfurt-based visual artist, curator and residency founder. Her interest is to create and sustain a platform for and with international artists and to support the cultural heritage of Wolfsberg-Garana in the Western Carpathian Mountains. In both Heidelberg/Frankfurt and Wolfsberg/Garana, she offers residencies for people involved in the international cultural process. Additionally, in Wolfsberg-Garana, she intends to open a museum with a large art collection representing the village's ethnographical richness.

James O'Brien James O'Brien is a Ph.D. candidate at the Editorial Institute at Boston University, researching Bob Dylan's non-song writings - focusing on unpublished works and those writings given only limited distribution. O'Brien also is a news correspondent for The Boston Globe. His poetry has appeared in Flatmancrooked’s Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetics and Tidal Basin Review. His fiction has appeared in Haunts.

Aaron T. O'Connor is the founding director of The Arctic Circle expeditionary residency program. This unique residency takes place aboard a specially outfitted, century old sailing vessel in the High Arctic. The Arctic Circle program is open to international artists of all disciplines, scientists, architects, innovators and educators who seek out areas of collaborative exploration. The Arctic Circle supports the creation and exhibition of new and pioneering work, and cultivates the residents’ professional development, with a focus on public engagement.

Hunter O'Hanian Hunter O'Hanian is the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the MassArt Foundation at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He has been active in numerous cultural and arts organizations nationally and regionally (including as the executive director of Provincetown's Fine Arts Work Center and the Anderson Ranch Artist Residency Program), and is currently the chair-elect of the board of trustees for the Alliance of Artists Communities, the national support organization for artists residency programs.

Michael Ogilvie Michael Ogilvie is the Arts/Industry Coordinator for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He also has taught at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, worked for the Las Vegas Arts Commission and managed the Percent for the Arts Program. In addition, he is visual artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally and has self-published two works of visual poetry (comics) and has recently co-published the graphic novel Drunk: A Comic About Bart Stories.

Carrie Webb Olson Carrie Webb Olson is a partner in Day Pitney's Intellectual Property Group and is resident in the Boston office. Carrie's practice area focuses on all aspects of copyright and trademark law, from acquisition and maintenance to exploitation and enforcement. She provides general counseling regarding the selection, use and protection of company trademarks, nationally and abroad. In addition, Carrie is experienced in providing brand expansion guidance and advice to clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. She is also well-versed in negotiating and drafting intellectual property licenses, assignments, and settlement agreements.

Carrie regularly represents and counsels clients involved in disputes before the United States Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the Federal Courts concerning trademark and copyright claims. Carrie also has extensive experience with domain name disputes and related arbitration proceedings. Carrie is an active member of the International Trademark Association and sits on the INTA Roundtable Project Team (Programs Committee).

Hope O'ReillyHope O'Reilly is the Director of Development and Communications at The Bogliasco Foundation. The Bogliasco Foundation was established in 1991 as a non-profit entity devoted to the support of the arts and humanities through its support of the Liguria Study Centre for the Arts and Humanities. The Study Centre offers residential fellowships to persons doing advanced creative work or scholarly research in the traditional disciplines of the arts and humanities. The Foundation also awards special fellowships intermittently to specific disciplines or to persons coming from different countries or regions.

Michèle Oshima Michèle Oshima is the Director of the Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College. Previous jobs include serving as the Coordinator of the MIT Program in Women’s Studies and then Director of the Student and Artist-in-Residence Programs in the MIT Office of the Arts, where she worked with such artists as Chris Abani, Margaret Atwood, Junot Díaz and Michel Gondry. She also plays trumpet in a number of local bands, including the big band and The Mood Swings, and recently also played with Anthony Braxton in the Sonic Genome Project at the 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad.

Marta Oslin Marta Oslin is the Program Manager at ArtCorps, where she manages artist recruitment and communications, helping to spread Art for Social Action. With a background in community-based programs and participatory research, she is passionate about engaging communities in social change and building local leadership and creative thinking skills. Prior to joining ArtCorps, Marta conducted research on health disparities at Tufts University and evaluated Oxfam America’s gender equity and microfinance programs in Latin America. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa and holds an MA in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

Shin Jung Park Shin Jung Park is the Chief Director and curator of the Haslla Art World Park & Exhibition Center, the Haslla Museum Hotel and several projects on Cultural Street and University Street in Kangnung City. She received a B.F.A in Sculpture at Ewha Woman's University and a M.F.A. in Sculpture at the Graduate School of Ewha Woman's University. Since her first Road exhibition in 1994, at the Press Center of Seoul, she has gone on to have several more exhibitions in Korea and Japan. Her work also is included in permanent collections at Taiwan's Wood Carving Museum, Korea's Gyeongju Municipal Library and the Haslla Art World Museum.

Amertah E. Perman Amertah E. Perman is trained in the field of International Education and Interpersonal Intercultural Communication. Her background is in interdisciplinary arts programming, adult learning, and community education. She was first introduced to the world of artist mobility through the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, China, where she worked as the Residency Program Director in 2008/2009. Today, she specializes in best practices within artist mobility programming and continues to seek out new forms of engagement with the arts community.

Richard Perram Richard Perram is the Director of the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in Bathurst New South Wales, Australia. Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) is one of the oldest regional galleries in NSW. It is a well-equipped and professionally staffed facility owned and operated by Bathurst Regional Council. Since 1990, the gallery has continued to enjoy widespread community support and to develop a reputation as one of the leading regional galleries in NSW. A diverse exhibition program, a focus on community access and a commitment to the provision of innovative educational and public programs underpin the gallery's operations.

Danièle Perrier Danièle Perrier is the director of the Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral, Bad Ems. Prior to this position, from 2001-2004 she was the coordinator for Germany of the Pépinières Européennes pour jeunes artistes. She also has worked at the auction house Gallery Koller in Zurich, the Dr. Ursula Krinzinger Gallery in Vienna and as a curator at the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Fribourg, where she realized her first major exhibition Vienna at the search of Eden. From 1991 - 1996, she was the founding director of the Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz, dedicated to French Art after 1945; and from 1996 - 1999 she was a visiting lecturer of modern and contemporary art at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz. Her main research interest are French art; kinetic art and its interface to design and architecture; sound and sculpture, time and space; art and techniques; and art and media art.

Jayne Anne Phillips Jayne Anne Phillips is the author of four novels, LARK AND TERMITE (2009), MOTHERKIND (2000), SHELTER (1994), and MACHINE DREAMS (1984), and two widely anthologized collections of stories, FAST LANES, (1987) and BLACK TICKETS (1979). LARK & TERMITE, winner of the Heartland Prize, was a Finalist for the 2009 National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Prix de Medici Etranger. Phillips' works are published in nine languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Bunting Fellowship, the Sue Kaufman Prize (1980) and an Academy Award in Literature (1997) from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She is currently Professor of English and Director of the MFA Program at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey, where she established The Writers At Newark Reading Series.

Klaus Postler was the co-founder and director of One Step Beyond Gallery and Artists Space in Brattleboro,VT, Currently he is the founder and director of Fort Mallary Gallery (a brick and mortar/virtual gallery hybrid) and co-founder and director of G.O. (Global Opportunities in the Visual Arts), which stages international exhibitions and artists residencies. He also served as the co-founder and co-curator of the New England New York New Talent, a (nearly) bi-annual exhibition of emerging artists at the University of Massachusetts' Central and Hampden Galleries.

Nathan Purath Nathan Purath is an artist and Co-Director of the Coleman Center for the Arts in York, Alabama. He is a founding member of the non-profit organization Your Art Here, which uses billboards as public art spaces. Driven by the role that art can play in realizing positive social change, his work facilitates opportunities for artist and communities while blending modes of art and organizing.


David Redmond David Redmond is a film-maker whose films have screened in Sundance, SXSW, Human Rights Watch, IDFA and the Museum of Modern Art. The Sundance Channel, Documentary Channel, Link TV, Free Speech TV, NHK, Current TV, and Scandinavian, New Zealand, European, Middle Eastern and Australian television stations have also broadcast his movies. Currently, David is a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University.

Angelika Rinnhofer Angelika Rinnhofer is a visual artist who immigrated from Germany to the US in 1995. Since 2005 she has committed herself exclusively to her art practice and to teaching, exhibiting nationally and internationally at such venues as the New Britain Museum of Art and the Museum Industriekultur in Nuremberg. In her work, Rinnhofer probes the importance of belonging and its effect on memory. Her investigations rely on philosophical, historical, and scientific aspects of Western origin to inform her artistic concepts.

Frank Roselli Frank Roselli is the owner/director of Boston’s Soprafina Gallery, which exhibits contemporary painting, prints, photography and sculpture by emerging, mid-career and established artists. Roselli is also a painter in his own right, and previously was the owner/manager of specialty printing and manufacturing company.




Francine Royer Francine Royer is the regional and international affairs development officer at the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. She manages the studios and studio-apartment of the Professional Artists Grant Program; and she handles the numerous international agreements of the Conseil with its Québecois and foreign partners. She is also responsible for certain special measures the Conseil offers to artists, writers and organizations in regards to cultural diversity. An anthropologist by training, prior to the Conseil, she held various professional functions at the Ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec in the fields of heritage, museums and support for artists.

Dr. Nitin Sawhney Dr. Nitin Sawhney is research fellow and lecturer in the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology. He also co-founded Voices Beyond Walls, a participatory media initiative to supportive digital storytelling and civic empowerment among Palestinian children and youth in refugee camps in the West Bank and Gaza.




Ellie Schimelman Ellie Schimelman is an artist and Director of Cross Cultural Collaborative, Inc. Cross Cultural Collaborative, Inc. is an educational non-profit promoting cultural exchange and understanding through the arts by bringing creative people together at a cultural center in Ghana. The programs emphasize multigenerational and multicultural collaborations encouraging participants to find rewards in different forms of creativity. Artists from different cultures are brought together in a supportive environment where they can get to know each other through the language of art. At the core of the program is the belief that interaction between African and non-African artists enriches the creativity of both groups.

Ellen Schön Ellen Schön is Adjunct Faculty in Fine Arts and Clay Studio Supervisor at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. She has exhibited in numerous shows around the country and is a past Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities’ Artist Foundation Fellowship recipient. Schön also participated in international artist symposia/residencies in Finland, Croatia, Hungary, and Turkey; and has organized interdisciplinary, thematic exhibitions in non-profit venues in the Boston area. Recently she co-curated MINDmatters at Laconia Gallery; and Vessel as Metaphor and, Waterfall (a benefit show for WaterAid) at the Nave Gallery, Somerville.

Ellen Schön Abbe Schriber is a writer and curator based in Brooklyn. Currently, she works in the curatorial department at The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she is organizing StudioSound: OJO, an original audio project for the museum’s front lobby on view in spring 2011. She is a regular contributor for several online publications, including Art Critical and the new literary magazine Full Stop. She holds a BA in Art History from Oberlin College, where she additionally co-curated the exhibitions To Make Things Visible: Art in the Shadow of World War I and Envisioning Edo’s Splendor: 'The Floating World' and Beyond.

Ellen Schön Marco Scotini is the Director of Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) in Milan and an independent curator and art critic for such publications as Flash Art and Moscow Art Magazine. He is also one of the founders of Isola Art Center in Milan for which he curated a number of exhibitions, including "Art-chitecture of Change" and "the People's Choice." Other exhibitions he has curated include "NetworkingCity" (Florence), "Revolutions Reloaded. Laboratory" (Milan-Berlin) and "Disobedience. An ongoing video library" (Berlin-Prague-Mexico City). Additionally, he currently is the curator of the Gianni Colombo Archive in Milan. 

Margaret Shiu Tan Margaret Shiu Tan is the Director of Bamboo Curtain Studio in Taipei County, Taiwan. The studio provides working space and equipment for ceramists, sculptors and mixed media artists; consultative, research and implementation services for arts related projects; production of site-specific arts in public spaces; and space for experimentation and development of multi-media art.


Joanne Silver, who is the New England correspondent for ARTnews magazine, was the art critic for the Boston Herald for 18 years and has written extensively for The Providence Journal, Patriot Ledger, The Concord, New Hampshire Monitor and Albany Times Union.

Micah SilverMicah Silver is an artist, composer and curator working in music and its intersections with other areas of cultural production. As a curator and co-conspirator in the work of other artists, Silver has served as an Associate Curator at the Diapason Gallery for Sound, Administrator of The Earle Brown Music Foundation, Director and Conductor of the Wesleyan New Music Ensemble and currently is the Experimental Music Curator for the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His own works have also been preformed both nationally and internationally, including The End of Safari, a commissioned installation-opera for Mass MoCA.

Janet Simpson is the Executive Director of the Kansas City Artists Coalition. Trained as an artist, she also has served as a nominator and panelist for such organizations as the Kansas City Avenue of the Arts and the Charlotte Street Awards, and currently serves on a number of committees and boards, including the Kansas City Visual Arts Consortium, the Creative Capital Foundation Professional Development Selection Panel and KC Artist LINC.

Micah Silver Joel Slayton is the Executive Director of ZER01 and a professor at San Jose State University where he is Director of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media, an interdisciplinary academic program in the School of Art and Design dedicated to the development of experimental applications involving information technology and art. Joel also serves on the Board of Directors of Leonardo/ISAST (International Society for Art, Science and Technology), and was Editor and Chief of the Leonardo-MIT Press Book Series from 1999-2005.

Laura Smith Laura Smith is an Art Education facilitator who for the past three years has dedicated her art and passion to creating positive change with the people of El Salvador in their communities. After graduating from Umass Dartmouth with a BFA in Elementary Art Education, she has worked as an art teacher and community-based artist. During her time with ArtCorps, she has worked with women, youth and staff of FUNDAHMER, a Salvadoran NGO, to explore the power of art and creativity in personal and social transformation. She works with a wide range of visual arts techniques and enjoys bringing play and body movement into her workshops.

Doris Sommer Doris Sommer is the Ira Jewell Williams, Jr., Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and in African and African American Studies at Harvard University. She is widely published and also the Director of Cultural Agents, whose mission is to promote the arts and humanities as social resources. Cultural Agents foster creativity and scholarship that measurably contribute to the education and development of communities worldwide. Identifying creative agents of change, reflecting on best practices, and inspiring their replication, Cultural Agents show that creativity sustains healthy democracies by developing the moral imagination and resourcefulness in citizens.

Maggie StarkMaggie Stark is a Boston artist whose work has been shown throughout the region, including at the Nielsen Gallery in Boston, Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, ME. For nine years she was a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery and has been an artist-in-residence at the Corning Museum of Glass, the Millay Colony and the Vermont Studio Center, among others. She was recently awarded a Cultural Fellowship from the Goethe Institute in Berlin and an Artist Residency Fellowship at the Haslla Art World Museum in South Korea. For over a decade she directed the Nesto Gallery, overseeing its renovation and expanding its scope. She is currently on the faculty at Milton Academy.

Caitlin Strokosch Caitlin Strokosch is the Executive Director of the Alliance of Artists Communities. Prior to joining the Alliance, Caitlin managed several nonprofit professional music ensembles in Chicago; and she worked for a PR firm specializing in nonprofit arts organizations, including the National Youth Orchestra Festival and the Stradivarius Society. She has been a guest speaker and lecturer at conferences and colleges around the country, including Columbia College Chicago, Roosevelt University, Brown University, Roger Williams University, and the Rhode Island School of Design on a range of topics - from grant-writing to contemporary music to intersections of art and architecture.

Yaohau Su Yaohau Su is the Director of AIR Taipei, Taiwan's premiere residency program, which oversees three very different and unique arts-in-residence campuses around the city of Taipei – the Taipei Artist Village, Grass Mountain Arts Village and Treasure Hill Arts Village. She also teaches arts administration at the National Taiwan Art University and National Taipei Normal University. In addition, since 2007 she has served on the Board of Trustees of the Contemporary Art Foundation, appointed by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City. Yaohua also consulates for the Taipei City Government's Public Arts Fund and the Visual Art Grant of the National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan.

Sarah Tanguy Sarah Tanguy is a curator at the ART in Embassies, U.S. Department of State. Established in 1963, AIE is an international program of exhibitions, collections and exchanges at over 200 U.S. diplomatic venues. As the primary arm of the U.S. government dedicated to international collaborative projects, ART in Embassies is seeking new partnerships between U.S. artists and their host countries to expand its mission of cultural diplomacy. Sarah is also an independent curator and critic, including a frequent contributor to Sculpture magazine.

Pamela Tatge Pamela Tatge is the Director of the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University where she has worked to re-imagine the role of artists in curricular and co-curricular life, including designing long-term residencies for choreographers Liz Lerman (Biology), Eiko Otake (East Asian Studies & History) and Ann Carlson (Environmental Studies). Most recently, she mounted Feet to the Fire, an 18-month exploration of climate change through the arts, that included pedagogical exchanges between artists and scientists; and two major festivals that included performances, visual art exhibitions and installations, and commissioned works by student, faculty and visiting artists. With her colleague, Sam Miller, she co-founded the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance set to launch in Summer, 2011.

Karola Teschler Karola Teschler is the Director of the European Artists Association, based in Velbert, near Essen, Germany. The organization accepts international members and has held symposia/residencies since 2003 in Germany and other countries. Exhibitions have usually followed the program, which give international exposure to resulting works. The European Artists Association holds a two week residency program/symposium in Essen, Germany around the theme of intercultural dialogue.

C. David Thomas C. David Thomas graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with an MFA in printmaking in 1974, and is currently Director of the Indochina Arts Partnership. He joined the U.S. Army in 1968, and was sent to Pleiku, South Vietnam, as a combat engineer/artist. In 1987, he returned to Vietnam for the first time. Since then he has made more than seventy-five trips to Vietnam to do research and conduct programs of cultural exchange between the United States and Vietnam. In 2000 he was awarded the "Vietnam Art Medal" by the government of Vietnam in recognition of his contributions to the arts in that country. He received a Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant in 2002 to conduct his work in residence in Hanoi and designed the book HO CHI MINH - A Portrait, published in 2003. He has had over thirty-one person and hundreds of group exhibitions over the past thirty years.

E. Tornai Thyssen E. Tornai Thyssen is an art historian and curator, whose research interests are in American art and its intersections with artists and movements in former Soviet block countries. Among her curatorial projects are "Insights into Suburbia," a traveling exhibition for the National Association of Women Artists, with Penny Dell. Currently, she teaches at Montserrat College of Art.


Mkrtich Tonoyan Mkrtich Tonoyan is an Armenian artist, president of the AKOS Cultural NGO, founder and director of ACOSS (Art Center of Social Studies) and Art Commune, both of which arena artists-in-residence program, and a member of Artists' Union of Armenia.





Mkrtich Tonoyan Thomas D. Trummer is the Curator of Visual Arts at Siemens Stiftung, Munich. Previous positions include the Hall Curatorial Fellow at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; the Curator for modern and contemporary art at the Oesterreichische Galerie Belvedere (Vienna) and Guest Curator at the Graz Kunstverein. Among his curated exhibits are Egon Schiele and the Round Table, Belvedere Vienna; Voice & Void, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; I Repeat Myself When Under Stress, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit; Several Silences, Renaissance Society, Chicago; Actors & Extras, Brussels; Coral Visual, Casa de la Cultura, Buenos Aires; The Science of Imagination, Ludwig Muzéum Budapest, Artistic Research, MIT; and Before The Law, Ludwig Museum Cologne. Besides his curatorial work ,Trummer was a Visiting Scholar at MIT's Program in Art, Culture and Technology; Visiting Professor at the University for Applied Arts Vienna and Visiting Professor at the University for Art and Design, Linz. He also has edited various books on art and published widely on issues of contemporary art and aesthetics.

Nicholas Tsoutas Nicholas Tsoutas is currently the Zelda Stedman Lecturer in Visual Arts at the Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Previously he has been the Director of major residency centers/programs across Australia including Artspace Visual Arts Centre, the Casula Powerhouse as well as The Instititute of Modern Art and Performance Space. He has contributed extensively nationally and internationally to the global discussions on residencies and residency centers and has been an Executive Board Member of Res Artis, the international artist residency network for almost a decade.

Hans Tutchku Hans Tutchku is the Director of Harvard University's Studio for Electroacoustic Composition and a member of the Ensemble for Intuitive Music Weimar. Prior to Harvard, he taught electroacoustic composition at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) in Paris and at the conservatory of Montbéliard. In 2003 he was the Edgar Varèse Guest Professor at the Technische Universität Berlin. He is the winner of many international composition competitions, including Bourges, CIMESP Sao Paulo, Hanns Eisler price, Prix Ars Electronica, Prix Noroit and Prix Musica Nova. In 2005 he received the culture prize of the city of Weimar.

Julie Upmeyer Julie Upmeyer is an artist and initiator based in Istanbul, Turkey. After a three-year nomadic life - working in India, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands and Greece, she moved to Istanbul in 2006. She is website editor for Res Artis, the worldwide network of artist residencies, and co-director and initiator of Caravansarai, an independent project space, meeting point, collaborative production space and artist-residency in Istanbul.

Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas have established an international reputation for socially interactive and interdisciplinary practice exploring the conflicts and contradictions posed by the economic, social and political conditions in the former Soviet countries. Combining the tools of new and traditional media, their work frequently involves collective activities such as workshops, lectures, debates, TV programs, Internet chat-rooms and public protests that stand at the intersection of art, technology and social criticism. They are the cofounders of JUTEMPUS interdisciplinary art program, VILMA (Vilnius Interdisciplinary Lab for Media Art), VOICE, a net based publication on media culture; co-founders of the Transaction Archive and the co-directors of the award winning Pro-test Lab Archive. They have exhibited at the San Paulo, Berlin, Moscow, Lyon and Gwangju Biennales – and Manifesta and Documenta exhibitions – among numerous others, including a solo show at the Venice Biennale and MACBA in Barcelona. Awards include the Lithuanian National Prize (2007); a fellowship at the Montalvo Arts Center in California (2007/08); Prize for the Best International Artist at the Gwangju Biennale (2006) and the Prize for the best national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2007).

Ilgim Veryeri-Alaca Ilgim Veryeri-Alaca is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Visual Arts at Koç University in Sariyer-Istanbul. She has lectured and taught workshops on Turkish culture and cross-cultural perspectives, written extensively on printmaking, book arts and international artist residences as well as is an artist who has exhibited widely in Turkey, the United States, Italy, Georgia, Germany, Poland and Bulgaria.


Judith Vichniac Judith Vichniac is the Associate Dean of the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program. An expert on Western European politics and more recently history and memory, Vichniac has taught courses on social and political theory, political sociology, history and memory, and French politics. She is the author of The Management of Labor: The British and French Iron and Steel Industries 1860-1918 and an edited collection, Democracy, Revolution and History, coedited with Theda Skocpol, George Ross and Tony Smith. She has contributed essays to a number of journals and books on many topics including "Religious Toleration and Jewish Emancipation;" "French Socialists and Droit à la Différence: A Changing Dynamic" and "Jewish Identity Politics and the Scarf Affairs in France."

Deb Todd Wheeler Deb Todd Wheeler is an artist who has served on the Fulbright Selection Committee for Sculpture and Installation Art. For her own work, Wheeler is a recipient of a LEF Contemporary Work Fund Artist grant in inter-media, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Sculpture and Installation and an Artist Resource Trust Grant.She is also on the Graduate Faculty of the Art Institute of Boston and teaches in the 3D Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Jessica Tamsin White Jessica Tamsin White is a Curator, Art Education facilitator, and Writer. She is founder of several international art projects in Austria, Japan and UK that explore the central importance of breaking conventions and stereotypes in visual representation. Among other activities, in Vienna, she has been developing a variety of creative projects in association with Michael Wimmer at EDUCULT in the Museums Quartier, and is currently co-curating (with Julian Stallabrass of the Courtauld Institute of Art) a photography exhibition of Afghani civilians.

Faith Wilding is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and educator and Professor of Performance Art at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Wilding has beenon the Graduate Faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts since 1992. She is also a co-founder of the feminist art movement in Southern California, and has exhibited in solo and group shows for forty years in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and Southeast Asia. Her work addresses the recombinant and distributed bio-tech body in various media including 2-D, video, digital media, installations and performances. Wilding co-founded and collaborates with subRosa, a reproducible cyberfeminist cell of cultural researchers using BioArt and tactical performance in the public sphere to explore and critique the intersections of information and biotechnologies in women’s bodies, lives and work.

Yeb Wiersma Yeb Wiersma is an artist, who has served as an artist-in-residence at many programs, and is a frequent Workshop Presenter for Trans Artists. Trans Artists is the leading resource for information about international artist-in-residency programs as well as other opportunities for artists to stay and work elsewhere 'for art's sake'. Trans Artists operates mainly from the artists' perspective and usually cooperates with a wide range of partners throughout the world. Trans Artists makes the enormous labyrinth of residencies accessible and usable to artists through its website, newsletter, research and workshop programs.

Margaret Wyszomirski Dr. Margaret Wyszomirski is a faculty member at Ohio State University of both the Department of Art Education and the School of Public Policy and Management. She has served as staff director for the bipartisan Independent Commission on the National Endowment for the Arts, as director of the Office of Policy Planning, Research and Budget at the National Endowment for the Arts, and as director of the Graduate Public Policy Program at Georgetown University. She joined the faculty of the Federal Executive Institute of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in 1988. Professor Wyszomirski has been on national advisory committees for a Foundation Center analysis of arts funding, for the economic impact study of arts and tourism conducted by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the National Center for Charitable Statistics. She was a founding member of the Research Advisory Committee of the American Council for the Arts, and was chairman of the steering committee for the 1997 American Assembly on "The Arts and the Public Purpose." She is currently chairman of the Research Task Force of the Center for Arts and Culture in Washington, DC.

Howard Yezerski Howard Yezerski is the Director of the Howard Yezerski Gallery, one of the leading contemporary art galleries in Boston. The gallery's primary focus is on contemporary photography, painting, and sculpture with a mixture of mid-career and emerging artists.



Tiffany Shea York Tiffany Shea York joined the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 2000 to manage the Artist-in-Residence program as well as all contemporary exhibitions, related materials and public programs. Since then she has worked with over 50 Artists from around the world and helped to realize nearly 20 exhibitions and artist’s projects at the Gardner. Before coming to the Gardner, she worked as a studio jeweler and co-founded and directed Boston’s White Elephant Gallery, which exhibited work of up-and-coming artists in all media.

Steven Zevitas Steven Zevitas is the Director of Open Studio Press. Open Studio Press was founded in 1993 as a vehicle for facilitating contact between artists and art enthusiasts. Their critically acclaimed periodical New American Paintings has featured the work of over 3000 painters from throughout the United States. While included painters receive international exposure, those with an interest in contemporary painting are provided with an invaluable resource for discovering new artistic talent.




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