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Melinda Faylor

Melinda Faylor, a native of Queens, New York, began piano at the age of four at the School for Strings. She received her BM from the Oberlin Conservatory in the studio of Robert Shannon, where she was the recipient of the Dean’s Talent Award. She received her MM in piano performance at the Manhattan School of Music, with help from a Masonic scholarship, in the studio of Dr Arkady Aronov. Ms Faylor has experience as an accompanist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist and solo pianist. She has also studied with John Nauman and Elyane Laussade. Summer festivals include the Mannes College of Music IFCP and IKIF Festivals, as well as the Orford, Las Vegas, Tibor Vargas, and Ecole Normale de Musique festivals. She has worked extensively with electronic music and has performed with electronics as part of the SEAMUS and OCEAN festivals, the NYC International Fringe Festival, the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, Hofstra University, the Great Hall at Cooper Union, and at the University of Akron in Ohio. Her passion for contemporary music led her to join Oberlin’s CME (2000-2001) and the New York based TACTUS and Delancey ensembles (2003-2006) as well.

As a composer, Melinda’s song cycle Jouyssance Vous Donneray was premiered at the international Luce Irigaray conference at Hofstra University by gifted soprano Tiffany Dumouchelle. From 2007-2009 Melinda was a founding member of Dames en Feu, a multimedia electronic cabaret/fire dancing ensemble for whom she also composed electronic and instrumental music.

In 2009-2010 she travelled throughout Australia and South East Asia, studying Gamelan in Bali, performing with violinist Michelle Cassumbhoy at St. John’s Southgate in Melbourne, and performing solo piano on 3MBS Classical Radio in Melbourne. Melinda has also been a member of Cultures in Harmony, a NY based NPO that brings classical music to developing countries and encourages cultural dialogue across boundaries through the use of music. In 2009 she travelled with CIH to the Philippines, where she gave master classes, taught private lessons, helped organize a production at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, gave an interview on the 98.7 DZFE classical radio station and performed chamber and solo music with other members of CIH.In 2010-2012 Melinda performed with Ensemble 212, Lunatics at Large, the Brooklyn Art Song Society and the Mimesis Ensemble. In 2010- 2011 she performed on student composition concerts at Queens College and NYU. In 2011 she was the musical director and arranger for White Bred, the musical, which enjoyed a limited run at the black box theater of the Red Room in the LES of Manhattan. Melinda is the director of ARETÉ, a contemporary chamber music series (2006-present). As artistic director of ARETÉ, Melinda produced a series of four concerts titled Get Your Gamel-on! (2011-2012) that explored the interaction of Western art music and popular music with Indonesian, specifically Balinese Gamelan. Then, in September of 2012, Melinda produced and performed in the seven concert, NYC-wide festival Cage Hop- a celebration of the life work of John Cage in honor of his Centennial. For Cage Hop, Melinda gave a full length interview on Dan Bodah’s show Airborne Event on WFMU, alongside percussionist and Cage Hop collaborator Frederick Trumpy.  Current projects include work with soprano Leighanne Saltsman, Philadelphia-based modern dance company Vervet Dance, and violinist Gillian Rivers. Melinda maintains a full private teaching studio in Brooklyn, and is the pianist and organist at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Mineola, LI.

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Hannah Smith

Multi-media and oft (accidentally) an installation artist with a working practise on mental health, specifically with an autobiographical focus on anorexia and borderline personality disorder. Recent Fine Art graduate from Liverpool School of Art and Design currently undertaking my first international residency at the Arts, Letters & Numbers Institute in NY. 

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Maria Negulescu

Maria Negulescu received her BFA from Mass Art in Boston with a concentration in printmaking in 2000. She has worked a lot in different print studios in Italy, Holland, Spain and still does projects from time to time in Berlin. In 2013 she did get the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant to attend Byrdcliffe in Woodstock NY. She is completing a book of 13 animal screen prints and hopes to publish it this year.

 

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Julia Rose Sutherland

Julia Rose Sutherland is a recent graduate from the Alberta College of Art and Design. She is an interdisciplinary artist who works in a large range of mediums such as large-scale sculpture, video, painting and textiles. Julia’s practice deals with ideas of place, identity, perception and family dynamics. Her most recent work deals with issues about drug addiction and mental health.

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Kristín Rúnarsdóttir

Kristín Rúnarsdóttir (b. 1984) is a visual artist living and working in Keflavik, Iceland.  She holds an M.A. from Bergen Academy of Art and Design, and a B.A. in fine art from the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include prik/ strik/ at the Living Art Museum, Reykjavik in 2015 and ‘Leikfléttur / Strategies at Reykjanes Art Museum, Keflavik in 2014.

Seeking inspiration in rules and organization, she bases her work on signs and markings associated with various areas where color and line are used to define spaces, ranging from playgrounds and sports stadiums to airfields, roads and parking areas. Another aspect of her artistic practice deals with the subject matter of travel and the experience of moving through natural landscape and built environment. 

Using clean-cut visual imagery that straddles the institutional and cold on the one hand and the personal and playful on the other, she creates complicated installations - often using tape to make line-drawings on floors and walls and integrating wooden constructions and painted sticks that are spread around exhibition spaces.

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Wong Wai Kiu , Jay

Wong Wai Kiu , Jay is a student who studies in MA in Fine art at Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2015. She also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the United Kingdom in 2011 and obtained a Bachelor Degree of Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University in 2013. Because she grew up in Hong Kong, one of world’s financial centers with a special political background, her artwork expresses the abstract relationships of the modern city and herself. She hopes to communicate her situations and experiences from her life, through her watercolour painting, ceramic and performance art, and hopes to uncover the subconscious meanings that can be forgotten or ignored by the people who live there.

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Jody Wissner

Jody Wissner (1993, NYC) is a photographer, diarist, writer, painter and dancer. She is a graduate of the Photography program of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

I take photographs of my life, myself, and those around me to challenge conventions, to exorcise my vulnerabilities, to figure out the truest form of me.

I write about my environment as I move through my day and my life - how it changes and influences me and vice versa. I hoard these details. These scraps of writing often come to life, uncensored, by photographing a page of my journal. Other times, translated into a photograph or a short story.

I move and dance freely and intuitively, close my eyes and enjoy the pleasure that my body can bring along with its vulnerability. I seek to externalize these personal, inner experiences.

I do not know who I am nor do I understand my desire to make art. I make art to understand.
 

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Saskia Krafft

After her Art History studies at the University of Hamburg, Saskia Krafft received an BA from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and studied Fine Arts with a concentration in sculpture at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany. 


Her work is still strongly influenced by her artistic background of drawing and printmaking, but due to numerous field and research trips all over Europe, to Russia and the Middle East, her work turned into an interplay between the most different media by implementing sculptures, prints and architectural elements in installations. In 2015 she participated in the Study Abroad Program of the Multidisciplinary Arts Department of the Shenkar College in Israel and the General Fine Arts Program of the Maryland Institute College of Art in the United States. In 2017 she will continue her MFA graduate studies in the United States as a Fulbright scholar. 


She received grants of the Ditze-Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service and participated in exhibitions in Germany, Israel and the United States. 

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Vivi Violette

Vivi Violette Is an Australian visual artist based in Canberra, Australia. Vivi explores themes of identity, humanity and references her own life in her work while exploring a wide range of mediums. She studied drawing, painting, sculpting, film and installation and uses all of these in her professional art practice. Violettes' art spreads across mediums and genres however all her work has an autobiographical element.

 

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Emma Harling


Emma Harling, born 1989 in Gothenburg, Sweden, is a textile designer and artist currently based in New York City. 
 
She has an experimental approach to image making, combining a variety of mediums such as painting, printmaking, drawing, and is especially interested in fiber techniques historically regarded upon as women’s craft.
 
As a commercial textile designer, Emma has created prints for a wide variety of fashion labels, including but not limited to Alexander Wang, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, H&M, Gwen Stefani, Monki, Anthropologie, FILA, and Prabal Gurung. 
 
She co-founded gallery Nya Skolan in Gothenburg, and received the SWEA Mona Johnsson scholarship in 2014. She has exhibited in Sweden and in the United States.
 

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Katinka Igelberg

Born in Ystad Sweden in 1984. With an educational background in Photography, Art, Journalism and Graphics. Focusing mainly on art photography and poetry. For the past ten years, living and travelling abroad, working on both private and collaborative projects. With an extensive interest in dance, philosophy and human rights.

My work tend to touch subjects such as belonging, distance and sense of self in relation to the surrounding. I get inspiration thru out the meeting with new people and the encounter with strange places and unfamiliar ground. Currently working on a project focusing on light frequencies and geographic vibrations. 

 

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Bat-Ami Rivlin


Bat-Ami Rivlin was born in Israel in 1991. Rivlin received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work was featured in galleries in Israel and in the New York area including ‘Surface, Surface’, at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, ‘The Tide’, at the SVA Flatiron Gallery, Lorimoto Gallery’s Salon show, and the ‘One Earth One Consciousness’ exhibit at the BronxArtSpace. Her performance work was featured at the Torus Porta performance space.

Rivlin is the recipient of the SVA Fine Arts grant for 2014 as well as the recipient of the Bronze Casting grant for the MANA Contemporary Ben Keating Foundry. Her work was featured in online publications such as Float Magazine and Fashion-to-Israel. She completed the Sculpture residency at the School of Visual Arts in 2015, the Arts Letters and Numbers residency in Upstate New York, and will be attending the NARS foundation’s residency in Brooklyn in January 2017. She is currently working and creating in New York City.
 

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Yvonne Krystman

Yvonne Krystman, a contemporary artist born and raised in Poland, currently residing and creating in beautiful Cape Coral, Florida.

"My art does not come from a happy place; my art is leading there. Each piece I create is simultaneously a bridge from the past, where I’ve come from as well as a preview of the future, where I’m going.
It reflects many of my internal contradictions that I have been experiencing and trying to sort out my whole life. I have struggled for many years to fit in a box, to find the labels, to identify myself with a specific social group, philosophy or even belief system – it never worked out; so what if there is no box we can fit in?
In my recent works I have been exploring combining opposite or contradicting objects, textures and colors therefore often including rough or 3-d objects and glitter. Even though they represent my own battles and my own journey, I believe some of those feelings are universal.
I do not agree with society wanting us to define ourselves. I refuse to be limited by one particular style. I want to remain happily, positively undefined."

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Patricia Milton

Patricia Milton is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been performed in New York, Boston, Istanbul, San Francisco, and places in between. Her values are: laughter, candor, artistic excellence, determination, integrity, generosity, and feminism. She writes plays that encourage audiences to explore ethical questions and consider what is truly of value. She is a Resident Playwright at Central Works in Berkeley, CA.

As an artist-in-residence at Arts, Letters & Numbers, Patricia is immersed in writing a full-length play whose working title is "Without Mercy." The play examines the issues surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. and witnesses the effects of a woman’s murder on her surviving family members. Are some acts unforgivable? Is the death penalty justice, retribution, or a combination of these? How can victims – and society – best obtain peace after a violent act?

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Ida Liedl

I practice direct contact with simple materials and domestic processes for sublime ends. My paintings are places of improvisation and polarity. They are also translucent habitations for light. Skin-like and vulnerable, they bleed. Working with colour as a sentient phenomenon facilitates painterly regenerations of spaces and things by leading them beyond their fixed boundaries. These contemplative and/or quirky attempts at animism are indebted to dead romantics and modernists. They furnish utopian longings for a thriving culture of human experience

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Christine Finn

Christine Finn is an artist and creative archaeologist, born in Jersey, Channel Islands, in 1959. She works internationally across media and material, making a case for old ways in an age of accelerated innovation. She uses three main investigative practices - art, archaeology and reportage. As an artist, she works with site-specific installation, inspired by change over time, and displaced objects and people, She has exhibited and curated in the UK, Jersey, and Europe, and has a work on the WW2 bunker at Cape May, NJ. 

At ALN she is working with the drawings of the 19th c Danish photographer, Sophus Tromholt, an eleven year project, and developing her earlier work.

She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and a former Reuter Research Fellow at Oxford, with 40 years experience as a reporter and photographer. She has contributed to the BBC, Wired.com, the Guardian, and the UK Sunday Times, and edge.org. Since Artifacts: an Archaeologist's Year in Silicon Valley (MIT Press) she has presented widely on retro technology, including at Vintage Computer Festivals. Her other books include Past Poetic: Archaeology in the work of WB Yeats and Seamus Heaney (2004), her Oxford doctorate. 

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