Jillian is a trained creative arts therapist, installation artist, and classically trained ballet dancer. Jillian has danced at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, with The Miami City Ballet under the tutelage of Edward Villella and trained with The Boston Ballet. After acquiring a BA from New York University in Art History, Psychology, and Studio Art, Jillian earned her Masters of Professional Studies in Creativity Development and Art Therapy from Pratt Institute. She co-created and managed the first mental health program at University Settlement’s Children’s Corner in Brownsville, Brooklyn where she treated youth, ages two to four, through group and individualized play, dance, and art therapy. She co-created the first mental health program at The League’s Education and Treatment Center’s LAND Gallery, a studio and gallery space for adults with developmental delays; and she has worked in the inpatient acute psychiatric unit at NYU’s Langone Medical Center. She also worked as Director of Development at RxArt, a nonprofit organization that transforms sterile healthcare environments by commissioning contemporary artists to create site-specific installations. She performed in the 2017 Guggenheim’s Young Collectors Party with Quenton Stuckey. Jillian also performs with contemporary dance company FlucT+ at The Lever House in Upward Facing Control Table Top curated by Maccarone Gallery, Studio 94 and Performa; and at Secret Project Robot for Model Home, a performance art installation created by Monica Mirabile and produced by Secret Project Robot. She has performed and continues to work with choreographer Sigrid Lauren in pieces including Nike Dead Daddy Dog at Wild Project, and in The Spring Break Art Show in partnership with Kickstarter and Current Sessions at Skylight Moyinhan Station. Jillian choreographed and performed work in curator Sarah Kinlaw’s Living Library and has choreographed and performed in the piece Duality with Uta Bekaia in Susan Bartsch’s Art-A-Porter at Chashama. Jillian has built installations for Output, Paperbox, Glasslands and for Authority Figure directed by Sarah Kinlaw and Monica Mirable at The Knockdown Center. Jillian was Otion Front Studio’s September 2016 artist-in-residence, resident artist at BUOYRR summer 2017, and will be artist-in-residence at Arts, Letters and Numbers in October 2018.
Steven Bellosguardo fuses contemporary techniques with a traditional approach to sculpture’s original subject, the human figure. Utilizing mediums associated with modernist sculpture, figures are rendered from flat sketches on steel, cut out and assembled, creating an interplay between two- and three-dimensional elements. Bellosguardo builds abstract figures that explore ideas of what it is to be human, and the reciprocal relationship humans have with nature.
Bellosguardo was born in 1988 in Adelaide. He apprenticed as a Stonemason (third generation) from 2007 to 2010 and studied at the University of South Australia from 2014 to 2016 receiving a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Sculpture) in 2016.
Bellosguardo lives and works in Adelaide.