Natalie is a painter and poet who creates paintings through layers of paint of the human condition. Her art considers methodology, emotion, and craft. They are stylistic, impassioned, and rebellious to the face of contemporary art. Her focus especially centers towards visualizing the female experience, beginning with her own.
Joe Poon is a full time high school art educator and a conceptual artist. He works primarily in video and installation, but counts performance (as teacher) and social practice as contemporary forms of expression as well. He is concerned with deep metaphysical, philosophical, and esoteric topics, but knows that life can't be taken this seriously and that however you live your life at the present moment is all that matters. Much of his work is found within his interior soul, as he spends a lot of time thinking about works he would like to create and indulges in self-satisfaction with these ideas. Some works take form (and are built, painted, or filmed) and he decides to submit them to open calls or try to get them to be displayed or viewable by a public audience. He enjoys teaching art "by day", and his main teaching goals are to inspire students to just make art for their own sakes. "The only artist you need to be better than is the one you were yesterday" is the mantra in his classroom. Joe attempts to, and might fail at times, to construct an environment where the art-making is not comparative or competitive, but rather uplifting, collaborative, and experimental. In his pedagogical experiments, he has introduced elements/skills of compromise, and empathy as ideal forms of learning and the habit of self-assessment and reflection as vital to life's greatest pursuits.
A 2010 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors, Darryl Lauster is an Intermedia artist, writer, and a Professor of Sculpture at the University of Texas Arlington. He has exhibited nationally at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the National Metal Museum, the Cameron Museum of Art, the Urban Center for Contemporary Art, the John Michael Kohler Foundation and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, as well as internationally in Berlin, Paris, London and Rutten. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, McNeese State University and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
His writing has been published by Gulf Coast, Art Lies, Crack the Spine, Esthetic Apostle, The Conversation, the Art Journal Open and his first novel, Rites of Passage, was published by Creators Press in 2017. His work investigates the American past and present, and hinges on the tensions between the truth and fiction as it informs our understanding of history.
A playful artist from an early age, Marie Claire began to create work with a theatrical flair when she discovered puppetry while studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She then immersed herself in storytelling and visual performance and has created six original puppet shows to date. Having worked with artists ranging from Naomi Fisher to Lyon Hill, Marie Claire has had the opportunity to learn about concept, process, and perseverance from many notable creators. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from MICA in 2017 with a BFA in Fibers, and she now resides and works in Los Angeles, where she is a member of the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry.
Colleen Keough is a Trans-Disciplinary Hybrid Media artist working in lens and time-based media, performance, installation, sound/music, creative writing, and digital art. Her integrated media works explore feminist new media themes through the intersection of pop culture, identity, myth and technology. Her works have been included in national and international exhibitions and festivals including the Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, Greece / Galway International Arts Festival Galway Ireland / Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space Prague, Czech Republic / Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens, OH / Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University Tempe, AZ / Yan Gerber International Arts Festival Weichang County, China / Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY / Loop Video Art Festival, Barcelona, Spain / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA / Kennedy Museum of Art Athens, OH, Museum of Contemporary Art Bogota, Columbia, and the E-Poetry Festival London / Kingston Upon the Thames, UK. She completed undergraduate studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, & DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and earned an MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from NYSCC Alfred University in New York. Keough is a full-time Lecturer in the Department of Art at UMASS Amherst in Massachusetts.
Frida Braide is an artist who mainly works with photography. In a search for new methods to ‘read the city’, Braide makes works that can be seen as self-portraits. Sometimes they appear idiosyncratic and quirky, at other times, they seem typical by-products and marketing.
Her photos appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, past and present fuse. Time and memory always play a key role. By parodying mass media by exaggerating certain formal aspects inherent to our contemporary society, she investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.
She is currently studying a bachelor in fine art photography at the university of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Rachel Van Wylen graduated from Gordon College with a B.A. in Art and English in 2007. While at Gordon, she participated in a study abroad program in Orvieto, Italy. After graduating, she went to The New York Academy of Art, where received an M.F.A. in Painting in 2009. While in New York City, she also studied at the New York Art Students League. In the years since then, she has taught at a number of schools and arts organizations, including Boston Trinity Academy, the Menino Art Center, and Spring Arbor University. She is currently the Art Department Chair at The White Mountain School, in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, where she resides.
In 2015, she was the winner of the Loeschner Competition at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, one of the most significant sculpture collections in the Midwest. Her winning piece is now part of the museum’s permanent collection. Rachel has also shown her work throughout the Midwest, the Northeast, and Italy. A partial list of venues where she has shown her work includes Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, OH; The Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery at the Vytlacil Campus of the New York Art Students League in Sparkill, NY; The Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon; MI, the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, MI; the Art Gallery Le Logge in Assisi, Italy; the Scarab Club in Detroit, MI; and the Mystic Museum of Art in Mystic, CT.
Stacy Seiler is a multi-disciplinary artist, journalist and design educator based in New York City. Her work explores the psychological impact that architecture plays upon its inhabitants in states of both presence and absence. Beginning with a deep-dive into the history and antiquated technology of defunct 19th and 20th century industrial structures, Stacy’s practice utilizes drawing, cut paper collage, photography, digital print and sculptural objects as a means of channeling the past into the present. Her desire is to communicate the importance of architectural preservation within our culture and spark a curiosity for viewers to investigate the compelling history contained within each structure. Stacy received her BFA in Fine Art with a minor in Art History from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA in Drawing from Parsons School of Design. She has exhibited internationally in notable institutions, including Sotheby's, CH, The Guggenheim Estate, Fashion Institute of Technology, The Swiss General Consulate, NY, The National Arts Club and The Painting Center.
In addition to her art practice, Stacy is the Art Editor of IRK Magazine, Paris for which she conducts interviews and writes feature articles on the work of innovative artists and designers from around the world. Stacy also holds an extensive background in design education and curriculum development. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design and has instructed courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons Paris and Drew University.
Liao Dean was born in Neijiang, a prefecture level city in China’s Sichuan Province. After immigrating to the US, he spent the majority of his childhood and adolescence in the Mid-Atlantic where he gained his foundation in formal artistic training under former MICA Professor Karl Connolly. Upon graduating with a degree in Economics from the University of Chicago, he traveled to Paris where his attention returned to visual art. Following a period of working in marketing firms in New York and London, he abandoned corporate life to focus on his artistic practice and moved to Los Angeles where he studied under several leading contemporary realists such as Zin Lim, Emilio Villalba, and Casey Baugh.
His current sculptural work explores and examines the contemporary relationship between data and epistemology and seeks to reconcile the overwhelming experience of navigating an increasingly cluttered landscape of pablum and information. His current paintings and mixed media works incorporate elements of traditional Chinese Landscapes and Abstract Expressionism in an effort to examine his personal history and liminal immigrant experience. Outside of the art world, he draws inspiration from numerous fields and disciplines including abstract mathematics, musical performance and composition, contemporary poetry and literature, movement and athletics, and gastronomy.
His work has been featured in numerous journals, publications, and group exhibitions and he is a frequent collaborator with the NOH / WAVE artist collective in Los Angeles, California where he currently works and resides.
Rachel Trusty is an artist, art educator, and independent curator originally from central Arkansas. Her artwork and research focus on traditional feminist art-making techniques, queer art history, and on gendered materiality. Rachel Trusty graduated the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR in 2006 with a BA in Art Education and from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA in 2011 with a MFA in studio art. She currently works as an online art instructor at the University of Arkansas Community College in Morrilton, AR while she pursues a PHD in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.
Ariana Martinez works across audio, animation, and sculptural installation to navigate the geographies that have shaped them. From their ancestral landscape of Lajas, Puerto Rico, to their mother's childhood Bronx neighborhood in New York City, and all of the many cities and towns where Ariana spent their childhood, Ariana looks to understand the reciprocal relationship between people and place. In 2017, Ariana graduated from the Brown University | Rhode Island School of Design Dual Degree Program with a B.A. in Urban Studies and a B.F.A. in Sculpture. In 2018, they were named a New Voices Scholar by the Association for Independents in Radio and received the Signal to Noise Award for experimental sound design from Gilded Audio and UnionDocs. Previously, they were an artist in residence with the New York Arts Practicum and at The Steel Yard in Providence, Rhode Island.
Anna is a recent graduate of the National Art School in Sydney, Australia. Her art making practice consists of making large scale dirt monochrome paintings to explore the roots of artmaking in conjunction with contemporary artmaking. She is interested in existential thinking, more specifically epistemological nihilism and the human experience of these concepts.
Anna's work explores the roots of art through monochrome dirt paintings and reflects on early human practices like cave painting.
She is wanting to further explore this idea through the lens of the human body, with the body as tool of art making and as site. She will explore the relationship between place and body and observe how the shedding of clothes can bring us back to a more primal state in which we lived in harmony and balance with the land.
Anna has been using raw pigment, primarily Australian ochres on canvas. However, she is planning to explore the raw earth of other places and its relationship to bare skin in order to reflect on how our ancestors would have interacted with raw earth as a pigment before concepts of censorship were developed.