CURATORS/ ARTIST/ THINKERS/ FILMMAKERS/ WRITERS/ PHILANTHROPISTS/ POLITICIANS
Cleveland Dean is a Chicago-based multi-disciplinary artist, interested in human psychology, social media and self-reliance. Also known as Jackson Pollock of Chicago, Dean’s body of work includes black on black abstract expressionist paintings, drip paintings and a range of sculptures and installation works.
Cleveland went to Illinois State University after he finished high school but had to put things on hold, as he became a father of two children. Later he attended Harrington College of Design and took a drawing class as his love for the arts invigorated. Today, Cleveland’s work is his response to complex psychological topics manifested in abstract and conceptual ways, based on his studies of philosophy, sociology and psychology.
Barry McGee is a highly respected and admired individual who counts his followers amongst skaters, graffiti artists, and even surfers as well as the more traditional gallery audiences. His artwork has been presented in locations such as the Walker Art Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, UCLA Hammer Museum, and in the American streets as street art. At an early age, Barry began tagging in the neighborhoods of his surrounding cities. In the 1980s, he used the graffiti tag name “twist” throughout the streets of San Francisco. However, because his name was well known near his home city, he felt a deep need to expand to other areas, including places not traditionally known for promoting street art or graffiti—art galleries.
McGee found the change suited to him, and quickly rose to fame when he began working as an artist for the more diverse audience found within the traditional gallery space. By then, his prototypical graffiti character with sagging eyes on a bemused expression had become an iconic trademark. He also served as a high influence within the urban art scene and street art community. Barry is often regarded as one of the first street art pioneers to paint within gallery walls.
A Chicago native with a childhood steeped in performing and visual arts training, Sadie Woods has had an exciting career, showcasing her talents everywhere from academia to nightclubs, boutiques to museums as an award winning artist, curator, and dj. Her practice includes sonic art and sound design, deejay performance, exhibition making, and collaborations within communities of difference.
Sadie has been a participant of Ecole du Magasin Curatorial Program and Harald Szeemmann Independent Methodology Publication project, Grenoble, FR; Hyde Park Art Center Program; ACRE Artist-In-Resident; Arts + Public Life Resident Curator; Nichols Tower Homan Square Resident Artist; High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist; Chicago Artists Coalition's HATCH Projects Resident Curator; Independent Curators International Collaborator, Dakar, SN; Bemis Center for the Arts Artist-In-Residence Program recipient; Terrain-Hatch Projects Resident Curator; Terrain Biennial Curator and Artist; Ragdale Foundation Artist-In-Residence. She has exhibited her work at Adds Donna; Chicago Cultural Center; Art NXT Level Projects; Compound Yellow; Washington Project for the Arts; The Submission; Roman Susan Gallery; Krasl Art Center. She has had featured curatorial projects at Special Exhibitions EXPO; Gene Siskel FIlm Center Exhibition Program, among others. Sadie is the co-founder of White Label DJs and The Petty Biennial. Sadie received her BA from Columbia College in Music and MFA from The School of the Art Institute in Sound, and is currently a Resident DJ at The Kimpton Gray Hotel rooftop lounge Boleo and Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute.
Joshua Bee Alafia
Joshua Bee Alafia graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1995 with a BA in Theatre Arts/Film. He currently is a filmmaker and has worked as a teaching artist teaching film, capoeira, tai chi and teaches mindfulness practice through the Lineage Project. He is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leaders training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He currently teaches at New York Insight Meditation Center and leads the Brooklyn People of Color and Allies Meditation bimonthly sit every 2nd and 4th Monday at the Brooklyn Zen Center.
Adam Werbach is a lifelong activist, formerly serving as president of Sierra Club. Since then he has written bestselling books, including, “Strategy for Sustainability” for Harvard Business Press, and started mission-based companies, like Yerdle, which operates the gear buy-back program for Patagonia & REI. He recently co-founded a new Silicon Valley-based network to stop President Trump’s agenda and bring new voices forward. It’s called #WTF. On Twitter he’s @adamwerbach
Paul Miller (aka) Dj Spooky
DJ Spooky aka Paul D. Miller is a composer, multimedia artist, editor and author. His DJ MIXER iPad app has seen more than 12 million downloads in the last year. In 2012-2013 he is the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC starting this fall. He’s produced and composed work for Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, and scores of artists and award-winning films. Miller’s work as a media artist has appeared in the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and many other museums and galleries. His book Sound Unbound, an anthology of writings on electronic music and digital media is a best-selling title for MIT Press. He has been featured everywhere from Elle to CNN to SyFy.
Miller’s deep interest in reggae and dub has resulted in a series of compilations, remixes and collections of material from the vaults of the legendary Jamaican label, Trojan Records. Other releases include Optometry (2002), a jazz project featuring some of the best players in the downtown NYC jazz scene, and Dubtometry (2003) featuring Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Mad Professor. Another of Miller’s collaborations, Drums of Death, features Dave Lombardo of Slayer and Chuck D of Public Enemy among others. He also produced material on Yoko Ono’s recent album Yes, I’m a Witch. DJ Spooky’s multimedia performance piece Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica was commissioned by BAM for the 2009 Next Wave Festival; The Hopkins Center/Dartmouth College; UCSB Arts & Lectures; Melbourne International Arts Festival; and the Festival dei 2 Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. With video projections and a score composed by DJ Spooky, performed by a piano quartet, Terra Nova: Sinfornia Antarctica is a portrait of a rapidly transforming continent.
A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, Rebecca Solnit is a columnist at Harper's, a frequent contributor to the Guardian, and the author of twenty books including a trilogy of atlases and The Mother of All Questions, Hope in the Dark, Men Explain Things to Me; The Faraway Nearby; A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; and River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West.
N. Masani Landfair
I am an environmental artist that looks to take materials considered undesirable and redefine their worth and the meaning already contained within them. I use traditional collage and assemblage to create abstract social commentary, dream landscapes and spaces I consciously and subconsciously deal with every day.
I grew in the heavily industrial community of South Chicago which contrasted constantly with the teachings and ways of my Southern Grandparents that continued much of our culture from their transition through the Great Migration. These influence shaped my views of beauty and worth in the simple to complex dilapidation.
I have shown at the Museum of Science and Industry's Black Creativity Juried Exhibition (first place winner), South Side Community Art Center, Zhou B. Art Center, 33 Contemporary Gallery, Global Artist Project Member in Italy and Mexico, the San Francisco International Arts Festival, Prizm 2017, and Post11NINE. I work and live between Chicago and Northern Georgia.
Selected by the Albert Einstein Foundation as a contributor to Genius: 100 Visions of the Future, Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, author, artist, founder of The Webby Awards, and co-founder of two global initiatives, Character Day and 50/50 Day--unified days of film and discussion about important issues shaping our lives that unite over 100,000 live events. Character Day explores the science of character and 50/50 Day focuses on gender equity.
Tiffany’s films and work have received over 80 awards and distinctions including premieres at The Sundance Film Festival and being selected by The US State Department to use her films to represent America around the world. She serves on the Leadership Board of The Center on Media and Child Health at Harvard's Boston Children's Hospital and she is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute.
September Williams is an American physician-writer, bioethicist and filmmaker. Her work exist in a realm punctuated by the diversity of her clinical practice and life. Her debut novel is Chasing Mercury, a romantic suspense saga, with a significant part memoir, about families involved in human and environmental rights.She is a member of the National Writers Union (AFLCIO/UAW 1981), an affiliate of the International Federation of Journalists, and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.
She was an ASPEN (American Society of Enteral and Parental Nutrition) Surgical Fellow at Chicago Medical School; a Lowell T. Coggleshall Fellow at the University of Chicago MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics; and an American College of Geriatric Medicine /HRSA Clinical Geriatrics Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. She was a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute Fellow in Black Film, at the Zora Neal Hurston Center for the Documentary. Dr. Williams is a co-editor, author, and reviewer of books, articles and films related to medical and bioethical issues. As a bioethicist over twenty-five years, Dr. Williams has provided more than a thousand lectures and consultations in clinical and organizational bioethics.
Dr Deborah Windham
Dr. Deborah Windham is a Family Practice Physician and Entheogenic coach. She graduated from UCLA Medical School and trained at Harbor-UCLA County Hospital.After having practiced conventional western, pharmaceutical based medicine for years, she had an alternative medicine awakening.Lovingly known as "Dr Deb" she is dedicated to helping alcoholics, opiate addicts, depressed, PTSD, anxiety ridden patients, and psycho-spiritual seekers heal and bridging the gap between western, ancient plant, and high tech medicines.
She is working on a documentary film in Mexico about the dangerous aspects of the Ibogaine industry, and how they can combat the heroin crisis. She has 3 children, married for 35 years to an endovascular neurosurgeon, ambassador for Burning Man, and pioneer in the anti-"anti aging"(a leader in "pro-aging") movement and fashionista.
Dr. Mike North
A master of the “nano” world Mike earned a Ph.D. and Masters in Materials Science and Engineering, as well as graduating summa cum laude in Mechanical Engineering, from U.C. Santa Barbara. Mike’s scientific interests delve into specialties such as biomimetics, micro/nanofabrication, nanoscale microscopy and micro/nanomechanical characterization. His investigations in these areas have been published in leading scientific journals, including Advanced Materials and Nature. On the nano-artistic side, Mike uses cutting-edge nanofabrication techniques to create innovative micro- and nano-sculptures. Expanding on techniques used to make computer chips, he photolithographically patterns surfaces, carves out material using biased plasmas, deposits other materials such as titanium or platinum, and even grows nanostructures using a self-developed cleanroom technique. The entire final structure ends up being smaller than the width of a human hair (and Mike concedes that it probably requires a Ph.D. to understand what all this means!). Mike also has a knack for building large-scale avant-garde art, such as fire-breathing 90-mph dragon ships or classic BMWs loaded with computer-controlled fire-blasting cannons.
Dr. North’s unique mix of engineering and artistic skills combined with his charismatic personality led him to masterminding builds on Discovery Channel’s Prototype This! Responsible for co-developing the concept of the show and developing concepts for new inventions, Mike would then lead teams of crack inventors, builders and engineers to create never before seen spectacles of engineering. To accomplish these projects at breakneck speeds Mike pulls from all areas of science, technology and manufacturing. The inventions range from 6 legged all terrain vehicles to 30 foot tall waterslide simulators to lifesaving fire fighting equipment.
Matt Gonzalez was born in McAllen, Texas. He received his B.A. at Columbia University and J.D. from Stanford Law School. After a decade as a deputy public defender in San Francisco Gonzalez served a term on the 11-member Board of Supervisors. He thereafter co-founded a civil rights law firm Gonzalez & Leigh LLP and was Ralph Nader’s running mate in 2008. In early 2011 he returned to the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office as Chief Attorney.
Since 2006 he has exhibited artworks in a variety of Bay Area art venues including Park Life, Guerrero Gallery, Adobe Books, Lincart, Soap Gallery, Triple Base Gallery, Johansson Projects, 111 Minna Street Gallery, Smith Andersen Editions, Fecal Face Dot Gallery, and Meridian Gallery. He currently shows with Dolby Chadwick Gallery. Gonzalez serves on the National Advisory Board of Restore Hetch Hetchy and the Advisory Board of the Beat Museum in San Francisco.
David Anthony Geary
David Anthony Geary is a transdisciplinary artist working in a variety of mediums for the last 20 years. His visual training took place in New Orleans, LA at Xavier University. He remained in this uniquely attractive city to absorb as much of its great culture and heritage as he could. Culture and life experiences fill his work along with the discovery of newness.
Constantly pushing, searching and discovering the new while at the same time holding on to the old. It's not just an aspect of David's art but an aspect of his character that finds its way into the art. Communicating his perspective of the world around him through a visual language, he became fluent in many dialects of visual art. His work incorporates painting, printmaking, collage, assemblage, sculpture or photography.The nuance of the human experience, both the introspective and observed are an integral part of his process.
Libby Black is a painter and sculptural installation artist living in Berkeley. Her work is based on imagery culled from disparate sources like fashion magazines, snapshots, newspapers, and pop culture websites. She is interested in having the work chart a path through personal history and a broader cultural context to explore themes of impermanence and identity.
She has exhibited nationally, with such shows as “Bay Area Now 4” at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2005; “2004 California Biennial” at the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; and at numerous galleries in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Black has been an artist in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito and Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, Zink magazine, Flash Art, and The New York Times. She received a BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art in 1999 and an MFA at The California College of the Arts in 2001.
Michele Pred is a Swedish-American conceptual artist whose practice includes, sculpture, assemblage and performance. Her work uncovers the cultural and political meaning behind everyday objects with a particular focus on themes like equal pay, reproductive rights and personal security. In 2016 she received a Pro-Choice Leadership Award from Personal PAC in Chicago. She is a founding member of the artist run For Freedoms Super PAC. Recent group exhibitions include For Freedoms at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York and The Future is Female at the 21C Museum. Her work is part of the permanent collection at The Berkeley Art Museum, The 21st Century Museum, The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) New York, The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, The 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York, and is held in numerous corporate and private collections. Michele received her BFA from California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA.
Her work has been reviewed and featured by The New York Times, The New York Observer, The International Herald Tribune, ARTnews, Art in America, WIRED, American Craft Magazine, Huffington Post, Rachel Maddow, ReadyMade Magazine, TimeOut New York, Travel and Leisure Magazine, Associated Press Television, CBS Evening news with Katie Couric, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, NBC, ABC, The San Francisco Chronicle, Corriere della Sera (Italy), TV4 and Dagens Nyheter (Sweden). Michele Pred received her BFA from California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA.
“Asya is quietly developing conceptual strategies and physical structures in an effort to develop solutions to existing challenges.” -Zarur
Asya Abdrahman is a San Francisco-based mixed media and installation artist who considers the intersection of cultural identity, human rights and the environment in her work. Of Somali, Eritrean, and Ethiopian heritages, she fled her East African homeland during a time of regional wars. Abdrahman’s work promotes cultural and ecological survival, advanced through her use of human, natural, found, and recycled resources.
In addition to exhibiting her art, Abdrahman was the founder of Pay It Forward (PIF) Gallery in Oakland,CA. She regularly produces and curates exhibitions at the historic Red Victorian and contributes art and writing to Women Eco Artists Dialog. Her work was featured at Museum of African Diaspora in the exhibition Where Is Here. She is currently a co-founder of POST/11/9 The New Now [NOW] Collective Exhibition.
Dave Eggers is the author of many books, including The Circle, What Is the What, A Hologram for the King, and the forthcoming The Monk of Mokha. He is founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a humor website, and a journal of new writing, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern. McSweeney’s also publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world.
Trained as a painter, Eggers’s artworks have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Nevada Museum of Art, the Biennial of the Americas, and numerous other galleries and art spaces. Eggers is winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the TED Prize, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Autumn Elizabeth is a writer, scholar, and all-around outlaw. She has a M.A. in Literature from Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg and Université Paris Diderot and studied literature and creative writing with former Missouri Poet Laureate David Clewell at Webster University. She is a founder and main collaborator of the Alternative Justices Project, former EIC of Searching Sophia's Pockets, and currently working on a short fiction project called Outlaw Futures.
Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications including: When Women Waken, Cactus Heart, The Rumpus, and the Journal of Bisexuality. Additionally, Autumn’s visual/written crossover works have appeared in several exhibitions around the world Including the No Time for Time exhibit at the historic Red Victorian in San Francisco. Autumn lives and works on unceded Ohlone lands in Berkeley, CA.
Nellie King Solomon
Nellie King Solomon makes beautiful pictures of terrible things. Using unconventional materials and process Solomon’s abstractions are content in code. Solomon makes “painting that interrogate painting”. Her large-scale juicy color field abstractions have received excellent critical aclaim. Her work has been featured in Art in America, Huffington Post, Art Week, Wallpaper Magazine, Architectural Digest, Harvard Review, NYTheatre, Art Practical, Artdaily, ArtSlant, ArtBlitzLA, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, San Jose Mercury News, Sacramento Bee, BelleSF, TheMomsProject, and Zyzzyva and among other publications. Solomon has exhibited at; OchiProjectsLA, LA, Ochi Gallery, Sun Valley, Brian Gross Fine Art, and The Battery, San Francisco; MMFA, Palm Springs; N’Namdi Contemporary, Chicago, Detroit, and Miami, The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento. Her work has been collected by The Berkeley Art Museum and Steve Wynn.
Nellie King Solomon holds an MFA from California College of the Arts and studied architecture at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. She graduated with a BA in Art from University of California Santa Cruz. She has taught painting at Stanford University and drawing to both Art and Industrial Designer Majors at California College of the Arts. She was the Founder/Creative Director of the Young Artist in Residence (YAR) summer program at Montalvo Arts Center. She worked in Architectural Restoration in Venice on the Palazzo St Polo. She is a surfer and ex- ballet dancer with the San Francisco Ballet. After many years living in New York, Europe, and traveling extensively, Solomon, a third generation San Francisco native, returned to San Francisco paint. She is currently a co-founder of POST/11/9 The New Now [NOW] Collective Exhibition.
Favianna Rodriguez is an transdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and activist based in Oakland, California. Her work and collaborative initiatives address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. Favianna leads art interventions around the U.S. on intersection of art, social justice and cultural equity. She is the Executive Director of CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in immigrant rights.
In 2012, she was featured in a documentary series by Pharrell Williams titled “Migration is Beautiful” In 2016, she received the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship for her work around mass incarceration. In 2017, she was awarded an Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity for work around racial justice and climate change.
Barbara Stauffacher Solomon
Barbara Stauffacher Solomon is a San Francisco-based artist, graphic and landscape designer, and writer. Born in 1928, Solomon first worked as a dancer before studying painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute. After the death of her husband in 1956, Solomon moved to Basel, Switzerland to study graphic design at the Basel Art Institute with Armin Hoffman. She later studied Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley.
Best known for her interior Supergraphics of the 1960s Sea Ranch and her 1991 Ribbon of Light installation at the Embarcadero Promenade in San Francisco, her iconic style of mixing Swiss Modernism and West Coast Pop, pioneered the look of the California Cool - an important moment in graphic design history. Her works have been exhibited in galleries around the world from Paris to New York, and is currently on permanent exhibition at SFMOMA. Now in her 80s and still working on her craft, Barbara has turned her attention to a smaller canvas, creating pieces that tell not just one story, but many, and make a single page dance well beyond its borders.
Liz Walsh lives and works in Los Angeles California. Her practice focuses on landscape and technology. She has shown her work across the US as well as in South America and Europe.
GLENN ELLIS Sr. is a bioethicist, researcher, lecturer and president of Strategies for Well-Being, LLC., a global consultancy that specializes in health education, equity, disparities, advocacy, policy and communication.
Ellis has authored and co-authored papers in the American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Academic Medicine, the Journal of Philosophy and Ethics and the Journal of Healthcare, Science and the Humanities. He is also the author of Which Doctor? (2006) and Information in the Best Medicine (2012). In addition to a weekly syndicated health column, he also hosts a weekly public health program on Philadelphia’s WURD Radio. He did his undergraduate studies in Pre-Med at the University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Public Health (MPH) at the University of Liverpool.
Heather Wilcoxon lives and works in the Bay Area . She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1988. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her work is in several permanent collections including The American University Museum, Washington DC, The Fine Arts Museum, Auchenbach Foundation of Graphic Arts in San Francisco, the De Saisset Museum and Triton Museum in Santa Clara and the Di Rosa Preserve in Napa, California.
She has received several fellowship awards. Two from the Pollock/ Krasner Foundation,New York. Three painting grants from the Buck Foundation in Marin County and a residency fellowship from the Djerassi Artist Residency Program and The Stonehouse Artist Program in California. And just recently won the 2019 Distinguished Women in the Arts Award from the Fresno Art Museum.
Michelle Hartney is a Chicago based artist whose work addresses a broad range of topics, from women’s health issues, to the concept of heroes, love, and the cosmos. She works in a variety of materials, including fiber, wood, found objects, installation, community based interactive performance, and the internet. Her interest in using art to address social issues began during her graduate studies in art therapy at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was an Albert Schweitzer Fellow.
In 2015, she became the Chicago rally coordinator for the non-profit organization Improving Birth's nationwide Labor Day rallies, and created a performance and installation at Daley Plaza called Mother’s Right, a piece about the United States’ high rates of maternal mortality, postpartum PTSD, and obstetric abuse. Hartney founded the Women's Health Collective in 2016, an organization dedicated to utilizing creative approaches to raise awareness about women's health issues by linking artists, designers, writers, musicians, technologists, healthcare providers, and activists to work collaboratively on socially engaged, community based projects. Their first project, Kimberly Said No, collaboration with five Chicago actors, included a public performance that addressed an obstetric assault that was captured on film.
Wesaam Al-Badry was born in 1984 in Nasiriyah, Iraq. When Al-Badry was seven years old, at the outset of what became known as the Gulf War, Al-Badry’s mother fled on foot with her five children, including his three-day-old sister, as artillery shells fell around them. After hiking all night, sometimes through knee-deep mud, they arrived at a refugee camp in Saudi Arabia. In 1994, Al-Badry and his family were relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska after spending four-and-a-half years in a refugee camp. As a young man growing up in middle America, Al-Badry fiercely felt the disconnect between his experiences in Iraq and the refugee camps and his new American reality.
Al-Badry’s work focuses on capturing the dispossessed, the alienated and ultimately, human dignity. Al-Badry has worked for global media outlets, including CNN and Al-Jazeera America. His photographs have been featured in campaigns for the UNHCR, the ACLU, and other global organizations. While his work focuses on photo reportage and documentary, Al-Badry also creates multimedia art that challenges and investigates social norms. Al-Badry currently resides in San Francisco, where he is pursuing a BFA in photography at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Natasha Boas is a French American independent contemporary art curator, writer, and educator based in San Francisco and Paris. An adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts, she is a specialist in the art of the San Francisco Mission School, and has been involved in exhibitions at museums and galleries including the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Galerie Maeght, the American Center, and the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art. She is a Trustee of the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archives
Breaking away from stereotypes, Tatiana Rivas redefines traditional ideas of an artist and uses that to reclaim her presence of existing. Once lost and unfamiliar with herself, her reality is present in her art starting from her own interests, experiences, reality, and future. She pushes her own physical limits and does constant experimentation.
Through continuous experimentation with art can she find new ways to push herself and clarify her existence in the work she creates.Her works are a mixture of defining reality and magic, hopeful yet heartbreaking, infused with a sense of humor. Rivas is a fan of contemporary culture, pre-modern, black and white films and works from ancient civilizations, taking up inspiration from different eras and fitting into her own style. Through her works she can fly.
Micah Hyman is a dynamic thinker and charismatic speaker, able to engage with multigenerational audiences, Jews of varying levels of observance, and interfaith communities. Proven leader across varied institutions who has formed long-lasting community bonds and gleaned deep knowledge of the landscape of Jewish communal agencies. Committed to deep scholarship and a vision of pluralism for Jewish life in the broadest sense. Nahum Goldmann Fellow (2015), Shalom Hartman Rabbinic Leadership Fellow (2013), American Jewish World Service Leadership Circle.
Nancy Emilce Carvajal Medina
Nancy Emilce Carvajal Medina is a Colombian human being under construction. As an EFL/ESL teacher, her research has explored critical pedagogy/literacies, discourse analysis, and assessment. Her critical research is rooted in Chicana/o feminism and Indigenous epistemologies. Her current decolonial research intends to deconstruct the discursive construction of the “the homeless identity” within a US rural context. For the founder of “Knowledge in Action”, every individual is a door of possibilities.
Since getting a Master's Degree in art, Yvette Weijergang has been working at numerous places, mainly with adults, as a teacher and a mentor. In 1996 she moved from Amsterdam to the United States, where she continued her work in several art centers.
The place which had the most influence on her own work was Interact, a center for the visual and performing arts, in Minneapolis where Weijergang worked with adults with physical and mental challenges. She experienced it as a place so diverse, art so pure and original.
Currently she teaches at the Lillstreet Art Center, mentor other artists and continue working on her own paintings and drawings in her studio. Her work has been shown over the years in many galleries. At the moment both the Chicago Art Source Gallery and Connect Hyde Park Gallery feature her work.
Jeanette Alanis was born in Berkeley, California and grew up throughout the colorful and diverse East Bay Area. She went to San Francisco State University where she received Bachelor of the Arts in Art History with a minor in Latino/a Studies. Her passion lies in both art and art history along with exploring identity, participating in social justice involving the Latino community.dismantling patriarchy and borders.
She recently curated her first show titled, "Tatiana Rivas: In My Dreams I Fly" at San Francisco's The Red Victorian July 2017. She currently works at the GalerÍa de la Raza in San Francisco's Mission District where she helps keep the gallery's legacy alive as a space to display marginalized communities, of not only Latino, but also LGBTQ artists and artworks. As an advocate for marginalized people everywhere, she found herself as The [NOW] Collective's curatorial assistant.