Department Chair, fine artist

Charles H. Traub is the founder and Chair of the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media program at the School of Visual Arts, and President of the Aaron Siskind Foundation for the support of creative photography. Traub is a former Chair of the Photography Department at Columbia College Chicago, where he organized the Chicago Center for Contemporary Photography, the predecessor to the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

A former Director of the Light Gallery in New York, he co-founded here is new york: a democracy of photographs, which received the Municipal Arts Society Brendan Gill Prize, the International Center of Photography Cornell Capa Infinity Award, and a Distinguished Service Award from the Children’s Aid Society of New York. His latest book, Dolce Via: Italy in the 1980s is now in its second edition, published by Damiani. His forthcoming book, Vision Anew: The Lens and Screen Arts is co-edited with colleague Adam Bell.

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Randy West

Department Director of Operations, fine artist

Randy West is an artist represented by the Bruce Silverstein Gallery. His work can be found in Gottfried Jager’s Concrete Photography, Aperture’s The Edge of Vision, and the Center for Creative Photography’s Sea Change: The Seascape in Contemporary Photography. The New York Times profiled his “New York Sky” pictures in September 2008. He has published two monographs, Bird Rabbit Snake and I Never Promised You Anything.

His photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; the Federal Reserve Fine Arts Collection; the Aaron Siskind Foundation; Pasadena Arts Commission; and Venice Collaborative.

West’s most recent projects are three architectural collaborations with the Venice Collaborative, rendered as permanent exterior designs on private buildings in California. These projects were featured in the exhibition “Enlightened Development” at the Art + Design Museum in Los Angeles.

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Adam Bell

Department Academic Advisor, photographer

Adam Bell is a photographer and writer who received his MFA in Photography and Related Media in 2004. His work has been widely exhibited, and his writing and reviews have appeared in numerous publications including Afterimage, The Art Book Review, Brooklyn Rail, fototazo, Foam Magazine, Lay Flat, photo-eye, and Paper-Journal. He has co-edited books including The Education of a Photographer and the forthcoming Vision Anew: The Lens and Screen Arts.

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Seth Lambert

Department Systems Administrator, fine artist

Seth Lambert is a visual artist living and working in New York. He earned his MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from The School of Visual Arts in 2007. He has shown work at Residue Gallery, Jersey City, New Jersey; Aperture Gallery, New York; and West Side Gallery, New York.

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Liz Zito

Department Coordinator of Special Projects, fine artist

Liz Zito is a multi-media artist and humorist based in Brooklyn NY. Zito uses her work as a tool to subvert main stream systems. Closely studying educational institutions, Zito’s work thinks critically about the evolution of art making in the age of the internet, using accessible information to reach informal audiences. Zito humorously dissects deeply ingrained power dynamics within politics, religion, pop culture and western civilization, creating work that lives happiest outside the confines of traditional art spaces. Zito's work have been featured in The Washington Post, NBC Nightly News, and The New York Times

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Brenda Hung

Department Assistant to the Chair, Fine artist

Brenda Hung is a sound healing therapist offering both private and group therapeutic sound sessions, 200 RYT, and mindfulness meditation teacher. She was first drawn to mindfulness practices as a way to slow down and work through her own anxiety in order to connect back to presence. In both a group class or private session, Brenda creates a nurturing space and invites students to explore the subtleties within themselves and to follow the guidance of their own inner teacher towards self-realization and acceptance. Brenda holds a BFA in Painting from Boston University and MA in Art, Education, and Community Practice from New York University and is always looking for ways of integrating the arts with contemplative practices to promote healing, balance, and well-being.


Shimon Attie

Fine artist

Shimon Attie is an internationally renowned visual artist, whose work spans photography, video, site-specific installations, public projects, and new media. Attie's work has been exhibited and collected by numerous museums around the world, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Centre Pompidou, and the Miami Art Museum, among many others. In addition, he has received numerous visual artist fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rome Prize, and a Visual Artist Fellowship from Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute. Several monographs have been published on Attie's work, which has also been the subject of a number of films, which have aired on PBS, BBC, and ARD. Most recently, Attie was awarded the Lee Krasner Lifetime Achievement Award in Art.

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Jan Avgikos

Jan Avgikos is a New York-based art critic, historian and curator. She is a Contributing Editor with Artforum International magazine, and is widely published. Her writings appear internationally in magazines, museum catalogues, and anthologies of critical writing. Recent and forthcoming texts include a monograph on Katy Grannan (Aperture Books), and an essay on Roni Horn for Dia’s ongoing series of collected lectures from the Robert Lehman series. She is a recipient of the Frank Jewett Mather Award, given by the College Art Association for distinction in arts criticism, and was a Mellon Fellow in graduate studies in art history at Columbia University. Ms. Avgikos is also an adjunct member of the faculty for the graduate visual arts program at Columbia University, and the graduate visual arts program at NYU.

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Kiki Bauer

Graphic Designer

Kiki Bauer is a Graphic Designer living and working in New York City. She has designed and art directed over 60 books. She won an Art Director's Club merit award, and has had books recognized by Photo District News, photo-eye, The Village Voice and the Golden Light Awards.

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Robert Bowen

Fine Artist, designer

Robert Bowen is a New York-based artist, filmmaker, photographer, and writer with a pioneering technical background in computer graphics. His current work, Recovering Lost Architectural and Cinematic Volumes of Lower Manhattan (1851-2014), explores the changing physical volume of Lower Manhattan through time, and The Long Island House is an experimental film shot at a perceptual research station designed by Arakawa + Gins.

His work has been published in Inflections, paisea, Cabinet magazine, Art of the Digital Age, and shown at UCLA, as well as at Spectrum and the Maysles Cinema in New York.

In 2013, he cofounded the Elvis Zapp Urban Film Festival (EZUFF), an experimental film festival bridging experimental architecture, experimental film and experimental music. His latest lecture, addressing the invention of the photographic moving image and the depth image, was recently presented at New York’s Penumbra Foundation.

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Ed Bowes

Filmmaker, writer, video artist

Ed Bowes is a writer, director and cinematographer, who has been making his own movies for over three decades. His first movie Romance was the first full-feature-length narrative shot in black & white video. Subsequent movies have included Better, Stronger and Spitting Glass. Bowes worked overseas after the Berlin Wall came down for the Soros Foundation’s Open Society Fund and Interviews, consulting and training at independent television stations in Bosnia, Khazakstan, Russia, Armenia, Croatia, and Macedonia.

Bowes has received awards from the NEA, NYSCA, the Rockefeller Foundation, and was awarded a 2010 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. He lives in New York City and spends summers in Boulder, Colorado working on his movie projects.

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Elinor Carucci

Fine Artist, photographer

Born 1971 in Jerusalem, Israel, Elinor Carucci graduated in 1995 from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design with a degree in photography, and moved to New York that same year. Represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery, her work has been included in solo shows at Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York; Fifty One Fine Art Gallery, Antwerp; James Hyman Gallery, London; Gagosian Gallery, London, and in group shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and The Photographers' Gallery, London.

Her photographs have been acquired by, among others, the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum; and the Houston Museum of Fine Art. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Details, New York Magazine, W, Aperture, and ARTnews.

She was awarded the 2001 ICP Infinity Award, a 2002 Guggenheim Photography Fellowship, and a 2010 NYFA Photography Fellowship. Carucci has published three monographs to date: Closer (Chronicle Books 2002), Diary of a Dancer (SteidlMack 2005), and MOTHER (Prestel 2013).

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Tak Cheung

Product Designer

Tak Cheung is a product designer and educator in New York City. His experiences include designing street-scape furniture and exhibition design at Rogers Marvel Architects, limited edition products at Fabrica - United Colors of Benetton's communication research center in Italy, and home accessories at Martha Stewart Omnimedia. He received his undergraduate degree from Parsons' product design department and graduate degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. He is one of the co-founders and executive director of Nerdy Derby Inc., an educational nonprofit aimed to explore STEAM-based learning for all communities. He also works and teaches at the Visible Futures Lab, a digital fabrication lab at the School of Visual Arts.

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Natasha Chuk

Natasha Chuk was born in Monterrey, N.L. in Mexico, grew up in the U.S., and is now a New York City-based scholar and independent curator whose research focuses on technology, interface, and perception in media objects as systems of language with particular attention to their affordances and limitations. She holds a PhD in Media and Communication Philosophy, an MA in Media Studies, and a BA in Cinema Studies. Her first book, Vanishing Points: Articulations of Death, Fragmentation, and the Unexperienced Experience of Created Objects (Intellect Ltd., 2015), examines, through the lens of critical theory and continental philosophy, the relationship between presence and absence across a variety of media, including film, photography, and video games. Her essays have also appeared in Dissect Journal, First Person Scholar, and Interartive. She teaches courses in film studies, digital cultures, and media aesthetics at the School of Visual Arts and The New School. Natasha also chairs the Computer Culture area at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association annual conference, which meets in Albuquerque, NM.

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Liz Deschenes

Liz Deschenes is a contemporary visual artist whose work explores the materials and properties of photography, light, and perception, often in relation to the architectural environments within which they are displayed. Her work is in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, France; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, as well as The Art Institute of Chicago; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art; and the Corcoran Museum of Art and Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Center in Washington, D.C.

She has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad, including solo shows at Campoli Presti in Paris and London (2013); Secession, Vienna (2012); Sutton Lane, Brussels (2010); and Miguel Abreu Gallery in New York (2009). Deschenes' work has been included numerous group exhibitions including "What is a Photograph?” curated by Carol Squiers at the International Center of Photography in New York (2014), "Cross Over: Photography of Science + Science of Photography" at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2013), and the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Her first monograph was published in 2012 in conjunction with her exhibition at Secession, Vienna.

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isaac diggs

Isaac Diggs is a photographer and educator. A native of Cleveland, OH, Diggs received his B.A. in English Literature at Columbia University and his M.F.A. in photography from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. He has received support from the Asian Cultural Council, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Puffin Foundation. His work, which is rooted in a committed exploration of the everyday, has been exhibited in the United States and Japan, and is a part of the collections of the New York Public Library, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz, and the Walker Art Center, among others. Diggs has taught at the School of Visual Arts since 2000.

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Maureen Drennan is a photographer born and based in New York City. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC, the Tacoma Art Museum Seattle, Washington, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Aperture, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Centotto Gallery, Transmitter Gallery, Mrs. Gallery and the Newspace Center for Photography, amongst others. Her images have been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, California Sunday Magazine, Huffington Post, Photograph Magazine, Photo District News, American Photo, UK Telegraph, Refinery 29, and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

She currently teaches at LaGuardia Community College in New York City.

Simin Farkhondeh

Simin Farkhondeh is an award-winning filmmaker, artist, educator, and activist. She is co-director and founder of the Gulf Crisis TV Project, an anti-war Deep Dish TV series that aired on PBS and England’s Channel 4, and was screened at the Whitney Biennial and the American Museum of Natural History’s Margaret Mead Film Festival.

From 1995 to 2003 she directed and produced the acclaimed monthly TV show Labor at the Crossroads (LABOR X), about work issues, which aired on cable in New York and other cities across the US. She has produced and directed several short dramatic films about the plight of workers and Middle Eastern detainees, which have screened at the Museum of Modern Art. Simin is a former member of the Paper Tiger Television Collective and collaborated on numerous productions with PTTV and Deep Dish TV.

Simin also co-directed Caught Between Two Worlds, a documentary look at the Iranian Diaspora community of the US. She is a recipient of the Rockefeller Fellowship Award for Who Gives Kisses Freely From Her Lips, a film about temporary marriage in Iran, inspired by Cuban Imperfect Cinema.

She is an educator of Film and Video Arts and Communications Theory, has taught at Hampshire College, New York University and Fordham, and continues to work on film projects while having taken on the exciting work of creating the Education Department at Democracy Now! Productions. She continues to lecture at conferences and venues such as MIT and the New School on topics such as Iranian Cinema, Media Literacy, and Media Arts.

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Ben Hagari (b.1981) lives and works in New York and Tel Aviv. His solo and group exhibitions include: The Rose Art Museum, MA (2016); The Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2016); SculptureCenter, NY (2015); The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2014); Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul (2012); and KIT Dusseldorf (2011). His films have been screened at Whitechapel Gallery, London; Ballroom Marfa, TX and Anthology Film Archives, NY among others. Hagari’s awards include The Chami Fruchter Video Prize Prize (2015); Foundation For Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, NY (2014); The David Berg Foundation fellowship, NY (2013-14); Rolfs Partner Award KIT, Dusseldorf (2012); and Emerging Artist Prize, Israel Ministry of Culture (2011). Residencies include: LMCC Process Space at Governors Island, NY (2015), The Bronner Residency, Kunststiftung NRW and Goethe Institute, Germany (2009). He received his BFA from Hamidrasha School of Art (2008) and his MFA from Columbia University, NY (2014).

Jeremy Haik

Fine Artist, photographer

Jeremy Haik received his MFA in Photography from The School of Visual Arts in 2012 and BA degrees in Studio Art (2007) and English Literature (2003) from the University of Maryland. His work has been exhibited at White Box Gallery, Visual Arts Gallery NY, Transformer Gallery, Civilian Art Projects, and Conveyor Arts among others. He currently writes for Conveyor magazine in Jersey City, NJ and is an Adjunct Professor in Photography and Video at Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and at Ramapo College.

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Marvin Heiferman

Curator and writer Marvin Heiferman organizes projects about photography and visual culture for institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Institution, International Center of Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum, and the Carnegie Museum of Art.

A contributing editor to Art in America, Heiferman has written for numerous publications, monographs, magazines and blogs, including The New York Times, Gagosian Gallery, CNN, Artforum, Design Observer, and Aperture magazine. His most recent book is Photography Changes Everything (Aperture, 2012), and new entries to his online project WHY WE LOOK are posted daily.

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Emmanuel Iduma is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. Born and raised in Nigeria, he has contributed essays and stories to journals, magazines, artists’ books, and exhibition catalogues. He is the author of The Sound of Things to Come (first published as Farad in Nigeria), and received a 2017 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation grant in arts writing, for his blog A Sum of Encounters. He is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, where he obtained an MFA in Art Criticism and Writing. In 2017, he was associate curator of the Nigerian pavilion at the Venice Biennale. He is the author, most recently, of A Stranger’s Pose.

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Elizabeth Kilroy

Elizabeth Kilroy is a leading mobilizer of interactive storytelling through design and education. She is the Chair of the New Media Narratives certificate program at the International Center of Photography. She has led many initiatives to broaden methods of digital communication. She is an award-winning interactive designer, business owner and educator. Since 2000 ElizabethK Studio has helped a wide variety of clients create engaging content that harnessed the ever changing possibilities of the Web. In 2013, she founded Callan Design which fuses design, technology, and emergent storytelling to disseminate nonfiction narratives. Kilroy is a passionate educator who teaches at NYU’s Tisch School of Photography and Imaging, the Magnum NYU Summer Human Rights Program and ICP. Prior teaching experience includes Temple University, Baruch College and ITP NYU.

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Rich Leslie

Richard Leslie has been a faculty member in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media program at SVA since 1995, teaching seminars in photo and cultural history, theory and criticism and global issues. He worked as Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History and Criticism at the State University of New York-Stony Brook from 1990-2012, and has also taught at Rutgers University, City College (CUNY) in Harlem, was a visiting critic and historian at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and served as Director of the Art History program at Wichita State University. He holds a BA in Philosophy, a Master's in Art Theory & Criticism, and a Ph.D. in Contemporary Art History from the CUNY Graduate Center.

He has published dozens of reviews and articles, and has authored books Picasso, a Modern Master; Surrealism, the Dream of Revolution; and Pop Art, a New Generation of Style, which have been translated into Russian and Italian. He served as Managing Editor, and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Art Criticism; as Foreign Correspondent then Contributing Editor for Art Nexus magazine; and is the recipient of several awards, including those from the National Endowment for the Arts, North Carolina Arts Council, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and the John Rewald Fellowship. He has curated several exhibitions on art and technology, helped produce international ArtSci conferences and served on the Board of Directors for Art and Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) since the early 1990s.

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Liz Magic Laser

Video Artist, performance artist

Liz Magic Laser is a performance and video artist living and working in New York. She earned a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from Columbia University. Most recently, her work was the subject of solo exhibitions at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York; the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany; DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas; and Mälmo Konsthall, Mälmo, Sweden. Her work has also been exhibited at Lisson Gallery, London; the Moscow Museum of Modern Art; Various Small Fires, Los Angeles; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Performa 11 Biennial, New York; The Pace Gallery, New York; the Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia; and MoMA PS 1, New York.

Laser is the recipient of grants from the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation, the Times Square Alliance, and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art. She has also received the Southern Exposure Off-Site Graue Award and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. She was the 2013 Armory Show Commissioned Artist and has been in residency at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program, New York; Forever & Today, Inc.'s Studio On The Street artist-in-residence program, New York; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York.

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Andrew Moore

Fine Artist

Andrew Moore is best known for his large format photographs of Cuba, Russia, Times Square, Detroit, and most recently, the American High Plains. He graduated from Princeton University in 1979 where he studied with the esteemed photographer Emmet Gowin as well as the photo historian Professor Peter Bunnell.

Moore’s photographs are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the George Eastman House, and the Library of Congress, among many others.

His publications include Cuba (Damiani, 2012), Detroit Disassembled (Damiani, 2010), Russia; Beyond Utopia (Chronicle Books, 2005), Governors Island (Public Art Fund, 2004), and Inside Havana (Chronicle Books, 2002). Moore is a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow.

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Adekunbi Oni

Kunbi Oni has been teaching Art History for more than 10 years and also works as an Administrator in the General Counsel's office at the Museum of Modern Art. Prior to joining MoMA she worked independently with African artists on solo exhibitions in New York and Lagos, Nigeria

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Laura Parnes

Video Artist

Laura Parnes is a 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow. Her work engages strategies of narrative and experimental film and video art to craft loose narratives of trauma and repressed memory around mass-culture experiences and youthful rites of passage.

She has screened and exhibited her work widely in the US and internationally, including: The Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens; and Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. Recent solo screenings include the Museum of Modern Art, and The Kitchen in New York City; recent solo exhibitions have been held at LAXART, LA; Participant Inc.; and Fitzroy Gallery.

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Mary Patierno

Video Producer, director, editor

Mary Patierno is an award winning documentary filmmaker and editor whose most recent film is the Ford Foundation funded, Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS, due to be released in October 2017. Her documentary, Vieques: Worth Every Bit of Struggle, won Best Documentary at the New Vision Award (2005) from New Screen TV. Previous work includes The Most Unknowable Thing was selected as part of The New Documentaries (2000) series at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. It was nominated for a 2000 International Documentary Association (IDA) Achievement Award and was awarded Outstanding Documentary Feature in the Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Washington DC Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals.

Her collaborations include Abigail Child (A Shape of Error, On the Downlow and Surf and Turf), Starfish Media Group (Revisiting Haiti and Heroin County USA), Tania Cypriano (Grandma Has a Video Camera), the PBS News Hour, Diller + Scofidio, Asia Society, 651/Brooklyn Academy of Music, Vanguard Films, Univision, University of Massachusetts and USAID.

She is a two-time recipient of an Artist Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and co-produced and curated the W.O.W. (Women One World) Women's Film and Video Festival in NYC.

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Gus Powell

Editorial Photographer, fine artist

Gus Powell is a photographer and visual artist living and working in New York. He received his BA from Oberlin College, and worked as the picture editor at The New Yorker from 1999-2004. Other editorial clients include: Harpers, Vogue, Fortune, and The New York Times. His work has been exhibited nationally at museums and galleries including the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; and Museum of the City of New York. His monograph Gus Powell: The Company of Strangers was published in 2007 by J&L Books. He is a member of the street photography collective iN-PUBLiC.

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Lyle Rexer

Lyle Rexer is a critic, curator, and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of Columbia University (BA, MA) and a Rhodes Scholar at Merton College, Oxford University, he is the author of several books, including The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (2009); How to Look at Outsider Art (2005); Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-Garde: The New Wave in Old Processes (2002); and Jonathan Lerman: The Drawings of an Artist with Autism (2002).

He has published many catalogue essays on contemporary artists and collections and contributes articles on art, architecture, photography and culture to a variety of publications, including Aperture, Modern Painters, Eikon, DAMn, Parkett, Raw Vision, and Tate, Etc. Lyle is also a columnist for Photograph magazine.

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David A. Ross

David A. Ross has a 40-year career as an art museum professional and educator. He is currently the Chair of the MFA Art Practice program at the School of Visual Arts.

Career highlights have included curatorial and senior leadership positions at the Everson Museum of Art, the Long Beach Museum of Art, and the University Art Museum at UC Berkeley. He has held directorships at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Ross co-founded and was President of the Artists’ Pension Trust, a pioneering financial planning program for working artists. He has lectured at various universities across the country and has served as juror and commissioner at a broad range of international shows and exhibitions.

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Steel Stillman

Fine Artist, writer, contributing editor

Steel Stillman is a Contributing Editor for Art in America and has contributed to many publications including The Brooklyn Rail, Photography Magazine, and Glass Magazine. His work has been exhibitied globally in museums and galleries such as, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Show Room, Brooklyn, New York; Mandarin, Los Angeles, CA; Envoy, New York; and Show Room, Paris, France. His artist books include Incidents (1969-2014) (2014, Showroom Press), There (2002, One Star Press), and Staring (2002, Galerie van Gelder Editions).

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Amy Taubin

A film and television critic for more than 30 years, Amy Taubin is currently a contributing editor for Film Comment and Sight and Sound magazines and is a frequent contributor to Artforum. She has also written regularly for The Village Voice, The Millennium Film Journal, and is formerly curator of video and film at the non-profit experimental performance space The Kitchen. She is a member of the National Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Circle, and has been a member of the selection committee for the New York Film Festival since 2012.

Her professional life began on the Broadway stage and in avant-garde films, most notably Andy Warhol’s Couch and Screen Tests. Her own avant-garde film, In the Bag (1981) is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

She recently co-authored the monograph James Nares (Rizzoli, 2014), and her book, Taxi Driver, was published in 2000 as part of the British Film Institute’s Film Classics series. Her critical essays are included in many collections, including Frank Films: The Film and Video Work of Robert Frank (Steidl, 2009).

She has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. in cinema studies from NYU. In 2003, she received the School of Visual Arts’ Distinguished Art Historian Award and in 2007, the Anthology Film Archives Logos-Siegfried Kracauer Award.

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Penelope Umbrico

Fine Artist

Penelope Umbrico is a photo-based artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art Dan Diego; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others, and is the recipient of numerous awards including a recent Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. Aperture published her first two monographs, (photographs) (2011) and Range (2014); Out of Order (2014) was published by RVB Paris. Her work is represented by Mark Moore Gallery in the US, and XPO Gallery in Paris.

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Sara Vanderbeek

Sara VanDerBeek lives and works in New York. Recent projects include solo exhibitions at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art; and participation in the 12th Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador. She has had solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Whitney Museum of American Art; Metro Pictures, New York; Altman-Siegel, San Francisco; and The Approach, London.

Her work has also been included in various group exhibitions including: “Amazement Park: Stan, Sara and Johannes VanDerBeek” at the Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York; “Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance” at the Guggenheim Museum, New York; as well as The Museum of Modern Art's annual exhibition, “New Photography."

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Grahame Weinbren

Filmmaker, publication editor, film and video editor, interactive cinema producer

Grahame Weinbren is a media artist, filmmaker, writer, and editor. His interactive cinema projects, produced between 1983 and 2006, are exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. Past exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial, the Centre Pompidou, NTT-ICC (Tokyo), the Berlin Film Festival, and the Kwanju Biennial (Korea). "The Erl King" (collaboration with Roberta Friedman, 1983-1985), the first artists' work to combine computer interactivity with cinema, is in the collection of the Guggenheim Museum.

He worked as a professional editor for 25 years, and is credited as filmmaker on several widely screened, broadcast, and award-winning documentaries. His "Still Life with Banquet," a collaboration with 'slow food' chef Kitty Greenwald, was a banquet for 108 diners accompanied by six large video projections, produced for ZERO ONE, the 2010 San Jose Biennial.

Weinbren's essays about media art, cinema, and the philosophical implications of technology are widely reprinted. He is the senior editor of the Millennium Film Journal.

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