Bibi Calderaro is an interdisciplinary artist whose work has been shown internationally since 1995 and locally and recently at PS1 MoMA and MinusSpace, NY. She has participated in the Elizabeth Foundation Studio Program and AIM Program as well as received the Aaron Siskind Foundation Fellowship Grant, among other international awards and residencies. She co-organized “Gift and Commodity, Transactions in Contemporary Art Practice,” a panel discussion for CUNY Queens College at Art in General, NY, with Mierle Laderman Ukeles and Rirkrit Tiravanija, among others. Her latest projects include Librioteca Pineal, a growing library that is permanently installed at Center for Artistic Reseach, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a collaborative curatorial project with Julio Grinblatt to be shown in Fall 2011 at the Hunter College Galleries, NY. Curious about intersubjectivity and the possibilties of communication, she questions boundaries—of subjects, of disciplines, of knowledge—to create tensions, to problematize, to simplify, to yield new layers of perception and thought. She critically employs a range of media, such as still and moving images, sound, objects, writing, and performative actions. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Maureen Connor is a visual artist whose work combines elements of installation, video, feminism, interior design, human resources and social justice. Since 2000 she has been developing Personnel, a series of interventions concerned with the workplace, which explore the attitudes, needs and desires of the staff at various organizations. Personnel and related projects have been produced for a diverse group of venues that include the Department of Art and Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2008, Wyspa Art Institute, Gdansk, Poland, 2004-7; Tapies Foundation, Barcelona, 2003; and the Queens Museum of Art, New York, 2001 among others. Her projects have received funding from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Anonymous Was A Woman, the New York State Council on the Arts &The New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2009 she was awarded first prize for her re-design of the Peace Pentagon, a building that serves as home base for dozens of progressive activist organizations in New York City. She is also known internationally for her work from the 80s and 90s, which focused on gender and its modes of representation (from venues such as the MAK, Vienna; Portikus, Frankfurt; ICA, Philadelphia; and the Whitney Biennial among many others). Currently she is working on a book about Personnel to be published jointly by Wyspa Art Institute, Gdansk, Poland and Alternativa Press. She is also Co-director of CASP, Contemporary Art and Social Practice Program at Queens College CUNY where she has been Professor of Art since 1990.
Currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Works in video, mixed media, installation and performance art. Has exhibited in the US and internationally, participated in multi-disciplinary residencies, and artist collaborative projects. Received MFA from the City University of New York at Queens College, BA from Stony Brook University, and Associate degree study at Parsons School of Design. Awarded grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and Change Inc. Currently working as an archivist and project manager for an NYC-based architectural design firm. Competition participant at FEAST Brooklyn #9 as representative for The Institute for Wishful Thinking. Assistant project developer for architectural competition, The Peace Pentagon – A Call To Action. Dedalus Fellowship Nominee, received the Fine Arts News Letter Award, The Staller Award, and Silvia Fund Art Award from Stony Brook University. Other interests include space, hacking, second order belief, knife-throwing, synesthesia, birds, and Google.
Susan Kirby holds both an MFA, from the City University of New York and an MBA, from California State University. Kirby has received awards from The Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Queens Council on the Arts, and the Rose Hoffman Epstein Memorial Fund. Before pursuing her career as an artist, Kirby worked for 20 years in finance, management and international development. During these years she collaborated on projects with The World Bank, The International Monetary Fund, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, The United States Agency for International Development, The United States Department of Agriculture, The European Union Technical Assistant for the Commonwealth of Independent States, The United Nations High Commission for Refugees , The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, The United States Peace Corps and the Eurasia Foundation. Kirby exhibits work nationally and maintains a studio practice in New York.
Matthew Mahler is an artist living and working out of Brooklyn, NY. Born and raised in a suburb on Long Island, Mahler completed a B.S. in Art Education at Hofstra University before moving further west where he completed an MFA in Painting at CUNY Queens College. A member of the IWT since 2008, Mahler participated in the collective’s first piece at the Periferic 8 Biennial in Iasi, Romania.
Hundreds of copies of Tommy Mintz’s wallet-sized New York City Public Toilet Map sold for $2 in 2008. Currently, when the weather is good, he is selling $1 postcards and $5 prints of his Cheap Shots series on the stoop outside his studio on 11th and Hudson. When the weather is bad, he spends his time photographing tourists, looking for lost wallets to return and doors to hold open for people. Tommy Mintz is an Adjunct Lecturer at Kingsborough Community College, Bergen County Community College and Queens College.
John Pavlou is a sculptor and art teacher based in Yonkers, NY. His recent large-scale work is informed by his background in architecture and design. He has produced public sculpture and is motivated by a curiosity about place-making and the evocation of the sacred. His six-week fellowship with Paolo Soleri at Arcosanti in the 1980’s continues to inspire his search for a holistic, engaged, and transformational practice. His undergraduate thesis project to design and furnish public and private spaces in a transitional homeless facility was realized in collaboration with the New York City Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, for which he was a national officer while in school. He has volunteered with Rocking the Boat, a Bronx-based program that teaches traditional wooden boat building skills to high school students and conducts on the water programs on the Bronx River. He rowed around Manhattan with them in a fundraising event in the summer of 2010. He received his MFA from Queens College in 2009.
Nathania Rubin is currently a post-graduate researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie in the Netherlands. She is from New York City and has exhibited there in both group and solo shows as well as performing and screening videos abroad in various European venues including Scope Basel’s cinema program. She has received funding from the Pollack-Krasner foundation and participated in various residencies in the United States.
Artist and writer Gregory Sholette is a graduate of studio art programs at Bucks County Community Collage, Pennsylvania; the Cooper Union (BFA 1979); University of California San Diego (MFA 1995); and the Whitney Independent Studies Program in Critical Theory (1996). His individual sculpture, drawing, and media works have been exhibited at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand, Plato’s Cave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as well as the Taipei Art Biennial in Taiwan, New Langton Arts in San Francisco, the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago, the Dia Art Foundation, Anthology Film Archives, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. A mini-retrospective of his work was exhibited in 2004 at Colgate University’s Clifford Art Gallery during his residency as Colgate’s Distinguished Batza Family Visiting Chair of Art and Art History. Sholette also chaired the Master of Arts in Arts Administration Program at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, served as the Curator of Education at the New Museum (1998), served as a Board Member of College Art Association, and is an advisor for the new Beirut Academy of Art in Lebanon. He leads seminars in social art theory and practice for the Critical Cross Cultural research program at Geneva University of Art and Design, Harvard University’s Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, and he was a founding member of two New York-based artists’ collectives: Political Art Documentation/Distribution (PAD/D: 1980-1988), and REPOhistory (1989-2000). He is co-editor of the books Collectivism After Modernism: The Art of Social Imagination after 1945, with Blake Stimson (University of Minnesota, 2007), and The Interventionists: A Users’ Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life, with Nato Thompson, (MASS MoCA/MIT Press, 2004, 05, 08). A frequent international lecturer on issues of art and politics, he contributes essays on contemporary visual culture to Artforum, Third Text, Oxford Art Journal, October, Art Journal, Huffington Post, and the Journal of Aesthetics and Politics. In January 2011 Pluto Press (UK) published his latest book: Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture.