Hafeez Lakhani – New York, NY
Hafeez Lakhani was born in India and grew up in Suburban South Florida. A graduate of Yale University, he has worked as a non-profit field worker, commodities trader, and high school teacher. He has studied at The Gotham Writers Workshop and is hard at work on his memoir, Coconut Milk, a story about roots, acculturation, and mobility. He has been awarded fellowships from The Vermont Studio Center and The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and in 2011 he was named a PEN Emerging Voices Fellow.
Nancy Lord – Homer, AK
Nancy Lord, Alaska’s former Writer Laureate (2008-10), holds a liberal arts degree from Hampshire College and an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College. She is the author of three short fiction collections and five books of literary nonfiction (most recently Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-changed North, Counterpoint Press, 2011.) Her awards include fellowships from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Rasmuson Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and artist residencies. She teaches part-time for the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
Erica Mott – Chicago, IL
Erica Mott is a choreographer, installation/visual performance maker, and cultural organizer whose work has been seen at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Market Theater, Johannesburg, and The Millennium Dome, London. Erica collaborated with renowned performance artists, Guillermo Gomez Pena and La Pocha Nostra, Tim Miller, and Sharon Bridgforth as well as numerous theater, dance, and gallery collectives in the US, UK, and South Africa. She’s devised specialized curricula for organizations including The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Amnesty International, University of Tennessee, Memphis, University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa). She’s a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Fellow.
Annica Cuppetelli – Detroit, MI
Annica Cuppetelli is a fiber/installation artist and fashion designer based in Detroit, MI. Drawing on her past experience in the fashion world, her practice focuses challenging the notions that separate fashion, design and art. She is a recipient of the Daimler Financial Emerging Artist Award, the Searchlight Emerging Artist Award and was a nominee for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2008 and her BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI.
Liza Buzytsky – Bronx, NY
Liza Buzytsky is a New York based artist working in installation, collage and writing. A graduate of Pratt Institute, her work appeared most recently in Personal, Private, Public at PPOW Young Curators III exhibition. She is the publisher of the artist’s book, We Love Our Customers, collection of writing and photography, which was released in March 2010, and creates mixed media sculpture from industrial materials and found objects.
Lauren Davies – San Francisco, CA
Lauren Davies mixed media sculpture and installations explore our often-troubled relationship to the natural world. Her work employs a wide range of unusual materials combined with a labor-intensive “do-it-yourself” craft aesthetic that is underscored by an ironic dark humor. Davies’ work has been presented at the Oakland Museum, De Saisset Museum, Triton Museum, Islip Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Gallery 16 and ampersand international arts. She has been an artist-in-residence at Djerassi, California Academy of Sciences, and La Porte Peinte Centre pour les Arts, Noyers, France. Davies received her MFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. In addition to her studio practice, Davies is also a curator and serves as Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, a residency program that supports new works in photography, video, digital media, sculpture/installation and print media.
Mathilde Jensen – Copenhagen, Denmark
Mathilde Jensen was born in Denmark in 1979. She holds her MA in Fine Art from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London and lives and works today in Copenhagen. Her main area is painting and she has been selected into several competitions for visual Art both in DK and UK, the most important being Charlottenborg Spring exhibition in Copenhagen. Also she won Frame your Talent in London in 2010, which resulted in a soloshow at The Royal Danish Embassy on Sloan Street. Mathilde Jensen was raised in a shipyard and explores topics related to the sea and water – currently the lack of water – in her abstract watercolour-acrylic paintings.
Daniel Kyong – Seoul, Korea
Daniel was born in Seoul Korea and received a BFA from Chung-Ang University in Seoul, and graduated from Joe Blasco Special Make-up Effect Center in Los Angeles. She worked as a character designer at Samsung Everland from 2005-2006. Her work comes from her interest and admiration of imaginary entities. There is a process of self recognition, a search for meaning, a way of understanding thoughts and emotions, and reflection of life that comes out in the characters she creates. She has shown in Japan, China, and extensively in Seoul Korea.
Charlotte Dupont – Brussels, Belgium
Charlotte Dupont was born in Paris and moved to Brussels in 2003. She started as an actress at the age of 17 with director Nicolas Klotz, played in the movie En la Ciudad de Sylvia by Jose Luis Guerin (64th Official Mostra selection ) and in The Swing by Christophe Hermans (Official Magritte selection, 2010). She also works as a writer for several European directors. Acting and Writing led her to film direction. She shot her first short fiction La peau claire in 2007. While She was living in Taos, NM USA between 2009 and 2010, she developed autofiction videos in which she filmed herself living the ‘American Dream’ in a wild deserted landscape that became an experimental short movie named Everywhere you go. http://charlottedupont.tumblr.com/
Hafeez Lakhani – New York, NY