ALINA AND JEFF BLIUMISAlina and Jeff Bliumis are New York-based artists who has worked collaboratively since 2000.Alina received her BFA from the School of Visual Art in 1999 and a diploma from the Advanced Course in Visual Arts in Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, Italy in 2005. Jeff received his BA from Columbia University in 1981.Alina and Jeff have exhibited internationally at the First, Second, and Third Moscow Biennales of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia), Busan Biennale 2006 (Busan, South Korea), Assab One (Milan, Italy), the Bronx Museum of the Arts (New York, US), Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France), Centre d’art Contemporain (Meymac, France), The James Gallery, The Graduate Center CUNY (New York, US), Museum of Contemporary Art (Cleveland, US), Museums of Bat Yam (Bat-Yam, Israel), the Jewish Museum (New York, US), the Saatchi Gallery (London, UK) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK).Their works are in various private and public collections, including the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Russia), Museums of Bat Yam (Israel), the Saatchi Collection (UK), the Harvard Business School (US), the Museum of Immigration History, Paris (France) and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (UK).
BRENDAN FERNANDESBrendan Fernandes (b. 1979, Nairobi, Kenya lives and works in Chicago) is a Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007) and earned his MFA from the University of Western Ontario (2005) and his BFA from York University in Canada (2002). Fernandes has exhibited widely domestically and abroad, including exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Art and Design, New York; Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal; The National Gallery of Canada, Ontario; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; The Sculpture Centre, New York; The Quebec City Biennial; and the Third Guangzhou Triennial in China.Fernandes has been awarded many highly regarded residencies around the world, including The Canada Council for the Arts International Residency in Trinidad and Tobago (2006), The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Work Space (2008), Swing Space (2009) and Process Space (2014) programs, and invitations to the Gyeonggi Creation Centre at the Gyeonggi Museum of Art, Korea (2009) and ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2011). He was a finalist for the Sobey Art Award, Canada's pre-eminent award for contemporary art in 2010, and was on the longlist for the award in 2013 and 2015. In 2014, he was a recipient of a Robert Rauschenberg Residency and Fellowship. Recent exhibitions include, Lost Bodies, which originated at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Ontario (2016), travelled to the Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto (2017) and culminated in the catalogue, Lost Bodies: Brendan Fernandes. His recent monograph, Brendan Fernandes: Still Move, was published by Black Dog Press, London, in Fall of 2016. Fernandes is currently represented by Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago. His first solo exhibition at Monique Meloche Gallery, Free Fall, took place in January, 2017, and an expanded version of the performance, Free Fall 49, took place at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles in summer 2017. Upcoming solo projects include The High Line, New York (summer 2018), and the DePaul University Art Museum (fall 2018). He is currently Artist in Residence and Faculty at Northwestern University in the Department of Art Theory and PracticePhotographer：Laurie Lambrecht
JIANFENG YAOJianfeng Yao is a Baltimore-based filmmaker originally from China. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Cinema & Television from Hong Kong Baptist University. Moved to Baltimore in 2016, he is now a MFA candidate studying in the Filmmaking Program at Maryland institute college of Art. His work, which often focuses on political and cultural narratives, has been screened in both Asia and the U.S. and has earned several awards, including DHSS Best FYP's Award (Hong Kong, 2016). Selected works include STONE (2014), CRIME (2015), and OYSTER (2017).
LUCIO POZZILucio Pozzi was born in 1935 in Milan, Italy. After living a few years in Rome, where he studied architecture, he came to the United States in 1962, as a guest of the Harvard International Summer Seminar. He then settled in New York and took the US citizenship. He currently lives and works in Hudson, NY, and Valeggio s/M (Verona) Italy.Pozzi is a painter who likes to paint and pursue his painterly concerns in other media as well. In 1978 the Museum of Modern Art, New York, exhibited his early videotapes in one of the first single-artist exhibitions of the Projects:Video series. He also sets up large installations and organizes performances. He occasionally writes and has taught at the Cooper Union, Yale Graduate Sculpture Program, Princeton University, School of Visual Arts NY and the Maryland Institute of Art. He currently is an occasional visiting professor at American art schools and European Academies.His art is represented in the collections of The New York Public Library; The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; The Fogg Museum, Cambridge Mass.; Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy; Giuseppe Panza Di Biumo, Lugano, Switzerland; Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, New York; Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI.; Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ.; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, MI; Hartford Atheneum, Hartford, CT; Portofino Sculpture Museum, Italy; Museo de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, University of California Art Museum (Berkeley), Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida; Neuberger Museum, NY; Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy; Fondazione Cariverona, Verona, Italy; JeanPaul Najar collection, Dubai, and in various corporate collections.Pozzi was honored with a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1983 and received a honorary degree of Master in Fine Arts from the Accademia di Verona in 2010. In 2015 he received the Premio Ciampi L’altrarte in Livorno, Italy.Retrospectives of his art were held at Kunsthalle Bielefeld (1982) and Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (1983), Germany, and at the Museum of New Art (2001), Detroit, MI, Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Michigan (2002); Works on Paper, Mus. Contemp. Art, Genova Italy, 2005; Fabrikculture, Hegenheim (Basel), France (2011). His work has been presented at Documenta 6 (1977) and at the Venice Biennale (American Pavilion) in 1980.Photography © Enrico Angotzi, 2017
NAOKO WOWSUGINaoko Wowsugi, an artist of Korean-Japanese descent, moved to the United States in 2001, leading her to explore conditions of identity and belonging in her work. Through a multidisciplinary practice including visual art, sound, local lore, horticulture, and community participation, she celebrates human connections by toying with interpersonal and sociopolitical norms. Using art as a form of communication, her work depicts the individual in cultural economies and challenge habits of self-perception.She received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and her BFA from both the Kansas City Art Institute and Osaka University of Arts in Japan. Notable recent exhibitions include “Ae Kai: A Culture Lab on Convergence," presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center in Honolulu, HI (2017) and "The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today," which will travel from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, to the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, The Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, the Baker Museum, Naples, FL, and the Ackland Museum of Art, Chapel Hill, NC (2016-2018). She is the Artist in Residence at The Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva，FL from June 5 to July 7, 2017. She currently lives and works in Washington, DC.Photo credit : Chris Suspect
GERALD LEAVELL IIOriginally from Hamilton Park in Dallas, Texas, Gerald Leavell II has lived in Atlanta, Georgia; Keur Momar Sarr, Senegal; Santiago, Dominican Republic; Settlement, Jamaica; Brooklyn, New York; and now Baltimore, MD. He earned a B.A. in International Studies from Morehouse College and is a MFA in Community Arts candidate at Maryland Institute College of Art. Leavell has developed or presented academic and art works at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, New York University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Columbia University, and the South Dallas Cultural Center. He has created and facilitated intergenerational or youth-centered arts programs with organizations including Open Works Baltimore, The Brooklyn Public Library, Lil Raggamuffin Summer Camp, and Art Start Youth Offenders Outreach Program. Leavell is also a former Expanding the Walls and Youth Programs Coordinator at The Studio Museum in Harlem. He is a 2017 Building Beloved Community grant recipient and a recent featured artist/educator at SPARK Baltimore. Recent projects include collage projections in concert with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.Photography © Shan Wallace