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Sponsored in part by: New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bollinger Atelier, The Helis Foundation, and Sydney and Walda Besthoff, In collaboration with: Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, Creative Alliance of New Orleans, New Orleans Arts District, New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel, and Sculpture for New Orleans.
Panelist Bios
Lisa Austin Lisa Austin
Panel: Knotting the Thread
Lisa Austin
lives and undertakes social-sculpture work in Erie, PA. She teaches at Edinboro University in their 1,000-student, 50-faculty art program established a century ago. Austin’s artwork during her B.F.A. studies at Virginia Commonwealth and M.F.A. work at Yale featured chaotic installations marked by paint and glitter. Austin’s later site-specific installations were subdued in color embracing found materials and extended media. Austin collaborates with architects on public-art proposals. Her work includes prints, drawing, film-shorts, writings, presentations, seminars, community actions, serving on the Zoning Hearing Board and a creative but unsuccessful run for public office. Through the Civitas collaborative founded in 2004 with Stephen Sonnenberg, Austin has catalyzed the creation of organizations for preservation and design economic development via a product-design competition transportation advocacy and a regional sculpture networking group. Civitas maintains an office in the Masonic Temple for various activities including the “John Nolen Greater Erie 1913-2013 Conversation Project,” a monthly ErieReader column “Considering the City;” the “PHERN” proposal to link local colleges to each other and to the train, rail, bus and port; and a proposal to use 1.2 million in scheduled demolition costs to “Rethink the McBride Viaduct.”


John BarnesJohn Barnes
Panel: Guns in the Hands of Artists
John Barnes
, Jr. was born December 2, 1971 in Bogalusa, LA. At the age of 4 his family moved to Baton Rouge where he remained until completing college. John has always been an imaginative thinker who enjoyed drawing more than any other form of communication. “I used to be an extremely shy and distant child, and that barrier, that distance, enabled me to have an outsider’s perspective which still to this day I maintain,” Recalls Barnes. A born artist, John was able to render recognizable human figures by the age of 2, and able to develop complex compositions in pen and ink by age 6.

It wasn’t until John’s sophomore year of college that he decided to pursue art as a career. “I majored in business management, political science, and thermonuclear engineering, before I took a chance and followed my passions. All of my life I was discouraged from pursuing art. I was often advised by my family and close friends that you have to be dead before your work is worth anything,” says Barnes. After taking the chance, Barnes excelled rapidly and began researching pre-colonial artwork from primarily Africa, and the Oceanic region. “After reading about their ancestral worship rituals and seeing how art functioned in these so-called primitive societies, I started to notice patterns in my own work that echoed these influences. I started to develop parallels between western culture and these African and Oceanic cultures in my work”, states Barnes. John Barnes currently lives in New Orleans with his wife and two children and is a Chair of Visual Arts at Dillard University. His work was recently featured as part of the international biennial Prospect.1, New Orleans, curated by Dan Cameron.


Lucy Begg Lucy Begg
Panel: Food for Thought: How Artists are Tackling Social, Political, and Environmental Issues with Food
Lucy Begg
has been a Co-Director since 2010 of Thoughtbarn, a design studio in Austin, TX that champions artful utility through buildings, urban strategies and public installations. The studio operates simultaneously as a think-tank and workshop, valuing strong conceptual ideas and research alongside material experiments and full-scale prototyping. In the past three years, Thoughtbarn has completed public art projects in Austin, St Louis, Tacoma and Philadelphia, the latter of which was awarded in 2013 Public Art ‘Year in Review’ award.

Lucy studied architecture at UC Berkeley (M.Arch 2007) and Cambridge (B.Arch 2001). Prior to Thoughtbarn, her crooked career path wound through architectural offices in London and Austin as well as the Rural Studio Outreach Program in Alabama. Along the way she’s worked on net-zero housing developments, private homes, hotels, retail fit-outs, a school refurbishment, a recycling facility and a screened porch addition to a mobile home (her first collaboration with fellow Thoughtbarn Co-Director Robert Gay, in 2003).

One of her key interests is in the fusing of design practice with public-interest and advocacy work. She was awarded the Branner Travelling Fellowship from UC Berkeley, which enabled her to spend a year working with architects innovating with participatory design methods around the globe. Her travels took her to Berlin, Buenos Aires and New Orleans, to take part in projects that used games and theatre to rethink a range of urban issues, from disaster relief to public transport systems. She has also has a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, was involved in the start-up of the Austin-based housing non-profit Design Build Alliance and currently serves on the board of Pecha Kucha Austin.



Jaime Bennett Jaime Bennett
Panel: Creative Placemaking and Community Gentrification
Jamie Bennett
is the executive director of ArtPlace America, a collaboration among 14 foundations, 8 federal agencies, and 6 financial institutions dedicated to strengthening the field of creative placemaking. Over the past 3 years, ArtPlace has invested $42.1 million in 134 projects in which artists and arts organizations play an explicit and central role in strategies to help shape their communities’ social, physical, and economic futures.

Until December 2013, Jamie was Chief of Staff at the National Endowment for the Arts. Previously, he was Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs during Mayor Bloomberg's administration; provided strategic counsel at the Agnes Gund Foundation; served as chief of staff to the President of Columbia University; and worked in fundraising at The Museum of Modern Art, the New York Philharmonic, and Columbia College.


David BestDavid Best
Panel: Ignite the Art Spirit Through Interactive Community Collaboration
David Best
, an internationally renowned sculpture, received a master's degree in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute where he first took classes at the age of six. His commitment to public art seems rooted in 1960s-era idealism. His works, ceramic sculpture, collages and more, have been shown at Burning Man, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, di Rosa Preserve and elsewhere.

Collaborating with others began 20 years ago, when he embarked upon a sideline: stripping down vehicles and giving them total sculptural makeovers, using recycled materials and found objects, often retrieved from dumps and dumpsters. Since then, he has created sculptures from the skeletons of 36 cars and two buses.

Best and crew created the first Burning Man Temple in 2000, built out of recycled wood sheets (discarded from making toys and punch-outs), which marked the beginning of a new and profound ritual. The Temple became a sacred space to remember those in joy that have gone before us, by leaving remembrances, prayers, offerings from one’s life such as pictures, paintings. The final ritual to the Temple is a spectacle of light and heat where it is burnt to the ground.




Patrick Blythe Patrick Blythe
Panel: Glass as a Sculptural Medium
Patrick Blythe,
Palm Desert CA, is a sculptor working in stone, bronze and glass, as well as the Director of Glass and Sculpture at the Coachella Valley Arts Center. His award winning work is in collections around the world, and includes monumental public art work as well as smaller scale works. Patrick is a well regarded lecturer and has taught glass and sculpture classes around the country. He is a member of the Glass Art Society and the Art Glass Association of Southern California, and serves as a docent for the Palm Springs Art Museum, and for the City of Palm Desert Art in Public Places program.







Brian Borrello Brian Borrello
Panel: Guns in the Hands of Artists
Brian Borrello
is a Portland, Oregon-based artist who was raised in New Orleans and is well known for his environmental works and public art projects. His two dimensional works are rendered in India ink, charcoal and motor oil on paper or linen. In Borrello's work, growth patterns, principles of biological organization and natural phenomena are magnified and expressed through the lyrical movement of a root, the curve and projection of a thorn or the sinuous tangle of mycelia.

Borrello began integrating small amounts of motor oil in his artwork in 1993, and in 2003, began drawing the skylines of various US cities, often adding the 'appropriate' toxic components to the image. His painting of the New Orleans skyline seemed oddly prophetic, when in 2005 Borrello's hometown lay saturated under the toxic waters of the 'Great Federal Flood' caused by Hurricane Katrina. The poignancy of Borrello's work was once again heightened last summer, when British Petroleum's Deepwater Horizon oilrig exploded and poisoned the Gulf Coast bioregion on an unprecedented scale. Borrello’s most recent works contain small traces of oil from the BP spill. Borrello has served as an artist/facilitator with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency, as part of the Brownfields Initiative Program. He holds a bachelors degree from the University of New Orleans and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University. His artwork has been exhibited widely in galleries and museums, and is in numerous collections, including Portland Art Museum; New Orleans Museum of Art; the City of Portland, Oregon; the Oregon Zoo; the Audubon Zoological Institute; and the Four Season Hotel in Washington, D.C., among others. His public art projects can be seen throughout Oregon, Louisiana, California and Colorado.



Carrie Brown Carrie Brown
Panel: Food for Thought: How Artists are Tackling Social, Political, and Environmental Issues with Food
Carrie Brown
is a project manager with the City of Austin Art in Public Places program. She is passionate about her role in civic life and has dedicated her career to the public art field, striving for high-quality, innovative projects that engage communities in lasting and meaningful ways. Before moving to Austin in 2011, Carrie managed public art projects for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission’s Civic Art Program. Carrie was also a lead contributor to the artist training academy, Making It Public, sponsored by the Public Art Coalition of Southern California. Prior to her work in Los Angeles, Carrie managed public art projects for the cities of Mesa and Glendale, in Arizona. She also worked on the state’s first light rail system which incorporated artwork from twenty-eight artists. Carrie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Arizona State University and is currently a member of Texas Public Art Administrators and the Austin chapter of Emerging Arts Leaders.


Rosina Santana Castellon Rosina Santana Castellón
Panel: Rural and Urban Linkages
Rosina Santana Castellón
is a Cuban American exile that dialogues with communities suffering trauma. With Masters in Fine Arts and Social Work from Carnegie Mellon and University of Illinois respectively, Santana has worked internationally with communities in-flux in Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Germany, the United States, and her native Cuba. The recent project “Redes” (Nets) in collaboration with Mexican artista Claudia Rodriguez and social psychologist Ana J. Ramirez worked with the local ONG ‘Un Salto A la Vida’ to create a monumental weave woven by villagers along the polluted Rio Santiago and urban dwellers in Guadalajara, Mexico, The weave honors the death of a child poisoned by the polluted river waters. A participant in a past ISC (2008) panel, Ms. Santana has presented her work at numerous international venues including Public Art Observator, Barcelona, Spain; keynote speaker, Society for Caribbean Studies, England; Transart Institute in Linz, Austria; Oral History Conferences in Scotland and Mexico; and at InterArts Collision Conference, Canada, and Santana currently teaches at the University of Puerto Rico in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and is a consultant with the Oncological Center of Integral Therapy of Puerto Rico working with cancer patients.


Stefano Coiai Stefano Coiai
Panel: Analog Concepts to Digital Fabrication
Stefano Coiai
is the director of “Garfagnana Innovazione”: service and technology center for the stone industry 2010/2014. He has been the innovative force behind this European union funded initiative that brings rejuvenation to the Tuscany region of Lucca that incubates new projects towards technical training, education and cultural exchange. Designer and Project Manager “Polo Pietre Toscane” 2011/2014. Designer and Project Manager “Rete Incubatori della Regione Toscana”, incubator of Gramolazzo 2011/2014. Manager of the consortium “Marmi della Garfagnana” 2013/14. From 2010 to 2011 sales executive of Arthà Restauri & Design in Milan. Fashion marketing industry professional from 1990 to 2009.





Greg Cook Greg Cook
Panel: Writing on Sculpture: How Artists Can Engage with Writers
Greg Cook
is an arts reporter and critic for WBUR.org and The Providence Phoenix. His writing has also appeared in The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Globe, Art New England, Juxtapoz Magazine, Art & Antiques, PoetryFoundation.org and several newspapers in suburban Boston. He is the founder of The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, which won a 2009 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.

Cook is a leader in fostering art making in the New England. He oversees the New England Art Awards, an annual open-source, community project to honor art made in the region. He organizes the “Quiet, Please” arts and cultures talks at the Malden Public Library. And his writings sparked a community effort that got Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts to relaunch its Maud Morgan Prize for local women artists in 2011 after the museum neglected to award it for five years.

Cook teaches at Montserrat College of Art. His own pictures have appeared in fancy publications like Nickelodeon magazine, Publishers Weekly and The Believer, and have received honorable mentions in the 2006 and ’07 editions of “The Best American Comics.” He’s exhibited his artwork in Italy, France, Canada, Abu Dhabi, the United States, and the bathrooms of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.


Lane Cooper Lane Cooper
Panel: Knotting the Thread
Lane Cooper
is an artist working through painting, installation, sound, video, text and on occasion performance. Her work has been presented in venues ranging from Birmingham, Alabama to Madrid, Spain. In 2009 she participated in a Residency at The Banff Centre located in Alberta, Canada and in the fall of 2010 she was an Artist-in-Residence at Gallery Aferro in Newark, New Jersey, where she exhibited for the 2012 season. In January 2013 she presented work as part of Critical Practices’ 21st Street Projects in New York. In 2014 she collaborated with Lisa Austin on the Installation/Performance “Common Sense” presented at Cleveland State University as part of the “Hephaestos Challenged” exhibition. She is a Contributing Editor for the online magazine ArtHopper.org. She holds a Masters in Art History with an emphasis in Contemporary Art and an MFA in Painting. She is an Associate Professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art where she serves as the Chair of the Painting Department and directs its “Lunch on Fridays” series. One of the chief focuses of her extra-studio work is cultivating platforms for conversation and exchange of ideas.


Moy EngMoy Eng
Panel: Creative Placemaking and Community Gentrification
Moy Eng
is Executive Director of CAST, Community Arts Stabilization Trust, in San Francisco, CA. Moy Eng brings over three decades of experience in the philanthropic sector as a grantmaker, consultant and senior manager in areas as diverse as arts, education, renewable energy, lesbian and gay rights, immigrant rights, and international human rights. Known for her visionary ability to identify and support progressive ideas, Moy has worked as a grantmaker in numerous foundations with assets ranging from $100 million to $7 billion. She directed the arts program at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, investing in efforts that helped bring $800 million in new public sector funding for arts education to California schools. Moy also commissioned landmark research on the dynamics of the U.S. cultural ecosystem and the state of arts education in California, and supported efforts to build more than 750,000 square feet in new, affordable performing arts space across the San Francisco Bay region. Moy began her career in New York City in fundraising, working with both the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, attracting leadership support from American luminaries such as Bill Cosby, the late Reginald Lewis, and Harry and Julie Belafonte. Fortunate to live a life surrounded by beauty, Moy currently serves on the board of the Stanford Jazz Workshop, is a singer and lyricist, and the mother of two singular young women.


Ciarra Ennis Ciarra Ennis
Panel: Plan B
Formally curator of exhibitions at the University of California Riverside/California Museum of Photography and project director for Public Offerings, an international survey of contemporary art, at MOCA, Los Angeles, Ciara Ennis has been director of Pitzer College Art Galleries for the past six years. During that time she has curated a number of exhibitions including: Capitalism in Question, co-curated with Daniel Joseph Martinez (2010); Euan MacDonald: Kimball (2011), Synthetic Ritual, co-curated with Gabi Scardi (2011); Liz Glynn: No Second Troy (2012); Charles Gaines: In the Shadow of Numbers (2012); and Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane. Ennis’ curatorial practice explores identity, narrative, and representation through a socio-politically inflected lens that focuses on the intersection of art, politics, and activism. She received her MA in curating contemporary art from the Royal College of Art, London and is currently a doctoral student in Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University.


Skylar Fein Skylar Fein
Panel: Guns in the Hands of Artists
Skylar Fein
(born 1968, New York City) is a visual artist living in New Orleans. His current project involves documenting people huffing, or using inhalants, in a highly organized yet almost completely unknown way, one that exists at the extreme periphery of recreational drugs. His most recent installation, “The Lincoln Bedroom,” recreated the intimate cabin (and bed) that the young Abraham Lincoln shared with another man for four years; the show ran Nov. 2013-Feb. 2014 at C24 Gallery, New York.






Jonathan FerraraJonathan Ferrara
Panel: Guns in the Hands of Artists
Jonathan Ferrara
is a New Orleans artist, gallery owner, community activist and arts entrepreneur. His gallery exhibits cutting edge local, national and international artists. Exhibitions he has produced have been featured in The New York Times, Time magazine, NPR, the AP, Art In America, ARTPAPERS, ART News, ELLE Magazine, The Art Newspaper, and on ABC’s Good Morning America. In 1995, he co-founded the collective Positive Space where he founded The Annual No Dead Artists Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art and produced the first “Guns In The Hands Of Artists”, using decommissioned handguns taken off the streets of New Orleans via a goods for guns swap to make art. In 1999, he co-founded ARTDOCS a non-profit medical program for artists without health insurance that has treated over 1000 artist-patients. Post-Katrina, he produced New Orleans Artists In Exile, a travelling exhibition of artist affected by the hurricane. Ferrara was also very involved in Prospect New Orleans Biennial, the largest exhibition of contemporary art ever held in the U.S. where he curated the welcome center. Ferrara served Board of Trustees of the Contemporary Arts Center and the DDD. In 2006, he was awarded Louisiana’s Governor’s Art Awards for Leadership in the Arts. Museum clients include The Whitney Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, The Frederick Weisman Collection, The Birmingham Museum and New Orleans Museum of Art and numerous prominent private collections. The gallery regularly exhibits during Art Basel Miami, Texas Contemporary, San Francisco, VOLTA NY and Basel. In 2014, Ferrara will be a lead discussant at the Aspen Institute's Action Forum and will produce the second Guns In The Hands of Artists exhibition in conjunction with Prospect.3 Biennial.


Gabriel Ferri Gabriel Ferri
Panel: Analog Concepts to Digital Fabrication
Gabriel Ferri
is head technologist at “Garfagnana Innovazione” since 2012. After five years spent as hardware and software designer for the electronic industry, designing and optimizing pick & place robotic machines, he joined the “Garfagnana Innovazione” project. He received the master degree in Automation and Robotics Engineering at the University of Pisa in 2007 where he published several articles about guidance, control and navigation of autonomous vehicles. His current work activities span two different areas: carving stone with the latest robotic technology and teaching how to use these machines.






Martha GorzyckiMartha Gorzycki
Panel: Knotting the Thread
Since the 1980’s, Martha Gorzycki has worked as an animator and animation photographer for independent filmmakers in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is an award winning filmmaker, animator and media artist. Her work explores intersections of dreams, mythologies and visual culture and is designed for a variety of exhibition formats that include LED billboards, window projections, gallery installations, online streaming, and wearable animation. She has exhibited in electronic billboard art and media art festivals in the UK, Spain, Australia and India as well as in film festivals around the world. In a post 9/11 world, international critics have sited her work ‘Unfurling’ could be perceived as an act of terrorism. Her work is included on DVD compilations published in France and New York. She is currently collaborating with Karen refugees from Burma (Myanmar) who represent multi-generational witnessing of struggles for self-determination and survival amid the torture and genocide of Burma’s military government. The collaborative projects of media installation and animated documentary are the foundation for building an online living archive to connect and serve the dispersed communities of the Karen and create greater awareness to their more than 60 year struggle for freedom.


Mark GroteMark Grote
Panel: Artists Residencies: Do They Benefit Sculptors?
Mark Grote
is Professor of Visual Arts at Loyola University of New Orleans since 1976, and served as Chairman from 1977-1999. He has received numerous grants and fellowships including the Marquette Fellowship in 2010, the Louisiana ATLAS grant, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Support Grant, National Endowment to the Arts Field Grant, Pollock-Krasner, Residency Grant and a Fulbright Fellowship. Residencies and working outside the studio are key to Grote’s practice, and the utilization of local discarded and found objects determines either the work’s profound effect or, more often than not, manifestations of humor and whimsy. The gathering and making of these art objects are perhaps akin to collecting his natural history. Grote received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.




Jon Isherwood Jon Isherwood
Panel: Analog Concepts to Digital Fabrication
Jon Isherwood’s
work has been widely exhibited in public museums and private galleries around the US, Canada, and Europe. He is the recipient of a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of New York at Plattsburgh. His sculpture has recently been exhibited at The Today Museum, Beijing, China; The Decordova Sculpture Park and museum MASS; and in Belgrave Square, London, UK. He has had more than 20 solo exhibitions, including Reeves Contemporary in NYC, John Davis Gallery in NYC; Maiden Lane Exhibition Space in NYC; the C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore; Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum in Hamilton, OH; and the Sculpture Court in Southampton, NY. He has been featured in many group exhibitions, including the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy; The McNay Museum, San Antonio, TX; The Derby City Museum, Derby, UK; and Kunsthalle, Manheim, Germany. His work can be found in more than 22 public collections. Isherwood’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America, ArtNews, The Washington Post, The New York Sun, Sculpture Magazine, Partisan Reviews, The Philadelphia Enquirer, and in The Times and The Guardian, UK. He has made personal appearances on shows featuring his work, including WAMC Public Radio and The Culture Show, BBC Television, UK. He has lectured at numerous colleges and universities in the U.S. and Europe. He teaches at Bennington college VT and is the President of the Digital Stone project.


Matt Jezyk Matt Jezyk
Panel: Analog Concepts to Digital Fabrication
Matt Jezyk
is the Senior Product Line Manager for AEC Conceptual Design Products at Autodesk. He has been in the Architecture and Engineering industry for 18 years and has spent the past 14 years developing Autodesk Revit and various other design tools. As one of the original architects hired by Revit Technology Corporation, Matt helped build what are now called Revit Architecture and Revit Structure and is experienced in building both parametric and geometric modeling tools. Recently he has focused on emerging markets and technology and has developed a suite of new products. His development teams have created multiple new applications: Autodesk Vasari, a popular Autodesk Labs project now in public beta, and Autodesk FormIt, the 1st architectural form modeler on the iPad, Android and Web. Matt and his group also contribute code to the popular open-source Dynamo Visual Programming tool for Computational Design. Matt speaks regularly and has taught classes and workshops in the United States and Europe. Over the last 12 years he has presented at Autodesk University, GreenBuild, ACADIA, SimAUD, UPA, Smart Geometry, Revit Technology Conference and a variety of other conferences and academic settings. Matt has experience teaching classes ranging from 20 people to 600. In addition to speaking, he has been published in a variety of academic journals (SimAUD, ACADIA, UPA) and has contributed to leading books on BIM, analysis and computational design.




Elizabeth KeithlineElizabeth Keithline
Panel: Writing on Sculpture: How Artists Can Engage with Writers
Elizabeth Keithline
is an artist, curator, public art art administrator and public art writer for Sculpture Magazine online, re:sculpt: the International Sculpture Center blog, Public Art Review and Art New England. She is the consulting director for the Rhode Island State Council On the Arts Percent For Art Program, works with the Governors Island Art Fair in NY and has recently completed a public art assessment for the City of Boston, funded through the New England Foundation For the Art and the Barr Foundation. Her sculpture installation Only The Strong Survive opens at Umass Amherst on November 9th in conversation with an exhibit she curated with Bernard Leibov called The Meek Shall Inherit.







Nicole KistlerNicole Kistler
Panel: Food for Thought: How Artists are Tackling Social, Political, and Environmental Issues with Food
Nicole Kistler
creates interactive art and landscapes that help connect community members to the places they live and start conversations. She has over 12 years of experience managing large-scale public art, arts planning, public involvement, and landscape design projects, with work shown in Washington, New York, and Arizona. She developed the award-winning plan for the nation’s first large-scale community rooftop garden and is currently the City of Seattle’s first Urban Agriculture Artist-in-Residence, creating story-based cast iron sculpture for the Beacon Food Forest. She serves as Co-Artistic Director for Duwamish Revealed, an ambitious program of site-specific, public art and performance along and about the Duwamish River, an iconic industrial river in Seattle. This builds on her 2006 project, the Living Barge, a temporary island of native plants arranged on an industrial barge moored on the Duwamish. She has a Masters’ Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington.






Keene Kopper Keene Kopper
Panel: Artist’s Residencies: Do They Benefit Sculptors?
Keene Kopper
(b. 1979, Massachusetts) received his BFA with a concentration in Architecture from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. After graduating, he worked for the urban planning and architecture firm, Kohn Pedersen Fox, in New York City. While working for KPF from 2005 to 2009 he maintained his personal creative practice, and developed and produced a series of artist presentation events modeled after Pecha Kucha Night, but which focussed further on creating an interactive relationship between the audience and the presenting multidisciplinary artists. In 2007 he attended the Kunstmeile Krems Artist In Residence in Austria where he was impressed with the residency's primary mission of integrating international artists into the art community and community at large. Shortly after his return from Austria, he was invited to interview at Rem Koolhaas’ planning and architecture firm, OMA in Rotterdam. He was subsequently offered a position, but declined in order to continue developing his interest in creating new paths for artists to engage a broader audience in the global contemporary art dialogue. In 2009, Keene moved to New Orleans, and in January of 2012, he founded and built May New Orleans (Formerly May gallery & residency), a gallery, residency and publishing program in the Upper 9th Ward of New Orleans. May exhibits international contemporary art and concurrently provides educational public programming to New Orleans and the South East. May’s educational programing teaches critical thought through public discussions, publishing, exhibitions and by actively integrating international residentartists into the surrounding communities. May provides art practitioners with resources to achieve a higher level of professional and creative development, and encourages a greater acknowledgment, understanding and value of contemporary art in New Orleans, the South East and beyond. Our goal is to actively engage artists with other areas of cultural production and the sciences in order to promote art as a contributor in the global intellectual, social and political discourse.





Gene Koss Gene Koss
Panel: Glass as a Sculptural Medium
After obtaining his Master of Fine Arts degree at Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Gene Koss started the Tulane University glass program and brought the movement of contemporary glass art to New Orleans. He uses steel and glass to create monumental works. Working with serial cast glass parts to enlarge scale and combining these elements with steel and light, he has raised glass sculpture to the realm of public art. Koss employs the direct casting method to create unique glass sculpture using metal or wooden molds. He also creates solid glass sculptures and mixed media maquettes. His work has had a profound impact on artists working in both steel and glass media.

Koss is the recipient of numerous awards including the National Endowment for the Arts; the New Orleans Community Arts Award; and Pace-Willson Art Foundation grants. His work is included in numerous private collections, has been displayed in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, and has been featured in various art publications. Koss is represented by Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans, LA.




Tavia La Follette Tavia La Follette
Panel: Knotting the Thread
Tavia La Follette’s
work has been the subject of articles such as the Economist, Rolling Stone Magazine and the New York Times. Originally from New York City, La Follette is a director, designer, curator and performance artist. Her work has been seen at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, Arts at St. Ann’s (St. Ann’s Warehouse), the Tenement Museum, the Williamsburg Historical Society, and the Cooler in NYC. La Follette is the Artist-in-Residence at Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE Lab, based in Pittsburgh, PA where she founded and runs ArtUp. ArtUp is a border crossing space for artists and companies that are concerned with exploring the contextual inter-relationships of theater, visual arts, movement, media, and sound. La Follette and her work have toured all over the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. This fall she joins the Theatre School at De Paul University in Chicago to teach Multicultural Performance.


Dr. Viet LeDr. Viet Lê
Panel: Plan B
Dr. Viet Lê
is an artist, writer, and curator and an Assistant Professor, Visual Studies Program, California College of the Arts. Lê has published in positions: Asia critique; Crab Orchard Review; American Quarterly; Amerasia Journal; and the anthologies Writing from the Perfume River; Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art; among others. He curated Miss Saigon with the Wind (Highways, Santa Monica, 2005) and Charlie Don’t Surf!(Centre A, Vancouver, 2005); and co-curated humor us (with Leta Ming and Yong Soon Min; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, LA, 2008), transPOP: Korea Viet Nam Remix (with Yong Soon Min; Seoul, Sài Gòn, Irvine, San Francisco, 2008-09) and the 2012Kuandu Biennale (Taipei).

Lê has exhibited his work at prestigious venues in Asia, North America, and South America. He has received fellowships from Fulbright-Hays, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Center for Khmer Studies, Art Matters Foundation, International Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden University), and PEN Center USA.


Michael ManjarrisMichael Manjarris
Panel: Cultural Tourism
Michael Manjarris
is an acclaimed sculptor who lives and works in Egery Island, TX and has studied in Ireland, Cuba, Spain, Mexico, and Italy. Manjarris works in limestone, rope, clay, dirt, glass, cotton or found materials, making geometric constructions of classical form that are related to human scale. After Katrina, Manjarris founded and curated "Sculpture for New Orleans" to focus national and international attention on the New Orleans art scene as well as to assist local artists with networking opportunities. He is the founder of the Mariposa Arts Foundation which aims to broaden the understanding of modern art and the culture it serves.







Delaney MartinDelaney Martin
Panel: Ignite the Art Spirit Through Interactive Community Collaboration
Delaney Martin
(b. 1976, Honolulu, Hawaii) is a multi-media artist and the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of New Orleans Airlift. Her work engages the historical and cultural specificity of people and places to create spectacular, immersive environments marked by frequent collaborations and performance.

In 2008, she founded the arts organization New Orleans Airlift with Jay Pennington out of a desire to give back and go back to New Orleans post-Katrina. Her work as Artistic Director has led her to create even more ambitious, highly collaborative and multi-disciplinary projects. This rewarding experience has given her practice a deep commitment to the power of collaboration between artists and communities. Her 2011-2012 installation and performance platform, The Music Box, highlighted these values by bringing 25+ artists, 100+ musicians, and thousands of visitors into a sonic shantytown of interactive musical houses for exploratory opening hours and nights of orchestral concerts. Subsequently she has created new editions of The Music Box in Kiev, Ukraine, and Shreveport, Louisiana. Martin continues to shepherd this growing project, while adding other projects to Airlift’s canon and working independently as an artist.




Warren NeidichWarren Neidich
Panel: Plan B
Warren Neidich
is a Berlin and Los Angeles based post-conceptual artist and theorist who explores the interfaces between cultural production, brain research and cognitive capitalism to produce an Emancipatory Materialism. His interdisciplinary works combines photographic, video, internet downloads, scotch tape and noise installations. His work has been exhibited internationally at such institutions as PS1 MOMA, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Walker Art Center, Kunsthaus Graz, Kunsthaus Zurich, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles CountyMuseum and Musac, Leon, Spain. Selected awards include The Fulbright Specialist Program Award, Fine Arts Category, American University in Cairo, 2013 and The Vilem Flusser Theory, Berlin, 2010. His book The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism Part Two was recently published by Archive Press, Berlin, Germany. His collection of essays Resistance is Fertile will be published by Merve Verlag, in the fall of 2014.



David OestreicherDavid Oestreicher
Panel: Cultural Tourism
David Oestreicher II
is a Harvard trained litigation attorney with more than 35 years of experience. A community activist, with law degrees from Tulane and Harvard, David also has gained valuable experience while appointed as judge pro tempore for two courts, and while serving as a New Orleans Police officer for 20 years (twice decorated for bravery). David is Past President of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc, and is responsible for turning the festival around from net loss to a net surplus in less than two years. He is Member of the Cultural Committee of the Bring Back New Orleans Commission, and a founding member of Sculpture for New Orleans, a $45 million, two year project to place artwork from the world’s leading sculptors in public spaces throughout the city. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans.



Sean OrlandoSean Orlando
Panel: Ignite the Art Spirit Through Interactive Community Collaboration
Sean Orlando
is a multi-disciplinary installation artist, museum professional, and community organizer with an interest in collaborative and immersionary large-scale sculptural installation projects. Orlando is the co-founder of the Five Ton Crane Arts Group, principle artist at Engineered Artworks, Board Director at the Bently Foundation and Artist Fellow at The de Young Museum in San Francisco.

His collaborative group projects include the Steampunk Tree House, Raygun Gothic Rocketship and The Nautilus submarine art car. Orlando has exhibited and collaborated with many arts organizations and venues throughout California including The de Young Museum, The Crucible, the Chabot Space and Science Center, Maker Faire, Landor and Associates, the American Welding Society, the Port of San Francisco, Coachella, Dorkbots, Burning Man, the Black Rock Arts Foundation, and the UC Berkeley Worth Ryder Gallery. He is currently working on two "1% for Art” large-scale permanent public art installations for the sister cities of Tacoma and West Seattle in Washington State.

Mitthew Gray PalmerMatthew Gray Palmer
Panel: Public Art and Emerging Artists
Self-taught sculptor Matthew Gray Palmer was born in 1973 at Clark Air Base near Angeles City, Luzon Island, Philippines. He later moved back to the US with his family, growing up in Columbus, Ohio. He opted to pass on several major merit scholarships from various art institutes around the country. For six years Matthew gained tremendous experience designing and executing commissioned sculptures and architectural elements with the company, Old World Stone Carving. In 1995, Matthew started Parallaxis, an endeavor dedicated to educating people about natural science and conservation through public artworks and events. At the age of 25, he was awarded his first monumental public art commission, a life size horse and boy entitled The Still Point for The Buckeye Ranch. In the past several years, Matthew established himself as a sculptor for the National Park Service with installations at Arches National Park in Moab, Utah, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, California and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Louisiana. Recently Matthew installed a life-size African Elephant made of Butterflies at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk. His current projects include works for Mammoth Cave National Park, The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, The Hogle Zoo, and the University of Kentucky.


Dr. Rebecca Lee ReynoldsDr. Rebecca Lee Reynolds
Panel: Public Art and Emerging Artists
Rebecca Lee Reynolds, PhD.
, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of New Orleans, where she teaches Art History. Her teaching covers public art, art criticism, theories of modernism and postmodernism, and other topics related to 20th century and contemporary art. She will be teaching a new course in the fall about P.3 Prospect New Orleans. Her research has focused on art in the public sphere. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago with the dissertation, “From Green Cube to Site: Site-Specific Practices at American Sculpture Parks and Gardens, 1965-1987.” She has held fellowships in the Garden and Landscape Studies program at Dumbarton Oaks and at the Terra Foundation for American Art in Giverny, France. Her scholarship has been published in the journals Public Art Dialogue, Passepartout: Skrifter for Kunsthistorie, Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, and New Orleans Art Review.


Dhara RiveraDhara Rivera
Panel: Rural and Urban Linkages
Dhara Rivera
has built a body of work based upon the use of a wide range of art mediums and formats. This allows for a dynamic and rich response to diverse contexts and concepts. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Puerto Rico (1973) and a BFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute, NY (1980). Dhara attended the Whitney Museum Program for Young Artists in NY (1981) and continued her MFA Studies at Hunter College, NY graduating in 1983. While pursuing post graduate Studies in Public Space at the University of Barcelona (UB) the years of 2001-03, she was commissioned by the Urban Art Project of the city of San Juan, PR, to create permanent sculptural playgrounds for two public schools (2004). Among her most successful installations are El Sótano y el Jardín (Miró Foundation – Barcelona, Spain 1998, Museo de Arte de PR (MAPR) 1998 and Havanna Biennial 1999), Maquinolandera (Museo de Arte de PR (MAPR) 1999 and Sobre el Tapete (Museo Felisa Rincón de Gautier 1997). An important part of her production of the last decade questions the relationship between the human being, the concept of nature and the environment. She has realized ‘performative actions’ like Homenaje al Pterocarpus (Dorado,PR 2009), A la miri, meri, mir (El Salto de Juancatlán, Guadalajara,Mx 2010) and Cosiendo agua (Margarita Creek, San Juan, PR 2010). This last work was the base for the production of a documentary that holds the same name. Rio y respiro, her last project and the first part of the documentary trilogy, was finished and presented in November 2013. She is adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts in San Juan, PR.


Claudia Rodriguez Claudia Rodríguez
Panel: Rural and Urban Linkages
Through her work, Claudia Rodriguez transforms social and political concepts into shapes and actions. Born in Mexico City, and now in Guadalajara since 1972, Rodriguez graduated from one of Mexico’s notable fine arts institutions, the Instituto Cultural Cabañas. She continued her studies (and later taught) psychology at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO). In numerous collective and solo exhibitions, Rodriguez has shown in Mexico, Cuba, Belgium and Florida. A participant at the III Biennial Monterrey FEMSA (Fomento Económico Mexicano, SA) and is a recipient of various grants from the National Fund for Culture and Arts (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes FONCA). Her work is found in public and private collections in Guadalajara and presently is involved in community art projects sponsored by the Museum of Science and Ecology, under auspices of the University of Guadalajara. The recent project, REDES (Nets), in collaboration with Ana Joaquina Ramirez and supported and supervised by Cuban-Puerto Rican artist Rosina Santana Castellón, was coordinated through the local NGO Un Salto de Vida to create a monumental weave woven by urbanites and villagers along the polluted Santiago river in Guadalajara, addressing the problem of pollution in the river that feeds water to cities and agriculture alike.


Kathy Rodriguez Kathy Rodriguez
Panel: Public Art and Emerging Artists
Kathy Rodriguez
was born in Metairie, Louisiana, on July 16, 1980, during a heavy thunderstorm. She lived in Metairie and New Orleans before and after a brief 1998 stint in art school in Baltimore. Between 1999 and 2004, she completed the curriculum for a Bachelor's degree in Arts, with a focus in studio art, at The University of New Orleans. In August 2005, she moved to Missoula, Montana, to work in the Graduate program in Fine Arts at The University of Montana, Missoula. In May 2008, she was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing and a Master of Arts degree in Art History. In late June, 2008, she and her sweet husband, Matthew Kirscht, returned to New Orleans. She loves to be home.

In addition to continuing her studio practice, Rodriguez now teaches at The University of New Orleans. She serves in the Department of Fine Arts as an instructor in art history courses including survey and 19th century art, as well as studio courses from the foundation to graduate level. She also manages and directs the UNO-St. Claude Gallery. She is a contributing writer for New Orleans Art Review.


Rosario RomeroRosario Romero
Panel: Rural and Urban Linkages
Rosario Romero
graduated in art history from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. She was the librarian for the Center for International Studies at the Ortega y Gasset Foundation in Toledo (Spain) and professor of Islamic art. For ten years she was a professor at the School of Visual Arts in San Juan, Puerto Rico and later headed the Office of Cultural Activities at the Faculty of Law of the Interamerican University, also in San Juan. Currently she is a professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus and is an editor of 80grados an on-line art publication plus a regular contributor to Double Vision, an electronic art criticism magazine.




Mark RomigMark Romig
Panel: Cultural Tourism
A native New Orleanian, Mark Romig is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC), the city’s official leisure travel promotion agency responsible for enhancing the tourism industry through effective marketing and promotional programs. His public relations career has spanned more than 30 years, and has taken him from U.S. presidential campaigns to public relations and marketing counseling, from college classrooms to a world’s fair. He also recently succeeded his father, Jerry, as the Stadium Announcer for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. His father served in the role for 446 consecutive Saints home game (44 years).

Active in his community, in addition to serving on the board of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, Mark served as Co-Chair alongside his father Jerry of the Media & PR Committee of the 2013 Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee. He is also working in a number of other volunteer roles including as a member of the Board of Trustees and Board Secretary for Xavier University of Louisiana. He is a member of the New Orleans City Park Board of Commissioners and also serves on the Board of Directors of Covenant House.


Crimson Rose Crimson Rose
Panel: Ignite the Art Spirit Through Interactive Community Collaboration
As a co-founder of Burning Man, the Black Rock Arts Foundation, and Burning Man Project, Crimson Rose's life passion and work have focused on the arts and artistic expression. She began participating in the Burning Man event in 1991, and developed the process and infrastructure that support and fund the large-scale participatory art works that Burning Man is renowned for. The vast landscape of the Black Rock Desert inspires limitless possibilities for impactful interactive art. With Crimson's guidance, Burning Man serves as an inspirational limitless canvas, the works of which now find public placement in cities around the world and serve as catalytic sparks for community collaboration. Burning Man art transforms people into active contributors to the creative process, transcending the static concept of an art object that is contemplated by a detached audience.


Russ RuBertRuss RuBert
Panel: Creative Placemaking and Community Gentrification
Russ RuBert
is an artist working at the intersection of art, science and technology whose practice includes media installation, public interventions, curating and directing art and community projects. He is the executive director of ideaXfactory, a installation space for contemporary art funded by ArtPlace America. He is the founder of Sculpture Community, a forum for established and emerging sculptors, collectors, curators, and conservators to network and share ideas. He works both from a 22,000 SF studio in Springfield, MO and from ideaXfactory to design sculpture environments combining light, sound, various material explorations, and participatory interaction.




Abby SuckleAbby Suckle
Panel: Writing on Sculpture: How Artists Can Engage with Writers
Abby Suckle
received her Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to opening her own architectural firm, she practiced architecture with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer, Sert Jackson Associates and SITE. At Pei, her major projects include the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, San Francisco Main Library, John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Recent collaborations include Harvard’s Center for Government and International Studies, the Greenberg Pavilion at New York Hospital the Harvard Club of NY Renovations and Fiterman Hall. Ms. Suckle is also President of cultureNOW, a nonprofit that came out of the New York/New Visions initiative to rebuild lower Manhattan. To date, she has designed 5 cultural and historical maps as well as a public art map of Manhattan, ManhattanArtNOW and led the Museum Without Walls project, both online and on the iPhone. She has taught at Parsons and the Boston Architectural Center and served on many design juries, most recently at Cooper Union. She has written for the Architects Newspaper and published By Their Own Design with the Whitney Library of Design. Ms. Suckle is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the 2009 recipient of the New York State Fellows Award.


Dan Tague Dan Tague
Panel: Guns in the Hands of Artists
Dan Tague
has an MFA in Studio Arts from The University of New Orleans, and is a multi-media artist, curator, and activist whose work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of several awards and residencies including grants from The Joan Mitchell Foundation and Pollock Krasner Foundation, and has been an artist-in-residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the La Napoule Art Foundation in France. Dan Tague’s work is multi-faceted. He is well known for his dollar bill works that are a hybrid of sculpture, photography and political statements. Tague addresses the issues of our day by rendering visual equivalents by the most powerful means necessary. Installations, photography and artistic activism are his means of confronting and responding to the concerns of today’s world. Several notable publications have featured Tague’s work, including ArtForum, The Washington Post, and The Seattle Times. In August 2013, Tague was commissioned to create a ‘never before seen’ piece for the SundayReview in The New York Times and he was also featured on the BBC in a major interview about his work. His work appears in numerous public and private collections including The Whitney Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, collector Beth Rudin DeWoody, Roll Global Collection, curator Dan Cameron, the Louisiana State Museum, collector Virginia Speed, Sanam Vaziri Quraishi Foundation and the West Collection of Contemporary Art.



Tim Tate Tim Tate
Panel: Glass as a Sculptural Medium
Tim Tate
is a Washington, DC native, and has been working with glass as a sculptural medium for the past 25 years. Co-Founder of the Washington Glass School, Tim’s work is in the permanent collections of a number of museums, including the Smithsonian's American Art Museum and the Mint Museum. In 2009 he received an award from the Museum of American Glass in New Jersey as a “Rising Star of the 21st Century”. He was also the 2010 recipient of the $35,000 Virginia Groot Foundation award for sculpture. He has just returned from getting his Fulbright from Sunderland University in England at the National Glass Center.






Sally Tiffin Sally Tiffin
Panel: Artists Residencies: Do They Benefit Sculptors?
Sally Tiffin
is an Artist/Sculptor/Arts Educator who studied at the Royal College of Art and was appointed Head of Technical Resources for Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts in 2011. Sally’s primary role provides leadership within these Colleges at a senior level for the management & development of technical expertise within the academic portfolios - contributing to the wider values, ambitions and strategic developments within the University of the Arts London. Sally has worked at Chelsea College of Arts for over twenty years specialising in developing the relationship between theory and practice within specialist learning environments. She developed a Foundry Fellowship where artists/sculptors are invited to work alongside students and staff in the College Foundry in order to develop their personal research practice and engage in discourse & debate with students and fellow researchers about making and collaborative practice. Sally’s own art practice is rooted within the medium of cast sculpture in which the context of making impacts on the evolution of the works themselves. Contributions at Conferences include Making Spaces, The World Turned Inside Out: Bronze Casting in the 20th Century, Metaflux Symposium, Enhancing Curricula: using research & enquiry to inform student learning in the disciplines, ISC Discovery Day, Shaping Sculpture.


Carlie Trosclair Carlie Trosclair
Panel: Artist’s Residencies: Do They Benefit Sculptors?
Carlie Trosclair
is an installation artist from New Orleans, Louisiana who lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri. Trosclair earned an MFA from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, a BFA from Loyola University New Orleans, and is a Fellow of the Community Arts Training Institute (MO). Approached through a lens of reordering and rediscovery, Trosclair’s site sensitive installations create new topographies and narratives that highlight structural and decorative shifts that evolve over a building's lifespan. Trosclair has completed residencies at ACRE (WI), Vermont Studio Center (VT), Woodside Contemporary Artists Center (NY), chashama (NY) and The Luminary Center for the Arts (MO). Trosclair is the recipient of the Riverfront Time's Mastermind Award (2012), Creative Stimulus Award (2013), Regional Arts Commission Artist Support Grant (2013), and the Great Rivers Biennial (2014).





Jennifer Vanderpool Jennifer Vanderpool
Panel: Plan B
Jennifer Vanderpool
has an extensive international exhibition record at venues in North America, South America, and Europe. She has upcoming exhibitions at the National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia and Laznia Museum of Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland. Vanderpool received funding from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Danish Arts Council, Swedish Arts Council, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her first book is titled: Postgendered Spectatorship: Constructing Fabulation in Performance and Spatial Art. Other publications include: ArtUS and Art Papers Magazine and catalog essays for the Houston Photo Festival, Raid Projects (LA), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara. Vanderpool and Ciara Ennis are co-curating Plan B (Santa Barbara City College, 2015) and A Moderate Proposal (Pitzer College and Kalmar Konstmuseum, Sweden, 2015). In fall of 2014 Dr. Vanderpool will be a Visiting Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London



William Warmus William Warmus
Panel: Glass as a Sculptural Medium
The son of a Corning Inc. glassblower, curator and critic William Warmus studied art history and philosophy with the critic Harold Rosenberg and the philosopher Paul Ricoeur while at the University of Chicago. He is currently a Fellow of the Corning Museum of Glass, where he was curator of Modern Glass.

Warmus was an advisor to the estate of the critic Clement Greenberg. His video interview with Greenberg about the philosophy of criticism is in the archives of the Getty Research Institute, and he engineered the acquisition of Greenberg's collection of abstract expressionist and color field art by the Portland Art Museum (OR).

The New York Times has profiled him as a Stylemaker, while the University of Chicago magazine describes him as a classical modernist. He is the author or coauthor of more than a dozen books including biographies of Tiffany, Lalique, Chihuly, Tom Patti and Frantisek Vizner. A scuba diver since 1997, Warmus also writes about the ocean realm. The theory of the reticulate evolution of coral and its application to aesthetics has been a guiding influence as he works on his next book, "The True History of Glass?"


Kurt WeigleKurt Weigle
Panel: Cultural Tourism
Kurt Weigle
has been President & CEO of the Downtown Development District (DDD) of New Orleans since 2003. During his tenure, the DDD’s focus on quality of life and place-based economic development strategies to retain & attract Industries of the Mind has led to international recognition of New Orleans as a creative hub, now home to dozens of digital media and tech firms. Downtown is the epicenter for New Orleans’ tech growth, adding an average of 350 new digital media & tech jobs per year. The DDD was instrumental in securing the state of the art University Medical Center, opening in 2014, and VA Medical Center opening in 2016. Since 2006, Downtown New Orleans has welcomed over $6 billion of new real estate investment and its residential population has doubled.

Mr. Weigle serves on the boards of the National New Markets Fund, New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation, Health Education Authority of Louisiana, the New Orleans Medical Complex and WWNO public radio. He is a past director of the International Downtown Association and the Committee for a Better New Orleans, and a member of the Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee. Mr. Weigle received the Excellence in Government Award in 2007 from the Bureau of Governmental Research and is a graduate of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute. Mr. Weigle earned his Master of Urban Planning and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.


Robert WojtowiczDr. Robert Wojtowicz
Panel: Public Art and Emerging Artists
Dr. Robert Wojtowicz
is professor of art history and associate vice provost for graduate studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Since 2013, he has chaired the City of Norfolk’s Public Art Commission. He received his Ph.D. in the history of art from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990, his M.A. in art history and archaeology from Columbia University in 1984, and his M.A. and B.A. in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. His research focus is architectural history and urbanism. An expert on the life and work of critic Lewis Mumford, Dr. Wojtowicz is the author of Lewis Mumford and American Modernism (1996); the editor of Sidewalk Critic: Lewis Mumford’s Writings on New York (1998) and Mumford on Modern Art in the 1930s (2007); and the co-editor, with Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, of Frank Lloyd Wright and Lewis Mumford: Thirty Years of Correspondence (2001).



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