Deborah Willis, Ph.D, is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on photography and imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women, and gender.
The primary medium for Hannah Bertram's temporary decorative installations is dust, but her practice also includes site-responsive installations, drawing, video, performance and spoken word.
"I see the underlying simultaneous similarity and differences in the structures and patterns of organic form from the macro to the micro."
Berndt Hildebrandt's interest in writing poetry has sparked a number of collaborations with Liz Ingram in which his poems are integrated into the fabric of her large-scale images and installations. These are meant to compliment and provide a sensual context to the elemental nature of her images. Hildebrandt’s understanding of scale and structure has also given her images a dimensional resonance that confronts and engages the viewer.
Lisa Vinebaum is an artist, critical writer, and educator. Working across practice and theory, her work explores collectivity and intersubjective relationships, working conditions and workers' rights, and the value of artistic labor.
Mariko Takeuchi is a photography critic, independent curator and associate professor of Kyoto University of Art and Design.
Denise Gonzales Crisp is a designer, writer, educator, curator, and author of Graphic Design in Context: Typography (Thames&Hudson, 2012). She is Professor of Graphic Design in the Department of Graphic and Industrial Design, College of Design, North Carolina State University, and is the Director of the Master of Graphic Design (MGD) program. Denise arrived at NC State in 2002 to serve as Department Chair. Prior to this appointment, Denise was the Senior Designer at Art Center College of Design, and a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts masters program.
Los Angeles artist Sandow Birk, a graduate of the Otis/Parson's Art Institute, deals with contemporary life in its entirety in his work, with an emphasis on social issues. Frequently developed as expansive, multi-media projects, themes in his work have included inner city violence, graffiti, social and political issues, travel, war, prisons, Islam, surfing, and skateboarding.