Bowie Zunino, Eve Biddle and Jeff Barnett-Winsby are Founders and Co-Executive Directors of the Wassaic Project. They have curated performance at MASS MoCA, served as visiting artists at Columbia University, The City College of New York, Parsons The New School for Design, and School of Visual Arts and panelists at The Aldrich Museum, Storm King, and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation’s Studio-X.
Eve Biddle is an artist and has worked with Philadelphia Mural Arts, Indianapolis Arts Council, LAND Studio Cleveland, Dieu Donne Papermill, and NYCares. In collaboration with her husband, Joshua Frankel, she has created over 16,000 square feet of public murals across the country. She holds and BA in Art History from Williams College. // bowieandeve.com // evebiddle.com
Bowie Zunino is a social practice artist and educator. She has worked with Creative Time, The Go Project, and Readnet Bronx Charter School. She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Sculpture and holds a BA in Psychology and Studio Art from Williams College. // eveandbowie.com // bowiezunino.com
Jeff Barnett-Winsby is an artist and community organizer with an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Photography. He has exhibited internationally and his first book, Mark West and Molly Rose, was published in 2010 by J&L Books. He has served on the faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Rhode Island.
Exhibitions and Festival: Shannon Finnegan
Shannon Finnegan is an artist based in Brooklyn and Wassaic, NY. She works primarily in drawing, using repetitive actions to address the value of labor and the concept of wasted time. In additional to being the Exhibitions and Festival Director for the Wassaic Project, Shannon works as an Artist Guide for Judd Foundation. Originally from Berkeley, California, Shannon received her Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College. // shannonfinnegan.com
Music: Scott Anderson
Scott Anderson is founding Partner and Chief Strategy Officer of Control Group, a NYC-based innovation strategy, technology & design company. Scott serves on the Board of Open House New York, a non-profit organization that promotes New York City architecture and design by encouraging public access to famous buildings and spaces in the New York City area. In addition to being Music Director, Scott also serves on the Wassaic Project’s Board of Directors.
Dance: Charmaine Warren
Performer, historian, consultant and dance writer, Charmaine Warren is a faculty member at Alvin Ailey/Fordham University, The Ailey School and Empire State College’s online division, Center for Distant Learning. She holds a Ph.D. in History at Howard University where she taught for eight years, a Masters Degree in Dance Research, Reconstruction and Choreography, and two Bachelor’s Degrees: one in Speech & Theatre/Dance and the other in English. After performing for many years with major New York dance companies, Charmaine joined the internationally known, New York-based, dance/theater company david rousseve/REALITY in 1989. Over the years, she has made numerous television appearances and has been interviewed by WBAI and the National Public Radio representing REALITY. She has also been interviewed on various dance programs in Germany, Jamaica and the U.S. on issues in dance history, performance and teaching. Today, she can be seen as a special guest for various contemporary modern dance companies.
Charmaine writes on dance performance for Dance Magazine and The Amsterdam News, among other magazines and journals. Her works have also been published in Juice, Movement Research Journal, and Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival Journal. Her most recent entry can be found in BAM’s 150th anniversary book – BAM: The Complete Works, Edited by Steven Serafin. Charmaine is a dance consultant for Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 651 ARTS and is a co-curator for Harlem Stage’s critically acclaimed dance series E-Moves. Charmaine was a member of the New York Dance and Performance Awards Committee (BESSIES) for more than ten years.// www.charmainewarren.com
Film: Liliana Greenfield-Sanders
Liliana Greenfield-Sanders is a writer and director – born and raised in the East Village of New York City. She was a Sundance Lab Fellow in both Directing and Screenwriting with her feature film ‘Adelaide.’ Her other film and television work has won awards through The Sloan Foundation, Women in Film & Television, Lifetime TV, Channel 13, The AFF Teleplay Competition, Tribeca All Access, The National Board of Review and others. Her short films have screened at over 50 film festivals around the world.
Greenfield-Sanders created and runs the film program at The Wassaic Project. She is currently one of nine writer’s in the 2014 Warner Bros. TV Writer’s Workshop.
Her twitter recently got a shout out in the NYTimes, @liliana.// www.lilygs.com
Education: Hallie Scott
Hallie is an educator, art historian, and occasional curator splitting her time between Brooklyn and Wassaic. She is a PhD Candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where her research focuses on experimental art pedagogy in the 1960s and 1970s. Prior to joining the Wassaic Project team, Hallie worked at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts and the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas and taught art history at Brooklyn College.
Media and Communications: Samantha Best
Samantha Best is an MA student in Art History at Hunter College. Her research focuses on artists who use the Internet as their primary platform for sharing work and building audiences and peer groups. She was a 2011 Fellow at The Artist’s Institute and a 2014 recipient of the Hunter College Art Galleries C12 Fund honorarium to co-curate the inaugural exhibition at 205 Hudson Gallery. Prior to joining the Wassaic Project team, Samantha worked for six years as Studio Manager to interdisciplinary artist, Sanford Biggers. Originally from Virginia, she received her BA in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Installation: Ryan Frank
Ryan is an artist and curator based in Brooklyn, NY and Sharon, CT. He was a Wassaic Project resident artist from 2010-2011 and co-curated the exhibition Ode Hotel in Maxon Mills last summer. Ryan works as the Collection Director and Director of Education at The Granary, a private exhibition space in Litchfield County, CT where he recently organized the exhibition Reflective Landscape. // www.ryanmfrank.com
2013 Design Fellow: Isaac Gertman
Isaac Gertman is a designer, educator, writer, and typography enthusiast. His design work has been recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Society of Publication Designers. He currently teaches advanced courses in Graphic Design and Typography at the Maryland Institute College of Art and at City College, in the Department of Landscape Architecture. He has taught previously at Rhode Island School of Design and Parsons, The New School for Design. His writing has appeared in Print magazine, Step magazine, DesignBureau, and the design blog SpeakUp. Isaac received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. // www.paperwhite-studio.com
Founding Co-Director, 2008 – 2010: Elan Bogarin
Elan Bogarín is a filmmaker/photographer who is in post-production on Invisible Murals, her first feature length documentary to be distributed by PBS. Elan produced the feature film Big Fan for director Robert Siegel which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and screened in over 30 US cities. She was nominated for the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Awards prize and a Gotham IFP Award for Best Picture. Other recent projects include work for The Whitney Museum of American Art; the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros; God’s House, a feature-length documentary about Muslims who saved Jews during the Holocaust for JWM Productions; and a short documentary for the National Gallery of Art for Oscar-winning director, Aviva Slesin. In 2008, she co-founded The Wassaic Project, an annual multidisciplinary arts festival and residency program in Wassaic, New York. She has received grants from Latino Public Broadcasting, Experimental Television Center, Urban Artist Initiative NYC, The Joyce and Robert Menschel Foundation, The Dutchess County Arts Council, The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the Charles and Lucille King family. Elan received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for MFA work. // invisiblemuralsmovie.com