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.
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
I am a performer, historian, consultant and dance writer. I am also a faculty member at Hunter College, Kean University, Empire State College’s online program Center for Distance Learning and The Joffrey Ballet School’s Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program. I am a former faculty member of The Ailey School and the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance major program. I hold a Ph.D. in History from Howard University, a Masters Degree in Dance Research, Reconstruction and Choreography from CUNY – City College, and two Bachelor’s Degrees: one in Speech & Theatre/Dance, and the other in English from Montclair State College.
I generally lecture on western dance history, the Black tradition in American dance and Jamaican dance. After performing for many years with major New York dance companies, I joined the internationally known, New York-based, dance/theater company david rousseve/REALITY in 1989 – 2000. I teach a movement class based on a melding of modern dance, contemporary styles and yoga. I am a yoga teacher at Ashtanga Yoga Montclair in Montclair, New Jersey. I began teaching Ashtanga-based yoga classes in 1998, and today Ashtanga yoga remains an integral part of all my movement classes. I have lectured and taught movement and yoga classes nationally and internationally.
I have been a co-curator for Harlem Stage’s dance series, EMoves for ten years, and the lead curator for Dance @ Wassaic Project Festival for five years. I currently write on dance for Dance Magazine and The New York Amsterdam News among other magazines and journals. My most recent articles can be found on JW Marriot’s luxury hotel’s website - jwm - “Visions of Sugarplums”, on BAM’s website (“A Brief History of American Modern Dance“), and in BAM’s 150th anniversary book - BAM: The Complete Works, Edited by Steven Serafin.
I was a member of the New York Dance and Performance Awards Committee (BESSIES) for more than ten years.
Specialties – Teaching, lecturing, writing, advising and consulting on dance.
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
Programming and Exhibitions: Deon Soogrim
A native New Yorker, Deon Soogrim is currently Programming and Exhibitions Manager, executing the Wassiac Project’s annual programming, including the Summer Exhibition and Festival. Previously working at Creative Time on the Creative Time Summit, a conference on art and politics, he holds a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College, where he studied sculpture and played Ultimate Frisbee.
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
2014 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.theindependentgroup.us
2014 Print Fellow: Scott Porcelli
Scott Porcelli is an artist working out of Plainsboro, New Jersey. He received an MFA in printmaking from Edinboro University and a BFA from Kutztown University. His work focuses on man’s relationship to the landscape, spirituality, and dedication to subtle details and tiny mark making. // www.sjporcelli.weebly.com/
Megan is a recent graduate of Purchase College with a BFA in Printmaking. She grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland but has only realized her great love of bacon egg and cheese upon moving to New York.
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
Exhibitions and Festival Director 2011-2014: 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