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, and have presented and spoken on panels at Open Engagement, Storm King, The Aldrich Museum, and Columbia University’s Studio X. The have also served as visiting artists and guest lecturers at Columbia University, Bard College, The City College of New York, Marist College, Parsons The New School for Design, Western Michigan University, and School of Visual Arts.
Bowie Zunino is a social sculptor and teacher. She and her Husband, Jeff Barnett-Winsby run The Lantern in Wassaic, a community bar and restaurant, where they live with two daughters and their Alaskan Malamute. 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
Eve Biddle is an artist passionate about public art and its powerful effect on community. Biddle has been commissioned by Philadelphia Mural Arts, Indianapolis Arts Council, NYCares, North Brooklyn Public Arts Council and Local Projects at 5Pointz. In collaboration with her husband, Joshua Frankel, she has created over 16,000 square feet of public murals across the country, to which TimeOut NY says “make a beeline”. She holds a BA in Art History from Williams College. // bowieandeve.com // evebiddle.com
Jeff Barnett-Winsby is an artist and community organizer with an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Photography. He is the head fire commissioner for the Wassaic Fire Company and the head of the Zoning board of Appeals in Amenia, NY. 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. He recently completed a residency at Little Brown Mushroom’s Camp for Socially Awkward Storytellers.
Music: Scott Anderson & Tim Love Lee
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.
Tim Love Lee has been in the music industry for over 25 years, developing his cult UK dance label into the Tummy Touch Music Group, an international group of companies with a 360° vision for the modern music landscape incorporating record labels, a music publishing company, a production music company and artist and catalogue management. Tim has been asked by MOMA to curate their legendary Warm Up event at the PS1 museum in Queens, NY and his skills as a producer and DJ have landed him radio shows with the BBC, KISS FM and NYC’s East Village Radio as well as official DJ Mix CD releases from Universal Records, Keep Diggin and Stereo Deluxe / Ministry Of Sound and club & festival dates around the world.
Film: Liliana Greenfield-Sanders
Liliana Greenfield-Sanders is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has premiered at the Museum of Modern Art, on television (PBS and Lifetime) and at over 50 film festivals worldwide. Her screenwriting, in both film and TV, has been supported by the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriting and Directing Labs, the Tribeca All Access Program and the Warner Bros. TV Workshop. While earning her masters at NYU Grad Film, Greenfield-Sanders was a Wasserman finalist, an Ang Lee Scholar, a NYWIFT merit scholar, a National Board of Review Student Grantee and the recipient of the Grand Prize Sloan Foundation Feature Film Award.
Born and raised in the East Village of New York City by a multi-generational family of artists, Greenfield-Sanders began volunteering at Anthology Film Archives when she was 11-years-old. Greenfield-Sanders occasionally writes for The Huffington Post and can be found on Instagram: LilianaGS and Twitter: @Liliana.
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.
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 Director: Tara Lisa Foley
Tara is an educator and multidisciplinary artist, currently living full-time in beautiful Wassaic. Originally from New York City, Tara has spent the last 15 years living on the West Coast in California. She graduated with a MFA from CalArts in Los Angeles in 2013. Prior to working at Wassaic Project,Tara was the Education Director of Southern Exposure, a 40 year old art non- profit in San Francisco,among many other positions in the arts, and arts education.
Residency Director: Will Hutnick
Will Hutnick is an artist and curator based in Wassaic and Brooklyn, NY. He received his MFA from Pratt Institute and his BA from Providence College. His work has been exhibited at The Java Project (Brooklyn, solo), Grizzly Grizzly (Philadelphia, PA), Circuit 12 Contemporary (Dallas, TX), Momenta Art (Brooklyn), TSA (Brooklyn) and The Center for Contemporary Art (Bedminster, NJ, solo). Hutnick has curated numerous exhibitions at Trestle Projects, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Loft 594 and LaunchPad (Brooklyn). He has been an Artist in Residence at Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY), The Wassaic Project, Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT) through 4heads on Governors Island (Governors Island, NY), and recently completed a year-long curatorial residency at Trestle Projects (Brooklyn). He is a member of Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run curatorial collective and exhibition space in Brooklyn.
Programming and Exhibitions Coordinator: Julie Le
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
2015 Design Fellows: Momoe & William
Momoe Narazaki and William Shum met while studying graphic design in New York City. After realizing they shared a passion for art, drawing, designing obsessively, and everything print, they decided to pool their efforts and work together. Not wanting to be tied down to any set practice, they formed itwst (which stands for i think we’re still thinking) after graduating from Fashion Institute of Technology in May 2014. Their studio is a creative haven where they work on projects both personal and in collaboration with wonderful people.
“Every idea is worth exploring. For us, finding solutions is a never-ending process full of care, investigation, and discovery. We try to bring this attitude to everything we work on because we believe in the phrase, ‘do what you love, love what you do’. We believe in creating meaningful, personal design.” // itwst.us
2016 Print Fellow: Michael Siporin Levine
Michael Siporin Levine was born and raised outside of Hartford, Connecticut and received his BFA at the University of Connecticut (2011) and MFA from the University of Georgia (2014).
Past experiences, mundane situations, and human relationships encountered on a day to day basis, provide the departure point for his work. Using a mixture of observational and imagined drawing as a foundation, he creates images with open ended narratives. As he develops these narratives, initial ideas change, abstract, and evolve through process, intuition, and formal decision-making. As the image changes through process, the work develops new meaning. Through printmaking, drawing, animation, and video, he seeks to create loose narratives, often based on autobiographical events and everyday interactions.
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
Education Director 2012-2015: 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.
Education Co-Director 2011-2012: Amy Russo
Residency Director 2012-2015: Charlotte Caldwell
Charlotte Caldwell, born in the volunteer state of Tennessee, made her way to Wassaic via Brooklyn. She received her MA in Visual Arts Admin from NYU and a BA from Sewanee in sculpture and video. Still making video and painting in her spare time (to keep the crazies at bay), her life’s pleasure is in assisting others in their production.
Residency Director: Dana Bunker
Dana Bunker is a visual artist slash restaurant owner. A graduate of Pratt University and formerly known as “that white girl with the dreadlocks,” she now resides in Los Gatos, California. When she’s not at her restaurant trying to get the staff to “give a shit” or raising her best-friend slash adorable 2-year-old son to be the greatest man ever known, or watching the same Mickey Mouse movie for the umpteenth time…she can be found in her “studio” drawing miniature portraits of herself making kissy faces. She gives said “pieces” out as presents to people who do nice things for her, so if you play your cards right….
For more information about the glorious world of Dana Deanne Bunker and her Stevie Nicks obsession, visit her on instagram @freakysecrets