Heidi Diehl

Heidi Diehl's fiction has appeared in Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Mississippi Review, StoryQuarterly, Witness, and elsewhere. A recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Saltonstall Foundation, and the Vermont Studio Center, she lives in Brooklyn.

Sophia Flood

 Sophia Flood, Pools, Oil on Canvas, 2016, 50x68 inches

Sophia Flood, Pools, Oil on Canvas, 2016, 50x68 inches

Sophia Flood was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts and currently lives in New York City. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2012, and was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2016. She works across painting and sculpture in a semi-abstract language that departs from both experienced and invented landscapes. Her work has been written about in Two Coats of Paint, The Coastal Post, Great Big Iceberg, Hyperallergic, and New American Paintings, and exhibited most recently at Sadie Halie Projects, Torrance Shipman Gallery, The Herter Gallery at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst, and the Spring Break Art Show in New York.

Beth Graczyk

Beth Graczyk is a choreographer, a performer and a scientist. For the past 17 years, Graczyk has performed throughout the United States and internationally in Japan, Ecuador, France and India. Concurrently, she has contributed to 9 science publications in the field of cancer research, including a first author paper in Analytical Biochemistry. Graczyk co-directed the Seattle-based company Salt Horse (2008-2016) with Corrie Befort and Angelina Baldoz. In addition, Graczyk collaborates as a choreographer with Danish director Torben Ulrich and with composer/palliative care doctor Hope Wechkin. Through her collaborative work she has received funding from Artist Trust, 4 Culture, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, and The National Endowment for the Arts. As a solo artist, Graczyk launched a project called Desire Motor in 2016, a series of 12 solos, of which her inaugural solo, Beast, has been presented at Movement Research, CPR's Spring Movement Festival, Greenspace, Harrisburg Dance Festival and will be produced by Gibney Dance in spring 2017. The second solo, One of You Is Fake, will premiere at La MaMa Moves festival in May 2017. Graczyk has recently danced for the feath3r theory, Sara Shelton Mann & K.J. Holmes.

Salomé Lamas

Salomé Lamas (1987, Lisbon) studied cinema in Lisbon (Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema) and Prague (Filmová a Televizni Fakulta Akademie Múzick’VCHV Praze), visual arts MFA in Amsterdam (Sandberg Instituut, Gerrit Rietveld Academie) and is a Ph.D candidate in Contemporary Art Studies in Coimbra (Universidade de Coimbra). Her work has been screened both in art venues and film festivals such as Berlinale – Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, NIMK – Netherlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Roma, BAFICI, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, FIAC, MNAC – Museu do Chiado, DocLisboa, Cinema du Réel, Visions du Réel, MoMA – Museum of Modern Art, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Pacific Film Archive, Harvard Film Archive, Museum of Moving Images NY, Jewish Museum NY, Fid Marseille, Arsenal Institut fur film und videokunst, Viennale, Hong Kong Film Festival, UCLA Film & Television Archive, Serralves – Museu de Arte Comtemporânea, Tate Modern, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève, Bozar – Palais des Beaux-Arts, TABAKALERA, ICA – The Institute of Contemporary Arts, Mostra de São Paulo, CAC – Contemporary Art Center Vilnius. Lamas was granted several fellowships such as The Gardner Film Study Center Fellowship – Harvard University, The Rockefeller Foundation – Bellagio Center, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Fundação Oriente, Bogliasco Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD.


Shannon Mussett

Shannon M. Mussett is a Professor of Philosophy at Utah Valley University. She specializes in feminist theory, existentialism, German Idealism, and aesthetics. She publishes widely on the philosophy of G.W.F. Hegel and the philosophy and literature of Simone de Beauvoir. She is co-editor of both Beauvoir and the History of Philosophy from Plato to Butler (SUNY Press, 2012) and The Contradictions of Freedom: Philosophical Essays on Simone de Beauvoir’s ‘Les Mandarins’ (SUNY Press, 2006). Based on the work of Robert Smithson, she is currently writing a manuscript exploring the connection between entropic art and the history of philosophy.

Ooldouz Alaei Novin

 Ooldouz Alaei Novin, Our Persian Garden, Video Still, 2016

Ooldouz Alaei Novin, Our Persian Garden, Video Still, 2016

Ooldouz Alaei Novin is a Tehran based visual artist. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts is Photography from Art University of Tehran. She received her MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from School of Visual Arts in May 2016. She has created bodies of work in different areas of photography including documentary, s tudio photography and staged photography. Since moving to New York she has been exploring numerous possibilities of other forms of media. Her MFA thesis project is a multimedia installation about the Iranian diaspora.


Alex Stephenson

The music of composer Alex Stephenson (b. 1990, Philadelphia, PA) has been performed by the Civitas Ensemble, members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, Plus Minus Ensemble, and the Guildhall and University of Chicago New Music Ensembles, among others, and has been featured by venues, festivals, and institutions across the United States, Europe, and Asia, including the Composers Conference at Wellesley College, Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Centre de Musique Hindemith, High Concept Laboratories, Valparaiso University, and Banaras Hindu University. Alex has studied at the Eastman School of Music; the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he was a Fulbright scholar; and the University of Chicago.