Leslie Rogers is a sculptor, performance artist, and puppeteer. Her arts background is in puppetry and quilting, with degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art (BFA) and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Sculpture & Extended Media program (MFA). Her work draws from slapstick entertainment, collaborative relationships, gender tropes, and the fiber arts to disregard or erase perceived hierarchies between performer and object, and amongst art forms and social groups. Rogers has been awarded artist residencies at ACRE, AS220, Art Farm Nebraska, Mildred’s Lane, the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan, and postdoctoral research fellowship from the Michigan Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan. She lives and works in Detroit.
Brooke Singer engages technoscience as an artist, educator, nonspecialist and collaborator. Her work lives "on" and "off" line in the form of websites, workshops, photographs, maps, installations and performances that frequently involves public participation in pursuit of social change. She is Associate Professor of New Media at Purchase College, State University of New York, Designer in Residence at the New York Hall of Science (2018-2019), co-founder of the art, technology and activist group Preemptive Media (2002-2008) and co-founder of La Casita Verde (2013-). She is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Microsoft and Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy. Brooke has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at MoMA/PS1, Warhol Museum of Art, The Banff Centre, Neuberger Museum of Art, Matadero Madrid, Diverseworks and The Whitney Artport. She has received awards from the Open Society Foundations, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Helsinki International Artist Program, Headlands Center for Arts, Patagonia, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, among others.
Sugar Vendil_Islander_Performance_2018_Work in progress showing at Dixon Place
Sugar Vendil is a composer, pianist, and interdisciplinary artist. Her artistic practice is strongly rooted in rigorous discipline as a musician and gradually expanded into performance that integrates music, movement, and unconventional approaches to the piano. As a collaborative artist, Vendil has been commissioned for a variety of projects by visual artists, fashion designers, and choreographers. She is a proud second generation Filipinx American. Vendil has performed at a variety of venues, ranging from arts spaces such as BAM Fisher, Dixon Place, Knockdown Center’s Ready Room, National Sawdust, the New School’s Glassbox Theater, and Roulette; to galleries and spaces such as The Development Gallery, Milk Studios, Spring Studios, and others. She was a 2017 Summer Labs Artist in Residence at National Sawdust and a 2016 Fellow in the Target Margin Institute for Collaborative Theater Making. Other residencies include Avaloch Farm, Earthdance (E|MERGE Multidisciplinary Residency), the A-Z West Wagon Station Encampment, Arts Letters & Numbers, and Yaddo. She is the founder of a contemporary music ensemble, The Nouveau Classical Project. Vendil is a 2019 resident artist at Mabou Mines and has a residency at Target Margin in February 2019.
In the Black Box (Looking Out) is a 2-channel video juxtaposing theater with social work to explore secondary trauma caused from inhabiting another person's experience.
Jody Wood works primarily in time-based media and social practice. Her studio practice includes mediums of video art, photography, and performance art. Her social practice intervenes in social service agencies, aiming to sculpt power dynamics, relationship networks, and resist stigmas surrounding poverty and homelessness. Her work has been supported by prestigious institutions including ArtPlace America, A Blade of Grass, Esopus Foundation, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, and through residencies with McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Atlantic, MSNBC, and The Huffington Post and is included in permanent collections at the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives Collection and Yale University Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library.