Janna Dyk resides in New York, where she is an artist and independent curator. In 2015 she received a MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College, after continuing studies in Photography at the School of Visual Arts (New York), and Literature and Spanish Linguistics as an undergraduate. A 2016 Rema Hort Foundation ACE Grant recipient, she has exhibited work and participated in residencies in the United States, Lebanon, and China. Recent exhibitions include Unravelled (2016) at the Beirut Art Center, To Tell You (2015), and Shall We Talk or Will We Just Gaze (2014), at 205 Hudson Street (New York). Her cross-disciplinary work navigates such varied subjects as psychology, linguistics, poetry, and perception. A 2015-16 curatorial fellow at Booklyn, select projects include [ON SILENCE] (2012) at the New York Center for Art & Media Studies, OPEN CAGE: NEW YORK (2012) at Eyebeam Center for Art + Technology; Strange Labor (2015), Cottage Industry (2015), Hard to Place (2016), and Valid From Until (2016) at Booklyn. She is editor of A House Without a Roof, a trilingual artist book by Adam Golfer. Her art and curatorial projects have been reviewed in The Curator, SEEN, ArtForum, Art in America, the NY Times, and Hyperallergic.
Devin Farrand was born in Salem, Oregon and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He received his Bachelors degree in 3-D Art from Eastern Oregon University. He earned his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills Michigan, during which he was awarded the Daisy Soros Prize for Fine Art by the American Austrian Foundation. Devin has been awarded a project grant from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Department of Cultural Affairs. He has exhibited his work in Taiwan, Austria, France, Germany, England and across the United States as well as attending residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, The Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Austria, and Art 342 in Colorado. His work is in the collections of New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Farmington Hills, MI, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT, Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, OR, as well as several private collections.
Daniel Greenberg was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Washington University in St Louis, and an MFA in Print Media from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has participated in several residencies including Anderson Ranch, Anchor Graphics, Jackson Art Center, Pyramid Atlantic, and Spudnik Press. His last two person show C.O.Y.M.E. was in Detroit at Galerie Camille.
Emma Heaney is a teacher and writer from rural Wisconsin and settled in Queens. She is an Assistant Professor of English at William Paterson University. Her first critical book The New Woman: Literary Modernism, Queer Theory, and the Trans Feminine Allegory (Northwestern University Press, 2017) demonstrates the distillation of a single narrative that defines trans womanhood in medical sources of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and the uptake of that medicalized narrative in novels and theory. At Marble House Project she is at work on her first novel.
Ariel Herwitz (b.1983 Atlanta, GA.) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She earned a B.A. in Visual Art from Bennington College in 2006, and an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2011. Her work has been exhibited throughout Los Angeles at Marine Projects, Loudhailer Gallery, Greene Exhibitions, Ambach and Rice, and most recently, a solo exhibition at Ochi Projects. Her works explore through form, composition, color and texture, ideas of interpretation, understanding, and the subjectivity of the view or gaze.
Amanda Szeglowski, Artistic Director (cakeface), is a Brooklyn-based writer, director, choreographer and performing artist. She is a HERE Resident Artist and a recipient of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation's Women Playwrights Commissioning program. Formerly a Company Dancer with the internationally acclaimed Ellis Wood Dance (NYC) over a span of four years, she performed with the company throughout New York and on tour in locations such as Portugal, Germany, San Diego and Washington DC, and set work/taught with the Company at UC Berkeley and New York University, among others, all while additionally serving as the company’s Managing Director. Amanda launched her all-female dance-theatre company, cakeface, in 2008. As Culturebot describes, "cakeface is a group of fierce, funny, talented women" whose projects thread together intricate choreography and original, abstract scripts. cakeface projects contemplate the uncomfortable through the use of grim themes and an inherently wry female wit. Creative Loafing recently called Amanda’s work “as disturbing as it is delightful" and Culturebot nailed it with “Think Monica Bill Barnes for the Amy Schumer Generation,” in their piece, Eight Reasons cakeface’s Harold, I Hate You Is Your New Favorite Downtown Dance/Theater Piece. cakeface has been presented by En Garde Arts, Stony Brook University, Ars Nova, Dance New Amsterdam, AUNTS, Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, RoofTop Dance with the Roger Smith Hotel, The Tank, Going Dutch (Chicago, IL), Smith & Tinker writers’ group, Hillsborough Community College, Rebound Dance Festival (New Haven, CT) and the Florida Dance Festival (Tampa, FL). With cakeface, Amanda has guest lectured at the University of South Florida, and taught master classes at the University of Tampa, Hillsborough Community College, and Howard W. Blake School for the Arts. Having been in development for three years, Amanda’s newest work, Stairway to Stardom, will premiere at HERE in SoHo, NYC in September 2017.
Tobaron Waxman is a visual artist who sings. Tobaron composes performances for photograph, video and site specific installation, and is also a trained vocalist in Jewish liturgical music. Tobaron has been exhibited at such venues as Palais de Tokio, Videotage Hong Kong, Kunsthalle Vienna, CEPA Buffalo, New Museum NYC, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New Museum NYC and Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. Tobaron has taught live art, collaboration and vocal techniques at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of the Art Institute Chicago and at the Hollins MFA Dance Program, and has lectured at Parsons, SOAS University of London, Concordia University, OCADU, SMFA Boston, UC Irvine, Goldsmiths and others. In 2010 Tobaron was honoured with the first ever Audience Award of the Jewish Museum of New York for the 8-hour endurance performance <I>Opshernish</I>.
Tobaron is a grateful recipient of residencies and fellowships from Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Smack Mellon, Van Leir, Kulturlabor ICI Berlin, and grants from Ministry of Education and Training, Ontario, Canada, Technology Grant for Students with Disabilities, Franklin Furnace for Performance Art, Canada Council, Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils. Tobaron was Fellow at the Akademie der Künst der Welt/Köln for 2014 - 15, and Resident at La Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, Spring 2015. Tobaron is currently developing a volume of artist interviews with international trans women artists, and more site-specific endurance performances for a cappella transsexual voice. In addition, Tobaron is a Research Collaborator of the Canadian Consortium for Performance and Politics in the Americas.
Tobaron’s writing and photography have been published internationally, including in Carte Blanche (Magenta, 2006), Post Porn Politics (bbooks, 2010), Trans Bodies Trans Selves (Oxford University Press, 2014) and featured in such publications as Missy, C Magazine, Fuse, Canadian Dimension, Canadian Theatre Review, Lillith, Women & Performance, GLQ, TSQ, and LTTR.
As a curator, Tobaron’s curatorial projects have included 'Watch me Work:Women, Labour and Queer Economies" at BBK Köln, Germany; 'Object Body: Unexpectedly Ecstatic' at Studio Maya, Brooklyn: 'Radical Drag/Transformative Performance' in collaboration with Stefan St-Laurent at GalerieSAWGallery, Ottawa; and the internationally touring video program 'Topographixx: Trans in the Landscape'. In 2013, Tobaron founded The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency, as a combined curatorial, relational/live art, and sociopolitical praxis.