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BRIAN SCHRINER

Brian Schriner has over 25 years of higher education teaching and administrative experience. In 2011 he was appointed Dean of the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida. In addition to his duties as Dean, in 2015 Brian was appointed by the Provost as FIU’s first Cultural Arts Liaison, a position created to enhance collaboration with FIU’s three accredited museums and leverage the University’s cultural resources, teaching, research, and creative activities in support of FIU’s BeyondPossible strategic plan.  Dean Schriner is the Publisher of Inspicio.

 

RAYMOND ELMAN

Raymond Elman is an artist, writer and editor, who cofounded Provincetown Arts magazine in 1985. His paintings have been widely exhibited and are included in numerous collections. His large scale portraits of Pulitzer Prize recipients Stanley Kunitz, Jhumpa Lahiri, Alan Dugan, and U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. In Miami, he is represented by the Williams McCall Gallery. (See www.raymondelman.com for more information.)  Elman holds a BS and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Elman is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Inspicio.

 

TERESA PONTE

Teresa Ponte is the chairperson of FIU’s School of Communication + Journalism  and associate professor, is an award-winning journalist with a 25-year career working at CBS News, NBC News, Telemundo Network, and Newsweek among other media organizations. She specialized in covering Latin America and the southeastern U.S., field producing stories that included Central America during the 1980’s time of war and upheaval in the region, the Japan embassy hostage crisis in Lima, Peru, the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia and Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Havana, Cuba. She was the executive editor of Divina.com, an innovative online bilingual magazine launched for a U.S. Hispanic and Latin American audience. Ponte was awarded a team National Emmy in the News and Documentary category for the coverage of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing.  Professor Ponte is a Senior Adviser to Inspicio.

 

JULIET PINTO

Juliet Pinto is the Interim Executive Director and an associate professor in the Department of Journalism + Media in the School of Communication + Journalism. Dr. Pinto studies environmental communication in Spanish- and English-language media. She has developed classes in environmental journalism and communication and has taken students to the Galapagos to report on issues pertaining to resource use and management, as well as taken students 62 feet underwater to film NASA astronauts training at the underwater Aquarius Reef Base in the Florida Keys.  Her award-winning documentary on sea level rise, “South Florida’s Rising Seas,” aired in January 2014 and was repurposed by PBS NewsHour for their national newscast, as well as featured in the Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald. As part of the award-winning “Eyes on the Rise” team, she worked on a second documentary, “South Florida’s Rising Seas: Impact,” and participated in the development of the popular “Eyes on the Rise” app.  Professor Pinto is a Senior Adviser to Inspicio.

 

MARILYS NEPOMECHIE

Marilys Nepomechie, FAIA, is Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives in the FIU College of Communication Architecture + the Arts, an Architect and Professor of Architecture, and 2015-16 President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Her professional and academic projects — focused on urban resilience and on the design of sustainable, affordable housing and infrastructure — are included in the archives of the National Building Museum. Nepomechie is most recently the author of Building Paradise: An Architectural Guide to the Magic City. She holds the Master of Architecture from MIT and has been inducted to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.  Professor Nepomechie is a Senior Adviser to Inspicio.

 

MOSES SHUMOW

Moses Shumow is an associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Media. His work focuses on the production and consumption of immigrant and Hispanic/Latino media in transnational communities and globalized contexts, communication and the press in neoliberal geographies, and the growth, relevance and influence of Spanish-language media for Hispanic/Latino audiences in the United States. Dr. Shumow’s work has been published in Media, Culture, & Society, Journalism: Theory, Practice, Critique, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Journal of Urban Affairs, Visual Communication, and International Journal of Communication, among others. He is also the editor of the volume Mediated Communities: Citizen Engagement, Empowerment, and Media Literacy in the Digital Age (Peter Lang, 2015), a forthcoming co-authored book titled News, Neoliberalism and Miami’s Fragmented Urban Space (Lexington), and his documentary, Liberty Square: Power, Race and History in Miami, will premiere in late 2016. Dr. Shumow is the Director of Videography for Inspicio.

 

ANNIK ADEY-BABINSKI

Annik Adey-Babinski grew up in Ottawa, Canada. Her first book of poetry, OKAY COOL NO SMOKING LOVE PONY, is forthcoming from The Word Works, Washington, D.C., in Winter 2017. She has received fellowships from the Banff Center and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Her poetry has appeared in Forklift, Ohio, Prelude, and the Best New Poets series. Her poems were also published in the Jai-Alai Books anthology Eight Miami Poets.  Ms. Adey-Babinsk is co-Poetry Editor for Inspicio.

 

JAIMIE EUBANKS

Jaimie Eubanks lives, works and writes in Miami and Minneapolis. Her work can be found in places such as Buried Letter Press, Literary Orphans, Thought Catalog, and Word Riot. To read more of Jaimie’s writing visit www.jaimieeubanks.com.  She is the Fiction Editor for Inspicio.

 

MICHAEL MARTIN

Michael Angel Martín was born and raised in Miami, FL. His interests include stringed musical instruments, Benedictine contemplation, and mall food. His poems can be found in or are forthcoming in Dappled Things, Anglican Theological Review, The Offbeat, Green Mountains Review, Saint Katherine Review, The Mondegreen, and Jai-Alai magazine.  Mr. Martin is co-Poetry Editor for Inspicio.

 

ALASTAIR GORDON

Alastair Gordon is Contributing Editor for Architecture and Design at WSJ, the Wall Street Journal magazine. In 2009, he launched and wrote the Wall-to-Wall blog for the Wall Street Journal’s web site and since August 2001 has published it independently as: Alastair Gordon: Wall to Wall, surfing a line between the analytical and personal,  between love and architecture. Gordon was formerly a Contributing Editor at House & Garden (2001-2004); New York Editor of Dwell (2002-2005); Contributing Editor at Atelier Magazine, Tokyo (1993-1995;) and General Editor of the Princeton Papers on Architecture (1992-1995.) He is an award-winning author, critic, curator and filmmaker who has written about environmental design issues for many other publications including The New York Times, T Magazine, Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair, Interior Design, ID Magazine, Town & Country, Le Monde, The New York Observer, The Architect’s Newspaper, Newsday Magazine, and The East Hampton Star.  Mr. Gordon is Contributing Editor for Inspicio.

 

ROBERT ZUCKERMAN

As a photographer in the motion picture industry, Robert Zuckerman’s images have become the advertising and publicity campaigns for such films as “The Crow,” “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” “Any Given Sunday,” “Training Day,” “Terminator 3,” “Bad Boys 2”, “National Treasure,” “Transformers,” “Pursuit of Happyness” and “The Great Debaters,” among others, as well as television series including “The Shield,” “Rescue Me” and “Nip/Tuck.” He has made recent album cover and movie poster photography for Will Smith and was invited to be the personal photographer for the family of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz.  His book “Kindsight” (is a collection of photographs and accompanying texts by Zuckerman illuminating the richness of everyday life encounters and experiences.  Mr. Zuckerman is the Director of Photography for Inspicio.

 

HANSEL DE HARO

Hansel de Haro graduated from Florida International University with a Master of Architecture degree. With a previous background in Web Design and Development and Graphic Design, he is the Webmaster and Coordinator of Computer Applications for FIU’s College of Communication Architecture + the Arts. He is also the Director and Co-Founder of Loud 3D ( www.loud3d.com ), a design and visualization services company.  Mr. de Haro is the Chief Developer for the Inspicio website.

 

ERICA ANDO

Erica Ando is an art writer, historian, and editor. She recently earned her PhD from Florida Atlantic University. Her dissertation research traced the founding of the Pérez Art Museum Miami — in its first iteration as the Center for the Fine Arts — from the post-World War II years to the early 1980s. She has a BFA from Parsons School of Design and an MFA from Tyler School of Art. Her writing has appeared in Art Papers, Artpress (Paris), Sculpture, Aesthetica (UK), Naked Punch (UK), Miami Rail, among others. She is an Assistant Editor of Inspicio.

 

ADRIENNE SYLVER

Adrienne Sylver has been a newspaper reporter and magazine writer, and has spent three decades in public relations writing, specializing in medical news. She has a bachelor’s degree in English/journalism from Ashland University, Ohio, and a master’s in magazine journalism from Ohio University. Her non-fiction book, Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog (Puffin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC), has been recognized by critics, librarians, and readers as a top pick for children.  Her appreciation for the arts was nurtured by her mother, a classical harpist who was on the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where Adrienne played bassoon in the youth orchestra. She is an Assistant Editor of Inspicio

 

CHARITY JOHNSON

Charity H. Johnson is a student at Florida International University, majoring in Mass Communication – Digital Media.  She will be graduating and receiving her Bachelor’s degree in the spring of 2017.  In 2016, she founded Created-N-Love Studios which is a video and photography company providing services for weddings, parties, celebrations and events.  She is the current intern videographer for Inspicio in 2017.

 

MANUEL PEREZ-TRUJILLO

Manuel Perez-Trujillo graduated from FIU with a degree in architecture in 2015.  He also has a passion for design, photography, and videography.  Perez-Trujillo worked with Raymond Elman on most of the video interviews included in Inspicio from 2014 to June, 2016.

 

NICOLE ZUMMAR

Nicole Zummar is a student at Florida International University, enrolled as a double major in Finance and Communication, with a specialization in TV Production. She was an intern videographer for Inspicio in 2016-2017.

 

SUSAN RAND BROWN

Susan Rand Brown, of Provincetown, MA and Hartford, CT, has long been inspired by Jay Critchley’s far-sighted arts activism. Brown holds degrees in literature and in law, and is a frequent contributor to Art New England, Provincetown Arts, and the Provincetown Banner.

 

CLAUDIA BUSCH

Claudia Busch is a principal of BBA based in Miami. A well-known designer and educator with a broad experience in hospitality, residential, interior design and master planning. Ms. Busch has designed for significant and major architects, such as Zaha Hadid in London, Richard Meier and Bernard Tschumi in New York.For her projects, Claudia Busch has received numerous awards such as an honorable mention from the American Institute of Architects, a first prize in a furniture design competition and a BDA Prize in Germany. Her architecture and master-planning projects have been exhibited in Italy, Spain, Austria, Chile and Germany.In addition to her practice, she teaches at Florida International University where she holds the position of Pre-Graduate Program Coordinator at the College of Architecture and the Arts. She was raised in Germany and received her professional Architecture Degree from the F.H. Hamburg and a Masters Degree from Columbia University, New York.

 

CATHRYN CASTLE

Cathryn Castle is a passionate scuba diver, photographer and explorer. She is currently working from a private yacht, capturing images and stories of the South Pacific Islands for a documentary film series. She serves as the Executive Editor of Dive Training magazine and Managing Editor of California Diving News, and owns a book publishing company specializing in nonfiction.

 

CARMEN CICERO

Carmen Cicero (b. 1926) is both a highly accomplished visual artist and musician.  He has had 51 solo exhibitions, appeared in 6 Whitney Biennials, and is in the collections of 26 museums.  He received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation; as well as awards from the Ford Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts & Letter.  He also taught painting at Sarah Lawrence College and at Montclair State University for many years.  In addition, Cicero is a highly regarded jazz saxophone player and has performed with many jazz legends.

 

ETHAN COHEN

Ethan Cohen is the founder of Ethan Cohen Fine Arts (founded 1987 — www.ecfa.com), which currently has locations in New York City (Chelsea) and Beacon, NY.  Cohen is best known for his deep knowledge of Asian art and for introducing the works of now-celebrated artists, such as Ai Weiwei, Xu Bing, Gu Wenda, Wang Keping, and Qiu Zhijie in the US.  In addition, Ethan was a co-founder of the Art Asia Fair in Miami.  Of late, his interests have expanded to include art created in conflict zones.  Cohen holds a BA from Harvard University.

 

M. STEPHANIE CHANCY

M. Stephanie Chancy is a Lecturer in Art History in the Department of Art and Art History at Florida International University. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts from the University of Miami, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in History at FIU. Her research focuses on eighteenth and nineteenth-century European Atlantic material culture, specifically portraiture. Prior to teaching she was an administrator for two non-profit performing arts organizations.

 

CAROL DAMIAN

Dr. Carol Damian is Professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Art History at FIU and the former Director and Chief Curator of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU (2008-2014).  She is a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, MA and received her MA in Pre-Columbian Art and her PhD in Latin American History from the University of Miami.  She is the author of The Virgin of the Andes: Art and Ritual in Colonial Cuzco (Grassfield Press, 1995).  Her most recent work has been with Latin American women and Cuban exile artists, for whom she has written numerous catalogs and articles.

 

DAVID W. DUNLAP

David W. Dunlap is a metro reporter for the New York Times, where he has worked for 41 years. His most recent book, Building Provincetown: A Guide to Its Social and Cultural History, Told Through Its Architecture, was published in 2015.

 

ALFREDO GARCIA

Alfredo Garcia is a PhD candidate in the department of sociology at Princeton University. His work focuses on how global currents of art and culture shape cities and neighborhoods. His dissertation, a long-term ethnography of the Wynwood neighborhood, will be finished in April 2017. Prior to arriving at Princeton, Alfredo obtained his BS from Duke University and an MTS from Harvard University. While at Harvard, Alfredo worked as a journalist for the Religion News Service wire. In addition to researching in Miami and freelancing for various publications, Alfredo is an adjunct faculty at FIU and University of Miami.

 

ELIOT HESS

Eliot Hess is a collected lifestyle and travel photographer, currently exhibiting at Williams McCall Gallery in Miami Beach. Hess is also the co-owner of HWH PR, a leading high tech public relations agency, and is one of the largest mystery book collectors in the United States.  He lives in New York and Miami and travels frequently to photograph.

 

JUDITH ANN ISAACS

Judith Ann Isaacs has written a travel guide, a cookbook, a mystery novel and a walking tour booklet, all featuring the locale where she lives in northern New Mexico. Other published writing includes essays, short stories and travel articles. Judith retired in 2008 as director of the Jemez Springs (NM) Public Library. Since then, she volunteers for local organizations, most recently collecting and writing content for an online history archive of the surrounding area: jemezvalleyhistory.org.

 

JULIAN H. KREEGER

During his undergraduate days at Columbia University, Julian Kreeger was the classical music director of the college’s radio station. He then became a classical music critic, radio host, and program annotator and involved himself in a number of state and national boards of trustees in orchestras and concert series, including but not limited to the National Symphony, Miami Music Project, Friends of Chamber Music and the Florida Philharmonic.  Among his many accomplishments within the music industry, Kreeger is also a concert presenter and record producer.

 

CHAUNCEY MABE

Chauncey Mabe is a freelance writer. For more than two decades he wrote book reviews and author profiles and reported on publishing, other entertainment and cultural topics for the Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Mabe is well-known in South Florida and throughout the publishing industry for his sharp, sometimes idiosyncratic opinions and his lively writing style.

 

JAYNE MERKEL

Jayne Merkel is the author of the monograph, Eero Saarinen (New York and London: Phaidon Press, 2005), a dozen other books and museum catalogues, and numerous magazine articles. Her script for the 2006 documentary film, “The Gateway Arch, A Reflection of America” received an Emmy in 2007. Her writing has appeared in Architecture, Art in America, Artforum, Connoisseur, Design Book Review, Harvard Design Magazine, Progressive Architecture, and the Wilson Quarterly. She taught art history at the Rhode Island School of Design, Miami University of Ohio, and the Art Academy of Cincinnati. She worked as a curator at the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, Taft Museum and University of Michigan Museum of Art and organized numerous exhibitions. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Architect’s Newspaper in New York.

 

EDWARD MORAN

Edward Moran is a journalist, historian, and poet. Moran will be an international visiting scholar in England during summer 2016, participating in a project with the government of Norwich, UK, to champion soldier poetry. Moran was also literary advisor for Oscar-nominated filmmaker Christine Choy’s documentary, Hyam Plutzik: American Poet (2006).

 

GERALD POSNER

Gerald Posner is a journalist and author of twelve books, including three New York Times bestsellers and one finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History.  Posner, a former Wall Street attorney, is best known for his investigative histories of American political assassinations, Nazi war criminals, the Saudi royals, and the Vatican.  He has written dozens of articles in national magazines and is a frequent guest commentator on CNN and the History Channel.  He works on all his projects with his wife, author Trisha Posner.

 

JUDITH RICHLAND

Judith Richland teaches new media courses in the Communications Department at Simmons College, Boston, MA. For the past four years she has won the Simmons President’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council Grant (PDIAC) for her program Diversity in Film Genres: Empowering Young Women of Color and Looking at Attitude Changes in the Simmons Community. In 2003 she completed her Master of Fine Arts specializing in New Media from the Dynamic Media Institute at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She also earned a Master of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Printmaking, a Master of Arts in Art History from Boston University and an undergraduate BS degree in Human Development from Cornell University.  Judith also led one of the few women-owned design firms in Boston for twenty years, designing websites and promotional marketing literature for MIT, Apple, Lotus Development, Massachusetts General Hospital, IBM, Fidelity and many other Fortune 500 companies.

 

DAVID RIFKIND

David Rifkind is Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design at Florida International University, where he teaches courses in architectural history, theory and design. David’s current research deals with urbanism and architecture in Ethiopia from the late nineteenth century to the present, and is the first component in a long-term study of modern architecture and urban planning throughout Africa. He is the author of the award-winning book, The Battle for Modernism: Quadrante and the Politicization of Architectural Discourse in Fascist Italy, which was published in 2012 by the CISA Palladio and Marsilio Editori. He has published articles on architecture and urbanism in Italy and Ethiopia, and curated the 2012 exhibition, Metropole/Colony: Africa and Italy, at the Frost Art Museum. In 2014, Ashgate published A Critical History of Contemporary Architecture, which David co-edited with Elie G. Haddad.

 

JENS ROBINSON

Jens Robinson of New York City and Los Angeles is President of CartoonArts International, co-founded in the 1980s with his father, Jerry Robinson, the late cartoonist/historian/artist rights activist. CartoonArts has collaborated with the New York Times Syndicate for twelve years to bring the work of leading editorial artists from around the world ( www.nytsyn.com/cartoons ) to diverse clients and new audiences. Jens also exhibits and publishes cartoons and graphic art and curates original comic art from his collection. He received a JD from Northwestern University, MSc (International Relations) from the London School of Economics and AB (Government) from Dartmouth College.

 

HOWARD SHERMAN

Howard Sherman has written extensively on architecture, filmmaking, and the pro audio, video, recording, and broadcast industries for over thirty years. His bylined feature articles, cover stories, interviews, and innumerable news stories have appeared in publications ranging from Metropolis Magazine, Millimeter, Broadcast Engineering, Radio Magazine, Lighting & Sound America, Sound & Communications, Architect’s Journal (UK), and Audio Video Interiors, to College Planning & Management, Airstream (trailer), and Russia’s InAVate magazine.

 

KENNETH E. SILVER

Kenneth E. Silver is Professor of Modern Art in the Department of Art History, New York University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree. Silver received his MA and PhD at Yale University, and has taught there, as well as at the Institute of Fine Arts, Vassar College, and Columbia University. For his book, Esprit de Corps: The Art of the Parisian Avant-Garde and the First World War, 1914-1925 (Princeton University Press and Thames & Hudson, 1989), Silver won the Charles Rufus Morey Award of the College Art Association and the “Prix du Livre,” from Beaux-Arts magazine, Paris, for its French translation (Editions Flammarion). Silver has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and an American Council of Learned Societies Grant; he has also been a Getty Research Institute Visiting Scholar and a Mellon-Getty Fellow at the Phillips Collection (Washington, DC). Silver is a Contributing Editor of Art in America magazine, and is Adjunct Curator of Art at the Bruce Museum (Greenwich, Connecticut).

 

MARIE-LOUISE SILVA STEGALL

Marie-Louise Silva Stegall is the Associate Director for the David Geffen Hall Campaign at Lincoln Center. Her long career in fundraising for the arts includes senior management positions with Fractured Atlas, Ballet Hispanico, The Joyce Theater Foundation, and Symphony Space. Ms. Stegall currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for HB Studio – a venerable theater institution down the street from Westbeth, the artists’ housing complex where Ms. Stegall grew up.

 

LEE SKYE

Lee Skye was a videographer for Marin County Community Television in Marin County, California. She was also a videographer for the Marin Civic Ballet. Ms. Skye was Board President of Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill in Truro, MA for four years.  Ms. Skye is a videographer and contributing writer for Inspicio.

 

WENDY TOWNSEND

Wendy Townsend has shared her home with iguanas since she was eight years old and writes about the human-reptile relationship. Her first young adult novel, Lizard Love, received a Booklist Starred Review. The Sundown Rule is among the Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books of 2011, and her third novel, Blue Iguana, was short-listed for the Green Earth Book Award. She is currently working on a memoir.

 

ALEC WILKINSON

Alec Wilkinson is a writer who has been on the staff of The New Yorker magazine since 1980. Before that he played guitar in rock and roll bands.  For The New Yorker, he frequently writes music criticism in the form of Profiles and stories for “Talk of the Town.”  Wilkinson has written ten books: Midnights (1982), Moonshine (1985), Big Sugar (1989), The Riverkeeper (1981), A Violent Act (1993), My Mentor (2002), Mr. Apology (2003), The Happiest Man in the World (2007, about Poppa Neutrino, the only man to cross the Atlantic in a raft made of found materials), and The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger (2009). His most recent book, The Ice Balloon (2012), is an account of the Swedish visionary aeronaut S.A. Andree’s attempt, in 1897, to reach the North Pole in a hydrogen balloon.

 

LEO ZUCKERMAN

Leo Zuckerman is a twenty-four-year-old Canadian filmmaker with a background in extreme sports films. He currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia where he is working as a commercial director and photographer.

 

FELIPE CARVAJAL

Felipe Carvajal is a guitarist, composer and music producer. Felipe has performed in many important guitar Festivals around Latin America and Europe. He has composed music in a wide range of styles and worked for film, media and theater. He lives in Miami, and is a student of Music Composition, at Florida International University.  Felipe composed, performed and produced the music for Firelei Baez introduction video.

 

LUCIANO CUNEO

Luciano Cuneo is a Digital Media Studies major in the Department of Journalism + Media at FIU.

 

DANIELLE DAMAS

Danielle Damas is an MFA candidate in Visual Arts: Curatorial Practice Track and a Spring 2015 Faena Arts Scholar in Curatorial Practice at Florida International University. She received her dual degree with a BA in Studio Art and a BS in Psychology from Florida State University in 2013. She recently organized, in collaboration with Dr. Alpesh Kantilal Patel, the solo exhibition of Tom Scicluna: Concrete Feet located at FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios. 

 

MELINDA FEDAS

Melinda Fedas is currently a senior at Florida International University, working on her BA in Art history. Having almost completed her degree, she frequently volunteers at the NSU Art Museum of Ft Lauderdale, where she has met artists such as Julian Schnabel, and participated in the opening of the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit currently on view. When she’s not helping at the museum she can be found with a camera in hand. 

 

CAMILA MIORELLI

Camila Miorelli is an Art History student at Florida International University.  She aspires to work at a museum or other art organization after graduation. She has participated in various art communities at FIU including the Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum and WRGP FIU student radio. Miorelli hopes to challenge the traditions of conventional academic art writing, and is especially fond of using humor to bring attention to important messages.

 

LARISSA PATEL

Larissa Patel received a MFA degree in Photography from Pratt Institute and is currently an adjunct photography faculty member at Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. In addition, she is also a Master of Interior Architecture candidate at FIU. Larissa has exhibited her work in numerous galleries from New York City to Charleston SC and South Florida.

KEENA ROYE

Keena Roye is a Liberal Studies graduate student at Florida International University. She received her BA in Anthropology with a minor in Studio Art at the University of Central Florida. She plans on working as a curator after graduation. In the meanwhile, she is a published pinup model who has appeared in magazines and more recently, Chocolate Cheesecake, a book that highlights modern day pinup models of color.

 

ASAMI TAKEYAMA

Asami Takeyama is a classically trained pianist/composer/recording and mixing engineer. She currently studies music technology at Florida International University.

 

JOSE TOLEDO

José Toledo is a graduate student at Florida International University, enrolled as a Museum Sciences major.  He focuses on Native and Latin American art.  He has also written a novel, a short story, and several book and art reviews, some of which have been published in online journals.  He works as a translator, and travels extensively.

 

BRITTNI WINKLER

As a curator, artist and MFA student working out of Miami, Brittni seeks to find the connections between the creation of space in an exhibition and the creation of space in an artwork. Her recent performance artwork and upcoming exhibition deal with the Western visual representation of the Eastern practice of yoga and their common connections to therapy/wellness. Brittni has curated several exhibitions at Miami Beach Urban Studios/Frost Art Museum through the FIU MFA Curatorial Practice track and has performed her Creating Space: Creating Art with Yoga live during Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 week, at Unestablished

 

VIVIANA ZULUAGA

Viviana Zuluaga is currently a first year graduate student at Florida International University in the College of Interior Architecture. She is also a freelance photographer and writer for AWAKE magazine, an architecture magazine developed by students. She spends most of her time documenting human behavior and interactions with her camera.