Jackie Battenfield is an artist known for her luminously colored paintings and prints of natural forces. Her works explore her fascination with the most abstract qualities of landscape--storms, clouds, brushfires, and water ripples. For the last twenty years, she has made a living from her art and is a popular motivational speaker on the challenges of sustaining a successful career in the visual arts. A survey of her graphic works, Moments of Change, was presented at the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art at the University of Richmond, fall 2009. Galleries throughout the United States represent her work including: Addison-Ripley, Washington, D.C.; Addington Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; and DM Contemporary, New York. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Award (1991) and the Warren Tanner Award (1996). Jackie is the founding director of The Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn, New York and for sixteen years she directed the postgraduate seminars for The Artist in the Marketplace Program (AIM) at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Currently, she teaches professional practices classes for visual artists in the graduate program at Columbia University. Through these programs she has mentored over three thousand artists. Battenfield is author of The Artist's Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love, Da Capo Press, 2009. The book is now in it’s fourth printing and will be translated and published in South Korea next year. For more information: www.artistcareerguide.com. www.jackiebattenfield.com
Colleen Keegan is a partner in Keegan Fowler Companies, an equity investment and consulting firm specialized in providing strategic planning and business affairs services for companies in the communications and entertainment industries. Previously, Keegan was a principal in The Strategic Planning Partnership. Her client list includes American Express, Bandai, Citi Group, ESPN, FM Japan, Hanna-Barbera, Paramount Pictures, Sprint, Sony New Technologies and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Keegan served as the president of Pacific Arts Video Production and Washington Video Services prior to establishing Keegan Fowler Companies. She has also worked as a producer for MTV Networks, WETA and Showtime. Keegan developed the Strategic Planning Program at Creative Capital where she currently serves as Co-Chair of the Endowment Committee. She has served on numerous Boards of Directors including the American Refugee Committee, the MS Foundation, Texas Film Commission, Emily's List, the NOW Legal Defense Fund and Senator Dianne Feinstein's Advisory Council.
Aaron Landsman is a playwright, performer and teacher. His sited performances include: Appointment, a series of works for single viewers in small offices, presented in New York and Oslo, and upcoming in Austin; Open House (2008), commissioned by The Foundry Theatre and presented in 24 New York City homes; and What You’ve Done (2005), a co?production of Houston’s DiverseWorks Art Space and Project Row Houses. His stage plays have been presented in New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Minneapolis, as well as in Sweden, Norway and Belarus. Aaron has appeared in the work of many directors, choreographers and composers. Since 2004 he has performed with Elevator Repair Service Theater, touring three continents and appearing Off-Broadway, most recently in the company’s acclaimed production Gatz. He has taught at The Juilliard School and NYU and guest lectured at many colleges and universities including Columbia and Stanford Universities. Aaron is also an advocate for artists in Belarus and Turkey, whose freedom of expression are under threat. Aaron is an Artist-In-Residence at HERE, where he is developing a new interactive theater work, City Council Meeting. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Johanna S. Meyer and their son Harold Emmett Landsman. www.thinaar.com
Byron Au Yong combines American musical theatre and Chinese folk music with a penchant for the avant-garde. Examples include Tzu Lho: Simmering Songs performed by the Stanford Chorale, YIJU: Songs of Dislocation developed for the Jack Straw New Media Gallery and Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas performed in 64 waterways throughout the Pacific Northwest. As artist-in-residence with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Sundance Institute Theatre Lab and Yale Institute for Music Theatre, he developed the Creative Capital funded project Stuck Elevator with librettist Aaron Jafferis. Additionally, Au Yong has received support from Aldeburgh Music in the UK, the International Music Institute Darmstadt in Germany, the Dragon Foundation in Hong Kong, the Ford Foundation in the U.S. and Southeast Asia as well as Foundation Gaudeamus in Holland. Commissions include music for Ōn Ensemble, Portland Taiko, Spectrum Dance Theater and The Esoterics. Au Yong teaches at Cornish College of the Arts, leads workshops for the North American Taiko Conference and lives in an internet-free, vegetable-patch home. www.hearbyron.com
Maureen Huskey (formerly Brennan) is an award-winning theater director based in Los Angeles since 2006. Her work reflects a strong commitment to pursuing a wide range of material, performance styles, cross-disciplinary collaborations and audience-performer relationships. Recent directing credits include Jennifer Barclay’s The Exile of Petie Delarge for the REDCAT Now Festival and Son of Semele, Carl Hancock Rux’s Poesia Negra at REDCAT and UCLA Live’s Medea starring Annette Bening. Huskey’s work as co-creator and director of the New York-based, site-specific theater group Red Dive from 1996-2006 garnered her a Bessie Award for “performance installation and new media” and support from the Franklin Furnace Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and The Heathcote Foundation, among others. Her independent theater projects in New York have been supported by New Dance Alliance, Brooklyn Arts Exchange and the Brooklyn Arts Council, among other organizations and residencies. Huskey is an artist leader in Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program.