Artist Bios

Andy Tyson (Founder Skilset)

Andy Tyson is the founder of Skilset, an art studio that works with recycled materials. Learn more at Skilset.net.

Carleen Sheehan

Carleen Sheehan documents the natural environment from an intimate perspective, celebrating small fragments of natural ephemera: the movement and density of water, shifts in light, color, and atmosphere. She often works in specific areas over time, allowing a sense of place to unfold within shifting contexts and conditions. Sheehan is particularly interested in the ways that water and ice reflect and refract the landscape, creating infinite impressions of places in constant flux. Learn more at CarleenSheehan.com.

Catherine R. Joseph

Catherine R Joseph is a Brooklyn-based architect and film photographer. She uses photography as a way to refine her vision of the world around her with 35mm film as her medium. Learn more at Instagram.com/CatherineRJoseph 

Chris Cloutier

The world around us is full of details, those which appear when both light and shadow are present. Chris Cloutier’s paintings are an expression of that world, often finding the most abstract of designs within the context of a less-abstract stage. Learn more at PosterFix.com

Colin H. Thomson

Colin H Thomson’s paintings develop through drawings and watercolors. Sources include Islamic tiles, graphic design, African textiles, architectural plans, maps, cartoons, and the landscape. The work is a simple back and forth, exploring options and consequences, contradictions, and ambiguities. The results possess an animated and lively quality, full of idiosyncrasies that resist any easy identification. An overall sense of playfulness belies a more serious investigation of light and space, color, and drawing. The paintings create their own location, a meditative and natural response to being alive. Each looks for a voice, a context, joining thought and action, material, and idea. Learn more at ColinThomsonStudio@net.com

David Zheng

Photography gives David Zheng an excuse to discover and explore his surroundings. By extracting from the mundane, it can uncover the psychologies (tensions, anxieties, hope, joys etc.) of men and women who built the city, and their relationship to the city. Learn more at DavidZhengstudio.com

Elizabeth Yamin

Elizabeth Yamin’s work has been strongly influenced by her studio location in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In addition to present day activities in Wallabout Bay, the relics of ship building and repairing on the grandest scale still stand and rust. It is a sculpture park, an encyclopedia of shapes and their combinations. It is a text without a glossary, a ruin that has achieved a multi-layered beauty. The seemingly solid blackness of barges, the thrust of cranes, the tenuous delicacy of worn-out metal can generate paintings in which objects that have become abstracted from their original contexts mysteriously interact. Learn more at ElizabethYamin.net

Evan Z. Crane

Evan Z. Crane is a Brooklyn-born and -based designer, focusing on fine sculptural furniture and objects achieved in metal, wood, and upholstery. Drawing inspiration from the natural world, art and architecture, urban ironwork, and Brooklyn’s industrial wastelands, he creates bespoke pieces imbued with a unique personality. Learn more at EvanZCrane.com

Evan Hughes

The overall interest of the Evan Hughes Studio is to design and fabricate furniture and artworks where art, architecture, and furniture intersect. Learn more at EvanHughesStudio.com

Giacomo Belletti

Giacomo Belletti is a film maker and painter. In both practices he is driven to fin balance between the planned and the unexpected. While the former allows his to meet people and discover characters, the latter can be an exploration of spaces both physical (the surface and the image depicted) and emotional. Learn more at GiacomoBelletti.com

Greg Chann

Gregg Chan takes inspiration from the ancient Chinese Yin and Yang symbol whereby contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent. Learn more at GregChann.com

Jackie Meier

Jackie Meier paints shapes that represent her thoughts and the colors of her emotions. She weaves and organizes, shuffles and reshuffles, creating precise and intersections and connections. Her paintings depict a way of perceiving and interpreting the world. She pushes the boundaries of geometric abstraction incorporating organic brush marks and soft edges to show a place where her mind and heart can live through the making of a painting with her hands. Learn more at JackieMeier.com

JC Cancedda

JC Cancedda often describes himself as being a creative explorer who seeks to put forward stories which are often missed, ignored, or invisible to the naked eye. “Every photo is an opportunity to tell a story,” he says, “ rarely obvious, often subversive. I hope to capture the beauty of the mundane, the power of light, color, and shadow to bring surprise and joy in these tough times.” On the street, he often sees a shot, frames, and shoots an object or streetscape very quickly. “The process sometimes feels subconscious. Like letting part of myself take over." Learn more at JCCancedda

Jeffrey Marshall

In Jeffrey Marshall’s photography, he explores lightscapes that represent a journey of discovery, which aim to reveal inner and outer worlds while expressing the playfulness and complexity of light. Learn more at JeffreyMarshallPhotography.com

John McDevitt King

John McDevitt King’s work begins in prolonged observation - and often in the details. That is a time in which things known feel unknown, they morph and as they do, touch on the moment of recognition. Finding that moment, where things are revealed and withheld, is part of the task with each work. Learn more at JohnMcDevittKing.com

Karen Schifano

For Karen Schifano, these past few years have been difficult. Painting in her Navy Yard studio is what keeps her going, and often reflects subject matter that is present in her life and thought: foreboding, fear, a new sense of her own mortality and that of others dear to her. She still seems able to maintain a sense of humor, almost as a ballast to this dark mood. All of these feelings emerge in the reductive abstraction she has found to be a clear and direct way of "speaking" to people who view her work. Learn more at KarenSchifano.com

Kickie Chudikova

Kickie Chudikova designs products, objects, furniture, and lighting with the aim to elevate peoples' experiences and bringing a spark of joy into their lives. Balancing her expertise in industrial design and craft, she is captivated by the timeless beauty of raw materials and the empowering of cutting-edge technology.  Her designs are bold, striking an emotion, yet are aesthetically pleasing, searching for something unique and unseen. Color is her passion. Learn more at KickieChudikova.com

Leah Reid

Leah Reid’s works on paper explore the use of block printing and acrylic to create sequences and variations through repetition. Learn more at Instagram.com/leahreid_theartist/ 

Lindsay Walt

Lindsay Walt’s recent watercolors are from a series of work completed during quarantine as time dragged forward. The intense color and gesture convey a sense of joy otherwise missing. Learn more at LindsayWalt.com

Mariano Del Rosario

The only thing constant is change. In context, Mariano Del Rosario allows his work to evolve or devolve till it generates surprising results. In general, however, his methodology is definite and specific. His thought process is particularly informed by Process Art, Arte Povera and Conceptual Art movements, which entails stripping down materials to their barest essentials. Mariano Del Rosario draws energy from inert matter and gets clued in by found objects. Found materials are codes, documents, and relics of a culture. Learn more at MarianoDelRosario.com

Melanie Martinho

The industrial landscape of the Navy Yard inspires Melanie Martinho – its metal pipes, angles and corners, and cranes merge with the interior spaces we hold in our memories. Balance can be found in the sum of imbalances. Learn more at MelanieMartinho.com

Michelle Greene

Metal can be a rigid medium, but Michelle Greene likes to make it move. She plays with both visual motion and actual motion in creating sculpture, which ultimately plays with the viewers’ imagination. Working in mixed materials between fine art and design as well as with public installations, Greene aims to entice the viewer to engage, feel, and look more closely. In addition to being an artist, she is a professor and a certified MWBE small business. Learn more at MichelleGreeneSculpture.com

Nancy Bowen

In her work, be it sculpture or drawing, Nancy Bowen makes objects and images that touch on aspects of feminism, craft and ornament, spirituality, and the history of American material culture. Recently she added mortality into that mix. She wants to give the viewer something beautiful to look at that leaves them with something to think about. Learn more at NancyBowenStudio.com

Millie Benson

Millie Benson’s current series is inspired by the Covid 19 pandemic. Having to switch from a spacious studio to working in her home during quarantine prompted a deeper look into her paintings and process. She began to create microscopic spaces and structures within the surfaces on a smaller scale to her larger studio practice. Learn more at MillieBenson.com

Naomi Katz Plotkin

Naomi Katz Plotkin enjoys painting from life: capturing a moment, place, or person. She aims to capture the essence of a moment and draws from inspirations in Asian art, capturing portraiture of diverse people, and creating a moment to document and express her interpretations of her surroundings. Learn more at NaomiKatzPlotkin.com

Nick Golebiewski

Nick Golebiewski celebrates city life by featuring the vibrant communities of NYC in his artwork to reveal the architectural history, frenetic streets, independent shops, and cultural institutions that make New York quintessentially unique. His gouache and watercolor paintings of streetscapes focus on vibrant, and iconic neighborhoods, such as Manhattan’s Chinatown. Golebiewski's paintings and drawing-a-day project (now in its eighth year and posted to Instagram daily @nickgolebiewski) are historical documents that ask, “What was the city, what was life like, at this moment in time?” Learn more at NickGolebiewski.com

nea Studio

Established in 2006 by Nina Edwards Anker, nea studio focuses its work in: Architecture, Interiors, Landscape Planning, Furniture, and Product Design. The award-winning practice operates in an environment in which project management and implementation take place in parallel with model-making, prototyping, and experimentation with ideas, materials, and manufacturing processes. With a focus on sustainable design, the office maintains a cross-disciplinary nature where research and sharing ideas is an essential part of work philosophy. nea studio continues to design, develop, and exhibit solar lights and furniture while practicing architecture and interior design at New Lab in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Learn more at neastudio.com

Noël Copeland

Noël Copeland is inspired by the figure, nature, and colors. He uses semi abstract images to explore social themes and fantasy compositions. He also likes to incorporate patterns and designs from various cultures into his work. Learn more at NoelCopeland.com

Pamela Talese

Pamela Talese is a realist artist working from direct observation who paints urban and rural landscapes on site. There is nothing at once so thrilling and so uncomfortable for her as setting up in the middle of the action, but that's where the best view is. In 2005, she began to paint in spaces around The Brooklyn Navy Yard: its buildings, views and vessels, its cranes and the constant activity; all momentarily becalmed in a painting she hopes transmits her joyful attention. Learn more at PamelaTalese.com

Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell’s work explores unusual methods of creating paintings. Learn more at PaulCampbellstudio.com.  

Tracy Wuischpard

Tracy Wuischpard loves to paint. The process of moving the paint around, working with color, and expressing herself and feeling the freedom of being in that realm always keeps her coming back for more. Learn more at BrooklynImageLab.org

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Voytek Orent

Voytek Orent loves to work and create art with wood, concrete, and liquid metal. Learn more at VoytekOrent.com