Artist Bios

Nina Edwards Anker

Nina Edwards Anker is an architect and design professional who has taught at Pratt, Sotheby's Institute, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, and New York University’s Gallatin School. Formerly, she was an architect at the offices of Pei, Cobb, Freed, Owen & Mandolfo in New York, as well as NMW Arkitekter and A-Lab in in Oslo, Norway. Nina specializes in sustainable architecture and design. Her work has been widely published and exhibited. NeaStudio.com

Hannah Antalek

Hannah Antalek graduated from The Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 with a BFA in painting and a concentration in art history. Hannah is a recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant and completed residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Studios of Key West. Her most recent exhibition was at Spring/Break Art Show. She currently lives in Clinton Hill and works out of her studio in The Brooklyn Navy Yard. HannahAntalek.com 

Tatiana Arocha

Tatiana Arocha’s work is rooted in her layered relationship to the vulnerable landscapes she grew up exploring in her native Colombia, particularly its rainforests. She creates immersive, printed environments that both visually beckon and serve as reminders of the historical and continued exploitation of natural ecosystems. Remaining natural landscapes and their destruction often feel like abstractions; Arocha's prints make those abstractions real and personal, inviting the viewer to both delight in nature and form a meaningful, immediate relationship to its endurance.  TatianaArocha.com

Nadia Belalia

Nadia Belalia is fascinated by art forms in nature, including shapes, textures and organic matter. Her work is designed to evoke compassion and empathy and to integrate nature into the urban home by transforming man-made objects into organic ones. To shrink her carbon footprint, she primarily uses found objects and recycled material. NadiaBelalia.com

Millie Benson

Millie Benson's new body of work is inspired by the sun, moon, solar system, and imagined planets, structures, and spaces beyond what we know about the universe. During the early days of COVID-19, when we were all quarantined, this series of paintings provided Benson with an escape—to travel into the realm of the sky and beyond. MillieBenson.com

Paul Campbell

Since 1998, Paul Campbell has used remote control toys, Koosh balls, strings, GPS trackers, and other non-conventional tools to create art works that reference movement and everyday connections. He is fascinated by the act of mechanically creating images that suggest elements of nature, fireworks, and portals into unknown worlds. PaulCampbellStudio.com

JC Cancedda

JC Cancedda often rides the streets of New York City on his bike, observing the world at a slower speed. He uses his camera to tell a story and find beauty in the mundane. Flickr.com/photos/JCCancedda

Robert Clark

 Robert Clark is a freelance photographer based in New York City, working with the world's leading magazines, publishers and cutting edge advertising campaigns, as well as the author of four monographs: Evolution A Visual Record, Feathers Displays of Brilliant Plumage, First Down Houston A Year with the Houston Texans and Image America - the first photography book shot solely with a cellphone camera.  His work regularly appears in National Geographic Magazine, as well as other magazines. Clark lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter and is the owner of Ten Ton Studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. RobertClark.com

Chris Cloutier

Chris Cloutier creates abstract and realistic collages using archival paper and print restoration. Posterfix.com

Noël Copeland

Born in Jamaica, Noel Copeland studied at the Jamaica School of Art, Kingston, and received his MFA in Sculpture and Ceramics from the Pratt Institute, School of Art and Design, Brooklyn, NY. His artwork is inspired by personal and social issues. He explores three-dimensional figure and forms, and integrates two-dimension images with sculpture forms. NoelCopeland.com

Roman Erlikh

Stepping away from merely utilitarian view of everyday objects, Roman Erlikh’s recent collections are filled with meaningful textual context while incorporating traditional and modern woodworking techniques. Practical function is used as a common denominator to create emotionally charged art objects, blurring the boundary between art and function. RomanErlikhStudio.com

Mamoun Friedrich - Grosvenor

Mamoun Friedrich-Grosvener believes that art can function as a process of world-making. Through his work, he hopes to engage in symbiotic interplay with the multilayered ecologies that compose himself and exist in a state of sacred play. It is of the utmost importance to act with empathy and remain present in the tumultuous ocean of uncertainty in which we are floating. We are living in a time where we must reimagine both the physical and immaterial infrastructures that enable ecocide and injustice. He hopes to explore new ways of understanding myself as a human-assemblage on a living earth. Mamoun.xyz

Nick Golebiewski

Nick Golebiewski uses drawing, painting, and photography to demystify urban culture and city life. He make cityscapes of NYC neighborhoods that have a strong resonance among New Yorkers and non-New Yorkers alike, such as Brooklyn’s Coney Island and Manhattan’s Chinatown and Greenwich Village. He reveals stories beneath the surface of our city, and guides viewers to notice details of the city they might ordinarily overlook. NickGolebiewski.com

Michelle Greene

Michelle Greene likes to play with fire. Working with metal is a challenge because its essence is hard and cold. It melts with heat during creation and outlasts our life span. Often, when she sees remnants of metal, she visualizes what they might become. The Brooklyn Navy Yard is a paradise for this type of artistic game. She likes how her art entices the viewer. In museums we are taught not to touch. In Public Spaces, art is there for everyone to enjoy. There is no entry fee. She creates Public Art, Art for Buildings, and Art for people to live with. MichelleGreeneSculpture.com

Even Hughes Studio

For the last four decades, Even Hughes Studio has designed and fabricated furniture pieces, artwork, and architectural projects. EvanHughesStudio.com

Christina Jorro

Christina Jorro likes to find beautify in the mundane, in the slices of silence and stillness between moments.  She shoots on film with a focus on fashion, portraiture, and landscapes. ChristinaJorro.co

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. instagram.com/CatherineRJoseph

Connor Lambrecht

Connor Lambrecht is an Architectural Intern at Terreform ONE and undergraduate student at New York University studying architecture, neuroscience, biology, and civil engineering. His work aims to capture objective reality in a subjective form, and to make common forms appear uncanny. LinkedIn.com/in/ConnorLambrecht

Ligorano Reese

Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese have dedicated themselves to the art of collaboration since they first met in Baltimore. Their earliest collaborations began in video art and performance. Over three decades the artists have embraced hardware and software art, limited edition multiples, videos, sculptures and installations using a range of materials, traditional and digital processes. LigoranoReese.net

Monique Luchetti

In her recent body of work, Monique Luchetti focuses on bird specimens called study-skins that are housed in ornithology collections. These specimens represent bird species that have been collected, classified, and cataloged by naturalists and scientists for several generations. It’s here, in the deep storage of natural history museums, that questions arise for her—not just about the lives of these preserved birds, but about us, the caretakers of the earth in the age of the Anthropocene. MoniqueLuchetti.com

Jackie Meier

As a child, Jackie Meier explored the woods outside her home, imagining small creatures living under the princess pine, bright-red ivy, and miniature saplings. As a painter, she transforms these childhood fantasies into new, imagined environments. Using color and shape, she creates spaces for her thoughts and emotions to reside. JackieMeier.com

Amanda Pelham

Amanda Pelham has a painting practice which includes among many things - the study, practice, and contemplation of principles in enlightenment culture and the mind's luminous nature. Her work is also influenced by an avid respect for nature and the environment. The ongoing explorations in nature and practice of abstract painting are to her - inseparable. AmandaPelham.com

Carleen Sheehan

Carleen Sheehan is interested in the intensity of contemporary space, with its accelerated temporal shifts and collaged experiences. She works across media, often combining drawing, painting, and photography to create densely layered surfaces embedded with image fragments and material shifts in color and light. Her ongoing photography projects document the natural environment from an intimate perspective, celebrating small fragments of natural ephemera: the movement and density of water, as well as shifts in light, color and atmosphere.  CarleenSheehan.com

Karen Schifano

As a reductive abstract artist, Karen Schifano looks for shapes that convey meaning without necessarily being recognizable or nameable. Recently, she’s been intuitively discovering shapes that read as voids, and also as solid objects floating in a kind of mutable space. Looking at tantric drawings, and her own inner search for spiritual connection, led her to the two examples shown here. During this pandemic, she’s learned what a great gift the process of making paintings is to an artist. She hopes that they are also a gift to the viewer who chooses to live with them! KarenSchifano.com

Skilset

Skilset is a Veteran-owned business dedicated to growing the circular economy. Working with mostly reclaimed or recycled materials, Skilset repairs and creates simple useful objects at an affordable price while teaching young workers the benefits of hands-on work. Skilset.net

Pamela Talese

Pamela Talese paints on location during successive visits over several weeks in accordance with the complications of the scene and or how long the central subject remains. Many of the structures she has painted have since been bulldozed or, as with the Navy Yard pictures. The on-site element is essential to each painting - it’s the physical experience of standing out in it, feeling the energy, tracking the light, scrambling to render the effects - that makes challenges such as truck traffic, dirt, the changing weather, worth it. PamelaTalese.com

Colin Thomson

Colin’s painting ideas develop through drawings and watercolors. Sources include Islamic tiles, graphic design, African textiles, architectural plans, maps, cartoons, and the landscape. The work process 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 parallel to the world he’s experiencing. Each one looks for a voice, a context for the individual parts, joining thought and action, material and idea. ColinThomsonstudio.net. 

Lindsay Walt

A starting point for inspiration in Lindsay’s work is the perceptual shift of color and light found in natural phenomena. Often, the abstract compositions in the paintings reference landscape and seascape, particularly the amorphous border where the two merge. Other works allude to a state of weightlessness free from the constraints of gravity. To get lost and found and lost again is an essential part of the experience. LindsayWalt.com/ 

Elizabeth Yamin

During the first months of the pandemic, Yamin worked at home--a very different experience from her Brooklyn Navy Yard studio. She felt off balance, disconne cted, teetering. Trying to give the uncertainty concrete form - although impossible - did seem to help. ElizabethYamin.net

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