LaToya Ruby Frazier

LaToya Ruby Frazier (born 1982, Braddock, Pennsylvania) received her BFA in applied media arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (2004) and her MFA in art photography from Syracuse University (2007). She also studied under the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (2010–2011) and was the Guna S. Mundheim Fellow for visual arts at the American Academy in Berlin (2013–2014). In 2014, Frazier accepted the assistant professor of photography position at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has previously held academic and curatorial positions at Yale University School of Art, Rutgers University, and Syracuse University. Frazier lectures prolifically at academic and cultural institutions such as International Center of Photography, NY; Columbia University School of the Arts, NY; Parsons, New School, NY; Pratt Institute, NY; Cooper Union, NY; Tisch School of Arts, New York University; School of Visual Arts, NY; Freie Universitat Berlin, Dahlem Humanities Center and Hamburger Bahnhof; and Tate Modern, London among others.

Frazier’s work is exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally, with notable solo exhibitions at Brooklyn Museum; Seattle Art Museum; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Her work has also been featured in the following group shows: The Generational Triennial: Younger Than Jesus (2009), New Museum, NY; Greater New York (2010), MoMA PS1, NY; Commercial Break, Garage Projects (2011), 54th Venice Biennale; Gertrude’s/LOT (2011), Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Empire State (2013), Palazzo delle Esposizinoi, Rome; and The Way Of The Shovel: Art as Archaeology (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago among many others.

Her work has been exhibited in the following biennials: the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial (2012), NY; Recycling Memory: Recapturing the Lost City (2014), 11th Nicaraguan Visual Arts Biennial, Managua; Mom, am, I barbarian? (2013),13th Istanbul Biennial; and Busan Biennale (2014), South Korea. Frazier is the recipient of many awards, including fellowships from John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2014) and a TED Fellowship (2015), the International Center of Photography Infinity Award (2015), Gwendolyn Knight & Jacob Lawrence Prize of the Seattle Art Museum (2013), the Theo Westenberger Award of the Creative Capital Foundation (2012), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2011), and Art Matters (2010).

Her work can be found in public and private art collections such as Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Modern Art; Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh; Centre National Des Arts Plastiques, France; JP Morgan Chase Collection, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago; Nasher Museum at Duke University, Durham, N.C.; Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Zabludowicz Collection, London, and Pomeranz Collection, Vienna among others 

Neil Goldberg

Neil Goldberg has been exhibiting his video, photo and mixed media work since 1992 at venues including The Museum of Modern Art (permanent collection); The New Museum of Contemporary Art; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; The Hammer Museum; The Kitchen; The Pacific Film Archive; NGBK Kunsthalle Berlin and El Centro de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. His work was the subject of recent mid-career surveys at the Museum of the City of New York, and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. In 2013 his work was presented on fifteen of the large digital signs in Times Square, as part of a public art initiative by Times Square Arts. In spring of 2015 he will have an exhibition of new work at Participant Inc in New York. Neil Goldberg has received support from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Experimental Television Center, Harpo Foundation, CEC ArtsLink, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. In 2013 Neil Goldberg was appointed a critic at the Yale School of Art, and has served as a visiting artist at Cooper Union, The School of Visual Arts, Parsons/The New School, New York University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the MIT Media Lab, among others.

Odili Donald Odita

Odili Donald Odita was born in Enugu Nigeria and lives and works in Philadelphia and New York.  Odita received an MFA from Bennington College, Vermont (1990), and a BFA (with Distinction, Excellence in the Arts Award) from the Ohio State University (1988).   

Odita is currently an Associate Professor of Painting in Philadelphia at the Tyler School of Art / Temple University since 2006; from 2003-2005, Odita was a Visiting Critic in Painting at Yale University School of Art; from 2000-2006, Odita was an Associate Professor in Painting at the Florida State University, Tallahassee; and from 2002-2003, Odita was a Visiting Associate Professor in Painting at the University of South Florida, Tampa.  During the 1990’s, Odita was a critic for Flash Art International, and a consulting editor and writer for NKA, Journal of Contemporary African Art.

Odita has had numerous one-person and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including work in the 52nd Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition, curated by Robert Storr; DAK’ART 2004, the Dakar Biennale of Contemporary African Art in 2004, where he represented North America in the Diaspora section curated by Ivo Mosquita; the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas (2010); the Ulrich Museum at Wichita State University (2009); the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2008); the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati (2007); and his installation, “Equalizer” was the inaugural exhibition for the Project Space at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2007). Group exhibitions include The Geometric Unconscious: A Century of Abstraction at the Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska (2012); Magical Visions: 10 Contemporary African American Artists at the Mechanical Hall Gallery, University of Delaware (2012); ARS 11, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2011); The Global Africa Project, Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2010); and Wallworks, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2009).  Odita’s most recent one-person exhibition opened on March 5, 2015 at the Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Odita has completed wall painting commissions for the NYC Department of Education and the NYC School Construction Authority Public Art for Public Schools Program, in collaboration with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program (2014); the George C. Young Federal Building and US Courthouse, Olando (2013); the Savannah College of Art & Design Museum of Art (2012); the New-York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (2012); the US Mission to the UN, New York (2010); Butler College at Princeton University (2009).  Odita’s work is included in Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting (2011), and Defining Contemporary Art: 25 Years in 200 Pivotal Artworks (2011), both published by Phaidon Press books. 

Awards received include a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant (2007); The Thami Mnyele Foundation Residency Grant in Amsterdam for African Artists (2004); a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2001); an ArtsLink Collaborative Projects Award (2000); and a Penny McCall Foundation Grant (1994).  

Odili Donald Odita is represented by the Jack Shainman Gallery, NY; and the Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa


Michelle Grabner

Michelle Grabner is an artist and writer. Professor in Painting and Drawing at The School of the Art Institute, she has also taught at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Yale University, Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts - Bard College and The University of Pennsylvania. She is represented by the James Cohan Gallery, NYC and has exhibited her work at Musée d´art Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg; Stadtgalerie, Keil; Green Gallery, Milwaukee; Kunsthalle, Bern; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Daimler Contemporary, Berlin; Midway, Minneapolis; Rocket, London; INOVA, Milwaukee; Southfirst, Brooklyn; Gallery 16, San Francisco; Minus Space, Brooklyn; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; The Milwaukee Art Museum; Anne Mosseri-Marlio, Zurich; Bricks and Kicks, Vienna; Turbinehallerne, Copenhagen; Ulrich Museum of Art, Kansas; Leo Koenig Gallery, New York; Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York. Her work is included in the following public collections: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; MUDAM - Musée d’Art Moderne Luxemburg; Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin; Daimler Contemporary, Berlin; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC. Grabner, along with her husband Brad Killam, founded of The Suburban (est. 1999) and the Poor Farm (Est. 2009). The Suburban is an artist-run project space in Oak Park, Illinois, which over the past ten years has hosted projects by numerous major and emerging artists. The Poor Farm is a not-for-profit exhibition space in Rural Northeastern Wisconsin. She co-curated the 2014 Whitney Biennial.She is also is a corresponding editor for X-tra. Her criticism is published in Artforum, Modern Painters, Frieze, X-tra, Art Press, ArtUS and Art-Agenda among others. In 2010, she and Mary Jane Jacob co-edited THE STUDIO READER, an anthology published by the University of Chicago Press.

Sarah Oppenheimer

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Ms. Oppenheimer is an artist engaged with the boundary conditions of spatial adjacency. She received a B.A. from Brown University in 1995 and an M.F.A. in painting from Yale University in 1999. Upcoming solo projects include 33-D, a double threshold at at Kunsthaus Baselland and a solo exhibition at MassMoCA. Recent projects include W-12302, an architecturally embedded permanent commission at the Baltimore Museum of Art (2012). Her work has been exhibited at venues including the Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh PA (2012), the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2009), Art Unlimited, Art Basel (2009), Skulpturens Hus (Stockholm), the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Mattress Factory, the Drawing Center and the Sculpture Center. She is the recipient of a Rome Prize Fellowship 2011-12, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship 2009, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship 2007, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Art 2007, and a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Fellowship 2003. Ms. Oppenheimer joined the Yale faculty in 2003 and was appointed critic in painting/printmaking in 2005.