Mike Cloud was based in Brooklyn, New York for many years and recently relocated to Chicago. He earned his M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art and his B.F.A. from the University of Illinois-Chicago. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at P.S.1, NY; the Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Slovak Republic; Honor Fraser Gallery, CA; Thomas Erben Gallery, NY; Good Children Gallery, LA; Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY; White Columns, NY; Max Protetch, NY; Apexart, NYC. Cloud has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Art Review and featured in the publication Painting Abstraction by Bob Nickas, published by Phaidon Press. His awards include the inaugural Chiaro Award from the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Barry Schactman Prize in Painting from the Yale University School of Art as well as the Grace Holt Memorial Award in African American Issues from the University of Illinois, Chicago. His work is held in private and public collections including the The Bronx Museum, Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cloud has lectured extensively on his work and contemporary theoretical art issues at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Yale University, Cooper Union, Bard College, Kansas City Art Institute and the University of New Orleans.
Brenda Goodman is a painter living and working in Pine Hill, New York. Born in 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, she attended the College for Creative Studies from 1961 to 1965. After a number of successful shows in Detroit, she moved to New York City in 1976 and was included in the 1979 Whitney Biennial. Since 1973 she has had 35 solo shows and her work has been included in over 200 group shows in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including Edward Thorp Gallery, Nielsen Gallery, Jeff Bailey Gallery and Pamela Auchincloss Gallery. Her work has been reviewed in many publications including the New York Times, Art in America, The New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, the Brooklyn Rail and most recently in a review by John Yau for Hyperalleric. She received two New York Foundation for the Arts grants and the National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Agnes Gund Collection, NY; the Carnegie Museum of Art, PA; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Birmingham Museum of Art, AL; the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI; and the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery of Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. Goodman is the recipient of a 2015 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In May 2017 she received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from her alma mater.
Ariel Herwitz, born in 1983 in Atlanta, Georgia, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She earned a BA in Visual Art from Bennington College in 2006, and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2011. Her work has been exhibited throughout Los Angeles at BBQLA, Four Six One Nine, Marine Projects, Loudhailer Gallery, Greene Exhibitions, and Ambach and Rice galleries, with a recent solo exhibition at Ochi Projects. She has been awarded residencies at Marble House Project and Bennington College. Her works explore through form, composition, color and texture, ideas of interpretation, understanding, and the subjectivity of the view or gaze.
Christy Matson lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Recent exhibitions include the Long Beach Museum of Art, Craft and Folk Art Museum Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Arts Houston, The Milwaukee Art Museum, The Knoxville Museum of Art, the Asheville Museum of Art, and The San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design. Matson's work is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago and Smithsonian Museum of American Art’s Renwick Gallery as well as numerous corporate and private collections. In 2012 Matson was tenured and appointed as Associate Professor of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Born in Kolkata, India, Sangram Majumdar has an MFA from Indiana University and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally and has lectured on his work at numerous institutions including Columbia University, CCA, SVA, Pratt, RISD, PAFA, SUNY-Purchase, Princeton University, and the New York Studio School. Recent solo exhibitions include a travelling exhibition at Drew University, NJ, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, TN and University of Vermont, BT. Other venues include Asia Society Texas Center, TX; Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, NY; Rothschild Fine Art, Tel Aviv, Israel, and the Kresge Art Museum, MI. Recent selected group exhibition venues include James Cohan Gallery, NY; Gallery Zürcher, NY; Morgan Lehman Gallery, NY; Tracey Williams Ltd, NY; Come Together: Surviving Sandy, curated by Phong Bui, Brooklyn, NY; the 2010 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY; US Embassy, Sierra Leone, and the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan. Awards include a MacDowell Fellowship, a residency at Yaddo, the 2009-10 Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Space Program Grant, a MICA Trustees Award for Excellence in Teaching, and two Maryland State Art Council Individual Grants in Painting. Majumdar lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He is a Professor of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Ben Medansky was born in 1988 in Scottsdale, Arizona and received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. His work has been exhibited at LAX ART, Cooler Gallery, The Underground Museum, among other venues. Medansky’s ceramics are included in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles Museum County of Art. He has been reviewed in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, LA Times, among others. He was the recipient of the Maison & Objet Americas Rising Talent in Design Award. Ben has created exclusive work in collaboration with Herman Miller, Bergdorf Goodman, and designer Kelly Wearstler. Medansky has been a visiting lecturer at The American Museum of Ceramic Art, California College of Art, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has taught at Ox Bow School of Art and was an artist in residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts. Medansky lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Ezra Tessler was born in 1980 in Philadelphia, PA, he currently lives and works in New York. He completed his MFA in painting from Bard College in 2016 and holds previous degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University. His recent solo and two-person shows include Ezra Tessler and Barb Smith, New Proposals with Páramo at Zsona Maco, Mexico City, 2016; Rafters at Culture Room, Brooklyn, NY, 2014; The Red-Haired Man at Good Weather, North Little Rock, AR, 2013. His recent group shows include Beholder's Share at 315 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2016; Everything Real at Hap Gallery, Portland, OR, 2016; Broadcast from Cedarburg, NJ, Bannerette, Brooklyn, 2016; Shades at The Bedfellows' Club, Little Rock, AR, 2016; and Painters NYC, Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños (MUPO), Oaxaca, Mexico, 2016. He has been the recipient of a Jacob Javits Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, and a Pforzheimer Foundation Fellowship, among other awards.
Amanda Valdez was born in 1982 in Seattle, Washington. Based in New York City, Amanda Valdez works in a matrix of gestures, styles, and materials referring to visual cultures that are both Western and non-Western. Valdez pulls on a variety of histories, from quilting and sewing, to tiling and brick-laying, to virtuoso gestural painting. Her works operate as a reflection of the body, and the histories that the body holds in its physical makeup: scars, sags, symmetries and asymmetries, and a lifetime of emotions. Valdez received her MFA from Hunter College in New York City and BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her most recent solo exhibitions include Hot Bed at Dot Fiftyone Gallery in Miami, Ladies’ Night at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, and The Mysteries at Koki Arts in Tokyo. Valdez will have her next solo exhibition at Denny Gallery in the fall of 2018. She recently returned from an artist-in-residence at New Roots Foundation in Guatemala. Valdez has also received artist residencies at the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Byrdcliffe, MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She has received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Hunter College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the 2011 College Art Association MFA Professional-Development Fellowship.
Jake Walker received his MFA at Otago School of Fine Art in Dunedin in 1991. Recent solo exhibitions include The Turps, Hamish McKay, Wellington, 2017; NO NUKES, Station, Melbourne, 2017; GEYSERLAND, Dutton, New York, 2016; Suggested Things, Hamish McKay, Wellington, 2016; Unemployment Works, Station, Melbourne, 2016; Art Basel Hong Kong with Utopian Slumps, Hong Kong, 2014; The Town Belt, City Gallery, Wellington, 2014; Paintings and Relief, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2012; Painting and Relief, Studio 12, and Gertrude Contemporary, 2012. Select group exhibitions include 5 Perspectives, The Young, Wellington, 2014; Assembly, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; Never-Never Land, Roslyn Oxley 9 in collaboration with Utopian Slumps, Sydney, 2014; and Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2013. Walker’s work is held in the Auckland Art Gallery Chartwell Trust, the Joyce Nissan collection, the Te Papa Tongarewa collection, as well as various private collections in New Zealand, Australia and internationally. Walker was a Gertrude Contemporary resident studio artist from 2011 to 2012. He lives and works in Featherston, New Zealand.