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Caledonia Curry, whose work appears under the name Swoon, is a Brooklyn-based artist and is widely known as the first woman to gain large-scale recognition in the male-dominated world of street art. Callie took to the streets of New York while attending the Pratt Institute of Art in 1999, pasting her paper portraits to the sides of buildings with the goal of making art and the public space of the city more accessible. In a moment when contemporary art often holds a conflicted relationship to beauty, Callie's work carries with it an earnestness, treating the beautiful as sublime even as she explores the darker sides of her subjects. Her work has become known for marrying the whimsical to the grounded, often weaving in slivers of fairy-tales, scraps of myth, and a recurring motif of the sacred feminine. Tendrils of her own family history--and a legacy of her parents' struggles with addiction and substance abuse--recur throughout her work. While much of Callie's art plays with the fantastical, there is also a strong element of realism. This can be seen in her myriad social endeavors, including a long-term community revitalization project in Braddock, Pennsylvania and her efforts to build earthquake-resistant homes in Haiti through Konbit Shelter. Her non-profit, the Heliotrope Foundation, was created in order to further support these ventures. Today, Callie's work can be found on the sides of buildings worldwide and has been given both permanent and transient homes in more classical institutions, including New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Tate Modern, and the São Paulo Museum of Art. Most recently, she has begun using film animation to explore the boundaries of visual storytelling.
Writer, curator, photographer and arts administrator, RJ Rushmore facilitates disruptive art outdoors, in galleries and online, focusing on street art, graffiti and public art. He founded the street art blog Vandalog.
Jeffrey Deitch has been involved with modern and contemporary art for nearly 50 years as an artist, writer, curator, dealer, and advisor. He is best known for his gallery Deitch Projects and curating groundbreaking exhibitions such as Live (1975) and Post Human (1992). Deitch was director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) from 2010 and 2013. He currently owns and directs Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, an art gallery with locations in New York and Los Angeles.
Pedro Alonzo is a Boston-based independent curator, who is currently an Adjunct Curator at Dallas Contemporary. Alonzo specializes in producting exhibitions that transcend the boundaries of the museum walls and spill out onto the landscape, working with artists to develop ambitious artworks in public spaces. Alonzo has curated numerous museum exhibitions for the ICA Boston, MCA San Diego, and Dallas Contemporary, among others. He has also developed several public art installations and programs in partnership with the Philadelphia Mural Art Program, that included ambitious public works by artists Sam Durant, Jonathan Monk, Odili Odita, Michelle Angela-Ortiz and Swoon. Most recently Alonzo worked with the artist JR to place a gigantic image of a Mexican child named Kikito, overlooking the US/Mexico border wall in Tecate.
Katherine Lorimer (aka Luna Park) is a Brooklyn-based graffiti and street art enthusiast, photographer, curator and librarian. As co-founder and regular contributor to The Street Spot blog, she is passionate about urban art and supportive of all creative endeavors to redefine public space. Her photographs have been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago and have appeared in leading
street art books and magazines.
street art books and magazines.
Melissa Stryker is a photographer, artist, welder and make-up artist living in New Orleans.
Renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Mate is highly sought after his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development.