Melanie Willhide is an artist, designer, and educator. Before taking her role as the Director of Baxter St at CCNY, she worked for fifteen years at the university level as a Photography Department Chair building strategic partnerships, developing programs, and coordinating fundraising events. Additionally, Melanie worked as Production Manager for several world-recognized artists on high profile large scale fine-arts projects, as well as commissions for popular media and multinational corporations. She is committed to creative experimentation, sustainability, equity, and diversity. Melanie received her MFA from Yale University School of Art and a BFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design. In her artistic practice she has worked to challenge conventional notions of the photograph and has exhibited throughout the United States for nearly two decades. Her work has been reviewed and featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Blind Spot, Art in America, Modern Painters and many other publications. She is represented in Los Angeles by Von Lintel Gallery and in New York by Elizabeth Houston Gallery, and her work is included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, and the George Eastman Museum. Her website is melaniewillhide.com and she can be reached at email@example.com
Alex Schlechter is a New York based photographer. She received her BFA in Fine Art Photography with a concentration in Art History from Rochester Institute of Technology. Prior to her position at Baxter St, she worked at Aperture Foundation and Magnum Photos. Her work focuses mainly on the dichotomy found between the fragility and strength of human connection. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sofia Milonas is a New York based visual artist. They were raised in Queens and received their BFA in Photography & Imaging from New York University. Sofia’s work focuses on subverting the heteronormative gaze with influences from Robert McRuer’s Crip Theory. Their work also explores the privilege of having a family archive and how lineage is fragmented and reformed by immigration. Their website is sofiamilonas.com and they can be reached at email@example.com.
Michi Jigarjian is a Partner and Chief Social Impact Officer in the 7G Group, an investment management firm that employs values based investments to create sustainable, socially responsible long term projects. Her responsibilities include the oversight of social impact initiatives through community engagement and art. Jigarjian is also a socially engaged artist, community facilitator and educator. She has been the President of Baxter St at The Camera Club of New York since 2011. The organization is one of the longest standing artists run non-profit organization which operating to create platforms for community engagement and progress for underrepresented and emerging lens-based artists. She brought the organization to its current location and lead its revitalization in 2013. She is co-founder of the project based publishing press Secretary Press and New Draft Collective. Her books include Writing as Practice, How We Do Both: Art and Motherhood and the three volume series Mold. She is currently on faculty at Bard/ICP Masters of Fine Arts Program. She serves on the board of Art Production Fund, Brooklyn Museum, National YoungArts Foundation and The International Women’s Health Coalition as a representative of the 7G Foundation.
Daniel Handal earned a BS in Applied Sciences from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1994. His photographic work explores subcultures, unique communities, and those living on the fringes of society. He has had a solo at the Brooklyn Public Library (Flatbush Branch) and has been shown in group exhibitions at the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Deborah Colton Gallery in Houston and The powerHouse Arena in New York among others. He has been exhibited internationally at the Australian Centre for Photography and MKII in London. Handal has been awarded with residencies at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. His website is danielhandal.com
Board Secretary Lorraine Gracey is employed by Tiffany & Co. as a media relations and speech writer. As a consultant she has worked with such clients as Chanel, Estee Lauder, Architectural Digest, among others. She has been a contributing writer to photography magazines, covering various aspects of the field, from fashion to stock photography and photojournalism. A graduate of the University of Iowa, she has been a member of the Camera Club for 18 years and has studied at ICP and the 92nd Street Y. Her website is lorrainegracey.com
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Cynthia Bittenfield pursues projects that shed light on the human cost of war whether dealing with the issue of post-traumatic stress, documenting battlefields and sites of atrocity, or considering life on the home front. The discovery of her father’s wartime scrapbook after he died was the spark that ignited this new direction in her work. Bittenfield has exhibited nationally and internationally. She has been awarded with residencies with The Wassaic Project and Picture Berlin. Bittenfield is a grant recipient from the School of Visual Arts, New York, where she received her MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media. She holds a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from the University of Illinois and has worked developing multi-media and instructor-led training at Arthur Andersen & Co. and Microsoft Corporation. She lives and works in New York City and is currently on the board of Baxter St/Camera Club of New York. Her website is www.bittenfield.com.
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Zoe Buckman (b. 1985 Hackney, East London) is a multi-disciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, and photography, exploring themes of Feminism, mortality, and equality. Buckman’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions including Every Curve at Papillion Art, Los Angeles and Present Life at Garis and Hahn Gallery, New York. Notable group exhibitions include: Harlem Postcards, The Studio Museum, Harlem; Off The Wall, Monique Meloche, Chicago; Making and Unmaking, Camden Arts Centre, London; Truth To Power, the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, Framing Beauty, Grunwald University, Indiana; For Freedoms, Jack Shainman Gallery New York; Game On! The Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York; To Be Young Gifted and Black, Goodman Gallery, South Africa; New Abstraction, Leila Heller Gallery, New York. Buckman was a featured artist at Pulse Projects New York 2014, and Miami 2016, and was included in the curated Soundscape Park at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016. Buckman completed an artist residency at Mana Contemporary. Public works include a mural at Live Arts, Chelsea, New York in collaboration with Natalie Frank which will be installed Dec 2016. Buckman studied at the International Center of Photography (ICP) and lives and works in New York. Her website is zoebuckman.com
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LaVon Kellner has a rich background in marketing, sales and entrepreneurship that led her from a top position at Hallmark Cards to Random House and Starbucks. In 1995, she became founding President of Ethis Communications, Inc., a medical communications company. In 2016, Kellner sold her stake in the companies she co-founded in order to pursue her great passion for the arts. She holds frequent salons in her home where artists, museum scholars, gallerists and collectors mingle together to talk about common interests and discuss fine art. Kellner’s memberships, committees, and Board positions include: Independent Curators International: Board Member; The National Arts Club: Art, Technology, Photography and Roundtable Committees; Friends Seminary: Contemporary Art Committee Co-Chair; Children’s Art Guild, Board Member; Aperture, Paul Strand Circle, Royal Academy America, Frick Museum, National Historic Preservation Society, Whitney Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA.
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Gillian Laub (b.1975, New York) is a photographer and filmmaker based in New York. Laub has spent the past two decades investigating political conflicts, exploring complex family and community relationships, and challenging assumptions about cultural identity. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a degree in comparative literature before studying photography at the International Center of Photography, where her love of visual storytelling and family narratives began. Laub’s first monograph, Testimony (Aperture), began as a response to the media coverage during the second intifada in the Middle East. Laub spent over a decade working in Georgia exploring issues of lingering racism in the American South. This work became Laub’s first feature length, directed and produced, documentary film, Southern Rites that premiered on HBO. Her monograph, Southern Rites (Damiani) and traveling exhibition by the same title are being used for an educational outreach campaign, in schools and institutions across the country. Laub’s work is widely collected and exhibited, included in the collections at the International Center of Photography, New York; Museum of Fine Art, Houston; High Museum, Atlanta; Harvard Art Museum, Boston; Jewish Museum, New York; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC and a wide range of corporate and private collections. In 2014, Laub was the recipient of an Aaron Siskind Foundation Fellowship. She regularly photographs for The New York Times Magazine, TIME, and Vanity Fair, among many other publications. Laub lectures widely and has been interviewed on NPR, CNN, MSNBC, Good Morning America, and Times Talks.
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Shari Loeffler has had a diverse career spanning two decades in Marketing, Operations, Business Development, Sales, Product Development and Management in the Pharmaceutical, Telecom, Publishing & Non-Profit sectors. She has led many projects such as: architecting the first loyalty program for physicians worldwide, implementing SAP across Operations, Marketing & Sales as well as, launching multi-million dollar marketing campaigns on behalf of Pharmaceutical companies, directly to physicians. After becoming a mother to 3 girls, she switched gears and entered the non-profit world, having served as Chairman of the Board for Groove With Me until 2013, incorporating the Siadat Family Foundation in 2014 as well as taking on speaking engagements on behalf of organizations and institutions for fundraising and awareness. Her most recent collaborations include developing a farming apprenticeship program for children on the east end of LI, construction/interior design, writing her 1st children’s book and as an activist for embracing one’s own unique beauty @myfiercebrow. Shari received her B.S. from New York University’s Stern School of Business and graduated with a double major in Information Systems & Marketing. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters.
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Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Roberta Marroquin is a photographer currently based in New York City. Arriving in New York in 2008, Marroquin pursued a one year certificate program at the International Center of Photography. After receiving her degree, she continued to work on a project called “Underneath Light”, inspired by the Mexican indigenous’ belief in spirits that still commingles with Christianity. Her travels and studies have been a fundamental aspect of her artistic development. In 2000, Marroquin went to the City of Light with a Bachelor degree of Arts in Communication Sciences by the Technological Institute of Monterrey, Mexico. There, she began her formal training as an artist and photographer. Her work has been exhibited in prestigious places such as: The Other Art Fair, Torino Italy; International Center of Photography, NY; Baxter St at CCNY; Arsenal of Venice; Mona Bismarck Foundation, Paris; and MARCO Contemporary Art Museum of Monterrey, Mexico. Among other distinctions, Marroquin was selected as a finalist for the 2016 FEMSA Biennial in Mexico. Marroquin’s works are part of international art collections including ABN AMRO NY; Emirate Glass Dubai; and Industrial Club, Monterrey Mexico. In the summer of 2017, she received the “Ana Lorena” Award from Nuevo Amanecer Institute in Monterrey Mexico. She is represented by Lorena Carrillo Gallery in Monterrey, Mexico. This year, she was invited to be part of the 2019 BLK SHP Foundation Artist in Residence program.
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Caren Rosenblatt has over 25 years of experience in magazine publishing as an Art Director. She has won numerous awards including the Gold Medal for Editorial Illustration at The Society of Illustrators. She has worked the spectrum from book publishing to corporate clients and back again. A current fascination with beauty queens from the 50’s and 60’s is among her personal projects. She is also President of the Board Emeritus of the Camera Club of New York, after serving as Board President for 4 years, during which period she oversaw the move from Union Square to W. 37th St. She has a BFA in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts.