Spring 2019 Committee

LUCIEN ZAYAN

Lucien Zayan was born and raised in France. He spent 25 years working for prestigious European cultural institutions like Odeon-Theatre de l’Europe (Paris), Festival International d’Art Lyrique (Aix en Provence), Theatre de la Madeleine (Paris). In 2008, after a three months trip in NYC, he founded The Invisible Dog Art Center (Brooklyn), a multidisciplinary space commissioning and presenting visual art exhibitions, theater, dance, music, performance and also providing working space for resident artists. He recently opened a new food/art space called “la Salle A Manger (call me SAM)'. Zayan lives and works on Bergen Street, Brooklyn.

DEVA PARDUE

Deva Pardue is a Designer and Creative Director originally from Dublin Ireland, who came to New York to study Design at The School of Visual Arts, she is currently heading up the Creative Department at The Wing, a network of work and community spaces designed for women. Deva built her career at the revered Pentagram Design where she learned from industry leaders such as Michael Bierut, Paula Scher, and Emily Oberman and worked on a wide variety of branding, environmental, and editorial design projects. In 2016 she founded For All Womankind and created the now iconic Femme Fists illustration that went viral during the Women’s March and through which she has donated $23K to non-profits fighting for Women’s issues. Deva has earned awards from the Type Directors Club and Communication Arts, has spoken at prestigious institutions and conferences including Princeton University, the AIGA, and Brand New, and has received press and recognition from publications including Fast Company, Adweek, and Graphic Design USA who, in 2018, listed Deva in their roundup of “Socially Responsible Designers to Watch”.

BILLY GERARD FRANK

Billy Gerard Frank (born in Grenada) is a multi-disciplinary artist, and autodidact living in New York who works at the intersection of art, filmmaking, design, and activism. Frank's practices mine personal, political, and social histories and challenge dominant and normative discourses around them. His research-based work addresses issues of migration, race, and global politics, relating to gender, minority status, and post-colonial subjects. He moved to London as a teenager where he began painting and exploring experimental video art and installation and was part of several film and art collectives. In 2001, he moved to New York to pursue studies in fine arts at the National Academy of Art and the Art Students League of New York.

Frank was recently selected to represent Grenada at 58th La Biennale di Venezia 2019. Over the years, he has been an artist-in-residence at several artist residencies. Frank is also the founder of Nova Frontier Film Festival & LAB that showcases films and arts from the African Diaspora, the Middle East, and Latin America.

Since 2005, after studying filmmaking and media arts, Frank has worked as a writer, director, and production designer, in both narrative and documentary films that were screened at international film festivals, Sundance and Berlinale. His narrative short film, Absence Of Love, which he wrote and directed, premiered at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, shown in over 50 international film festivals and won audience best award. He was nominated for a European Music Video award in the category of Production Design for his design of Warner Music Group artist, Mary Komasa. He is presently in development on a narrative feature film, and a television series.

Frank currently lives and work in Brooklyn, New York.

ZOE CHRISTENSEN

Zoe Christensen is the Musuems, Galleries, and Sponsorships manager for SeaLegacy, a non-profit that combines decades of experience in conservation, photography, and communications, with the latest digital and social technologies, to build a healthy future for our oceans.

As well she serves on the board for the Prix Pictet Award, an international award in photography and sustainability, in addition to the Jury of Photography for Fotografiska's "Young Nordic Photographer of the Year". 

ROLF ARNE LEER

Rolf Arne Leer is an entrepreneur and journalist from Norway with a passion for traveling, storytelling, and meeting new people. He is renowned for his work on “Good Evening Norway,” the largest entertainment news program in Norway, and for his documentary production, “Life is Strange” featuring an intensely anxious guy and his search for love.   

Rolf Arne immediately fell in love with New York through his encounters with locals, each of whom shared unique insights into what the city means to them and why they call it home.

Rolf Arne started visiting New Yorkers in their homes to conduct interviews and to gather their perspectives. First featured on the Huffington Post, Rolf began to gain followers from around the world with his innovative, unfiltered portraits.

He decided to share these insights through his own publication, and Quoted Magazine was born.


REBECCA WILSON

Rebecca Wilson is Chief Curator and VP, Art Advisory at Saatchi Art. She was formerly a Director at the Saatchi Gallery, London, where she was instrumental in the launch of the gallery's online presence. In 2007 she created New Sensations, a prize for art students which identifies and supports the most exciting emerging artists in the UK. Prior to joining the Saatchi Gallery, Rebecca worked for 14 years in book and art magazine publishing: she was editor of ArtReview, and before that deputy editor of Modern Painters. She has over 10 years of experience working with emerging artists.

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