Anna Novakov is a writer and cultural critic whose most recent book, Imagine Utopias in the Built Environment: From London’s Vauxhall Garden to the Black Rock Desert was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2017. The daughter of noted environmental physicist Tihomir Novakov, she was immersed in the Ecotopian dreams of air pollution control from an early age. She was raised in both the Socialist Utopia of post-war Yugoslavia and the free speech, counterculture movement of Berkeley, California. Both radical movements had profound influences on women’s rights, new technology and the built environment – areas of study that would form the basis of Novakov’s creative practice. In 1992, after completing her doctorate at New York University, she came to prominence in Manhattan as one of the first art critics to write about the interrelationship between art, technology and Utopian spaces. The author of dozens of books, exhibition catalogues, magazine and newspaper articles, Novakov lives in Berkeley, in Santa Fe and on a ranch in Northern New Mexico and is Executive Director of Freehold Taos Residency Center, co-Founder of Provisional Art Spaces and Adjunct Professor of Art at the University of New Mexico. Novakov is an art and technology correspondent for Art Press (Paris) and critical reviewer for The Magazine (Santa Fe).
Ron Hutt is an internationally active artist whose recent locationally based live performances, titled Volume, are a lavishly layered mix of video, animation and sound that reveal his creative process to the audience. In tandem to his career an artist and digital, visual and auditory strategist, Hutt worked professionally as an Art Therapist and Director of the Adjunct Therapies Department at Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago. After graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) with an M.F.A in Art and Technology Hutt taught courses at SAIC in digital imaging and web design. At the University of Rhode Island (URI) Hutt achieved the rank of Full Professor with notable achievements including authoring a Digital Art and Design curriculum for the Art and Art History Department, a program which included courses in 2D digital imaging and animations, web design, mobile app game design, and 3D modeling in MAYA. Hutt assumed the faculty lead within the Harrington School of Communication and Media at URI to developed a cross-disciplinary curriculum for a Minor in Video Game Development and served as the Director of the Fine Art Center Main Art Gallery. In another significant cross-disciplinary collaboration, Hutt guided the Computer Science and Statistics departments in the founding and operation of the 3D Group for Interactive Visualization (3DG). The 3DG projects ranged from, 3D Modeling and Animation, Game Design and E-Learning, Web Design and Development, Computer Vision and Imaging, Modeling and Simulation and Scientific Visualization. In addition, Hutt was Project Team Leader for the "Research Experiences for Undergraduates" (REU) funded by the National Science Foundation. Hutt holds graduate degrees in Expressive Arts Therapy (University of Louisville) and in Art and Technology (Art Institute of Chicago). Hutt is a Founding Partner of Provisional Art Spaces [PAS], an association of artists and curators who create opportunities for spatial transference through artistic affiliations and strategic productions. Hutt lives in Taos County, New Mexico where he owns and operates EarthSound.space -- an art production studio and performance space and retains a digital content development office in Berkeley, California.
Natalia Mount is a dynamic cultural producer with extensive experience in arts leadership, innovative programming development, fundraising and marketing. She has curated and produced over 60 exhibitions and site-specific projects, experimental theatre productions, music, film, radio and literary programs and events. Originally from Bulgaria, for the past 20 years, Mount lived in New York, where in the early 2000, she co-founded FLUX Art Space - a pioneering nonprofit organization that commissioned and produced long-term art projects, claiming the intersection of art, technology, and civic engagement. In 2010, Mount launched the first radio station in Central New York, Redhouse Radio, that aired exclusively (24/7) arts and culture programs. Mount was the Executive Director of Redhouse Arts Center, a multi-disciplinary space and artist residency program, located in Syracuse. In the beginning of her career, Natalia apprenticed with the legendary Alanna Heiss, founder of PS1 and the Clocktower, both located in NYC. Mount is the recipient of numerous prestigious grants and awards, in recognition of her innovative ideas and executive leadership practice. Mount holds a BA in Criminal Justice, MA in Art Market, and an MBA in Media Management.
Sarah Stolar is an interdisciplinary artist who lives in the Santa Fe, New Mexico. Working from a strong psychological and female perspective, the breadth of her work includes painting, drawing, multi-media installation, film, video and performance art. Sarah also collaborates with artist collectives and non-profit organizations. She has worked on two feature-length films, curated five gallery and museum exhibitions, and created wearable art and props for notable international performance artists. Sarah is the daughter of accomplished multi-media artist and educator Merlene Schain, and a descendant of 19th century German master painter Adolph von Menzel. She grew up in an art studio/school environment, received a BFA in Painting from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute. Selected visual art and performance exhibitions include Currents New Media Festival, Santa Fe; the Donau Festival, Krems, Austria; Anti-Contemporary Art Festival, Kuopio, Finland; 53rd Venice Biennale; and a solo exhibition of drawings at the Bohemian Gallery & Museum of Contemporary Art in Montevideo, Uruguay and the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos. A committed art educator for over a fifteen years, Sarah serves on the AP College Board and other academic committees, and is currently the Chairperson of the Art Department at the University of New Mexico - Taos.
Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Sun Bear, as well as Why Poetry, a book of prose (Harper Collins/Ecco Press, August 2017). He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a William Carlos Williams Award, a May Sarton Award from the Academy of American Arts and Sciences, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship in Marfa, TX. His poems, essays and translations have appeared in many publications, including Tin House, Paris Review, The New Republic, The Boston Review, The New Yorker, McSweeney's, The Believer, Real Simple, and The Los Angeles Times. His work has also appeared in many anthologies, including Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll; Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century; Seriously Funny: Poems about Love, Death, Religion, Art, Politics, Sex, and Everything; and Best American Poetry 2009, 2013, and 2017. He co-translated, with historian Radu Ioanid, Romanian poet Eugen Jebeleanu’s last collection, Secret Weapon: Selected Late Poems (2008). His poetry has been adapted and performed at Carnegie Hall by Composer Gabriel Kahane and Brooklyn Rider, and was the libretto for Vespers for a New Dark Age, a piece by composer Missy Mazzoli commissioned by Carnegie Hall for the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival, where it was performed by Mazzoli, along with Victoire and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche. An Associate Professor in the MFA Program at Saint Mary’s College of California, he is also Editor at Large at Wave Books. From 2016-17 he was Editor of the Poetry Column for the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Oakland, CA.