Jason Bernagozzi is a video and new media artist living and working in Rochester, NY. Central to his artistic practice is a desire to investigate and experiment with the significant features of time-based media as an evolving world language. Video, sound and other electronic forms allow him to work out ideas as a real-time process that reflects the impermanent relationships between knowledge and dialogue. Through this palette he makes single channel video and electronic media environments whose flowing forms provoke and modulate viewer expectations while addressing concepts concerning the liminal states of language, memory and perceptual experience.
Meredith Davenport earned her MFA from Hunter College and her BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. She was invited to do a fellowship at Yaddo and to participate in a master workshop with Shirin Neshat. She has received a Pew Fellowship and a Puffin Foundation grant. Her work has been exhibited in New York at the International Center of Photography, Chashama Times Square Gallery and the gallery at St. Francis College and internationally. She has a distinguished career in documentary photography. Her photographs have appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times and on the cover of Newsweek magazine as well as in the highly acclaimed HBO documentary "Child Soldiers."
John DeMerritt owns a bookbinding studio in Emeryville, CA that focuses on edition binding and boxmaking for fine press printers and publishers, galleries and artists. He began his bookbinding career in 1986, working for Klaus Roetzscher in San Francisco and later worked at Taurus Bookbindery in Berkeley. He formed his own bookbindery in 1995. He has produced work for Jim Goldberg, Larry Sultan, Linda Connor, Richard Misrach, Richard Barnes, Lapis Press, Granary Books, Crown Point Press, Magnolia Editions, Russell Crotty, Rose Gallery, Michael Light, Gallery Luisotti, Lynn Hershmann, Gallery 16, Fraenkel Gallery, Peter Koch Printers, Editions Jacob Samuel, Feature Inc and many others. He is the past President of the Hand Bookbinders of California and board member of the Pacific Center for the Book Arts. John has taught workshops and lectured at The SF Center for the Book, The Kala Instistute, The Guild of Bookworkers, Center for Book and Paper at Columbia College and Mills College. Since 2000, he has taught in the Photography Department of the San Francisco Art Institute, combining the use of digital imaging and book structure with his co-teacher, Michael Creedon. John and his wife, Nora Pauwels, were Artists in Residence at the SF Center for the Book in 2006, where they produced an editioned Artists’ Book, De Rekening.
Bridget Elmer is an artist, bookmaker and letterpress printer working in Asheville, NC, where she is currently rebuilding her 19th century platen press, tuning up her 20th century flatbed truck, and retrofitting 21st century open source philosophy to book technologies. She received her MFA in the Book Arts from the University of Alabama in 2010, and she will graduate with her Masters in Library and Information Studies in the fall of 2011. Having recently taught book arts as an Adjunct Professor at Florida State University and a Visiting Art Professor at Colorado College, Bridget currently serves as an Instructor at Asheville BookWorks. Bridget is the sole proprietor of Flatbed Splendor and the Co-Operator of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts.
Gregory Halpern grew up in Buffalo, New York and still makes most of his photographs there. He recently published A (J&L Books, 2011), his third book book of photographs. He has a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. He lives in Rochester, New York, where he teaches Photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Artist and blogger, Abbey Hendrickson, lives in Owego, New York with her husband and their two children. She earned a BFA from SUNY College at Brockport in 2004 and an MFA in Visual Studies from the University at Buffalo in 2009. Hendrickson writes a daily lifestyle blog called Aesthetic Outburst, chronicling the adventures of her little family and the renovation of their 1800’s farmhouse. Her artwork can be found in Drawn In by Julia Rothman; State of Craft by Victoria Woodcock and Cigalle Hanaor; and Old School: Art Inspired by the Aesthetics of 20th Century Education by Janine Vangool. Hendrickson has also been a guest contributor on several popular blogs, including sfgirlbybay, Poppytalk, and A Beautiful Mess. Her book You are Awesome, published by Cicada Books, will be released in fall 2012.
Ingrid Hess is an illustrator, graphic designer and educator. She has an MFA in Graphic Design with an emphasis in the book arts and has worked in the publishing industry since 1996. After working 9 years in publishing in Chicago, she moved to South Bend and taught design at The University of Notre Dame for three years. This past summer she moved to Rochester where she is starting a design program at The College at Brockport, SUNY.
Rick Hock is former Director of Exhibitions and Program Design at George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film. He has organized, curated, and designed numerous exhibitions including Enhancing the Illusion: The Origins and Progress of Photography, Seeing the Unseen: Harold Edgerton and the Wonders of Strobe Alley, The Sports Illustrated Exhibition of American and Soviet Sports Photography, The Pencil of Nature: Photograph’s Trace and Transformation, Nathan Lyons: A Survey 1957-2000, World From My Front Porch: The Photography of Larry Towell, and Vision and Obsession: The Remarkable George Eastman. He has taught courses in the History and Art of Photography at The University of Rochester, The Rochester Institute of Technology, Visual Studies Workshop and the State University of New York, Geneseo and Exhibition Development for Ryerson University’s program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. His photographic work has been exhibited internationally and is included in several major collections including The Museum of Modern Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Huston Museum of Art, and The Creative Center for Photography.
Douglas Holleley was born in Sydney, Australia and studied photography at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York, where he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts. His artist’s books and photographs are represented in many collections including, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., The McGill University Library (Rare Books Division) Montreal, Canada, the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, Rochester, N Y, the Centre for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, Rochester Institute of Technology, the Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, and the National Gallery of Australia. In 1997 he was awarded a Ph.D at the University of Sydney. The title of his thesis is Luna Park, the Image of a Funfair. This thesis examines a major amusement park in Sydney Australia through the medium of photography. He became a permanent resident of the USA in 1997 and lives and works in upstate New York.
Keith Johnson received his MFA from RISD studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind following a year at VSW with Nathan Lyons. Ten years of teaching led to a move to the business side of photography completing an MBA in 1987. He is on the summer faculty at VSW, Maine Photographic Workshop, and Jackson Hole Art Association. Recent solo shows include Griffin Museum, FotoFest, Panopticon in Boston, Nelson Hancock Gallery, Brooklyn, NY and Wall Space gallery in Seattle. He has done residencies at Light Work, VSW and CEPA and is a fellow of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.
Richard Kegler is the founder and lead designer at P22 type foundry. Before his involvement in type design, Mr. Kegler was a bookbinder, designer and postgraduate artist seeking a respectable self-sustaining life as a craftsman. The years of historical typographic research at P22 has influenced a profound interest in using hand techniques alongside digital capabilities. Kegler has recently started the non-profit Book Arts Center in Buffalo New York and has returned to an active involvement in hand setting and printing metal and wood type as a concurrent career with digital font research at P22. In 2011, Kegler released Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century, a design documentary, directed and produced by Kegler, that captured the personality and work process of the late Canadian graphic artist and type designer Jim Rimmer (1931-2010).
Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman’s collaborative work focuses on the cultural understanding of distance as perceived in modern life and network culture. Their projects were recently featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Utne Reader, Flavorwire, Frieze Magazine, the British Journal of Photography, the BBC News Viewfinder, and the NPR radio program Marketplace Tech Report. Their collaborative work was shown in solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center Las Vegas, Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, and the Marks Arts Center in California. Selections from our projects have been shown at the Athens Photo Festival in Greece, the Houston Center for Photography, Baltimore Museum of Art, the 2nd Moscow International Biennale in Russia, RAIQ in Montréal, Peloton in Australia, the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, City Without Walls in New Jersey, and the Conflux Festival in NYC. Their first New York solo exhibition was at United Photo Industries in Brooklyn in January 2012.
Jenn Libby is an installation artist with a penchant for tactile, antiquated processes such as wet-plate collodion photography and hand–processed 16mm film. She teaches historic photographic processes in the graduate program at the Visual Studies Workshop and works as a photography instructor at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.
Scott McCarney has been making books as works of art for close to thirty years. His bookworks explore many media, from offset and digital printing to sculptural installation. He lectures, teaches and exhibits internationally and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Rochester Institute of Technology. His work for the past several years has utilized print–on–demand technology with intensive pre– and post–production consideration.
Liz Ronk is the Photo Editor for the award winning LIFE.com. She has been researching and editing the LIFE Magazine archive for over 3 years recreating classic essays and curating essays of never before seen gems. She holds an MFA from The Visual Studies Workshop and BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. When not editing, she is working on several book projects and lives in New York City.
Tracy Rudzitis has been designing and building web pages since 1995. She worked as a web developer for Starwave (Outside Online, ABCnews.com), Microsoft, Real Networks, and several interactive advertising agencies in both Seattle, WA and New York City for 6 years before going into teaching public school full time. She currently teaches media–arts at a middle school in New York City, and designs and builds web pages for several clients when she is not teaching.
Tate Shaw is the Director of Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York a nonprofit organization supporting photography, books, and film/video with an MFA program in Visual Studies in association with The College at Brockport, SUNY. Shaw routinely organizes exhibitions and lectures on books including the Photo-Bookworks Symposium at VSW June 28-30, 2012. He is co-publisher of Preacher's Biscuit Books and his personal works are in many private and public collections for artist’s books internationally.
Wendy Smith is an independent film/video maker who studied documentary and ethnographic film with Jean Rouch, the renowned New Wave filmmaker, in Paris, where she lived for fourteen years. She has produced numerous films, both fiction and documentary, as well as the 16mm portrait Perry in His Garden, which went to the Cinema du Reel film festival and the Cannes film market. Since her return to the U.S., her documentary work has become more experimental, incorporating digital processing, computer graphics, and animation. Smith is currently doing pre-production work on cross-cultural representation and transnational identity for a video documentary called Dwelling in Displacement that looks at how political exiles and ex-patriots cope loss of homeland. This piece will be the third in her trilogy on memory, identity, and home, which began with Home Sweet Home and The Road Home.