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Andrew Benincasa

Andrew is a freelance artist who makes paper-cut art and paper-cut animation. In both image-making and story-telling, He marries complexity with naivete in order to make something beautiful. He is self-taught and began making art by putting on shadow puppet shows in his living room, being, as he was then and am now, driven to tell meaningful stories with whatever medium he has on hand. Andrew lives and works in Brooklyn, and is currently working on music videos, animations for HarvardX, and lightbox paper-cut murals.



Glendalys Medina

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the Bronx, Glendalys Medina is a interdisciplinary artist receiving her MFA from Hunter College in 2008. Medina’s work has been exhibited at such notable venues as Artists Space, Bronx Museum and El Museo del Barrio. She was awarded a SIP Fellowship at EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in 2016,  a residency at El Museo Del Barrio in 2015, Yaddo in 2014, the Rome Prize in Visual Arts in 2012-2013 from the American Academy in Rome, a NYFA Fellowship in interdisciplinary Art in 2012, and the Bronx Museum's Artist in the Marketplace residency in 2010




Seung-Min Lee

Seung (pronounced Sing) Min Lee (born South Korea, lives and works in Brooklyn) utilizes video, performance, painting, and collage in biting social commentaries that eclipse the ironic affect of self-deprecation and veer into uncomfortable self-exploitation. She has earned degrees from Harvard and the Hunter College MFA program in Manhattan. She has performedmost recently at Luxembourg and Dayan, Artists Space and Books, Regina Rex, David Lewis Gallery, Interstate Projects and been a featured artist in dis magazine. She was a recipient of a 2014-15 Franklin Furnace Fund Award, to support emerging, avant-garde art,“ especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content. 



Nina Kantcheva Tushev

Nina Kantcheva Tushev is an environmental activist who works with the United Nations to ensure the full engagement of local and indigenous communities to find solutions to issues such as deforestation and climate change, and to ensure that their traditional wisdom informs the protection natural resources. She is also an amateur photographer/filmmaker and producer, and an FPV pilot-in-training. Nina co-leads Tushevs Aerials, a project that teaches indigenous peoples to fly remote control airplanes in order to monitor deforestation within their territories.



Ezra Wube

Ezra Wube (b. 1980, Ethiopia) is a mixed media artist who lives and work in Brooklyn, NY and Addis Ababa. Ezra received his BFA (2004) from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA and an MFA (2009) from Hunter College, New York, NY. Through autobiography his work references the notion of past and present, the constant changing of place, and the dialogical tension between "here" and "there".



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