The writers for Visual Overture Magazine come from a variety of professional and educational backgrounds. Some are artists, some are critics, some are professionals, and some are novices. Each contributor provides a different perspective on the world of emerging art.
Listed alphabetically according to last name, here are our contributors from 2009-2011: Nicole Anderson, Crista Cloutier, Caitlin Cruickshank, Joyce Dade, Merlin Flower, Amy Gross, Carmen Guedez, Becky Hunter, Maria Keeler, Courtney Kenny, Susan Mulder, Nicole Sansone, Phillip Schubert, Patricio Maya Solis, Randal Stringer, Bob Tomolillo, Arlissa Vaughn, Matt Zigler
Born and raised in New York City, Nicole started working in the art and design industry, and later became a copywriter for a branding agency. After working for the Barack Obama campaign in Ohio, Nicole returned to NYC to continue her work as a freelance writer. She currently writes for several print and online publications with a focus on fashion, art, and design.
Actively involved in the contemporary art world throughout her career, Crista is internationally recognized as a writer, artist, and documentary filmmaker. She blogs for the Guardian UK and also pens her own "Simply Divine" at www.cristacrista.com.
Joyce, a native and current resident of Brooklyn, is a special effects art photographer, abstract painter, health and nutrition researcher, Blogger, professional astrology analyst, radiology transcriptionist and freelance writer. She has studied in a wide variety of fields, but is now focusing on fine art photography. You can read more at: http://www.blogger.com/profile/15086517689658011835
Merlin Flower is an independent writer and artist from India. She dabbles in photography, and is also the custodian of a wild imagination. You can contact her at email@example.com
As the daughter of an artist and art teacher, Caitlin Cruickshank grew up in Portland, Oregon with an early passion and involvement in the art world. Her Art History and Humanities studies at the University of Oregon lead her abroad to a year in Florence, Italy where she received a Renaissance Scholar Certificate for her studies of art, history, literature, and humanities. Afterwards she began working at Lyon&Turnbull, a fine art and antique auctioneering company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Caitlin is currently working in Sotheby’s 19th Century European Paintings Department in London. While her degree and her work with Sotheby’s are focused on the 19th century, she also recently worked on the Contemporary Art and the 20th Century Italian evening auctions held in London. In December, she will transfer to the Sotheby’s office in Amsterdam to work on the 19th century and Contemporary Art evening sales. She plans to continue her passion for contemporary art with a Master’s Degree in 20th century art next fall.
Amy Gross was born and raised on Long Island, New York, and received her Bachelor of Fine Art from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. After attending The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, she returned to New York and established Color Box Studio, Inc., a design company specializing in textile and surface design, and Amy Designs, Inc., concentrating on children’s product development. Following a move to South Florida in 1999, and greatly influenced by the extreme contrasts between natural and man-made environment there, she began working in fiber, first taking the form of jewelry making. Her nature inspired pieces expanded into beaded, painted and embroidered canvases, then three-dimensional embellished objects. More info: www.amygross.com
Carmen is a self-taught artist from Venezuela that grew up surrounded by art. Inspired by her mother, a skilled painter herself, she followed her passion for painting. Desire and years of practice led to her contemporary style. She combines oils and acrylics with pastels, gels, and mediums to create simplicity and harmony.
Influenced by Latin culture, she loves to incorporate warm and vivid color along with plenty of 3D texture and dimension.
She works from her studio in Raleigh, NC and features her work on her website, www.carmenguedez.com.
Born in Durham, England, Becky Hunter moved to London to pursue her BA in Painting at Chelsea College of Art and Design. After a few years of exhibiting, gallery work (and managing a fair trade café) she completed her Masters in History of Art at the University of York with distinction. Now living in Philadelphia, USA, Becky writes for Art Papers and Sculpture, has taught at the University of the Arts, and will curate her first exhibitions in 2011.
I am a painter, photographer, and designer with a true passion for anything related to art. I love to explore the streets for any visual candy, as well as stumble into galleries for inspiration. I am completely devoted to my work as an artist, and give my full support to artists trying to achieve their goals. Never stop being creative! More info: www.marikeeler.com
Born and raised in Omaha, NE, Courtney Kenny is a working artist who enjoys using a variety of media but focuses largely on charcoal. Her favorite subject matter is people because of the wide array of emotive qualities for which they allow. Courtney is currently working on commissioned works as well as current and future exhibitions. Read more at: www.courtneykennyart.com
A mixed media artist with an MFA in Painting, Susan is a teacher, curator and writer and also maintains an active exhibition schedule. She is currently serving as director of CultureWorks, a non profit arts organization dedicated to community transformation through creativity. More info at: www.susanmulder.com
Nicole Sansone holds a BA in art & art history and English from Colgate University. Her writing has been published in a number of publications, across a variety of platforms including “The Norwalk Beat” and “BrooklynIsWatching.com.” In November of 2009, Nicole was invited to be a featured guest blogger on Art21’s contemporary art and education blog. In the past, Nicole has served as curatorial assistant to the chief curator of contemporary art for the National Arts Club, and she is currently a curatorial assistant to the chief curator of GE’s corporate art collection.
When she is not writing about contemporary art and theory, Nicole is an independent graphic designer. She has worked with brands such as Art21, Blackbird Yoga LLC, and Wired magazine, as well as a number of individual, personalized projects. Her work can be seen at www.nicolesansone.com.
Phillip earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute, where he majored in photography. He participated in several group exhibitions, both as an artist and as co-curator. Over the last fifteen-plus years he has worked with galleries, institutions and private companies in the San Francisco fine art industry, managing the handling, installation, packaging and storage of many important collections. In 2009 he relocated to Sydney, Australia, where he founded the independent art collection management company Schubert & Associates. More info: www.schubertassociates.com.au.
Randal Stringer is a modern traditional and digital medium artist who is actively involved in both the commercial and contemporary fine art world. Originally self-taught, Randal has also received formal training in the areas of fine arts, graphic design and packaging and display engineering. He has worked several years as a commercial designer for both the movie and automotive industry in Los Angeles before relocating to Chicago in 2008 to devote himself to his work as an artist. He continues his work as a commercial designer as well as operating a freelance design agency and art studio. His work can be seen at www.artworks380.com.
Bob began his career during the burgeoning of the print workshops in 1970. He worked at Impressions Workshop in Boston and at The Printshop in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He holds a B.F.A. from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University. A faculty member at the F.A.W.C. in Provincetown, MA and member of the Boston Printmakers since 1983. His lithographs are included in collections here and abroad. In 2009 he was the co-winner of the first Dayton Arts Museum International Peace Prize for his "Think Peace" poster design. He has written articles on printmaking and art in a variety of publications.
Arlissa is the founder of Visual Overture Magazine, and is also an artist, writer, curator, and consultant. She has seen first-hand the trials and limitations of making a career in art and has thus dedicated a significant portion of her time to helping emerging artists succeed. She writes about current trends and difficulties in emerging art today, as well as advice for emerging artists and collectors. More info: www.arlissavaughn.com
Matt Zigler is a painter, installation artist and writer who explores the complex relationships we have with animals and nature and the resulting attitudes towards the environment. He is the creator of a year long travelling installation called The Pigeon PODS of Red Lahore which will come to an end at his upcoming solo show at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC. He has been in group shows at SparkCon in Raleigh, Rosenwald Wolf Gallery at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Viridian Artist’s Inc. in New York, and Green Hill Art Center in Greensboro, NC. He has made site specific installations in Anderson Hall, The College of Art and Design of the University of the Arts, Made in the USA, NC at William Cozart Manufacturing in Raleigh, and at the North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro, NC. He earned his BA in fine art with a minor in philosophy at Elmira College in Elmira, NY, and his MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. To connect with Matt, go to mattzigler.com or Twitter handle @mattziglerart.
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