Melani Douglass is the Director of Public Programs at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC where she cultivates a network of diverse constituents through community partnerships and collaborations. She also heads the groundbreaking Women, Arts and Social Change initiative, which elevates museum programming to a new standard with curated conversations, communal dinners and transformative events.Prior to her position at NMWA, Douglass founded the Family Arts Museum, a nomadic institution that celebrates and documents family as fine art. Douglass has over ten years of experience engaging communities through the arts. Douglass holds a Master of Fine Arts in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art. A native Baltimorean, she is also a proud mother and educator.
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Allie Linn is an artist, curator, and writer from Baltimore. She received her BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture and Art History and her MFA in Curatorial Practice from MICA. In 2014, she co-founded Bb, a gallery and project space in downtown Baltimore and a 2015 grantee of The Grit Fund, a Regional Regranting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Through various collective organizing, she has assisted in the production of the Publications and Multiples Fair, the Artist-Run Art Fair, and the Spiral Bound Book Fair, and she has held positions at Recess in Brooklyn and the Baltimore Museum of Art and The Contemporary in Baltimore. Her writing has recently appeared in the International Awards for Art Criticism, and she is the Guest Gallery Curator at Notre Dame of Maryland University for the 2019-20 academic year.
Darren Jones is a Scottish critic, curator, and artist. His writing has appeared in Artforum, ArtUS, Artslant, and New Art Examiner. Curatorial and artistic projects have been covered in The Guardian, Artforum.com, Huffington Post, The Brooklyn Rail, and Scotland on Sunday. Jones’ book, The Contemporary Art Gallery: Display, Power and Privilege, (co-authored with David Carrier) was published in 2016; in 2018 he was a recipient of the Andy Warhol Foundation Art Writers Grant; in 2020 he will be the critic-in-residence at SPACES in Cleveland. Jones gained a BA from Central Saint Martins College, London; and received his MFA from Hunter College, New York.
Maria Habib is an independent multidisciplinary designer and educator. At DesignMa, her private practice, she investigates the relationship of design and Ayurved principles as a basis to provide solutions for identity and space. She’s interested in projects at the intersection of art, culture, and healing. She has held positions as Designer for MEMAC and Ogilvy in Beirut, Lebanon, and Freedom by Design, Design Director for the Corcoran Gallery of Art, College of Art + Design, and Creative Director for the Strategic Innovation Group of Booz Allen Hamilton.
Andrea Dietz is an architect, curator, and writer. She is Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Exhibition Design at The Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at George Washington University. Her creative and scholarly practice is focused on “architecture(s) of and on display” – or the translation and exhibition of the built environment. Through “architecture(s) of and on display,” she advocates for diversifying the representations of architecture and design (defined in terms of both authorship and expression). Andrea has worked in architecture research and exhibition design with Bestor Architecture, Chu + Gooding Architects, and independently. She has a background in cross-border exhibition and event production with Estudio Teddy Cruz and Kyong Park. She has taught foundation architecture studios with Cal Poly Pomona and was a longtime associate of Woodbury School of Architecture, where she coordinated a multi-million dollar federal grant, led graduate program curriculum development, oversaw digital fabrication facility improvements and operations, and delivered coursework in research methodologies and theory. She is a former board member of and Vice-President of Development for the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.
Emmy Catedral (b. Butuan City, 1982) is an artist and writer. She presents collaborative work as The Explorers Club of Enrique de Malacca and The Amateur Astronomers Society of Voorhees, and performs as Y2K (with Carlos Rigau and Jocelyn Spaar). Work has been presented at Queens Museum, The New York Historical Society, LaMama Experimental Theater Club, Primetime, Columbia University's Wallach Art Gallery and Department of Astronomy, Center for Book Arts, and Akron Art Museum (forthcoming), among others. Readings and performances have been presented at Recess, 601 Artspace, Wendy's Subway, The Segue Reading Series, Present Co. and other unnamed and temporarily named sites. After nearly a decade at Distributed Art Publishers where she worked with small press, independent, and non-profit publishers, Emmy is currently the Fairs & Editions Coordinator at Printed Matter, Inc. She is also co-librarian of the bi-coastal and mobile Pilipinx American Library, and is a member of Advisory Board of The Octavia Project. She DJs as Pers Lab.