New York-based German artist Heide Hatry taught art for 15 years while simultaneously conducting an international business as an antiquarian bookseller. Since moving to New York in 2003 she has curated numerous exhibitions, has shown her own work at museums and galleries around the world, has edited many books and art catalogues, has produced hundreds of unique artist's books, treating texts of other authors and exploring her own writing, and had four books published about her own work: Skin (2005), Heads and Tales (2009), Not a Rose (2012), and Icons in Ash (2017). Hatry is best known for her body-related performances and her work employing animal flesh and organs, rust, various sorts of debris, and more recently, cremated remains. Among her fundamental preoccupations are the nature of aesthetic experience and the meaning of beauty, the effects of knowledge upon perception, and the human exploitation of the natural world.
"The Carcinogen Benzo(a)pyrene was measured at more than 300x the allowable detected amount in Gowanus Canal surface water contaminants, as compared to the NY State standard for drinking water. (Data from table E of 2017 Gowanus Canal Public Health Assessment, NY State Department of Health)" 16" x 24". Photograph, archival pigment print. Image courtesy of the artist.
Liz Hickok is a San Francisco-based artist working at the intersection of photography, video, sculpture and installation. Hickok’s artwork has been exhibited across the country and internationally. Her work is included in such collections as the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Blue Shield (California), the Federal Reserve Bank (San Francisco), Sutter Hospitals, and Mills College Art Museum. Hickok’s "Cityscapes in Jell-O" series attracted media attention, receiving coverage in the New York Times, CBS Early Show, and NPR. Hickok has developed photomurals for Facebook and Google’s San Francisco offices, as well as for UCSF and Sutter Hospitals. This past year she created a new site-specific installation for the "Surreal Sublime" exhibition at the San Jose ICA, and had a large solo exhibition at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts in Longview, TX. Hickok is currently part of the "Art in the Time of Covid" exhibition at the New Museum of Los Gatos. Hickok received her Master’s in Fine Arts from Mills College in Oakland, CA, a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and a BA in Art History from Tufts University in Boston, MA.
Laura Stack is a Minneapolis, MN-based artist who creates paintings, ink collages, installation art, and drawings. In addition to her studio practice, she is an Art faculty at the University of Minnesota, Art Department, where she teaches Drawing and Painting. Stack's artwork is recognized through her national and international exhibitions at venues including A.I.R. Gallery (NYC), National Galleries of Scotland, The Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, Sam Francis Gallery (CA), Icosa Gallery (TX), Minneapolis Institute of Art (MN), Minnesota Museum of American Art, Circa Gallery, and Soo Visual Arts Center (MN). She is a member and exhibits at Rosalux Gallery Art Collective, Minneapolis, MN. Reviews and publications of her work have been featured in Art in America, New American Paintings, Manifest International Drawing Annual, Art Papers, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and 10011Mag (NYC).
A pervasive sense of wonder for living things has been a strong motivating force in Michelle Davison’s life, leading her in seemingly opposite directions: on one hand, a love of scientific discovery, and the other, creative expression. In her quest to combine her two interests, she founded a global online art shop in 2009, specializing in botanical wedding certificates, while working towards a PhD in Biological Sciences at Stanford University. She was mentor for the California College of Arts Biodesign class two semesters running in 2014-2016. She participated in the "Art Scientifique" exhibition at Chris Sorensens Studio, Fresno (CA) in 2016, and exhibited a solo show at Carnegie Institute of Science entitled “Drawn from Experiments” in 2015. She is currently a scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.