Stephanie Cash has been the Editor of BURNAWAY since November 2013. She was an editor at Art in America magazine in New York from 1993 to 2012. At BURNAWAY, she is responsible for all editorial content for the website and print editions, and for producing the Atlanta Art Guide, a free guide and map of current exhibitions and venues in the city. She also manages the Art Writers Mentorship Program, now in its third year.
Tori Tinsley received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Michigan, MAAT in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her MFA in Painting and Drawing at Georgia State University. Tori was a WonderRoot Season 07 CSA Artist, a 2015 Idea Capital Grant recipient, and was a resident fellow at Hambidge in 2014 and the Vermont Studio Center in 2016. She is planning a solo exhibition at Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery in Atlanta for spring 2017. More information can be found at www.toritinsley.com.
Jac Kuntz is an arts writer, editor, journalist, and artist living in Atlanta. She is a recent graduate of the Masters of Arts Journalism program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also holds a BA in Psychology and a BFA in Painting with a concentration in art history from Clemson University, SC. She has experience working in both commercial and educational galleries and writing for academic institutions and a non-profit publishing house. Her thesis research, and ongoing project, “Where the Clay is Red,” examines contemporary art in the South through an anthropological lens.
Shara Hughes is an artist and native Atlantan now living in Brooklyn. She is included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial and, in 2016, had a critically acclaimed solo exhibition at Marlborough Chelsea. She earned her BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004. In Atlanta, Shara had her first solo show, “Don’t Tell anyone But …” at Atlanta Contemporary in spring 2013. She was the recipient, in 2012, of a Working Artist Project grant from the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, where she had a solo show in the spring of 2014.
Logan Lockner is Assistant Editor of BURNAWAY. He holds a BA in English literature from Emory University and participated in the second cycle of BURNAWAY’s Art Writers Mentorship Program. In addition to his contributions to BURNAWAY, his writing has also appeared or is forthcoming in Art Papers, Photograph, Wussy, Oxford American, Paste, and elsewhere. A native Tennessean, he has lived in Atlanta since 2010.
An Atlanta native, Jessica Miller came to BURNAWAY from Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, where she was the Marketing and Publicity Director from 2014 to ’16, as well as Gallery Assistant from January 2015 to July 2016. Previously, Miller worked as an organizer for the Hambidge Art Auction and assisted with the Art Papers auction. Miller received her BFA with a concentration in sculpture from Georgia State University in 2012. Her work has been shown at the Atlanta Zine Fest, MINT Gallery, and Kibbee Gallery.
Karen Tauches is an artist, designer, hopeless idealist, lazy perfectionist, localist, foolish prognosticator, armchair traveler, wannabe filmmaker, independent curator, and an unauthorized critic, especially of art and architecture. Oh, and she’s a seriously challenged speller (thank god for editors!).
Brett Levine is an independent curator, writer, and editor based in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the former Team Leader, Collection Programmes, at the Dowse Art Museum Wellington in New Zealand, and the former Director of the University of Alabama Visual Arts Gallery. He is a Doctoral candidate at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia, where his research focuses on curatorial intervention at the site of the artist/audience exchange.
Jeff Stafford writes about art, film, music, gardening, and other favorite topics for various digital publications. A University of Georgia graduate with a BA in Journalism, he worked for the Turner Broadcasting System for 22 years, first as a writer-producer for TNT and later as the managing editor of the Turner Classic Movies website.
Nick Kahler is an artist, intern architect, and writer. He grew up in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and Carrollton, Georgia. He received his Bachelors of History and Minor in Spanish in 2009 from Davidson College in North Carolina, and his Masters in Architecture at Georgia Tech in 2012. He works at the architectural firm of HOK. His work has been shown at the Chambers and Van Every Galleries at Davidson College, and at Barbara Archer Gallery and Art on the BeltLine in Atlanta.
Joe Nolan is a poet, singer/songwriter, cultural critic and intermedia artist based in Nashville. Joe writes about art and film for the Nashville Scene, Nashville Arts Magazine, BURNAWAY and other local, regional and national sites and publications. His radio reports about the arts can be heard on WPLN, Nashville Public Radio, where he is currently creating a series of online, multimedia photo-essays documenting the neighborhoods along Nashville's most prominent roadways. Find out more at www.joenolan.com.
Kellie Bornhoft is an artist and writer working in Raleigh, North Carolina. She received her BFA in art from Watkins College of Art and Design in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2013 and since has exhibited internationally and locally. For Bornhoft, writing is an extension of her studio work and a way to help connect the community to the art happenings in the Triangle Area.
Kimberly Binns has a background in art and design, and a lifelong curiosity and appreciation of all things creative. She is a creative partner with artist Fabian Williams in the production and creative development firm Temporary Visionary. Kimberly is originally from Washington D.C. and holds a BFA from Georgia State University. She does karaoke like nobody’s business and her passions include, well, everything.
Rebecca Brantley is the director of the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art at Piedmont College, where she also teaches courses in art history and criticism. She's been writing about art since 2008. Her essays and reviews have appeared in online and print publications including BURNAWAY, Flagpole Magazine, the internationally published Metalsmith, ArtsATL, and the anthology Contemporary Art About Architecture: A Strange Utility (Ashgate 2013).
Carrie Taylor is an artist and designer working in Metro Atlanta. She designed BURNAWAY's current logo and did Art Crush 2017 graphics, as well as other design work. She is a Georgia native, earning her BFA in drawing, painting, and printmaking from Georgia State University. She was a recipient of the Whitaker Foundation’s watercolor scholarship in 2016. Carrie believes that the quietness of painting from observation creates a space for thought. Find out more at: www.designanddream.com
Elaine Slayton Akin is an Arkansas native and Nashville resident. She received a BA in English from Lyon College and a MA in art history from the University of Memphis, which laid a firm foundation for writing about art. Akin has worked in the arts nonprofit sector in communications and development, and is currently a freelance writer, photographer, and content marketing professional. Her writing has been featured in Nashville Arts, Arkansas Life, Number, and At Home in Arkansas publications.
Andrew Alexander is an independent arts journalist working in Atlanta, where he has lived off and on since the age of two. He loves art, travel, bourbon and old records. In September of 2013, readers voted him Atlanta’s Best Art Critic in Creative Loafing‘s annual Best of Atlanta issue. His website is andrewalexanderwriter.com.
Daniel A. Brown is a musician, writer, and editor in Jacksonville, Florida. A onetime bassist for Royal Trux and ’68 Comeback, Brown is the arts and entertainment editor for Folio Weekly. Along with stories published on BURNAWAY, Brown has written for DownBeat Magazine, Cartwheel Art, Aesthetica and American Airline’s American Way Magazine. In addition, Brown maintains an arts site called Starehouse (starehouse.com), which profiles Northeast Florida, national and international artists.
Jennifer Jefferson earned an MA in writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design and is earning her master's in arts administration. She is currently a copywriter for a fashion company.
Sherri Caudell is an Atlanta poet, writer, and artist. She serves as the events editor for TheFanzine.com. Caudell has exhibited her artwork at Youngblood Gallery and in various group shows in New York City. Her poetry and collage work have been published in the Eyedrum Periodically and she has read her poems at various reading series throughout the city. She hosts Vida Voce, a monthly reading and performance series featuring women at MINT gallery. She loves Borges and has a cat named Emil Chaplin.
Erica Ciccarone is a writer of fiction and nonfiction living in Nashville. She is a regular contributor to Nashville Scene and Nashville Arts, including the Scene's renowned column Vodka Yonic. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School and has published her fiction in Epiphany, ThisRecording, and H.O.W. Journal. She is the 2015 writer in residence at Seed Space, and blogs about art and culture in Nashville at NYCnash.
Maggie Davis grew up on eastern Long Island in the1960s. She eventually migrated to Florida, where she earned an MFA in painting from the University of South Florida. Coursework toward a PhD in the philosophy of art opened the doors for some serious writing about contemporary art, history, and philosophy, a pursuit she continues to follow. Davis lives in historic Roswell, where she advocates for public art. Her studio is located at the Goat Farm Art Center.
Sara Estes is a writer and curator based in Nashville. Her writing has been featured in Hyperallergic, The Bitter Southerner, Oxford American, BookPage, Chapter 16, Empty Mirror, The Tennessean, Nashville Scene, Nashville Arts Magazine, and more. She previously worked with David Lusk Gallery and Cumberland Art Conservation, and was the gallery coordinator for the Carl Van Vechten and Aaron Douglas Galleries at Fisk University. She is co-founder of the Nashville-based gallery Threesquared. For more: saraestes.com.
Alabama escapee and lifelong Southerner Edward Austin Hall created the Super Visions blog for Fresh Loaf and served as operations editor for its parent publication, CL Atlanta. His other writings have appeared in Paste, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. Hall is a graduate of Tulane University and co-editor (with novelist Bill Campbell) of the anthology Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond. His recent short fiction appears in the online journal Eyedrum Periodically; his forthcoming first novel is titled Chimera Island.
Yves Jeffcoat is a fiction and freelance writer based in Atlanta. She holds a BFA in writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design and is a graduate of the inaugural cycle of BURNAWAY’s Emerging Art Writers Mentorship Program. She currently works in digital publishing.
Lily Kuonen is assistant professor of art at Jacksonville University in Florida. She holds an MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Alexander Brest Gallery and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, the Arlington Arts Center in Virginia, Herman Maril Gallery at the University of Maryland, and the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Kuonen is a native of Arkansas, where she was born in the kitchen of her parents’ house.
Jami Moss Wise is a farm-raised Tennessean and lapsed academic living in Atlanta. Though she loved cows, the failure of an early 4-H chicken raising project led her to give up agriculture to pursue a degree in English at Duke University, where she showed those chickens by graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she saw cows but never got to milk one. After a year as a Brittain Fellow at Georgia Tech, she went into higher education fundraising, where she worked happily for over a decade. She is currently a freelance writer, co-owner of Fred Wise Studio with her artist husband, and house servant for two elderly cats.
Danny Olda is the executive director of the Clearwater Arts Alliance. Also an art critic, editor, and independent curator, he was born in Queens, New York, but largely grew up in the Tampa Bay area. After attending college in San Francisco, he returned to Florida in 2006. Olda now edits the quarterly art magazine ART AT BAY as well as the nonprofit art blog Articulate. Additionally, his writing can be found in a variety of publications, print and online.
Rebecca Lee Reynolds is an assistant professor in the department of fine arts at the University of New Orleans. She grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, but left the South to try out life up North. She received a BA in art history and music from Boston University and an MA and PhD in art history from the University of Chicago. After enduring years of cold weather, she moved back to the South to teach. Her research has focused on art in the public sphere, an area inspired by experiencing the controversy around Mary Jane Jacobs’s “Places with a Past” exhibition in Charleston, and then working on Jacobs’s “Conversations at the Castle,” held in Atlanta during the Olympic summer of 1996.
Shantay Robinson participated in the inaugural class of BURNAWAY's Art Writers Mentorship Program. She was also a part of The New New South Editorial Fellowship at Duke University. As a scholar, she’s presented at SCAD’s Symposium on Art and Fashion; New Voices at Georgia State University’s Graduate Student Conference; and Glorious Hair and Academic Identities, also at Georgia State University. In addition to writing, she produces video, and served as a videographer for Public Broadcasting Atlanta and Hagedorn Foundation Gallery. Shantay wholly self-produced "Untangled: Getting to the Roots of a Hair Movement," a documentary that screened at Athens Institute of Contemporary Art (ATHICA) and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, among other venues.
Matthew Terrell writes, photographs, and creates videos in the fine city of Atlanta. Terrell's work can be found regularly on Huffington Post, where he covers subjects such as the queer history of the South, drag culture, and gay mens' health issues. He is a cofounding member of Legendary Children, Atlanta's premier queer art collective. Legendary Children celebrates Southern drag culture through photography, performance art, video, and writing. Terrell received an Idea Capital Grant in 2014 for his project "Sweet Tea: The Story of the Queer South." In 2014, he found a forgotten fragment of a Keith Haring mural at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta—it was his most proud achievement. Terrell received his BFA and MFA in writing from Savannah College of Art and Design, and an MA in communications from Georgia State University.
Dan Weiskopf is an associate professor of philosophy and an associate faculty member in the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University. His research focuses on the nature of representation in cognition, science, and art. He is particularly interested in photography, scientific visualization, and imaging practices, and the interplay between images and text.
Orion Wertz is a Professor at Columbus State University, where he teaches painting and drawing. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The derelict industry and forested hills of the region left an impression that reappears in his artwork. Orion studied painting at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he received his bachelor's degree. He went on to study at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he received his master's degree. He has exhibited paintings and installations in a variety of venues and has produced several comic books. Historic mische painting, sumi ink rendering and the physiology of imagination are some of his current research interests.
Kristen White is a graphic designer working in Atlanta. Born and raised in Georgia, she earned her BA in Studio Art from Georgia State University. She loves typography and is also an avid photographer. Currently her photography work is focused on documenting the art community around the city. Find out more at: www.kristenwhitedesign.com