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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 can be seen at andrewalexanderwriter.com.
Kimberly Binns‘s background in art and design, coupled with a lifelong curiosity and appreciation of all things creative, serves as the backdrop for all of her artistic ventures. She is a creative partner with artist Fabian Williams in the production and creative development firm Temporary Visionary, and her work includes various video and digital media projects. Currently, she is developing several mixed-media art pieces as part of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia’s Working Artist Prize apprenticeship program, with artist Fahamu Pecou, and she is also producing her own “micro-mentary” series on artists. Kimberly is originally from Washington D.C. and holds a BFA from Georgia State University. In addition to engaging in arts-related programming and events, she does karaoke like nobody’s business and her passions include, well, everything. You can usually find her (and her hair) traversing the arts scene, making new friends, and just being awesome.
Daniel A. Brown is a musician and freelance writer currently living in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. A onetime bassist for Royal Trux and ’68 Comeback, Brown is also a former arts and entertainment editor for Folio Weekly. Brown has written for Arts District Magazine, DownBeat Magazine, Cartwheel Art, Aesthetica, and American Airline’s American Way Magazine. He also maintains a visual arts site called STAREHOUSE.
Stephanie Cash was an editor at Art in America magazine in New York from 1993 to 2012, most recently serving as News Editor. She wrote feature articles on such artists as Wangechi Mutu, Andrea Zittel, and Erwin Wurm, and too many exhibition reviews and news stories to count. She has also worked as a freelance writer or editor for ArtsATL.com, Rizzoli and Prestel publishers and Pace and Marian Goodman galleries, among others. In 2012, she relocated to Atlanta to marry Carl Rojas, a Texas native and longtime Atlanta resident whom she met at the University of Texas in 1987.
Sherri Caudell is an Atlanta poet and freelance writer with a BFA in photography from Georgia State University. She lived in Brooklyn for 10 years, where she interned at Harper’s Bazaar and Interview magazines, and served as the associate fashion editor for Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. Caudell has exhibited her artwork at Youngblood Gallery and in various group shows in New York City. Her poetry has been published in The Eyedrum Periodically. She hosts Vida Voce, a monthly reading and performance series featuring women at MINT gallery.
Susannah Darrow is a native Atlantan who left briefly to study art history, printmaking, 60s and 70s underground music, and English. In 2013 she was chosen as one of the top 30 nonprofit leaders in Atlanta under 30 years old by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. She serves on the Board of Directors of Georgia Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Advisory Committee for Atlanta Celebrates Photography. She has served on the Board of Directors of Art Papers, Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award Committee, Hudgens Award Advisory Committee. She is currently in the 2014 class of Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta. She received a BA in Art History from the University of Georgia (2007) and MA in Art History from Georgia State University (2013).
Stephanie Dowda is a photographer and organizer from Atlanta. Dowda loves Atlanta because the soil is red and the sun shines just right at dusk. Dowda has a degree in philosophy and photography from Georgia State University. Dowda is part of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center Studio Program and has a darkroom at the Goat Farm Arts Center. Her work can be seen at Get This Gallery and was recently featured in Oxford American.
Shana Dumont Garr is a writer and independent curator who recently served as the director of exhibitions and programs at Artspace in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she helped increase the art center’s use of the entire building to share artists’ processes and site-specific projects with the public. Garr previously worked at the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and the Montserrat College of Art Gallery and Visiting Artist Program in Beverly, Massachusetts. She has a MA in art history from Boston University and a BA in art and creative writing from Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
Maggie Ginestra is a writer, collaborator and arts administrator who recently served as the creative director of WonderRoot, where she developed several initiatives, including the Walthall Artist Fellowship. Her writing has been published in Drunken Boat, Thermos, Temporary Art Review and others. She completed her MFA at Washington University in St. Louis, where she also graduated from the Community Arts Training Institute, owned a salon/chapbook shop, co-founded Sloup (St. Louis’ soup dinner for the arts), and worked on several projects with Prison Performing Arts and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. Currently, she serves on the Board of Mighty Rights Media and the Steering Committee for Idea Capital, performs with MSIF and volunteers for WonderRoot’s Dance Chance Atlanta, while reading and writing toward new things.
Eric Hancock is an artist and has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and in-between, since receiving his MFA in 2008 from Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta. Hancock contributes art commentary and criticism to a variety of international publications. Several years in New York and Austin and a sullied sense of innocence later, Eric now lives in Atlanta.
Shara Hughes is an artist and native Atlantan now living in Brooklyn. She earned her BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 and has completed numerous residency programs around the world. Her work can often be seen in New York, London, Copenhagen, and Berlin. In Atlanta, Shara had her first solo show, “Don’t Tell anyone But …” at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center 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 will have a solo show in the spring of 2014. Shara is also the co-founder of SeekATL, a studio visit group that meets up once a month. You might spot Shara sporting her tiny dog Chicken Nugget on “walks,” often being carried underarm.
Nick Kahler is an artist, intern architect, and writer. He grew up in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and Carrollton, Georgia. In 2009, he graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina with a Bachelors of History and Minor in Spanish. He completed his Masters in Architecture at Georgia Tech in 2012 and now works at the architectural firm of Lord Aeck Sargent and independently in his studio in Atlanta. He is an eclectic, working within the disciplines of architecture, art, urban design, history, and philosophy as designer and critic. He has shown work at the Chambers and Van Every Galleries at Davidson College and Barbara Archer Gallery in Atlanta.
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.
Lilly Lampe is an arts writer and literary critic who recently returned from New York. Originally from North Carolina, she holds a Masters in Humanities from the University of Chicago. Her writing has appeared in Art in America, Artforum.com, ArtAsiaPacific, Art Papers, Modern Painters, and Publishers Weekly, among other publications.
Jacquelyn O’Callaghan is BURNAWAY’s new assistant editor. Originally from Atlanta, she holds an MFA in art criticism and writing from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a BA in studio art and art history from Tulane University in New Orleans. In addition to compiling our To Do List and weekly newsletter, she assists with writing, editing, posting, transcribing, and audio editing.
John E. Ramspott obtained his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Clemson University. But, after spending a couple decades exercising his left brain, he decided to give his right brain a whirl with photography. John loves shooting photojournalism, portraits, and nature landscapes. He believes in supporting the arts in Atlanta and manages BURNAWAY‘s Flickr page.
Amber Rhea is a student in the Master of Heritage Preservation program at Georgia State University, hoping to parlay her lifelong love of old buildings into a career. She is interested in things most people find mundane or annoying, like urban infrastructure and traffic flow. In a previous life, she was a web developer, blogger, podcaster, and conference organizer. She was responsible for PodCamp Atlanta in 2007 and Sex 2.0 in 2008, and co-hosted the award-winning podcast “Mostly ITP” from 2006 to 2009. Amber grew up in Augusta and used to bad-mouth Atlanta, then ate her words after landing here in 2004 and realizing there was nowhere else she wanted to be.
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.
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!).
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.