Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling comic book artist/writer born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000. His work includes You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, The Year of the Beasts, and Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero. Powell’s comics have received such honors as the Eisner Award, two Ignatz Awards, four YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens selections, and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist selection. In addition to March, Powell has spoken about his work at the United Nations and created animated illustrations for SPLC’s documentary Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot. Powell is currently writing and drawing his next book, Cover, and drawing Two Dead with writer Van Jansen. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana. Visit Nate’s website at www.seemybrotherdance.org for more information.
Holly Bynoe is a curator, visual artist, cultural activist and writer from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She is currently living and working in Nassau, The Bahamas. Bynoe is the co-founder and director of ARC Magazine, the premiere visual art and culture publication focusing on contemporary work created throughout the Caribbean and its diaspora. She is a graduate of Bard College | International Center of Photography where she earned an M.F.A. in advanced photographic studies.
As editor and director of ARC Magazine, Bynoe has organized and curated various exhibitions across the Caribbean and the diaspora in collaboration with several formal and informal art spaces including the trinidad+tobago film festival, The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. and Transforming Spaces among others. She is co-director of Caribbean Linked, a regional residency program in Aruba, advisor to Kingston-based residency project New Local Space (NLS) and co-director of Tilting Axis, an annual meeting charting arts activism and nonprofit models of connectivity, education and sustainability across the region.
She is currently conducting research on interdisciplinary practices across the Global Caribbean with a focus on new media and photography, and she is currently working as Chief Curator of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas.
Annalee Davis is a Visual Artist living and working in Barbados. Her work unpacks the plantation from the ground up and is inspired by the concept of phytoremediation – a scientific process which refers to some plants’ capacity to remove toxins through their root structure, from toxic fields. Since 2011, Annalee has been the founding director of the artist-led initiative, The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc., supporting excellence among emerging contemporary artists locally, throughout the Caribbean, its diaspora and internationally. Davis is the co-founder of the regional residency program, Caribbean Linked, and the roving international meeting, Tilting Axis. She is a part-time tutor in the BFA program at the Barbados Community College and has recently been appointed as the Caribbean Arts Manager for the British Council.
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Angelbert Metoyer (American, born 1977) is a visual artist who explores memory and social history through the lenses of science, philosophy, and religion. He works in various media, including drawing, painting, installation, and sound, and makes use of unusual art materials, which he calls “excrements of industry,” that include coal, glass, debris, oil, tar, mirrors, and gold dust.
Metoyer launched his artistic career through Rick Lowe’s Project Row Houses, where he held his first solo exhibition in 1994. He subsequently moved to Atlanta to study drawing and painting at the Atlanta College of Art and, something of a nomad himself, has lived in many parts of the world. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at numerous venues, including the forthcoming The Contemporary Austin Texas (2015); Co-Lab Projects (2015); the Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston (2014, 2012, 2011); Paul Rodgers gallery New York (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006); Giovanni Rossi Gallery, Miami (2009); the African American Museum of Contemporary Art, Dallas (2008); the Dactyl Foundation, New York (2008); and the UC San Diego University Art Gallery, La Jolla (2005).
His sound installations and collaborative projects have been featured at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2012); Venice Biennale, renegade art project sonic graffiti (2009); and Ping Pong Art Space, Guangzhou (2008).
Metoyer’s work has been prominently shown in group exhibitions organized by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit (2012); UNESCO, Paris (2011); Museo de Arte Moderno de Trujillo, Peru (2010); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2008); National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis (2008); Museo de la Nación, Lima (2007); Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas (2007); and Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai (2006).
Thaddeus Davis is the Co-Artistic Director of Wideman/Davis Dance and is on faculty as an Assistant Professor at The University of South Carolina. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Butler University in 1993 and his Master of Fine Arts from Hollins University/ADF in 2011. After an extensive performing career with leading professional companies, he continues to perform, research, choreograph, collaborate, and teach.
His current research explores the intersections of gender, class, race, and technology through an African American lens. His research is reflected in his choreography and writings, including: A Dissembled Life (2011), Dance Theatre of Harlem: Modernism, History, Culture (2011), andBalance (2009).
In addition to collaborative awards with Tanya Wideman-Davis, Thaddeus has received multiple honors and grants for his work including: Cultural Envoy to Portugal, U.S. State Department (2007), Highlight of the Arts Season, Commercial Appeal, Memphis (2006), Winner of The New American Talent Choreographers Competition, Ballet Austin (2005), Choo San Goh Award for Choreography (2004), Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2002), Best Premiere of the Season, Dance Europe, Once Before, Twice After (2002-03), New York Times Top Ten Dance Highlights of the season, Once Before, Twice After (2002) calling it “reassuring evidence of New York dance’s promising future,” and Butler University’s “50 Under 50” (2004).
Thaddeus performed with many renowned companies including Donald Byrd/The Group (1998-2002), Dance Theater of Harlem (1994-1998), Complexions Contemporary Ballet (1995-2005), Fugate/Bahiri Ballet NY Dance Galaxy (2000-2002), Indianapolis Ballet (1991-1993), Fukuoka City Ballet (1995), and Atlanta Dance Theater (1988).
Thaddeus has taught as a visiting professor or guest artist for scores of colleges and professional dance programs. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa (2008) and for the following professional dance companies and programs: Alley II (2012), Boston Ballet (2011), Dance Theater of Harlem (2011), Ballet Quorum, Portugal (2007), Northwest Professional Dance Project (2005-2007), Center of Contemporary Art (2005-2007), Ballet Austin (2004-2006), Ballet Classical Dominican, Dominican Republic (2004-2006), Spectrum Dance Theater (2005), and Steps on Broadway (2003-2004). Thaddeus has taught as a Guest Artist at the following Universities and dance centers: North Carolina School of the Arts (2012), Florida State University (2012), Webster University (2011), Long Island University (2011), Marymount Manhattan (2011), University of Missouri–Kansas City (2011), Goucher College (2007), Auburn University (2006), Alvin Ailey/Fordham University (2005), Butler University (2005), Arizona State University (2004), and The Julliard School (2003). In addition, Thaddeus serves as a member of Dance/USA’s Board of Trustees.