Myron Beasley, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the areas of Cultural Studies, African American Studies, and Women and Gender studies at Bates College. He is currently serving as the Paschel P. Vacca Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the University of Montevallo, Alabama, Spring 2016. His ethnographic research includes exploring the intersection of cultural politics, art and social change, as he believes in the power of artists and recognize them as cultural workers; He has been awarded fellowships and grants by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and most recently the Ruth Landes Award from the Reed Foundation, for his ethnographic writing about art and cultural engagement. Seeing Lewiston (Maine, US), The Ghetto Biennale (Haiti), CAAR Paris (France) are recent curatorial projects. His writing has appeared in many academic journals including The Journal of Poverty, Text and Performance Quarterly, Museum & Social Issues, The Journal of Curatorial Studies and Performance Research, Gastronomica.
Eto Otitigbe is polymedia artist whose practice includes sculpture, performance, and installation. Otitigbe seeks to investigate issues of race, technology, politics, and human interaction. Otitigbe’s art can be experienced as type of a creative protest, a cultural artifact, or a radical sculptural environment.
John Pinderhughes has worked as a commercial photographer in New York City for the past 35 years, operating his own full service studio. Advertising clients have included Con Edison, Verizon, Chase Bank, Anheuser Busch, BMW, American Family Insurance, Prudential Insurance, Ford Motors, JC Penney, Sears, McDonalds, Burger King, Coors, Pepsi, and Sony.
Editorial clients have included Black Enterprise, Food & Wine, Odyssey Couleur, Family Circle, Essence, The New York Times, Scientific American, as a small sampling. Pinderhughes has also managed to pursue a career in fine art, which includes numerous one-man shows. His exhibition venues include, the Studio Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Bronx Museum, the Smithsonian Institution…
Pinderhughes has received numerous awards and grants, and is the author of a cookbook, Family of the Spirit (Simon & Schuster, 1990), six children’s books and Coming Together (Hyperion, 2003), a collaboration with author Harriette Cole. Pinderhughes has served on the board of the Advertising Photographers Of America (NY). He has been an adjunct professor of photography in the Photo Department at New York University. He serves on the board of The Nature Conservancy (Long Island Chapter} He has been recognized as a Canon Print Master and a Canon Explorer of Light. John Pinderhughes lives in New York City with his wife Victoria and their daughters.