Magali is a NY-based artist working with time-based processes to examine the role of technology as a mediator of our experiences.
She received a BA of Humanities and Arts from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from Parsons, The New School for Design. She has shown her work at the Queens Museum, the State Hermitage Museum, and the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, among many other spaces. She was awarded a Queens Council on The Arts Grant in 2015 for her public work, Live Streaming Sunset.
Joanna is the manager of all of Eyebeam’s operations including budgeting, HR and development.
She has worked in the creative community of Australia for ten years, then moved to New York in 2016 to continue working with diverse creative spaces. She has primarily worked in development and leadership in small-to-medium nonprofit arts organizations. This has included managing and working with a diverse group of art spaces, volunteering on nonprofit boards as well as working with trusts and advisory councils.
During this time she has held positions as Acting Director at Utopian Slumps, Grant Coordinator at Regional Arts Victoria, General Manager at Going Down Swinging and most recently Outreach and Development Manager at Eyebeam in Brooklyn, New York. She has a double major in History and Fine Art from the University of Western Australia with a Masters of Arts Management from Melbourne University.
Marisa is a New York-based writer who has covered culture and politics in cities that include Casablanca, Kabul, Port-au-Prince and Istanbul. Her work has been featured in several publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Time, Vogue and the New York Times. In addition to her writing, she ran a U.S. State Department-sponsored program in Casablanca that taught journalism and blogging to youth who have been marginalized.
Marisa was the founding editor of Creative Time Reports, a website from the public art non-profit Creative Time, which co-published artists’ work with The Guardian, Al Jazeera America, Foreign Policy, The New Yorker, Slate, Salon, The Intercept, and many more. Most recently, Marisa was a Kickstarter Fellow.
Lola Martinez (b. 1993, Miami, FL) is a Cuban-American curator and researcher working at the intersection of art, new media, and technology. Recent curatorial projects include Refiguring the Future, Hunter College Art Galleries (2019), los contenedores (no) son mejores vacíos, The Hessel Museum of Art and WXBC, NY (2017), aCCeSsions, Knockdown Center (2017), We are the Margins, P! and Beverly’s, NY (2017), amongst others.
Their current research project, Tropical Hardware cruises the geopolitics of sub-tropical and tropical zones, tracing how perceptions of tropicality are reconfigured by the development and implementation of digital media and technology.
Martinez is the inaugural Eyebeam/REFRESH Curatorial and Engagement Fellow and were previously a Curatorial Fellow at Rhizome at the New Museum and EMPAC, Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. They hold a M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
Sarah develops, implements, and provides support for Eyebeam’s programs.
She graduated with a BFA in Photography and Music Industry from the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. Previous to Eyebeam, she also assisted the residency programs at The Center for Photography in Woodstock and Light Work. Sarah has a passion for non-profit arts organizations and their ability to play a crucial role in artistic advancement.
Maddie Pinney is the Communications Associate. Alongside Eyebeam, she works with TRANSFER Gallery and Refigural Magazine. She is the founder of Jettison, a publication focused on telling stories about radical politics, queerness and art.
Adrian is a Mexican artist using technology and tools designed for replication. He focuses on the reprocessing and segmentation of objects/people/images—whether it’s cultural relics, folk art, or nature.
Since coming to New York, he’s been applying digital fabrication tools in the fields of fine art, fashion, and industrial design. He’s worked with companies such as Shapeways and iMakr, and his clients have included Marc Jacobs and Gaetano Pesce. He co-founded the digital fabrication studio DPL Collective.
He received a BFA in Electronic Imaging from Northern Michigan University, and currently teaches 3D modeling and digital visualization as an adjunct at NYU. Since 2014, he has worked with the ACM Siggraph Asia conference and has been a juror for the Digital Arts Residency at Con Artist Collective since 2017.
J. Soto is a queer transgender interdisciplinary artist, writer, and arts organizer.
He has curated and performed work for The National Queer Arts Festival (San Francisco), Links Hall (Chicago), as well as Vox Populi (Philadelphia) among others nationally. His collaborative writing project, “Ya Presente Ayer” can be found in Support Networks, Chicago Social Practice History Series (University of Chicago Press). His organizing projects include the Latinx Artists Retreat (LXAR), which he recently launched with a group of Latinx artists and administrators and the Latinx Artist Visibility Award (LAVA) for Ox-Bow School of Art in partnership with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
He is also a recent fellow of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI). His current writing can be found in Original Plumbing and Apogee Journal: Queer History, Queer Now Folio.
He has been an active practitioner in digital and sound art, living and working on three continents. He received an MFA from Mills College and completed the non-profit management program at Harvard University.
His essays have been published by MIT Press, and he writes regularly for online publications, such as Hyperallergic and Huffington Post. He has previously written for New Music Box, Fucking Good Art, and e/i Magazine. As a sound artist, Schrock has been commissioned by Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, The Netherlands America Foundation, and Ostrava New Music Days, among others.
He teaches in the Curatorial Practice MA Program at the School of Visual Arts and has taught at the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (STEIM) (Amsterdam), California College of the Arts and the NYU ITP program. He sits on the board of the Netherlands America Foundation Cultural Committee.
Sally Szwed joins Eyebeam following over six years at public arts nonprofit Creative Time where she served as director of the Creative Time Summit, an annual international convening on the intersection of art and politics. During her tenure she grew the Summit in both scale and ambition, traveling iterations of the program to Stockholm, Washington DC, Toronto, Athens, and Venice as part of the 56th Venice Biennale. Prior to her role at Creative Time, Szwed served as Program Manager of EFA Project Space, at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, in New York City, where she produced exhibitions and public programs. She currently co-chairs the Board of Directors of Flux Factory, a non-profit artist in residence program and community space. She holds a BFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University, and an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts.
Yidan Zeng is an intimacy investigator living and loving in New York. Though a graduate of the Brown-RISD Dual Degree program in Computer Science and Glass, she also uses fabric, movement, and touch to explore multi-sensual forms of connection. She’s been a Create Change Fellow with The Laundromat Project, a Digital Accessibility Fellow with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and a visiting glass artist at The University of Hawai’i in Mānoa. She loves finding unexpected ways to fit things into small spaces.
Robert Ransick is an artist, designer and educator having shown work at Eyebeam, Exit Art, Storefront for Art and Architecture, The New Museum, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, Italy, and in far-flung places such as the border of the United States and Mexico, old school classrooms and public plazas. He has received funding from Franklin Furnace, the Mellon Foundation, the Boomerang Fund for Artists and the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network. He has collaborated with Creative Time, the Center for Artistic Activism, the Aperture Foundation, and Blind Spot. Alongside his work as an artist, he has held the position of director at both the computing and photography departments at The New School for Social Research in New York. He is currently the Director of the Art and Entrepreneurship program at Bennington College’s Elizabeth Coleman Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA). He holds a BFA in Photography, with honors, from the School of Visual Arts, an MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research and an MBA in Sustainability from Bard College.
David Howe is a practicing artist, founder of 601Artspace, and Board Chairman of ART21. He is also Managing Member at Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co. LLC. He maintains a studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn, near Eyebeam’s offices.
Kathleen O’Grady is a civic volunteer, philanthropist and art collector.
A long serving board member at Playwrights Horizons, Kathleen served as the Chair of the Board for the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. At the Aldrich Museum, she chaired the capital campaign for the museum expansion and renovation. She is also a member of the Drawing Committee at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
From 1999 to 2001, she and her late husband, Tom O’Grady, served as Co-Chairs of the St. Martin’s University library campaign. Ms. O’Grady is also a member of the Board of Trustees.
Jordan Harris is an experienced operating executive and entrepreneur. He is the COO of Glitch, the friendly community where millions of creators collaborate on making and discovering apps, bots, art, and anything else they can imagine. Harris is an advisor to startups and enterprise companies and a life coach at the Inspirica Women and Family Shelter. As a founder and operating executive, Harris has been recognized by many industry leading publications, such as Bloomberg, Wired, Fortune, Ad Age and Fast Companies’ list of Innovators. Harris is a graduate of The George Washington University and attended The Leadership and Change Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
Powell MacDougall founded p|m Gallery in 2004 to support bringing work by emerging and mid-career artists to the international arena through solid programming, exhibition exchanges, an annual curatorial residency programme and participation in international art fairs. In its first year, the gallery was invited to participate in New Territories at ARCO Madrid – a curated selection of galleries from Canada organized by David Liss, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Prior to establishing p|m Gallery, Powell gained extensive experience in museums and the commercial art world, where she honed her ability to develop Canadian artists within the international scene, and vice versa.
Kaizar helps great journalism reach new audiences. These days, he does that as the Vice President of Business Operations at ABC News. Kaizar joined ABC News from Al Jazeera in San Francisco, where as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence, he launched Jetty, a narrative audio brand producing in English and Arabic. Before Jetty, he co-founded and ran CALmatters, a politics and policy reporting team covering California’s state government, and was the Director of Business Development at Stitcher, a venture-backed podcast startup acquired in 2014. Kaizar serves on the board of the San Francisco Public Press. He is a graduate of Brown University and earned his MBA from UCLA.
Ramsey Nasser is a computer scientist, game designer, and educator based in Brooklyn. He researches programming languages by building tools that make computation more expressive and projects that question the basic assumptions we make about code itself. His games playfully push people out of their comfort zones, and are often built using experimental tools of his design. Ramsey is a former Eyebeam fellow and a professor at schools around New York.
Ruby Lerner is the founding Executive Director of Creative Capital, an innovative arts foundation that adapts venture capital concepts to support individual artists.
Prior to Creative Capital, Ruby Lerner served as the Executive Director of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF) and as Publisher of the highly regarded Independent Film and Video Monthly. Having worked regionally in both the performing arts and independent media fields, she served as the Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a coalition of Southeastern performing artists, and IMAGE Film/Video Center, both based in Atlanta. In the late 1970s, she was the Audience Development Director at the Manhattan Theatre Club, one of New York’s foremost nonprofit theaters.
In May 2016, Lerner was awarded honorary doctorate degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art and Maine College of Art. In 2017, Lerner was the inaugural Herberger Institute Senior Policy Advisor at Arizona State University and Innovator-in-Residence at CalArts. For 2018 she is serving as Advisor to the Arts Exchange Program of the Open Society Foundation, assisting in the design of a new Fellowship Program for international artists.
She recently joined the Advisory Boards of New INC at the New Museum and Eyebeam, and was appointed to the Board of Directors at the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
John Dimatos is the Senior Director of Design and Technology Communities at Kickstarter. He is also a co-founder and senior advisor to Water Canary, a social venture developing a fast, networked, water‐testing device that radically reduces the amount of time, expense, and skill required to test water for pathogens. He is also adjunct faculty at the Interactive Telecommunications Program of NYU, a “laboratory for the recently possible” and home to one of the most amazing communities of makers and thinkers in NYC.
Matt is a writer, technologist and communications leader working in Brooklyn, with roots in the technology, art and electronic music communities in the Pacific Northwest. He spent 15 years in various engineering and communications roles at Microsoft, most recently on the company’s strategic prototyping team.