Miguel Amat (second-year artist) received his BA in Fine Arts from the University of Advanced Studies in Arts Armando Reveron in Caracas, Venezuela. Amat has exhibited his work at Periférico Caracas, Cisneros Fontanals Foundation, Mercosur Biennial (Brazil), Museum of Contemporary Art (Caracas), Museum of Fine Arts (Caracas), Sala Mendoza, Alejandro Otero Museum, among other venues. Amat was awarded a Grant for Emerging Artists from the Cisneros Fontanals Foundation in 2009 and the Duncan Artist in Residence at Rice University in 2012.
Anthea Behm (second-year artist) received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 and her BFA from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Australia. In 2010 and 2011 she participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. Her work has been exhibited at the Golden Gallery (Chicago), the Dallas Contemporary, db project (Sydney), and the Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney). Reviews of her work have appeared in X-TRA, Kaleidoscope, and Art & Australia.
Jang Soon Im
Jang Soon Im (second-year artist) received his MFA in Drawing and Painting from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010 and his BFA in Oriental Painting from Seoul National University in 2003. His work has been exhibited in Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Seoul. Im recently completed the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and Vermont Studio Center Residency programs and was awarded a James Nelson Raymond Fellowship from SAIC in 2010.
Tatiana Istomina (first-year artist) received her PhD in Geophysics from Yale University in 2010 and her MFA from Parsons The New School for Design in 2011. Her art practice includes video, painting and drawing. Her works have been shown in the United States and Russia. She has received awards such as the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award and the American Austrian Foundation Prize for Fine Arts.
Anna Elise Johnson
Anna Elise Johnson (first-year artist) received her MFA from the University of Chicago in 2012 and her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005, with a major in painting and a minor in art history. She was born in Starnberg, Germany, and grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After completing her BFA, Johnson worked in the arts in Baltimore and Denver and as an assistant to her father, who is also an artist. She has exhibited her work in the United States as well as in Berlin and London.
Senalka McDonald (first-year artist) received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2012, where she received a Graduate Merit and Diversity fellowship and a Murphy Cadogan fellowship. McDonald received a BFA and a BA in cultural geography from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. She has participated in residencies including the Austin Project in 2008 and 2009 and ROOTED (Austin) in 2007. Recent exhibitions include John Baldessari: Class Assignments (Optional) (San Francisco), Queer State(s) (Austin) and Home After Dark (San Francisco).
Madsen Minax (first-year artist) received his MFA in art theory and practice from Northwestern University in 2012 and BFA with emphasis in sound, film, video, and new media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005, with additional study at Utrecht School of Art, department of music and technology (The Netherlands). Minax was an artist-in-residence at the Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago); a 2008 recipient of the Crossroads Fund Fire This Time Award; and an Ed Paschke Honorary Fellow at Northwestern (2010–12). He received an Urbana Arts Council Envision 365 Grant in 2010 and a Chicago Instructional Technology Foundation Digital Media Production Fund grant in 2012. His first feature film, Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance, aired on the Free Speech TV cable network in 2012.
Ronny Quevedo (first-year artist) received his MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2012 and BFA from the Cooper Union. He has participated in Aljira Contemporary Art Center's Emerge program (Newark); the Bronx Museum of the Arts; Artists in the Marketplace program; and the Keyholder Residency at the Lower East Side Printshop in New York. He has exhibited his work at El Museo del Barrio; the Bronx River Art Center; Saltworks Gallery (Atlanta); Carol Jazaar Gallery (Miami); and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.