Nicole Burisch (first-year critic) received her MA in art history from Montreal’s Concordia University in 2011. Her thesis was entitled “The Dematerialization of the Craft Object: Performance Art and Contemporary Craft.” She graduated cum laude in 2004 from the Alberta College of Art and Design with a BFA in ceramics. Her practice employs a multi-disciplinary approach that includes writing and criticism, curating, and artistic activity. She is the managing editor for the MAWA 30th Anniversary Book Project and has also worked as the administrative coordinator at the Centre des arts actuels Skol, as a researcher for the Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery at Concordia University, and as the cofounder and editor of Shotgun-Review.ca. With Anthea Black, she co-authored a chapter in Extra-Ordinary: An Anthology of Craft and Contemporary Art (Duke University Press), and contributed writing to such periodicals as No More Potlucks, FUSE, and Cahiers métiers d'art/Craft Journal, and to the catalogue for the 2013 exhibition They Made a Day Be a Day Here.
Andy Campbell (first-year critic) received his PhD in art history from the University of Texas for his dissertation “Bound Together: Being-With Gay and Lesbian Leather Communities and Visual Cultures 1966–1984.” He received his MA in art history from UT as well, and his BA in art history, gender and women’s studies, and theatre from Oberlin College in Ohio. He has published numerous articles and reviews in such publications as Syllabus, Social Text, The Austin Chronicle, Might Be Good . . . and Art Lies, and contributed an essay titled “Realism Against #realness: Wu Tsang’s Full Body Quotation” to the anthology Hashtag Publics: The Power and Politics of Networked Discourse Communities (Peter Lang, Ltd.).