Susan Smith is an activist artist working in socially engaged projects focused on issues of dispossession and displacement. Smith is a member of the graduate faculty in the Intermedia MFA program at the University of Maine, the coordinator for Lord hall Gallery, and currently pursuing an interdisciplinary doctoral degree researching socially engaged art, activism, and critical theory. Susan holds an MFA in Intermedia from the university, as well as a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Maine and the University of Texas, Austin. Smith is currently coordinating a series of collaborations under the #uprootedcollective framework, focusing on our issues of class, labor and the refugee experience, and the power of collective voice, with initial performance events in Washington DC and Queens, NY, working with a mobile unit as a space for collaborative socially engaged art. Smith also works as an independent curator, coordinating group exhibitions across Maine. Personal practice focuses on unconventional materials sourced from the landscape around us to address environmental issues, and to speak to a balance of technology and sustainable practices. With a background in landscape design, Smith also practices guerilla gardening, and believes planting is a form of protest.
Terry Winters’ first solo exhibition in 1982 at Sonnabend Gallery, NYC, was a sensation: since then, his work has been frequently exhibited worldwide at locations such as Tate Gallery, London, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC. A complete archive of his printed works is held at the Colby College Museum of Art. In 2013, Winters was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Scott Minzy is a printmaker, book artist, and art educator who has a tendency to take himself far too seriously. He is (not so) affectionately known as the mean art teacher at Erskine Academy, mainly due to his overbearing personality and pompous behavior. When not teaching or in his studio, Mr. Misery likes to copy illustrations from old dictionaries, daydream about having super-powers and scour used bookstores feeding his unhealthy obsession with self-help books. He is currently at work making a series of lists, desperately trying to find a connection, any connection.
Jodi Paloni is a writer and visual artist living in Pemaquid, Maine. Her collection of short fiction, They Could Live With Themselves (Press 53, 2016), explores the relationship her characters have to place, while her art reflects the solace she finds in nature. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch New England Graduate School. Jodi teaches word and image workshops at Bird and Tree Studios.