Alyse Archer-Coité is a creative consultant and former Editor-in-Chief of MAKER Magazine. She's worked extensively in the secondary art market, with roles at both Sotheby's and Philips auction houses. She’s currently the Director of Culture & Programming at A/D/O, a new creative space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, dedicated to expanding the boundaries of design thinking, built as functional space for designers, and open to all. Alyse recently organized the inaugural Design Academy Conference at A/D/O, with speakers Yves Béhar, Alice Rawsthorn, and David Byrne, and an accompanying multi-channel video installation entitled “Utopia-Dystopia”, highlighting the vital role design plays now that we are entirely supported by technology. She also works as events director for The Wing, a space for women to work and connect with each other.
Marie Tomanova was born 1984 in former Czechoslovakia. She received her MFA in painting from Faculty of Fine Arts at University of Technology, Czech Republic in 2010. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Through photography, performance and video, her work focuses on the nature of identity, gender, displacement, and sexuality. Tomanova has shown her work at exhibitions at A.I.R. Gallery (NYC), SPRING/BREAK Art Show (NYC), Czech Center New York (NYC), TED x Prague (CZ), Untitled Space (NYC), Palac Akropolis Prague (CZ), Ars Gallery (CZ), Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Ana, CA), among others.
She curated Youth Explosion: The New Bohemia and Baby, I Like It Raw: Post-Eastern Bloc Photography and Video for Czech Center New York. She is collaborating on multi-media performance project Miss Amerika with Mirenka Cechova which was introduced at TED x Prague Women and will be fully released in spring 2018 in Prague (Czech Republic).
Sandra Hong is an artist and community organizer based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the co-founder and creative director of New Women Space, a newly opened 2,100 sq. ft. community event space that places women and femmes of all experiences at its center. Her work is a focus on new built environments and how space plays a critical role in improving public mental health and emotional well-being. You can also occasionally find Sandra busking in the subways, playing looped melodic meditations with her music moniker "Vacation Sounds"
Meryl Meisler was born 1951 in the South Bronx and raised in North Massapequa, Long Island, NY. Inspired by Diane Arbus and Jacques Henri Lartigue, Meryl began photographing herself, family, and friends while enrolled in a photography class taught by Cavalliere Ketchum at The University of Wisconsin, Madison.In 1975, Meryl returned to New York City and studied with Lisette Model, continuing to photograph her hometown and the city around her. Meryl worked as a freelance illustrator by day and moonlighted as a bartender at infamous New York discos. As a 1978 CETA Artist grant recipient, Meryl created a portfolio of photographs which explored her Jewish Identity for the American Jewish Congress. After CETA, Meryl began a 31 year career as a NYC Public School Art Teacher and continued to photograph.
Meisler’s work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, the New Museum, Dia Art Foundation, MASS MoCA ,and The Whitney Museum of American Art. Public Art projects include site-specific installations at Grand Central Terminal and in the NYC subway system. Meisler has received fellowships and grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Puffin Foundation,Time Warner, Artists’ Space, CETA, the China Institute and the Japan Society.
Upon retiring from the NYC public school system in 2010, Meisler began releasing large bodies of previously unseen work. Meryl’s first monograph A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick (Bizarre, 2014), received international acclaim.The book juxtaposes her zenith of disco photos with images of the burned out yet beautiful neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn in the 1980s. Her second book, Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ‘70s Suburbia & The City (Bizarre, 2015), contrasts intimate images of home life on Long Island alongside NYC street and night life.
Meryl lives and works in New York City, continuing the photographic memoir she began in 1973 – a uniquely American story, sweet and sassy with a pinch of mystery.
Brittany Natale is a NYC-based arts curator and events producer who puts on issue-focused art shows and events that address various topics such as women's rights, gender inequality, mental health, the modern-day drug culture and more. A native of NYC, she is also the founder of Teen Dream, Mood Ring and Weekend with Bernie. You can follow her work at her website www.brittanynatale.tumblr.com or @brittanynatale.