Kevin Jerome Everson was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. He has a MFA from Ohio University and a BFA from the University of Akron. He is currently a Professor of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.  He was awarded the 2012 Alpert Award for Film/Video and was the subject in spring 2012 of a mid-career retrospective at Visions du Reel, Nyon Switzerland and a 2009 retrospective at the Centre Pompidou. His work has been featured in the 2008 and 2012 Whitney Biennials. A solo exhibition of some of his short form works, (“More Than That: The Films of Kevin Jerome Everson”) was featured at the Whitney Museum of American Art (April 28-Sept. 18, 2011). A DVD set, Broad Daylight and Other Times: Selected Works of Kevin Jerome Everson, was released by Video Data Bank in 2011. His artwork (paintings, sculpture, site-specific installations, photography, video, and films) has been exhibited internationally at museums, art institutions, and film festivals around the world.

Michael B. Gillespie is an Assistant Professor of Film at Ohio University. His teaching and research focuses on film theory, black visual and expressive culture, historiography, global cinema, film adaptation, and genre theory. His recent publications include “Reckless Eyeballing: Coonskin, Film Blackness, and the Racial Grotesque” in Black American Cinema Reconsidered (Routledge, 2012); “Dirty Pretty Things: The Racial Grotesque and Contemporary Art” in Post-Soul Satire: Black Identity after Civil Rights (University Press of Mississippi, 2014); and “Smiling Faces: Chameleon Street, Racial Performativity, and Film Blackness” in Passing Interest: Racial Passing in U.S. Fiction, Memoir, Television, and Film, 1990-2010 (SUNY Press, 2014). He is completing a book entitled Film Blackness: American Cinema and the Idea of Black Film and co-editing two volumes, Black Cinema Aesthetics Revisited and New Chester Himes Criticism.

Yanique Norman is a multimedia artist who is completing a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts from Georgia State University. Her work is in the collection of the High Museum of Art, private collections in Georgia, and in the public collections of Hammond’s House Museum and Clark Atlanta University.

Consuela Boyer is an Atlanta-based visual artist with a concentration in photography and video. Her works combine observations on identity, race, hip-hop culture, Atlanta communities, and popular culture. Boyer’s photographs and video art address concerns around contemporary representations and stereotypes of African American women. She is currently a BFA student at Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University. Her work is featured in public galleries including MINT Gallery, Welch School of Art and Design Galleries at Georgia State University, and Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott College.

Nikita Gale is an American conceptual artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work explores the ways in which desire, identity and memory are mediated through language, material and image. She holds a BA in Anthropology (Archaeological Studies) from Yale University and exhibits regularly throughout Atlanta, Georgia and New York City, New York. She has participated in residencies at The Center for Photography at Woodstock in Woodstock, New York in 2011 and at the Vermont Studio Center in 2013 and is currently in the Studio Artist Program at The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. She currently serves on the board of directors for BurnAway, an Atlanta-based non-profit arts publication. Her work can be found in numerous collections including the Howard Greenberg Gallery collection in New York. Gale has had work featured in ART PAPERSThe New York TimesThe Huffington PostHeadline News, and Oxford American and has been profiled and reviewed by numerous publications including Artforum.comFrank151Atlanta Magazine and Creative Loafing. In 2014, Gale was named an “Artist to Watch” by NBC’s The Grio. Gale is represented by {Poem88} in Atlanta, GA.

Nettrice Gaskins is a Ph.D. Candidate and researcher in Georgia Tech’s Digital Media Program. Her work investigates culturally situated arts-based learning and new media, their invention, and use in underrepresented ethnic communities of practice. This includes the use of digital media tools and platforms, and cultural art forms.  She received a BFA in Computer Graphics, with Honors, from Pratt Institute and an MFA in Art & Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She is a writer/columnist for Art21, the producer of the Peabody award-winning PBS series, Art in the Twenty-First Century.  Gaskins has presented her work around the world and was a Digital STEAM researcher at the Smithsonian.

Carla Aaron-Lopez, also known as “King Carla,” is a multidisciplinary artist engaged in photography, collage, and video. She was born in 1983 in Charlotte, North Carolina. She completed her undergraduate work in Visual Communications and Art at North Carolina Central University. Later, she attained her Master’s Degree in Photography and Printmaking at SCAD in Atlanta, Georgia. She’s received awards mostly for writing during her undergrad. Currently, she is working as an art educator in Charlotte, NC.

Joey Molina is an artist and writer living in Atlanta, GA. He holds a BFA in Film and Video from Georgia State University. genderFLOW is a collaborative project between photographer Brandon Johnson, and models Mia Selph and Rodney Oliver Banks. Joey serves as creative director. The purpose of the project is to show how gender is attributed through clothing, and to express an ironic take towards fashion photography. The culmination of posing, portraiture and fashion highlighting the fragility of the fashion photography genre.

CHR!S REEL, born in the year of The Rabbit and based in Atlanta, is a visual artist working in the mediums of photography and film. He enjoys creating pieces that combine both the “why” conceptually – and the “how” physically. Being formally educated in the fine art of photography; he feels that knowing the history of photography and other various artistic mediums, is essential to his creative process. He enjoys creating work that celebrates realism while drawing the viewer into the possibility of a satirical perspective.

Fahamu Pecou is a visual artist and scholar whose works combine observations on hip-hop, fine art and popular culture. Pecou’s paintings, performance art, and academic work addresses concerns around contemporary representations of Black masculinity and how these images impact both the reading and performance of Black masculinity. Currently a Ph.D. student in Emory University’s Institute of Liberal Arts (ILA), Pecou maintains an active exhibition schedule as well as public lectures and speaking engagements at colleges and museums nationwide. His work is featured in noted private and public collections including; Nasher Museum at Duke University, The High Museum of Art, Paul R. Jones Collection, Clark Atlanta University Art Collection, The West Collection, and Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia.