Artist Sam Messer received a B.F.A. from Cooper Union in 1976 and an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1982. He is represented by Nielsen Gallery, Boston, and Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles. Mr. Messer has received awards including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant in 1984, the Engelhard Award in 1985, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 1993, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996. He has recently collaborated with Paul Auster on The Story of My Typewriter, and with Denis Johnson on Cloud of Chalk. He was appointed senior critic at Yale in 1994 and in 2005 was appointed associate dean and professor (adjunct). He also serves as director of the art division of the Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk.
Writer and scholar Jonathan T.D. Neil is Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, as well as Associate Professor of Art Business and Arts Management, at Claremont Graduate University (CGU). Since 2010 Jonathan has served in various editorial roles, most recently as Contributing Editor, for ArtReview magazine. From 2011-2016 he was editor of the Held Essays on Visual Art for the Brooklyn Rail, and from 2008 until 2014 he was Executive Editor at The Drawing Center in New York City. Jonathan has a PhD in 20th-Century Art History from Columbia University and a B.Arch from Cornell University. He has taught at Columbia University, Parsons The New School for Design, and Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York.
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Poet, novelist, and critic Hannah Lamb-Vines lives and works in Berkeley, California. She received an MFA in creative writing from California College of the Arts and uses humor, body horror, and anthropomorphized canines and urban wildlife to explore romantic obsession and other facets of life in late capitalism. She writes reviews for FF2 media and is an interviews editor at Full Stop. Her work in progress, Wolf Baby, is a novel about a woman who inexplicably births a sheep dog.