Anne Chu (b. 1959, New York, NY) Chu earned her BFA at the Philadelphia College of Art, Pennsylvania (1982) and her MFA at Columbia University, New York (1985). She has been awarded fellowships and grants from organizations including Art Matters, Inc., the National Endowment for the Arts, Dieu Donné Papermill, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. She was a recipient of both the Anonymous Was a Woman Award and the Penny McCall Award in 2002, and in 2010 she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Chu has recently held solo exhibitions at the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, Florida (2006); Victoria Miro Gallery, London (2006); Monica De Cardenas, Milan (2007); 303 Gallery, New York (2008); Donald Young Gallery, Chicago (2007, 2009); and Monica De Cardenas, Zuoz, Switzerland (2009). In 2010, Chu was included in Mineral Spirits: Anne Chu and Matthew Monahan at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. She will have a solo show at the Kunstmuseum Krefeld, Germany, in 2012. Chu lives and works in New York City.
Bruce Conner (b. 1933, McPherson, KS; d. 2008, San Francisco, CA) Conner received his BFA from Nebraska University, Lincoln (1956) before attending courses at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, New York (1956) and the University of Colorado (1957). A major exhibition of Conner’s work was organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1999), and traveled in 2000 to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Kohn Hutter Fine Art, Beverly Hills, California (2006); Miyake Fine Art, Tokyo (2006); Susan Inglett Gallery, New York (2007); Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco (2007); Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles (2007); the UC Berkeley Art Museum, California (2008); and the Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin (2009). Conner lived and worked in San Francisco.
William Corbett is a poet who lives in Boston’s South End and teaches writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has published Philip Guston’s Late Work: A Memoir, edited Just the Thing: The Selected Letters of James Schuyler, and serves on the advisory board of Manhattan’s CUE Art Foundation. In 2008, Hanging Loose Press published Corbett’s book of poems, Opening Day, and will publish The Whalen Poem in 2011. Pressed Wafer published his book on the painter Albert York in 2010.
Russell Crotty (b. 1956, San Rafael, CA) Crotty earned his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, California (1978) and completed his MFA at the University of California, Irvine (1980). He is an amateur astronomer, and his interests in astronomy and the environment influence his works on paper. Crotty has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts (1991); the Peter Reed Foundation, New York (1999); and The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, Ireland (2008). He has also served as a visiting artist at the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (2001, 2003) and the University of California, Los Angeles (1998, 1999). Recent solo exhibitions have been held at CRG Gallery, New York (2006); Galerie Ulrike Schmela, Düsseldorf (2008); Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica (2009); and the Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco (2006, 2010); and Michel Soskine, Madrid (2010). Crotty lives and works in Ojai and Upper Lake, California. More information about his work can be found at www.russellcrotty.com.
Annabel Daou (b. 1967, Beirut, Lebanon) Daou was born and raised in Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War. She moved to New York City at age eighteen and attended Barnard College of Columbia University, New York (1989). Daou held a residency at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Center, New York (2002-2007) and was a Brown Foundation Fellow in Residence at the Dora Maar House, Ménerbes, France (2008). In Dallas in 2011, she will be in residence at CentralTrak and will be a visiting professor at the Meadows Art School, Southern Methodist University. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York (2006); Gallery Joe, Philadelphia (2007); the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, Providence (2009); and the Conduit Gallery, Dallas (2007, 2010). Daou is a founder of the dB Foundation in New York, a small collaborative effort to organize alternative exhibitions and projects (www.dbfoundation.org), most recently Home Base IV in New York (2009); CAFÉ at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. (2009); and We Are Not an Arab Artist, New York Chronicles at Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha, Qatar (2010). Daou lives and works in New York City.
Elena del Rivero (b. 1949, Valencia, Spain) Del Rivero received her Intermediate degree from the University of Valencia, Spain (1971) and studied English philology at the University of Valencia from 1972 to 1975. After graduating from Cambridge University, UK, with a diploma in English Literature (1977), she studied painting and printmaking at the Estudio Arjona and Oscar Manesi Workshop in Madrid (1978-1984). Del Rivero was awarded the Prix de Rome for Painting in 1988. She has since received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1991, 2002); the New York Foundation for the Arts (2001, 2002); and the Creative Capital Foundation (2001, 2003). She completed a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship at the Bellagio Center, Italy, in 2005. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Fundación La Caixa, Lérida, Spain (2006); the Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain (2006); Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid, Spain (2007); The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2008); Galería Elvira González, Madrid, Spain (2004, 2006, 2009); Edificio histórico de la Universidad de Barcelona, Spain (2009); Espacio AV, Murcia, Spain (2010); La Conservera, Murcia, Spain (2010); and Galeria Senda, Barcelona (2010). Del Rivero lives and works in New York City. More information about her work can be found at www.the-paraclete.com.