Elizabeth Fiersten is a designer and artist who has been working primarily in metal for over a decade as co-owner of Manifold, a studio focused on small batch, precision crafted metal furniture. After graduating from the University of New Mexico in 1998, Elizabeth moved to Chicago and embarked on a journey that’s taken her variously into the fields of costume design, social work, house painting, gallery management and eventually, but not finally, furniture design.
Marissa Chris Zain Neuman
Marissa has resided on the north side of Chicago as a student, teacher and artist for nearly a decade. She recently graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA and holds a BA in Art History and Journalism from Loyola University. She has shown her work at Roman Susan (Chicago), Links Hall (Chicago), the Luggage Store Gallery (San Francisco), and Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery (Providence). In the past two years she has participated in residencies at Ox-bow, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Byrdcliffe Artist Colony and ArtReach at Lillstreet Art Center and is currently a 2016-2017 Chicago Artist Coalition Hatch resident.
Kristin Abhalter holds an MFA in design and technical theatre from the University of Minnesota and has exhibited in Chicago at Art on Armitage, Greenleaf Art Center, The Peanut Gallery and The Plaines Project. Abhalter has also directed Roman Susan since founding the art space in 2012.
Joshua Kent is an interdisciplinary artist working in live performance and sculpture. His visual and performative practice explores desire and other interior movements and their manifestations by way of material objects. Specifically concerned with the poetics of the commonplace, his work is committed to the repurposing of both matter and gesture. Additionally, Mr. Kent’s immersive life practice is informed by his work with social service programs addressing community engagement and social justice. For the last six years Joshua has lived and worked within intentional communities, attempting to blur the lines between a studio practice and daily labor.
Julie Weber is an artist working within the framework of photography. Founded in research and experimentation, Weber’s practice pushes and pulls at conventional methods behind the making of images. In turn, materials themselves and the processes they undergo largely becomes the subject of her work.
Weber holds an MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago (2014) and a BA in Psychology, Sociology, and Criminology from Dominican University (2006). Recent exhibitions include Chicago Artists Coalition, O’Connor Art Gallery Dominican University, Woman Made Gallery, and Hyde Park Art Center. Weber was an artist-in-residence with HATCH Projects at Chicago Artists Coalition (2015). She currently teaches photography at Waubonsee Community College.
Dr. Lisa Vinebaum is an interdisciplinary artist, critical writer, and educator. She holds a PhD in Art from Goldsmiths, University of London (UK); an MA in Textiles also from Goldsmiths, and a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal. She is an Assistant Professor in the department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Associate Editor of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture (Routledge/Taylor and Francis). Current research and artistic investigations explore labor, performance and collectivity in the larger context of economic globalization and cutbacks to workers’ rights. She also writes about the social histories of textiles and their connections to contemporary fiber and socially engaged art.
Lisa Vinebaum’s art practice incorporates performance, text-based installations, textiles, print, neon, video, photography and protest tactics. Her creative work has been included in exhibitions and festivals, including David Weinberg Photography, Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival, Brave New Art World, and 2nd Floor Rear Festival of Art in Itinerant Spaces (Chicago), Performance Studies International 19 (Stanford University, CA), Grace Exhibition and Performance Space (Brooklyn), Open Engagement: Art & Social Practice (Portland State University, Portland OR), Articule Gallery, Nuit Blanche and La Centrale (Montreal), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the UCLA Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Lincoln Center (New York NY), and the European Media Art Festival (Osnabruck, Germany).
Lisa Vinebaum’s scholarly work has been published in edited anthologies, academic journals and exhibition catalogues, including The Companion to Textiles (Wiley Blackwell 2016), The Handbook of Textile Culture (Bloomsbury Academic 2015), Danica Maier: Grafting Propriety, More Caught in the Act: Performance by Candadian Women, the %The Journal of Modern Craft online, Art Textiles of the World: Canada (Telos Art Publishing, 2009), Emergency Index (Ugly Duckling Press, 2012), and Shifter. She is co-editor (with Dr. Kirsty Robertson) of “Crafting Community: Textiles, Public and Social Space”, a special issue of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture (March 2016). She has presented papers at academic conferences internationally, most recently at the Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium (Los Angeles 2014, Washington DC 2012), the College Art Association Annual Conference (Chicago 2014, New York 2013), The Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth, (Victoria and Albert Museum, London), and Performance Studies International 18 (University of Leeds UK 2012). She has lectured as a Visiting Scholar at Temple University (Philadelphia), Concordia University (Montreal), Goldsmiths (London), Nottingham Trent University (Nottingham UK), and Calvin College (Grand Rapids).