LaToya M. Hobbs is a native of North Little Rock, AR. She received her Undergraduate degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in Painting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and her MFA in printmaking from Purdue University. LaToya’s work deals with figurative imagery that addresses the ideas of beauty and cultural identity. Her exhibition includes several national and international exhibitions such as the National Wet Paint Exhibition in Chicago, IL and the East/ West Portfolio Print Exchange Traveling Exhibition, the Black Creativity Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL and the Promising Artists of the 21st Century Art Exhibition at the Sophia Wananmaker Galleries in San Jose, Costa Rica among others.LaToya’s work has also been featured in Transistion: An International Review, a publication of the W.E.B. Dubois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
Allison Yasukawa is a multidisciplinary visual artist and educator. She holds an MFA in Studio Arts and an MA in TESOL/Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her studio practice, Allison explores themes of social encounter, physical body, and the politics and performance of identity. Her work has been exhibited at spaces including Gallery 400, Chicago; NEXT Art Fair, Chicago; and University Galleries, Normal, IL. Her language-teaching research focuses on the overlaps between meaning-making strategies in visual arts practice and language learning. She has presented work on image-based brainstorming strategies in writing at TESOL, IL-TESOL-BE, and NCPTW and will present on non-native speakers in studio art critique at this year’s CAA conference. Allison lives and works in Baltimore.
Elizabeth Holden Wagenheim holds a Masters in Instructional Systems Development/TESOL from UMBC and an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University.She has run a community-based ESL adult ESL program, worked as an ESL Specialist for the Maryland State Department of Education, and has taught academic ESL on the community college level. In addition to work in the U.S., Elizabeth has conducted teacher-training in Hungary and Senegal.Elizabeth has served in the leadership of Maryland TESOL and TESOL, Inc.Her professional interests are in program development and evaluation, service learning, and the role of vocabulary in language learning.
David Brooks has exhibited at the Miami Art Museum; Dallas Contemporary; Nouveau Musée National de Monaco; Bold Tendencies London; Sculpture Center, New York; and MoMA/PS1 where he had a two-year major installation. In November of 2011 Brooks opened Desert Rooftops in Times Square, a 5000 sq. ft. earthwork commissioned by the Art Production Fund. His work has also been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Changwon Sculpure Biennale in South Korea; Blank Beijing China; Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Hamburg; James Cohan Gallery Shanghai; as well as Gavin Brown’s Enterprise; Tanya Bonakdar; and Marlborough Chelsea; along with major commissions by the Cass Sculpture Foundation and Storm King Art Center. David received his BFA from the Cooper Union and an MFA from Columbia University. In 2010 he received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and a research grant to the Ecuadorian Amazon from the Coypu Foundation in 2012. David lives and works in New York City.
Architectural and Environmental Design
Frank Fantauzzi has been involved in architectural education since receiving his graduate degree in 1988. He has taught in numerous programs in Canada, the United States, and Finland. His research focuses on the question of alternative forms of architectural practice. Parallel to teaching, Frank has also been engaged in an active art practice, which began in 1989. His work is often collaborative and focuses on large-scale installations and outdoor constructions. It has been exhibited and published internationally. Frank’s work is multidisciplinary in nature and probes the built environment to explore the cultural dimensions of society and the parallels between social and tectonic structures. He is a founding member of the icebergproject.org collaborative.
Sam Sheffield is a Baltimore-based artist and educator whose recent solo and collaborative works have been shown both nationally and internationally. Sam holds a Master’s of Art in Digital Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. Since then, he has taught courses in electronic media and sculpture for the Maryland Institute College of Art and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. From 2009 to 2011, he lived in Nara, Japan, researching gaming culture and teaching English to high school students. Since 2010, Sam has collaborated with Barry Whittaker under the collective name SaBa, creating a series of art entertainment projects exploring game-like simulations and playful, highly physical interfaces. Their recent exhibitions include: SaBa: Mother Brain (Nagoya, Japan), Conjunction 12: Art of Survival (Staffordshire, England), SaBa: Bunrakuraku (Osaka, Japan), Cellsbutton 06 - Dark Cells (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), and Binaries (Atlanta, Georgia).