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 MEET THE 2017 BRIO AWARD WINNERS

Francheska Alcantara | Performance art

Francheska Alcantara aims to (re)create narratives of fragmentation and longing. She's informed by childhood memories, sexuality and daily life. Francheska has exhibited and performed in the US and abroad at venues such as The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Queens Museum, La Mama Theater, Art in General, Framer Framed, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Andrew Freedman Home and De-Construkt. She's a graduate of Hunter College and Old Dominion University. Francheska lives in The Bronx, NY.

Jeaninne Alfieri | Sculpture

A graduate of the California College of Art, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Textiles, Jeanine Alfieri heads directly to New York City in 1989. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout NYC and the tri state area, including the African American Museum of Philadelphia, the Belskie Museum, the Rubin Museum and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. She has won numerous awards in sculpture and is a 2013 BRIO recipient, (Bronx Recognizes Its Own). She was also awarded Best in Sculpture from Manhattan Arts International and received the Medal of Honor in Sculpture from NAWA. Alfieri is a member of the National Association of Women Artists, The Bronx Arts Alliance and the Bronx 200 Artist directory. Her work sits in private and corporate collections across the United States and abroad.

Alfieri lives and works in the South Bronx, Port Morris.

   

Roy Baizan | Photography

Roy Baizan a Mexican-American photographer, was raised by a single mom. His family moved to the Bronx to restart their lives after living in an abusive environment. This influenced his work, leading him to explore themes of community, family and traditional Mexican values in the Bronx and Mexico.

   

Bernard Beckford | Illustration

From the beginning of my existence, I got caught with the art bug and I’ve been drawing ever since. Growing up in the Bronx, art was everywhere; from the latest graffiti on the 2 train (80’s baby) to watching those classic Saturday morning cartoons. Art became my way of communication. It allowed me to say things, I couldn’t say. Fast-forward 15-20 years later, still drawing, I graduated from F.I.T in Illustration. This success helped shaped my original style in beginning to use different mediums and infusing art history. Plus I developed a style that would stand out above the rest. Staying relentlessly faithful to my art and a couple of gigs later, my work has been shown in galleries.

   

Tyrone Birkett | Instrumental music performance

Tyrone Birkett is a saxophonist, composer and producer. His current recording with his group Tyrone Birkett Emancipation titled "Postmodern Spirituals: The Promised Land” is the first endeavor to showcase his Postmodern Spirituals concept. The Negro Spiritual revived and refreshed through jazz language, 70s soul music and black church music. As a saxophonist, Tyrone Birkett has synthesized his mentorship by jazz saxophone greats Frank Foster and Budd Johnson, years toiling in black church sanctuaries and soul-jazz into a distinctive fusion. Tyrone has brought his music to venues including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Schomburg Center for Black Culture, The Greene Space at WYNC, and the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts at Lehman College, the U.N., Montreal Convention Centre, Bermuda and Europe. He attended JHS 125 and Adlai Stevenson HS where won the John Philip Sousa Band and Louis Armstrong Jazz Awards respectively and attended the Aaron Copland School at Queens College.

   

Michele Brody | Mixed Media 3D 

Michele Brody is an environmental installation artist with an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She has exhibited her work in France, Costa Rica, Germany, Chicago, and NYC at Littlejohn Contemporary, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Julio Valdez Project Space, Lower East Side Tenement Museum and The Bronx Museum. Michele Brody has kept up a full time studio/exhibition practice for 20 years while working as an Artist/Educator throughout NYC. She has received a grant or residency almost every year since 1995 from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, LMCC, Pollock/Krasner Foundation, NYFA, Bronx Council on the Arts and NYSCA, and has worked as an Artist-in-Residence at Skowhegan, the Headlands Center for the Arts, Ox-Bow, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation. In 2011 she won Best 3-D Entry at Art Prize in Grand Rapids, MI. In 2006 Brody completed 2 permanent public works for DOE and MTA in The Bronx started as a self-taught photographer but my curiosity led me to take a darkroom course at The Point. After a semester, I took a Teen Academy class at The International Center of Photography (ICP). I became a Teaching Assistant (TA) at The Point soon after my class at ICP as an attempt to give back to the community center that had changed my life. Currently I work as a TA for ICP and as a TA at The Bronx Documentary Center for their Bronx Junior Photo League program.

   

Mark Cabaroy | Narrative film/video

Mark Cabaroy is an award winning Writer/ Director who for over 25 years has been directing, writing and producing various film projects including , but not limited to, short films, commercials, music videos and educational industrials. After attending the School of Visual Arts, Mark started off his career as a freelance writer for the Children’s Television Workshop, writing for hit shows such as Sesame Street and The Electric Company. Mark’s debut feature “Life’s Passing Me By” was picked by film critic Kam Williams’ Sly Fox film review as one of the top ten best independent African American films of 2009. In 2013 he was awarded an artist in residency BRIO grant from the Bronx Council of the Arts. His most recently completed film "Mister Famous" is getting ready to start playing in festivals in 2017.

   

Joe Caligure | Poetry

Joe holds a BA in Literature from Bennington College and an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University. After winning the Weston Writing Prize upon graduation he was a Writing Instructor for Brown’s Continuing Studies and Summer Program. Joe then moved to NY and taught at the Brooklyn Brainery, the GPS Academy, and SummerFuel at Columbia University. Joe’s poetry and short fiction has appeared in the Indiana Review (Finalist for Micro-Fiction 1/2 K Contest, judged by Lydia Davis), Riverbabble Journal (Bloom’s Day Prize), and Mangrove Literary Journal. Joe received a Pushcart Prize nomination in 2006. Joe lives in the Bronx and works as a freelance copyeditor and tutor. He is currently working on his first collection of poetry.

   

Americo Casiano | Poetry

Americo Casiano was born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico and came to the Bronx when he was 40 days old and lived here ever since. He loves fishing and camping when not at church. Enrolled at Brooklyn College where he studied English with Charles Lynch and Puerto Rican literature with Alfredo Matilla. Both were instrumental in his evolution as a writer. Both became friend and mentor exposing Americo to many writers and different schools of thought in literature. Matilla exposed Americo to the Puerto Rican Narratives of the 20th century along with the Puerto Rican poets from the 1930s to present. Lynch taught him structures of fiction, and the new schools of the free verse. Both taught Americo the importance of Literature having a social/historic context. So he writes about people significant within the Puerto Rican experience in NYC, among other things. The works submitted are examples of this.

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Bryan Christian | Narrative film/video

Bryan Christian is a writer and filmmaker based in the Bronx. He graduated from the City College of New York in 2012 with a BFA degree for film and video. He was awarded as an official finalist of the 2013 World Series of Screenwriting contest for his script "Homeboy". Bryan is the founder of Bruecool Productions in which he wrote, directed, and produced the short films such as "Like A Boss".

   

Filip A. Condeescu | Choreography

Filip A. Condeescu, a native of Bucharest, Romania, makes work that reflects a collage of geographical, historical and cultural influences of his life experiences. He started dance at the age of 21 at Connecticut College, where he obtained his BA in both Dance and Sociology. In 2002, Filip was presented the joint Dance Magazine/American College Dance Festival Outstanding Choreography award for his piece Perpetuum. He completed his MFA in Performance and Choreography at California State University, Long Beach, and started a new chapter by continuing his exploration of human expression, spirituality & social justice in the New York City arts scene. Filip’s work has been presented at Dance Theatre Workshop, BAAD! and Baerum Kulturhus (Oslo, Norway). Most recently he was the 2015-2016 BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance Artist in Residence and presented his first full evening of work…the blockage WILL be killerized…, on June 18, 2016.

   

Walter Cruz | Painting

Walter Cruz a Bronx-based creative who focuses on creating work that inspires Black and Latinx people. With a B.A. in architectural studies and a minor in Studio arts from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, he utilizes the intersections of art and design to create moments of critical thinking. He has exhibited in various shows around the country and world, most recently in Osaka, Japan. In 2015, Syracuse University acquired a piece of his work that joined the institution's permanent collection. When not painting or creating physical art work, he spends time as one of the core graphic designers for the Black Lives Matter network as well as freelance designing for clients that range from small local businesses to large companies and universities. In a world that is constantly telling Black and Latinx people that they do not matter, he intends to continue creating work that uplifts the very same people.

   
 

Davalois Fearon | Choreography

DAVALOIS FEARON (Artistic Director) is a critically acclaimed dancer, teacher, and choreographer born on the island of Jamaica and raised in The Bronx, New York. Fearon received a MFA and AOP fellowship from the University Wisconsin Milwaukee. In 2005, she earned a BFA from the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance the same year she joined the Stephen Petronio Company. She is currently a featured dancer, Bloodlines rehearsal director, and Education Coordinator for the company. Fearon was recently a featured performing artists in “The Skeleton Architecture” curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa as a part of, Lost and Found Platforms and in 2015, Fearon was recognized by prominent dance writers Wendy Perron and Charmaine Warren as one of the best and most memorable performers of the year. Fearon is the founder and Artistic Director of the Davalois Fearon Dance. Her choreography has been presented nationally and internationally

   

Amy Gottlieb | Poetry

Amy Gottlieb’s debut novel, The Beautiful Possible (Harper Perennial), is a finalist for the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. Her fiction and poetry have been published in Other Voices, Lilith, Puerto del Sol, Zeek, Storyscape, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish Poetry, and elsewhere. She has received two BRIO Awards in Poetry, a Fellowship and Residency from the Bronx Writers Center, and an Arts Fellowship from the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. She holds an MA in comparative literature from the University of Chicago, and a BA in English from Clark University. After many years of working as a book editor, she currently teaches college writing and literature.

   

Emily Henretta | Printmaking

Emily Henretta is a printmaker and sculptor. She received her MFA from Columbia University in 2011 where she received the Toby Devan Lewis award and an Emily Fisher Landau Fellowship she holds a BA in History from Barnard College. Her art practice uses printmaking in novel ways to reveal the medium as an evolving historical process of human-machine interaction. The results are layered multi-process records of experimentation with image, texture and form. She has exhibited her work at The International Print Center New York, The Westside Gallery at The School of Visual Arts, The BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Room East Gallery and The Inside Out Museum. She lives and works in the Bronx.

   

Ricardo Herrera | Storytelling

Ricardo Herrera is an award-winning and multi-talented artist.
He is a Brooklyn native, comedian, writer, singer, and actor who is pursuing his purpose by achieving his goals and dreams. Despite growing up in Brownsville, Brooklyn, Ricardo has overcome challenges and setbacks by learning from his environment in a positive way. He found success within himself and being proactive in finding solutions. In 2015, his one-man show, “The Naked Truth,” won the award
 at the 10th Annual One Festival. This is a prestigious festival that selects only one of 14 one-man plays to be showcased throughout New York City. The inspiration for The Naked Truth came from Ricardo’s anger, pain and joy from his life. He wanted to share his journey and the lessons he learned, so people can laugh and reflect on their own truth to grow within themselves.

   

Cheyenne Julien | Painting

Cheyenne Julien's artistic practice begins by harnessing her memories of childhood in the Bronx. Reimagining her life in the Bronx's tallest high-rise, she aims to push viewers to see beyond the confines of our reality-taking those memories and twisting them, distorting them, and flipping them upside down. She uses painting and drawing to re-appropriate representations of black bodies that are so often excluded throughout art history. For as long as she can remember, Cheyenne has pushed against the unperceivable structures- social, physical, economic-that silently shape the outcomes of our neighborhoods. Through personal narrative, Cheyenne addresses themes of racism, social class, culture, humor, empathy and identity. In May 2016, Cheyenne received her BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, and has gone on to complete 3 residency programs. Her work has been exhibited at RISD's Woods Gerry gallery, Smart Objects in LA, and other venues across the country.

   

Ann Lapin | Non-fiction

Ann Lapin owns a Mary Kay business, teaches boot camp, and is an interim boarding care provider for the Spence-Chapin adoption agency. She writes about babies, parenting, and body image and has been published by kveller, Mama’s Comfort Camp, Times of Israel, NYMetroParents, and Upworthy. Ann her husband, and their family reside in Riverdale, NY. Look for her new book, coming soon!

   

Beverly Lopez | Dance

Beverly has presented independent work in New York City festivals, including Triskelion Arts Comedy and Dance Festival, Collective Thread, HVCCA, and BAAD!ASS Women Festival. She is a company member of the ModArts Dance Collective, and the Herbert H. Dance Company. She recently performed at the Harlem School of the Arts in Harlem Voices and has performed in the off-Broadway production, Bountiful, under Luis Salgado of R.Evolucion Latina. Beverly earned a BFA in Multi-Media and Performing Arts, and is working to inspire children as a modern dance teacher at Cache Dance Studios, and as an education coordinator at the AATT Academy at BAAD! Beverly trained at the Dancing-to-Connect Institute under Battery Dance Company and created her own Dance Bridge Program in the Bronx in 2015. Beverly recently choreographed and produced her first full-length dance-theatre production on October 2016. She continues her work as an artistic director/choreographer of REDi Dance.

   

Adeline Lulo | Photography

Born in Washington Heights, New York and raised in the Bronx. Her work is shaped around family, history and memory. During her childhood, she spent many summers exploring the Dominican Republic. Her upbringing between the D.R and the U.S. inspired her to photograph her family’s homeland. The Photo essay Si Dios Quiere, or God Willing, portrays the lives of families in the Dominican Republic, as well as Dominican immigrants living in the United States. She depicts the tight-knit communities and cultures found in both of these places, illustrating a sense of need, desire and hunger for life. She creates a perception of the places and spaces she's inhabited. Her accomplishments include earning a BFA from Parsons School of Design and being a recipient of the En Foco Photography Fellowship. She was selected for The New York Times Portfolio Review and was also the recipient of the William Randolph Hearst Scholarship.

   

Robert Maisonett | narrative film/video

Robert Maisonett started acting at the age of 10 and graduated from Lehman College with a BA in Theatre. He is the creator of Latin Lives: The Web Series and play. A triple threat when it comes to his artistic endeavors. He is proud and passionate of his Latin heritage and bringing it to light in the best possible way. I chose acting because of my need to inspire and be inspired, to express myself in a creative outlet. To connect with other souls, touch, share and hopefully enlighten through performance.

   

Alexis Marcello | Instrumental music performance

Alexis Marcelo is a pianist from New York City with a deep love for music. He believes in the power of music as a positive and uplifting force. Alexis is always looking to communicate those intimate parts of the soul through music. Alexis has been blessed to receive an extensive musical education at the Harlem School of the Arts. He went on to The University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he studied African-American Music/Jazz Piano Performance as well as composition with world-renowned saxophonist Dr. Yusef Lateef..Alexis has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Etnafest in Italy, Alice Tully Hall and more. Alexis is featured on recordings with Yusef Lateef, Adam Rudolph, Mike Pride, and Malcolm Mooney. Alexis is currently developing his premiere album and looks to have it out next year.

   

Jonathan Maron | Instrumental music performance

Jonathan Maron is a Grammy-nominated bassist, composer and producer. Maron's unique approach, propulsive basslines and big sound travel with him always, regardless of the musical setting. Early in his career, Jonathan co-founded New York's legendary Groove Collective, a band that has toured internationally, released eight albums including their Grammy-nominated, "People People Music Music." The band's dance-floor blend of afro-cuban rhythms, jazz, funk and house music has provided a perfect showcase for Maron's playing and writing. With other artists, Jonathan can be heard on almost 200 records ranging widely in style, including Maxwell's platinum selling “Ascenscion (Don't Ever Wonder)." Maron has performed with Meshell Ndegeocello, Tupac Shakur, Shujaat Khan, Dave Douglas, India.Arie, Anoushka Shankar and Kurt Rosenwinkel, among others.  Jonathan’s been featured numerous times in Bass Player Magazine, and these interviews and transcriptions are included in the book, " Brave New Bass: Interviews & Lessons with the Innovators, Trendsetters & Visionaries."

   

Ruth Marshall | Crafts

Ruth Marshall received her BFA in sculpture and printmaking, 1988-1991, from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, where she was born and raised. After her MFA majoring in sculpture at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, 1993-1995, she worked as an exhibit sculptor at the Bronx Zoo, 1995-2009. Apart from being an adjunct professor teaching drawing in the animation department at School of Visual Arts New York City, she pursues her art career. My art is related to and bound by a fascination with animals and fauna. The twenty-first century is gripped by the predicament of habitat loss and species decline. There is an urgent desire in me to say new things about this disappearing world and to contribute to the efforts to help wild animals and wild places endure. For more information please visit www.ruthmarshall.com

   

Darryl Moore | Illustrated text

   

Antionette Mullins | Playwriting 

ANTOINETTE MULLINS (Development and Literary Director) is a NYC-based playwright, screenwriter, dramaturg, and Development and Literary Director at Urban Stages Theatre in Manhattan. As a graduate of VASSAR COLLEGE (BA in Psychology and Film, 2007), TISCH ASIA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS (MA in Dramatic Writing Singapore, 2010); her written work for film and stage has been recognized by The Princess Grace Awards (semi-finalist 2011), The Austin Film Festival (Finalist, 2013), The Nicholl Fellowship (Semi-Finalist, 2007 & 2012), Bronx Council of the Arts (BRIO Artist, 2015), Sundance Creative Producing Lab and Fellowship (Round 2, 2016) as well as others. Her work has been published and Brave Girl, a short-film she co-wrote, was awarded Official Selection in South by Southwest and Best short Film in Palm Springs International Shortfest (2013). Her educational plays; The Story of Dr. Mae C. Jemison, and 3 Myths & My Annoying Sister, currently tour libraries within NYC.

   

Ricardo Nigaglioni | Vocal music performance

Ricardo Luss Nigaglioni is a Singer/Songwriter raised in the Bronx, and ever since he could speak he knew his first passion is music. Though he played numerous instruments, it wasn't until his early teens that he began to dabble into vocals. It was a true testament to trial and error that Luss experimented with different ranges and sounds until he developed a style that is unique to him. His perseverance and passion for music opened many doors in the world of music. Luss represented Found Sound Nation from 2012-2014 with Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections project. Luss has worked as Collaborating Artist and Staff with 1Beat from 2012-2016 and can be found leading a weekly music production workshop with Urban Arts Partnership and in public schools across the boroughs. As an artist, he has toured throughout the U.S., South America, and Europe. In 2015 he released an album with Dirty Delorean

   

Sarah Nordin | Vocal music performance

Rising-star mezzo-soprano Sarah Nordin has a ‘luscious’ voice praised by Opera News for her ability to “hold her own with the big guns.” Ms. Nordin’s most recent roles include Prince Orlofsky DIE FLEDERMAUS with Geneva Light Opera and Dorabella COSI FAN TUTTE with Opera Tampa, Winter Opera of St Louis and Florida Opera Theatre, with the St. Louis Post enthusing that Ms. Nordin brought to the role of Dorabella “a rich mezzo-soprano that fit Mozart’s music like a glove.” In 2017 she will be singing the role of Zerlina DON GIOVANNI with both Opera Orlando and Geneva Light Opera. Sarah has worked with many of the most prestigious companies in the US including Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Caramoor Opera and Central City Opera. Ms. Nordin has sung in eight productions with the Metropolitan Opera including three HD live broadcasts and a tour of Japan..

   

Leonardo Nunez | Narrative film/video

Leonardo Nuñez, a Cineaste born and raised on the Upper West Side of New York City, currently resides in the Bronx and has been working as a freelance audio engineer, director, and cinematographer. At the moment he is producing and directing a science fiction, drama, thriller feature film called Listo. Leonardo also has a background in music production doing Bachata genre remixes for Universal Music Latin Entertainment with artists like Enrique Iglesias, Luis Fonsi, Fulanito, AB Quintanilla, Andy Andy and many others. With a burning desire to become a filmmaker, he went on to learn the craft of filmmaking through an intense study of film theory, screenwriting, directing, cinematography, producing, and film finance. When he thought himself to be ready, he began offering his film/video production services to his already existing audio clientele, thus creating his real world, "on-set" experience directing talent, crew and scheduling productions written by Leonardo.

   

Andrea Rodon | Storytelling

Andrea Rondon is a student and writer. Born and raised in the Bronx, her work addresses urban culture, socioeconomic conditions, and existential ideas. Her writing also explores race relations in America, religious themes, and generational trends. She is currently studying to become an educator in language arts and to join the effort to close the education gap in our public schools.

   

Heriberto Sanchez | Photography

Heriberto Sanchez was born in Puebla, Mexico and moved to the Bronx as a child. Heriberto graduated from Bronx Community College and New York City College of Technology with a BA in Communication Design. He applies storytelling through photography to illustrate the lives of his fellow Bronx residents

   

Lauren Shapiro | Fiction

Lauren Shapiro is a freelance writer and a dance accompanist in New York City. She has a B.A. from Queens College of CUNY, a B.Mus. from Manhattan School of Music and an M.A. in writing from Manhattanville College. Her publications include the song “Better Things to Do” recorded in 2016 by Annika Chambers, "Tempo Primo" in "I Thought My Father Was God – NPR's National Story Project" 2001, poetry in Anderbo.com and her journalism has been published in such diverse print publications as WorldandI.com, American Small Farm Magazine and Dance Spirit. Her article on Archie Comic Books and Literacy was originally published in Education Update in Manhattan and then reprinted in parent papers in Staten Island, New Jersey, Mississippi and Pennsylvania. As a dance accompanist, Ms. Shapiro works at Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Theatre and elsewhere.

   

Matthew Thorburn | Poetry

Matthew Thorburn’s most recent book is Dear Almost: A Poem (LSU Press, 2016), much of which takes place in the Bronx. He is also the author of five previous collections of poems, including This Time Tomorrow (Waywiser Press, 2013) and the chapbook A Green River in Spring (Autumn House Press, 2015). His interviews with writers appear on the Ploughshares blog as a monthly feature. He lives in the Bronx and works in corporate communications in Manhattan.

   

Jorge Valdes | Mixed media 3D

Jorge A. Valdes (JAVA), born in1956, is a Cuban American self-taught artist living in New York since 1992.   His use of found objects & broken china traces back to his youth in Cuba as a resourceful solution to the scarcity of supplies. In 1992, JAVA moved to Miami where in reaction to the abundance, unwanted material became even more subjective and magical.  In reaction to the glitz, he created a series of found object sculptures featured in Miami Beach.  Leaving unclaimed whatever didn't sell, he rushed to NYC to complete his Masters in Education at Columbia University and immerse himself in the world of art. As a teacher, he continued his creations with recyclable materials. It has become his passion and identity, in response to the reality of an epoch when the preservation of the planet is vital. JAVA takes to heart that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

   

Rodrigo Venegas | Vocal music performance

Rodrigo "RodStarz" Venegas is a Bronx based MC, making up 1/2 of internationally known Hip Hop group Rebel Diaz, he is a founding member of The RDACBX (Rebel Diaz Arts Collective-BX), and a host/producer of the web series Ñ Don't Stop. He is happily married to his best friend Claudia and they have a 2 year old son named Roque

   

Joelle Wallach | Music composition

Joelle Wallach makes her home in the Bronx where she was born, and writes music that speaks to the soul. Some of her music, like her String Quartet #2, explores intimate personal landscapes. Other works - like Toward a Time of Renewal, commissioned by the New York Choral Society or From the Forest of Chimneys written for the New York Philharmonic Ensembles - speak to larger human concerns, historical wrongs and hopes for the future. Her involvement in poetry and dance has generated collaborations with choreographers - like her ballet Glancing Below - and songs and choral works in English, Spanish and Hebrew in collaboration with many poets. Enthusiastic and humorous, Wallach is a popular professor and public speaker. At the New York Philharmonic she brings audiences fresh – and frequently funny - insights into familiar works and opens doors to modern ones and to those less frequently heard.

   

Elias Williams | Photography

Elias Williams is a documentary and portrait photographer based in New York. In high school, he became interested in photography through sports and went on to photograph his high school's basketball games in the South Bronx. In 2009, he studied photography at LaGuardia CC, which changed his field of interest and perspective on photography. After graduating, Elias moved on from sports photography to direct his work towards environmental portraiture and documentary photography. He is focusing on long-term projects that highlight underappreciated communities and study the idea of inclusion within communities.His work has been showcased and published in the LaGuardia Gallery of Photographic Arts, Morris Museum, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, International Photo Festival Leiden, L'oeil de la Photographie, Buzzfeed News, NBC News and The New York Times.Beyond photographing, Elias is a photo instructor for A Better Jamaica and digital printer for the Bronx Documentary Center.

   

Marcus Williams | Fiction

Marcus Scott Williams was born & raised in Kansas City, MO & has lived in the Bronx for the past two years, where he writes & paints & makes videos. He listens to music & runs around enthusiastic with his friends most days.

   

Bruce Zeines | Drawing

Raised in Queens, Bruce Zeines's decision to be an artist came at an early age, and shaped his career as an illustrator and graphic designer. He studied fine art and graphic design at The School of Visual Arts in NY. His published work has appeared in national and international publications. As a graphic designer he has worked for corporate and institutional clients for over 35 years. “My life has always been one of creative enterprise. My work seeks to be an expression of deeper concerns I have about living a spiritual life, and being open to the inner mysteries that abound. Other than that, drawing is the most relaxing activity I have ever known, and somehow, in the scheme of things, feels like it must be done. The universe beckons.” He currently resides with his wife and son at the edge of the Kelly Street Garden in the South Bronx.

   
   

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