Matt Ross is the Founder and CEO of One River School of Art + Design. In a short window of time the innovative program in Englewood, NJ has taught thousands of students and established “a new direction in art education.” Prior to One River School, he was the Founding CEO of School of Rock, where he helped to build the company into the world leader in music education for kids. Today, School of Rock teaches across almost 200 schools in eight countries. Prior to his experience with School of Rock, he held a variety of management positions in broadcasting, working for diverse media companies such as Clear Channel, CBS and Viacom. He is active in promoting Autism awareness and supporting organizations that build communities for adults with special needs. Matt also supports arts-based non profits and sits on the Board of Trustees for Art 21 the Bergen PAC.
Catherine Haggarty is an artist and curator based in Brooklyn, New York. b. 1984 received her M.F.A from Mason Gross, Rutgers University in 2011 and is currently the co-director of Ortega y Gasset in Brooklyn. Haggarty's paintings & curatorial work has been reviewed & featured in Hyperallergic, Two Coats of Paint, Brooklyn Magazine and several other publications.Select exhibitions include: LeftField Slo (CA), The Provincial (MI), Bridge Productions (Seattle, WA), CGK Gallery (Copenhagen), Art on Paper Fair (Armory Week), Paper Paris (France), Geoffrey Young Gallery (MA), Design Sublime (Miami, FLA). Solo shows include This Friday Next Friday (NYC), One River School of Art and Proto Gallery (NJ).
Jesse Greenberg is an artist and curator based in New York. Greenberg's works have been shown in galleries and institutions internationally. Greenberg was a co-founder of the artist run space 247365, and has since then opened JAG projects, an expanded arts platform that showcases artists projects in multiple mediums across a spectrum of venues, both conventional and unconventional.
John J. O'Connor was born in Westfield, MA and received an MFA in painting and an MS in Art History and Criticism from Pratt Institute in 2000.He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, was a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in Painting, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Studio residency. John has been in numerous exhibitions abroad. His exhibitions have been reviewed in Bomb Magazine, The New York Times, and several other publications. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Weatherspoon Museum, Southern Methodist University, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
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Anne Marie Taylor splits her time between Los Angeles, where she co-runs a seasonal exhibition space called ARVIA, and New York. She is the director of Evergreene Studio, a roving contemporary art platform that specializes in organizing exhibitions and projects in support of contemporary artists internationally. Anne Marie received her B.A. in Visual Arts at Eugene Lang College at the New School in New York, and continues her exploration of art through freelance writing and curatorial practices.
Melissa Brown creates paintings, animations and performances that explore what is otherworldly about ordinary experience. Her paintings collage disparate techniques: photo screen print, airbrush, and observational oil painting in order to present a multi-registered view of reality. She has mounted solo exhibitions most recently at Derek Eller, Roberto Paradise, San Juan, Magenta Plains, New York and The Journal, Brooklyn. She has participated in group exhibitions at Mass MOCA, Canada, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, and Musée International Des Arts Modestes. In 2012 she was awarded the Joan Mitchell Painter's Grant.