Ana Llorente is a graphic designer and educator living and working in San Francisco and Los Angeles where she currently works as an independent designer at ALT Design and teaches in the graduate graphic design program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. Additionally, Ana taught both graphic design BFA and MFA candidates at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA from 2007—2016. As a latina/Cuban-Venezuelan Ana participated and led travel abroad programs for professionals to Havana, Cuba; securing funding for lectures and workshops by Cuban graphic designer Felix Beltran and Mexican type designer Raul Plancarte; participating in book fair :ndex in Guadalajara, Mexico; and taking $1/Minute — a ‘studio performance’ initiated by Ana in 2010 — to participate in the 2015 Zona Maco Art Fair in Mexico City, Mexico. Ana is currently spearheading a student-to- student educational exchange program due to travel to Havana, Cuba in the summer of 2017. Ana’s work has been recognized by The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), The Society of Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD), the American Association of Museums (AAM), How Magazine, Print Magazine, Graphis, Mohawk Papers, University College Designers Association (UCDA), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
EJ Hill's practice incorporates writing, endurance-based performance, painting, and sculpture to examine the many ways in which physical and ideological bodies may transcend their afflictions. Recent exhibitions include “Tenses: Artists in Residence 2015-16,” The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; “Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic L.A.,” PIASA, Paris; and “Surface of Color,” The Pit, Los Angeles. He is a 2015 recipient of the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists and is a 2015-16 Artist-in-Residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Hill received his BFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2011 and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013. He lives and works in Los Angeles and New York.
hazel mandujano& Juan Capistran
Hazel Mandujano and Juan Capistran currently collaborate on artist books, printed matter, installations and curatorial projects at their artist-run exhibition space and studio _mandujano_cell in Inglewood, CA. Hazel Mandujano is an artist-designer from Wilmington, CA whose current practice focuses on graphic design, book making, community and long conversations. Mandujano received her BFA, Fine Arts in 2003 from Otis College of Art and Design. She was awarded an Output award in 2010 and her MFA in 2010. She is the founder of collaborative art projects Felt Club, and super*MARKET working in the intersection of art, design, craft and community organizing. She was an artist-in-residence at Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam and is currently an instructor at Otis College of Art and Design.
Juan Capistran is a 2009 California Community Foundation born in 1976 in Guadalajara, Mexico currently living and working in Los Angeles. He works in sculpture, painting, video, photography, drawing, installation, performance, and sound — whichever method best serves the specific project. A Mexican-born artist who grew up in a predominantly African American neighborhood in Los Angeles, Capistrán deftly maneuvers between subjects ranging from the civil rights movement to punk music to the art of the 1960s, blending practices, references, and themes into subversive critiques of American culture. His work has been exhibited at in the 2014 Made in LA at the Hammer Museum, the 12th Istanbul Biennial, The New Museum in New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and in the 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art.
Mario Ybarra jr.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ybarra is an artist whose work operates as examinations of conflated and excluded social norms, oftenexamining complete environments, histories and narratives. Ybarra’s visual dialogues expose an autobiographical context that is unique to southern California but universal in concept. He received an MFA from University ofCalifornia Irvine and a BFA from Otis. He has been featured in many local, national and international exhibitions including the 2008 Whitney Biennal, the 2012 LA Biennial, the 2004 Prague Biennial, the Tate Museum in London, the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum, at MOCA, at LACMA among others. He is co-founder of Slanguage Studio, an artist collective founded in 2002 in Wilmington, CA. He has taught in many schools, art/community centers and universities including: the California College of the Arts, at Williams College in upper state New York, at UCLA, Otis, and CalArts. He has also taught at many art centers, museums, art residencyplaces and schools including ArtPace San Antonio Texas, the Heart Project in Los Angeles, at the Chicago Hyde Park Center, ICA Boston, in Torino Italy at FDR, at Montalvo Arts Center in San Jose CA, at the Serpentine Gallery in London, an at Sigrid’s Place Art Residency in Denmark among others.