ANNE TRAUBEN, Artist, Exhibitions Director, Curator, Editor
Anne Trauben is a visual artist, arts organizer, and the Exhibitions Director and Curator at Drawing Rooms, a non-profit art center in a former convent in Downtown Jersey City. Anne began working with Victory Hall Inc. in 2009, and was a founding artist of Drawing Rooms in 2012. She received a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in ceramics from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ and was awarded a fellowship to study art in Rome from Temple University's Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA where she received an MFA in Ceramics. Anne's works include drawing, sculpture and installation. She has exhibited her works throughout the NY Metropolitan area. Learn more about Anne's work here.
BRUCE HALPIN, Artist
Bruce Halpin is an artist whose work includes paintings, drawings constructions and installations. Mr. Halpin earned his MFA at Columbia University and has been a recipient of an Edward F. Albee Foundation fellowship. His work is included in numerous collections, both public and private. Mr. Halpin lives and works in Jersey City. Learn more about Bruce's work here.
JAMES PUSTORINO, Artist, Executive Director
James Pustorino is an artist, arts organizer and the Founder and Director of Drawing Rooms, a Victory Hall Inc. non-profit art center in a former convent in Downtown Jersey City. He has been Director of Victory Hall Inc since 2001 and was one of the founding artists of Drawing Rooms in 2012. Pustorino received his BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University, and has exhibited in venues throughout the U.S., including the Columbus Museum, The Butler Institute of American Art and Jersey City Museum. More recently he has exhibited his work at Chambers 916 Gallery in Portland, OR, Odetta Gallery in Brooklyn, Gallery Bergen at Bergen County Community College in Paramus NJ and Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, NJ. His work uses graphic, abstract and realistic form to explore concepts of narrative and spatial/structural composition. Learn more about James work here.
KATE DODD, Artist
Kate Dodd received her B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 1983, and her M.F.A. from Columbia University in 1990, and currently lives and teaches in New Jersey. She has exhibited her artwork nationally in museums, galleries, and colleges, and has been teaching art in public and private schools for 25 years. Kate has been awarded residencies at MacDowell, Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Papermaking, the Connemara Conservancy, Cummington Community for the Arts, the Vermont Studio School and numerous schools in the tri-state area. In addition to site-specific installations, Kate has large scale works commissioned by NJ Transit in Bayonne, Newark, South Amboy, and Hoboken. Kate's installations provide a heightened sensory experience for the viewer/occupant, while reexamining institutional and conventional notions of architecture and its relationship to the environment. Learn more about Kate's work here.
LINDY JUDGE, Writer
Lindy Judge is a writer and editor. For over 15 years, she has been Managing Editor at Joost Elffers Books and a consultant at Scholastic, Inc. She also works with a number of commercial and private clients, including authors of fiction and nonfiction, academics, and artists. A native of Massachusetts, Lindy has lived in a number of cities in the U.S., as well as in France and Germany. She currently resides in Jersey City.
MEGAN KLIM, Artist
Megan Klim is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Jersey City NJ. Her work has been exhibited in NYC, PA, MI, and Art BASEL, Miami. She has curated several shows and is the Chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Saint Peter's Prep. Learn more about Megan's work here.
MIDORI YOSHIMOTO, Ph.D.
Midori Yoshimoto is associate professor of art history and gallery director at New Jersey City University. Yoshimoto's areas of expertise are post-1945 Japanese art and its global intersections, with a particular emphasis on women artists, Fluxus, and intermedia art. Her dissertation, Into Performance: Japanese Women Artists in New York, was published in 2005 (Rutgers Univ. Press). She contributed to numerous museum catalogs, including: Yes Yoko Ono (Japan Society, 2000); Japanese Women Artists in Avant-garde Movements (Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Art, 2005); Dissonance: Six Japanese Women Artists (Toyota Museum of Art, 2008); Yayoi Kusama (Centre Pompidou, 2011); Ay-O Over the Rainbow Once Again (The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2012); Gutai Splendid Playground (Guggenheim Museum, 2013); and Yoko Ono One Woman Show (MoMA, 2015).