Sharon L. Butler an artist, maintains the widely read art blog Two Coats of Paint. Two Coats, which she created in 2007 to share reviews, commentary, news, and background information about painting and related subjects, has become an integral part of her wide ranging art practice. She has received several grants and awards, including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, Connecticut Commision on the Arts & Tourism artists' fellowship, and a Pocket Utopia studio residency. Her work is included in private collections in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Baltimore, Tampa, Philadelphia, Providence, London and Kyoto. Since 2000, Butler has been a faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts at Eastern Connecticut State University, and she writes about arts and culture for The Brooklyn Rail and New Haven Advocate
Austin Thomas A New York-based artist has exhibited extensively in the U.S., is a graduate of NYU and a recipient of several awards, including a current studio award from the Elizabeth Foundation, a Public Art Fund Commission and a catalog and sculpture award from Grinnell College. Her work has been featured at The Drawing Center, Murray Guy, The Sculpture Center, Sara Meltzer Gallery, Art in General (all in NYC), and at the Corcoran Biennial, Washington, DC. Thomas received press accolades from art critics Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith for the now closed Pocket Utopia Gallery and is continuing to foster community amongst artists, through a summer camp and various curatorial projects.
Todd Jokl lives in New Haven, CT and is an Assistant Professor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at the University of New Haven. Mr. Jokl also serves on the Visual Arts Committee at ArtSpace New Haven and exhibits his work nationally.
After receiving his BA from Yale University, Mr. Jokl moved to San Francisco where he spent 5 years working in Advertising as well as producing his own artwork. It was in San Francisco where Mr. Jokl became acutely aware of technology and its impact on our lives. In 2000, Todd returned to Connecticut to work towards his MFA at the University of Connecticut where he graduated in 2002 with a concentration in New Media and Photography.
Hrag Vartanian is a Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based writer, critic and cultural worker. His work has appeared in Ararat, Art21 Blog, AGBU News, Boldtype, Brooklyn Rail, BushwickBK, NYFA’s Current, Huffington Post and Modern Painters. He blogs at hragvartanian.com and is the founder and editor of Hyperallergic. In addition to his writing, he photographs, curates and maintains an extensive archive of art documentation on Flickr (close to 4,500 public images) at flickr.com/hragvartanian. Available free of charge, under a Creative Commons 2.0 license, the images have been published in dozens of electronic and print publications around the world, including BusinessWeek, UTNE Reader & Village Voice, to publicize the work of emerging artists and art scenes. He serves on the board of the international art nonprofit organization Triangle Arts Workshop.