John Baber is a painter and independent curator based in New York City. His curatorial efforts have been affiliated with notable institutions such as 244 Java Street Studios, Brooklyn, Local Project, Queens, The Educational Alliance of New York, and The Art Students League of New York. He is currently the Assistant Director of Lesley Heller Workspace.
June Kosloff is an artist and curator based in LIC and Manhattan. Kosloff serves on the Steering Committee of the Fountain Gallery in NYC, she is a Programming Director and Board member at Local Project Gallery Space in LIC, NY. June has curated multiple shows at Local Project, and created the "Music Under the 7" series in 2011 for emerging music. In 2014, she co-produced the "Crossroads" audio CD featuring emerging poets and musicians from all over the globe. She has curated shows at the Fountain Gallery, NYC, the Outsider Art Fair, the Metro Fair and others. June holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and Visual Arts from SUNY Purchase. Kosloff is also the executor of her late uncle Dick Lubinsky's art collection, which has shown at the American Visionary Art Museum, Erie Art Museum, Fountain Gallery, and numerous art fairs.
Leili Huzaibah is delighted to be back this year collaborating with Local Project organizing performance series for the Long Island City Arts Open. New York City has certainly opened up and challenged her to many different ways of seeing Arts and how it is being distributed socially and responsibly. That is her commitment to generate meaningful and inspirational dialogue through organizing arts experiences. She completed her arts management work-study at Danspace Project and The Center for Book Arts. She has participated in the Indonesian Performing Arts Group-Saung Budaya "Diva Devi" -Dance Performance at Theater 80, St. Marks Pl, the Brooklyn International Performance Arts Festival, Southeast Asian Mid Autumn Festival in the Bronx, She is currently the project manager for Whitney V. Hunter, for his performance-installation at Chashama gallery in Harlem, coming up April 29th-May 9th.
Maria Dimanshtein is an artist and curator based in Long Island City, Queens. She was born and raised in Riga, Latvia and moved to Chicago in 1998. After completing her MFA at Northern Illinois University she came to New York in 2014 to be in the midst of awesome exciting things. Her curatorial interest is inspired by a desire to create a sense of community and find ways to relate to each other through sharing an art experience.
Past curatorial projects include "Single: A Valentine's Day Art Event“ -an evening of visual art and readings exploring the theme of being your own independent person. "What A Long Night It Has Been" was an exhibition dedicated to the dark times of our lives - the experience of pain and sadness - and was accompanied by an artist panel.
Her own art practice is multidisciplinary and includes participatory installation.
Born in 1968 in The Dominican Republic, Luciano came to New York with a group of artists granted scholarships for the partnership of Altos de Chavon School of Desing (DR) and The New School (NYC) which he attended from 1994 to 1996. For the last 15 years he has been involved in the New York art scene not only as an artist but also as an art installer for major institutions like MOMA PS1, as an educator for the "New NewYorkers" Program at the Queens Musseum of Art, and with curatorial projects at the Bronx Art Space and Local Project in LIC. He is also a founding member of the printmaking collective "Dominican York Proyecto Grafica". Luciano's work can be found in public and private art collections both in the United States and abroad, and has been seen in numerous exhibitions worldwide. He currently lives and works in New York City