July: Sofia Leiby and Jason Lazarus are the founders and directors of Chicago Artist Writers, an online platform that asks artists and cultural producers to write traditional and experimental criticism serving under-represented arts programming in Chicago. By facilitating workshops hosted by critical writing professionals and utilizing an open submission/peer editing process for writing criticism, they encourage artist-writers (often at the beginning of their careers) to grow in terms of their personal art practice and their ability to read and energize the cultural field around them.

August: Through research-driven approaches Radical Intention (Valerio Del Baglivo, Maria Pecchioli and Aria Spinelli) expands the horizon of possibilities for collective experiences\actions focusing on the affinity between the social-political and artistic practice. Collaborative research, activism, alternative education, gatherings and the politics of hospitality play a continuing and vital role within the methodology and concepts of the group. Active since 2009, Radical Intention has organized such cultural projects as Milano Radicale, a series of events that explored the concept of radicalism and its possible contextualization in contemporary art in Milan and beyond, Becoming Rather Than Being, a project that have explored the politics of self-education, and Decompression Gathering Summer Camp, an annual workshop-residency which offers a week of decompression, communal living and group working at the end of the summer.

August-October: Born in Springfield, Illinois in 1980, Daniel Ballesteros is the son of a telecommunications installation technician and an office manager of a female health clinic in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a third-generation Filipino-American who grew up on a steady diet of sports and the Catholic Church. With the encouragement of his life-long friend, Kurtis Kyle Hall, he began making photographs in undergraduate school at Webster University in St. Louis. Since then he has received his MFA from the University of Connecticut, and has exhibited his work in Santa Fe, Chicago, New York, and others. He is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2012 he was included in the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers Catalogue and En Foco’s New Works #16 Photography Fellowship Awards, and has been an artist-in-residence at Bose Pacia's Transparent Studio in Brooklyn, NY, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY.

September-October: Lee Hunter (b. Charleston, SC, 1978) is an multi-disciplinary artist working with sculpture, photography, and video. She is interested in perception, objects, and space. She is also a contributor and co-Editor of Resonant City. Her work has been exhibited in national and international galleries and artist run spaces, including Vox Populi, Savernack Street Gallery, and the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. She has also participated in a number of artist in residence programs including The Vermont Studio Center, I-Park Foundation, and ACRE. She received her BS from Portland State University and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She lives and works in New York, NY.

September-October: Andrea Liu is a New York City-based visual art and dance critic, and performer. She has been artist-in-residence at Museum of Fine Arts at Houston Core Program, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Ox-Bow/Art Institute of Chicago, Millay Colony, Jacob’s Pillow, Art & Law Program, ZK/U-Berlin (Zentrum fur Kunst und Urbanistic), Christiania Researcher-in-Residence, Homesession-Barcelona, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and was a Core Participant in Anton Vidokle’s New Museum Nightschool Program. She has written for Art US, New York Arts Magazine, e-flux (AUP), Social Text, Movement Research Journal, Pastelegram, Postmodern Culture, New Museum’s Social Practice Glossary and has book chapter contributions to The Swedish Dance History (Inpex), Infinite Instances (Mark Batty), Sarai Reader 09: Projections (Raqs Media Collective), and IN Works 931-14209 (Edition Fink). She is founder of the temporary gallery The Naxal Belt (Bushwick), and curated an exhibition at Homesession Art Space (Barcelona). She is Director of the Fellowship Program for visual artists “Counterhegemony: Art in a Social Context” at NIDA Art Colony which culminates in an exhibition at Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius that she curates this winter called “The Geneaology of the Participant.” She has performed/danced at Artists Space (Movement Research Festival), St. Mark’s Church, Chez Bushwick, Month of Performance Art Berlin, ACUD Kunsthaus, and Berliner Festspiele (in conjunction with Chto Delat). She received her undergraduate education at Yale University (literature) and thereafter studied literary criticism at Centre Parisien D’Etudes Critiques in Paris, France.

October-December: Joshua T Howell (b. 1989) is an artist living and working in London, UK. His work focuses on an interest in the idea of the informational readymade, cultural currency and all those dank nuggs of reference material. Spanning a multitude of media his work seeks for cultural common grounds from Bruce Lee's knuckle crack to the pen 15 club, 1337 H4XORs to Derrida's burgeoning wrestling career he produces artworks from which we can potentially establish dialogue. Recent work has included writing projects, www.theeffectonfilmichistory.info, a poem produced through a generative website and LD50, a now sadly defunct art criticism and cultural theory rock band. Joshua completed a BA (hons) in Critical Fine Art Practice at Brighton University in 2012 and has shown work in both UK and American cities including London, Brighton, Bristol, Milwaukee and Kansas City.

November-December: Jisun Beak (born in Seoul, South Korea) is a conceptual based multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in New York. Group exhibitions include Bronx Art Space, NY (2013); Delaware Center for the Contemporary Art, Wilmington, Delaware (2013); Clifton Park Public Project at Baltimore; Maryland (2013); and Dumbo Festival, NY (2012). Additionally, she has participated in a residency at The Wassaic Project Artist Residency, NY (2012). She received a BFA from Ewha Womans University, Seoul Korea in 2009 and recently earned an MFA at the CUNY Hunter College NY in 2013.