Brendan Baylor is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the political ecology of landscapes. His recent print series The Orchid House explores the tropical greenhouse as a metaphor for climate colonialism. His work has been shown nationally and internationally in many venues, including the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the University of Richmond Museums, and the CONA Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Brendan is currently Assistant Professor of Art (Print Media) at Old Dominion University. He lives and works in Norfolk, VA at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. More of his work can be seen at www.brendanbaylor.com.
Kelly Morse is the author of the award-winning chapbooks Heavy Light (Two of Cups Press, 2016) and Thinking While Without Identity (forthcoming from Poetry International). Her essays, poems, and translations appear in Asymptote, Brevity, Copper Nickel, and elsewhere. Kelly holds an MFA from Boston University, is a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellow and a Robert Pinsky Global Fellow, and has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Mineral School, Cuttyhunk, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Her favorite part of living in Norfolk, VA is observing the ecologies of the brackish rivers that wind through the city. To learn about her writings go to www.kelly-morse.com.
Natalia Pilato is a community-based artist, educator and scholar whose work focuses on building the social capital of target communities through artistic processes. Her large scale national and international community-based mural projects have engaged hundreds of intergenerational community members in both the design process and the painting of the murals. Natalia Pilato holds a Ph.D. in Art Education from the Pennsylvania State University. She attended her program as a Bunton Waller Graduate Fellow and has received numerous awards of recognition, which include: The Joy of Giving Something Award; Imagining America Scholarship; the Creative Achievement Award from the P.S.U College of Arts and Architecture; the Ingrid P. Holtzman Award; Brian Betzler Memorial Scholarship; Alumni Honors Award; the American Association of University Women Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Business and Professional Women Opportunity Grant. Currently Dr. Pilato lives in Norfolk VA and is an Assistant professor of Art Education and the Director of the Art Education Program at Old Dominion University.