Craig Drennen is an artist based in Atlanta, GA. He is represented by Samsøn gallery in Boston and Saltworks in Atlanta. His most recent solo exhibition was at Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam, and he has shown at the Aqua, NADA, Volta, and MACO art fairs. His work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, and The New York Times. He teaches drawing and painting at Georgia State University, served as dean of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture from 2010-2013, and is on the board of Art Papers magazine. Since 2008 he has organized his studio practice around Shakespeare's Timon of Athens.
Kerri Miller is host of MPR News' weekday program The Daily Circuit. Kerri joined Minnesota Public Radio in June 2004. She has been a radio and television news reporter since 1981. She has won numerous awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists National Achievement Award, Minnesota Broadcasters Award, the Associated Press Award and a Gracie award from the Association of Women in Radio and Television for the literary series, Talking Volumes.
David Pagel is an Associate Professor at the Claremont Graduate University, curator, and art critic. He writes regularly for the Los Angeles Times.
His recent activities include:
• "Damaged Romanticism: A Mirror of Modern Emotion," with Terrie Sultan and "Electric Mud," both for the Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston
• "L.A. Now," at the Las Vegas Art Museum
• "Underground Pop," at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, NY, where he is an adjunct curator. The 10-artist exhibition focused on the links between Pop and Folk Art in works that turn away from the increasingly homogenized character of global culture.
• "Softcore Hard Edge," at the Art Gallery of Calgary, co-curated with Marianne Elder, an 18-artist exhibition on the legacy of California Hard Edge Abstraction
• "Fast Times: Slow Looks," in "Wendell Gladstone, D.O.A., S.O.S., ETC.,"
• "The Handmade Imagination of John Frame," in "Three Fragments of a Lost Tale," for The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
• "Unassuming and Nutty," in "Dion Johnson, New Paintings," Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
• "Cool Compassion: Steven Criqui's Pop Pathos," in "Steven Criqui: A Retrospective/Memorial," for the University of California, Irvine
• Michael Brewster, Tom Eatherton, Ed Moses, and John White for "It Happened at Pomona: 1969-1973," part of the John Paul Getty Museum's "Pacific Standard Time"
In 2010 he achieved his five-year goal of riding his bicycle the distance equal to the circumference of the Earth, 24,902 miles. Among his many rides was "Breathless Agony 2010." He also builds fantastic dioramas.
Jennifer Preston is a reporter for The New York Times, covering the intersection of social media, politics, government, business and real life. She took on the new beat in January 2011 after working as the newsroom's first Social Media Editor, helping her fellow journalists use social media for reporting, real-time publishing and building community.
Jennifer has worked for The New York Times since 1995 as a political reporter, a section editor and newsroom manager. As a reporter, she has written about the role of social media in the unrest that has spread across the Middle East and North Africa.
Before joining the Times, Jennifer worked for New York Newsday as City Hall bureau chief, covering three mayors and was the first woman to work as a bureau chief at One Police Plaza. She was also a deputy city editor and circulation marketing director.
Jennifer has won several awards for investigative reporting, including the New York Press Club's Gold Typewriter Award for outstanding public service for a series about the use of deadly force by off-duty police officers.
She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and author of the book, "Queen Bess"
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kevin Schreck is a young documentary filmmaker currently living and working in New York. Persistence of Vision is his first major feature-length film, which has played at over 30 festivals on four continents to universal acclaim.