Hailey Loman

Hailey Loman is a multi-disciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation and performance. She is the Co-Founder and Director of Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA), an artist-run archive and non-circulating library in which contemporary creative processes are recorded and preserved. She founded Autonomous Oral History Group (AOHG) a cooperative that examines the ethics that operate in leadership roles. Interviews, recordings, transcriptions and ephemera are collected during the process, assembled and made accessible as an oral history collection.

The Black Lunch Table

The Black Lunch Table (BLT) is an ongoing collaborative project founded by artists Jina Valentine and Heather Hart. The project was first staged in 2005 at the preeminent artist residency Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The BLT has since taken the form of oral archiving sessions, salons, peer teaching workshops, meetups and Wikipedia edit-a-thons. BLT has been hosted by Storm King Art Center in New York, Dorchester Projects in Chicago, Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, the Creative Time in Brooklyn, UNC Chapel Hill, Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, University of Toronto, Scarborough, Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, The Tarble Art Center at Eastern Illinois University and Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn among others.

Black Lunch Table is funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for Art, the Wikipedia Foundation, Rutgers University Faculty Research Grant, Creative Capital and generous individual donors. We have received support from Awesome Foundation, Tusk, Inc, Foundation for Contemporary Art, Common Fields, UNC Institute for Arts & Humanities, and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation.We published an article in Art21 Magazine, chapters in “Wiki@20” and “Bridging Communities through Socially Engaged Art.” BLT received coverage from Artsy, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Hyperallergic. Hart received her MFA from Rutgers University and Valentine received her MFA from Stanford University.

Heather Hart

Heather Hart, based in New York, is a Guest Lecturer at Rutgers University and an interdisciplinary artist exploring the power in thresholds, questioning dominant narratives, and creating alternatives to them through viewer activation. She was awarded grants from Anonymous Was A Woman, the Graham Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation, NYFA, and Harpo Foundation. Hart’s has exhibited at the Queens Museum, Storm King Art Center, The Kohler Art Center, Eastern Illinois University, Seattle Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and University of Toronto, Scarborough. She studied at Skowhegan, Whitney ISP, Cornish College of the Arts, Princeton University and received her MFA from Rutgers University.

Jina Valentine

Based in Chicago, Jina Valentine is an Associate Professor of Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her interdisciplinary practice is informed by the intuitive strategies of American folk artists and traditional craft techniques, and interweaves histories latent within found texts, objects, narratives, and spaces. She has exhibited at venues including The Drawing Center, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the CUE Foundation, MCA Chicago, the DiRosa Preserve, Southern Exposure, and Marlborough Gallery. Her work has received recognition and support from Art Matters, Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Graham Foundation. Jina received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and her MFA from Stanford University.