Jorge Benitez has an impressive array of expertise across various disciplines. He is a master in painting, drawing and printmaking. He has a deep understanding of art history and critical theory, communication arts practices, design arts, linguistic arts, as well as a comprehensive knowledge of digital technology. He has also had a career as co-founder and creative director of C5 Communications, an advertising firm specializing in business-to-business accounts. As a fluent French and Spanish speaker he developed advertising and collateral materials for the European and Latin American markets and designed ads for Japanese software publications and packaging for products sold throughout Asia.
Noah is an artist and designer based in Richmond, Virginia. He is the creator of the Webby Award winning project Skull-A-Day. His fine art has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, The Museum of Death in Hollywood, the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago, and Krause Gallery in NYC.
Professor emeritus and former assistant chair of the Communication Arts + Design Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. BFA degree from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Illinois and an MFA degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Chuck currently teaches courses in collage and assemblage at the Studio School in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia.
Reni Gower has over 30 years of professional experience in the fine arts. Her work has been showcased internationally in Qatar, UAE, Australia, Italy, Peru, Korea, Israel, Belgium, England, Moldova, and Moscow. Reni currently resides in Virginia where she is a professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Diego was born in Bogotá, Colombia, South America, and arrived in the United States in the summer of 1980. He obtained an MFA from the Painting and Printmaking Department from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been teaching art classes for the past sixteen years to people of all ages. He has taught at The Virginia Museum, The Visual Art Center of Richmond, VCU, VUU, and currently at St. Catherine’s School.
“One frustration I have overcome is disposing paintings that I could not resolve. Now, I’m able to rework surfaces so the pieces have a deep history. Some paintings take as long as five years to complete. What I let in are the impulses feeding my immediate physical, intellectual and emotional world. What I keep out is a planned agenda, signature style and pre-conceived painting formula. It is about problem solving and that moment of inspiration.”
Hilary Wilder works in painting, installation, and video. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship. Wilder has exhibited work in solo exhibitions at venues that include The Suburban (Oak Park, Illinois), Open Satellite (Seattle), the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and Devin Borden Gallery (Houston), and in group exhibitions throughout the US. Her videos have been screened at festivals at the University of Southern California, The Pacific Film Archive, and the Chicago International Film Festival, among others.
Gordon Stettinius’ work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, his photography can be found in both private and public collections, and he is a winner of the 2009 Theresa Pollak award for Excellence in the Arts. Stettinius is represented by Robin Rice Gallery in New York and Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. He is also an emeritus member of 1708 Gallery in Richmond.
Currently living in Richmond, Virginia, Matt Lively works out of a 130 year old barn that is close to his family. A lot of things get made in the barn and some of it is shown nationally and internationally. When not in the studio, Matt teaches at VCU and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Hope Ginsburg is a visual artist whose project-based work spans sculpture, performance and craft, Ginsburg moved to Richmond, VA to teach at the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University where she is now an Associate Professor in the Art Foundation Program and the Department of Painting & Printmaking.