Sofia Bastidas (moderator) is a curator and cultural producer working with artists, scholars and organizers. Bastidas received a B.A. in art history from Florida International University, with a focus in contemporary art. In 2012, she founded Dwelling Projects, an itinerant residency program that generates partnerships with artists, institutions and alternative spaces in Latin America and the Caribbean. Bastidas has curated and organized exhibitions at Spinello Projects (Miami), Bakehouse Art Complex (Miami), Dimensions Variable (Miami), Espacio 20/20 (Puerto Rico) and The Girls’ Club Collection Annex Space (Fort Lauderdale), among others. In 2015, she was Cannonball’s local artist-in-residence and co-organized TVGOV, an independent research group that aims to direct government towards preservation of territory, as land and sea.
Rachel Cox lives and works in Dallas, Texas. Prints from Cox’s series have been presented at The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Houston Center for Photography, David Weinberg Gallery in Chicago, and the Philadelphia Photo Art Center. Cox has shown work internationally at The Musee del'Elysee, in Switzerland, Museo Amparo in Puebla, MX, at the 2016 PHOTO London, and was recently selected to present her work at the 2016 Nanjing International Art Festival at the Baijia Museum in China. In 2015 Cox was one of three American artists to be included in reGeneration3: New Perspectives in Photography, a worldwide survey of contemporary photographers curated and hosted by the Musee de l'Elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland. Additionally in 2014, she was nominated for the Paul Huff FOAM Award given by the Fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, a worldwide internationally acclaimed photography prize for artists under 35. Cox’s work has recently been published in Vice Magazine, The Huffington Post, Feature Shoot Magazine, Dodho Magazine, the British Journal of Photography, and The Guardian.
A 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Dornith Doherty received a B.A. cum laude from Rice University and a M.F.A. in Photography from Yale University. She currently resides in Southlake and is a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of North Texas. She has also received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the Indiana Arts Commission, the University of North Texas, and the Houston Center for Photography. She received the Honored Educator Award from the Society of Photographic Education South Central Conference in 2012 and the Texas Legislature named her 2016 Texas State Artist 2D.
Doherty’s work has been featured in exhibitions in the U.S. including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art; the Art Museum of Southeast Texas; FotoFest; the New Mexico Museum of Art; the Galveston Art Center; the Indiana State Museum; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; and the Tucson Museum. She has also been featured abroad at museums and galleries in the Netherlands, England, Spain, Wales, Czech Republic, and Argentina. She has been invited to present scholarly papers and artist talks at over 80 institutions and conferences worldwide.
Doherty’s work is in numerous permanent collections including the City of Denton; the Centro de Fotografía; the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; the Martin Museum of Art, Waco, TX; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; the Museet Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark; the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Rosa Galisteo de Rodriguez, Santa Fe, Argentina; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Texas Tech University; the Sheldon Swope Art Museum; the University of Texas at San Antonio; the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; and the Yale University Library.
Doherty’s work has been featured by American Photo Index, American Way magazine, art ltd. magazine, BBC’s Focus magazine, Dallas Morning News, Du magazine, Elizabeth Avedon Journal, Feature Shoot, Fool magazine, Fraction magazine, Houston Chronicle, Hyperallergic, I Love Texas Photo, Modern Luxury Dallas, New Yorker: Photo Booth, Oxford American Journal, Oxford Literary Journal, Patron, Photo-eye, SHFT, Smith Journal Australia, SPOT, Texas Monthly, Tomboy Tarts, Wall Street Journal, and Wired magazine, among others.
Jeanine Michna-Bales is an artist activist working in the medium of photography. Michna-Bales's photography has been exhibited throughout the United States. Her work has earned numerous awards and has been featured in many online blogs and publications, including the UK Daily Mail, The New York Times Lens Blog, In Sight by The Washington Post, Lenscratch, and Wired Raw File.