KRISTINE SCHOMAKER, Editor and contributor for Art and Cake, is an Art Historian, art advocate and multidisciplinary artist living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles, California. She earned her BA in Art History and MA in Studio Art from California State University at Northridge where she studied under Betty Ann Brown and Samantha Fields. Leading an active life in the arts, Kristine has taught art history at Antelope Valley College and Pasadena City College, formed an artist collective in Los Angeles and has organized and curated numerous art exhibitions throughout Southern California. For three years, Kristine was the President, social media, advertising and marketing manager of the Brewery Artwalk Association, running the semi-annual Brewery Artwalk. Most recently, she founded Shoebox PR to help visual artists create a presence in the art world. https://shoeboxpr.com/ http://www.kristineschomaker.net/
SHANA NYS DAMBROT is an art critic, curator, and author based in Downtown LA. She is Los Angeles Editor for Whitehot Magazine and a contributor to KCET’s Artbound, Flaunt, Fabrik, Art and Cake, Artillery, Palm Springs Life, Riot Material, West Hollywood Lifestyle, Jenkem, ArtReview, Vice, and Porter & Sail. She studied Art History at Vassar College, writes essays for books and exhibition catalogs, curates and juries a few exhibitions each year, is a dedicated Instagram photographer and author of experimental short fiction, and speaks at galleries, schools, and cultural institutions nationally. She sits on the Boards of Art Share-LA and the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Advisory Council of Building Bridges Art Exchange.
JENNIFER SUSAN JONES is a mixed media artist and online author and art writer for Art and Cake and Beautiful Bizarre magazine. She has worked as a counselor and art therapist, and currently feels great satisfaction in visiting many galleries and artists’ studios to speak intimately with artists about their creative processes as well as what inspires their work. Her position as an art writer has provided her with a platform in which she can promote lesser-known artists while showcasing her passion for finding the words needed to capture the essence of each unique body of work. http://www.jennifersusanjones.com/
MOLLY ENHOLM is a freelance writer, art historian and artist based in Los Angeles. She is the former managing editor of art ltd. magazine and contributor to several online and print publications, including Art and Cake, ArtScene, Hi-Fructose and visualartsource.com. Molly also teaches modern, contemporary and Asian art history at California State University Northridge. www.mollyenholm.com
GENIE DAVIS is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer living in Los Angeles. Her novels range from suspense to romance, mystery, and literary fiction, with titles including mystery thriller Marathon, the noir Gun to the Head, and the romantic suspense of Executive Impulse, Between the Sheets and Animal Attraction. In film, her screen work also spans a variety of genres from supernatural thriller to romantic drama, family, teen, and comedy, has written on staff for ABC-TV’s Port Charles; written, produced, and directed reality programming and wrote and co-produced the independent film, Losing Hope. As a journalist, you can see her work in many publications including her own diversionsLA.com.
LAWRENCE GIPE is a painter, art writer, curator and educator living in LA and Tucson. His upcoming exhibition of new paintings opens at Lora Schlesinger Gallery this June. See all of Gipe’s projects at http://www.lawrencegipe.com
JULIE FAITH is an urban art photographer who focuses primarily on graffiti and street art, the very nature of which is fleeting and therefore must be documented. Her passion and joy are in capturing the unexpected, the spontaneous, the magica l. She spends countless hours searching for art hidden in plain sight on the streets of LA and beyond. “There is simply nothing better,” Julie says, “than going into a situation unscripted, eyes wide open, camera in hand, and discovering something glorious.” Julie is captivated and inspired by the work of photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Vivian Maier, Martha Cooper, HollowDoubt, and the Lady Art Mafia.
EVAN SENN is the Editor-In-Chief of Inland Empire Weekly, Culture Magazine, Assistant Editor for YAY! LA Mag, and owns and operates the independent online art journal, Rogue Arts. She has an M.A. in Art History and is a Curator, Artist, Designer, Editor and Writer. She teaches Modern and Contemporary Art History at Laguna College of Art and Design, and has contributed as an arts writer for KCET Artbound, OC Art Blog, OC Register, OCR Magazine, Artillery Magazine, Local Arts, Beauty & Wellness Magazine, Laika, Unite4:Good, and E-VOLVED Magazine. Past publications also include ArtScene, Juxtapoz, and Art Ltd. www.evansenn.com instagram.com/senntastic twitter.com/EvanASenn
JODY ZELLEN is a Santa Monica based designer, artist and writer. She is the creator of the mobile listing app and website What’s on Los Angeles (www.whatsonlosangeles.com). As a writer, she regularly contributes reviews to ArtScene, Artillery, Art LTD and Afterimage. As an artist, she creates interactive installations, animations, mobile apps, artist’s books, and drawings that respond to the everyday practice of consuming contemporary news media. For more information please visit http://www.jodyzellen.com
EVE WOOD is a visual artist, poet and critic. She has exhibited her work at Susanne Vielmetter, Angles, Western Project and Ochi Projects. Her criticsim has appeared in Tema Celeste, Artillery, Flash Art, Whitehot, Bridge, Artnet.com and many more.
LARA SALMON is a Los Angeles based performance artist. Her work centers around the use of her body to create vulnerable, time-based performance pieces with political connotation. She has been involved with refugee assistance efforts both in California and the Middle East, experiences which influence the subject matter for many of her pieces. Lara grew up in San Diego, received her BA from Berkeley and her MFA from Claremont Graduate University. She has also written for Artblitz LA. Her artist website is http://www.Larasalmon.net
SIMONE SUSANNE KUSSATZ is a cultural journalist and art reviewer from Ludwigsburg, Germany, based in Los Angeles. She holds an Associate of Arts degree from Santa Monica College and a Master’s degree in American Studies (with a concentration in film, literature and fine arts), journalism and psychology from the J.F. Kennedy Institute of the Free University of Berlin. She regularly contributes to Artscene and Fabrik magazine and has written for publications in China and Europe, as well as for Artillery magazine and The Los Angeles Times.
DANI DODGE was part of a team at The San Diego Union-Tribune that won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2006 for uncovering and reporting the story of a Congressman who was taking bribes. She also covered the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In 2008, she left journalism to focus on her career as an installation artist. Her work is in three museum collections and in 2016 she was recognized by Americans for the Arts for outstanding public art. Her immersive installations, which often have an interactive component, are often reminiscent of a domestic tableau. The scenes are novels that are experienced instead of read, with connective lines created from each participant’s individual memories. But, obviously, she still likes to occasionally tap out a traditional tale. http://www.danidodge.com
JACQUELINE BELL JOHNSON is a sculptor and installation artist. She relies on craft processes to create large scale constructions that explore themes of skeletal structures, architecture, and feminism. Most recently she participated in Current LA, the public art biennal, as part of KPARK. She founded and ran LGT! a group of artists and curators that created happenings and pop exhibitions from 2013-2015. Jackie currently teaches ceramics at Hope Center for the Arts in Anaheim and is an Art History Adjunct Professor at Crafton Hills College. She received her MFA from Claremont Graduate University, and her BFA from California College of Arts & Crafts. She is from Baltimore, Maryland and has been living and work in LA since 2004. http://www.jacquelinebelljohnson.com/
LORRAINE HEITZMAN earned her BFA from the University of the Arts and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Chicago Cultural Center, Nancy Lurie Gallery, Randolph Street Gallery and the University of Arizona Experimental Art Gallery in Phoenix. She has had recent solo shows in Los Angeles at Curve Line Space and Winslow Garage and numerous group shows. She began writing by contributing posts about the artist community to ArtCricketLA and Armseye, an online art magazine, before establishing her own blog, www.countingknuckles.com to continue and expand the conversation. Her studio practice focuses primarily on mixed media assemblages, alternating between abstract and architectural themes.
PATRICK QUINN is an artist and writer living in Los Angeles. He currently writes for Los Angeles Magazine and Art & Cake and is an Art Director at the Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park. In his artwork he uses found objects and paper ephemeral including vintage photographs and books. His work can be seen at www.patrickquinnartist.com
SARA FORTSON is an MFA Candidate in the Exhibition Design program at CSU Fullerton. She has a bachelor’s degree in Art History and is an occasional artist herself. She has worked at various art galleries throughout Orange County and Los Angeles and runs her own small blog. She is currently the social media manager for the Begovich Gallery at CSU Fullerton. http://www.tinywolfheart.com
KATHY ZIMMERER has a BA in Art History from UC Berkeley, and a MA in Art History from Williams College, where she was a Kress fellow. She was a Rockefeller/NEA Museum Training Fellow at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. A curator and essayist, she has been Director of the University Art Gallery, CSU Dominguez Hills, since 1982. She has organized numerous exhibitions of contemporary California art, and was project director for the major exhibition and K-12 education project, Painted Light: California Impressionist Paintings from the LAUSD Collection funded by the W.M. Keck Foundation. Since 1976, her essays and reviews have appeared in ArtScene, Arts, Artweek, Images and Issues and exhibition catalogues.
JOSHUA LEVINE holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA in sculpture from the University of Miami. He has had solo shows in Los Ange-les at Tarryn Teresa Gallery, Koplin Del Rio, ShoeboxLA Gallery, Manhattan’s Luxe Gallery, an installation at the Mid-Manhattan Library and Irvine Contemporary, in Washington D.C. He inaugurated a new exhibition program, INSIGHT, at Moore Col-lege of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA. Joshua has been included in many group shows nationally and internationally, most notably at the following venues: The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, Tallahassee, FL, Palazzo della Ragione, Milan, Italy, The Yard@CasaLin, Miami, FL, Fairchild’s Tropical Garden, Miami, FL, Millard Sheets Art Center, Pomona, CA and multiple international art fairs. Joshua has been featured in art ltd., Artillery Magazine and two Italian publications, ARTE and INSIDE, Chrome Hearts’ Magazine, MetroBox (Hong Kong), ARTnews and in the Huffington Post on multiple occasions. Joshua lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. http://www.copyright1972.com/
ANNA GARNER is an artist and writer based in Los Angeles. Her work has been supported through a Contemporary Forum Artist Grant from the Phoenix Art Museum and through participation at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. http://www.annagarner.com/
GARY BREWER is a painter, online writer and curator living in Los Angeles. He was raised in Lancaster where his father was a test pilot then an engineer working on the Apollo Mission. These years left an indelible imprint, the intensity of the natural environment filtered through dreams of space have shaped his thoughts. His current paintings of dark datter and the elements are a reflection of those memories. A deep interest in culture and love of nature and travel continually inform him and create new directions in his work. He curated the exhibits “THEM; Artists, Scientists and Designers Concerned with the Entomological Universe” at SOMARTS Gallery, San Francisco in 1999 and “Age of Wonder; Artists Engaged with the Natural World” at Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding CA in 2015.
DIANE WILLIAMS is a multi disciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She earned her BFA degree from California State University, Long Beach in 2013. Her work has been featured in select publications and exhibited in solo shows and several group exhibitions including Personal Narrative at the Annenberg Beach House Gallery, Santa Monica, With Liberty and Justice for Some at Walter Maciel, Culver City, San Francisco Arts Commission (2017) and LA Artcore in Los Angeles (2016) with works in public collections at the National Immigration Law Center, Los Angeles and Washington DC and at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Ca.
LIZ GOLDNER, an Orange County based art and cultural writer, has written for KCET Artbound, Artillery, ArtScene, Art Ltd., The Huffington Post, Los Angeles Review of Books, Orange County Register, Orange Coast, Laguna Beach Art Magazine, Premiere OC, Women in the Arts and the California Art Club newsletter, among others. Since May 2016, she won seven awards for her articles from the Orange County Press Club, including a first place for “Laguna Beach in the Sixties: A Colony for the Arts.” She was a finalist in 2016 for a Los Angeles Press Club National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award, and has co-written a book on the Laguna Canyon Project, to be published in the spring of 2018. http://www.lizgoldner.com