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/
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/
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.
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
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.
FRANCEASCA SEIDEN is a Filmmaker, Curator, Writer and Photographer. Seiden produced the award winning music documentary, Darkbeat, an Electro World Voyage, with her production company, 3GZ Productions. She has written and directed several independent films and was a producer/writer for FX Networks and Current TV. Franceasca has curated multiple multimedia exhibitions for Ultra Music Festival, Winter Music Conference and Art Basel Miami Beach as well as independently for galleries in Miami and LA. Franceasca founded LAiCREATIVES, focusing on LA’s subculture, art and music scene Seiden received her M.F.A in Film and B.F.A in Photography & Art History. She has been a contributing photojournalist to The Examiner, Life Is Awesome, PopMatters, Death & Taxes and White Hot Magazine.
LINDA KROFF is an artist, photographer and writer living in Los Angeles. Ms. Kroff currently heads the Creative Photography and Experimental Media program at California State University, Fullerton. Her studio practice explores various contexts and definitions of identity within relationships, ranging from the most intimate and personal to the more sociological and political. She has received multiple grants including a NEA Visual Artist Fellowship in Photography, Alternative Roots Grant, and a SRVAA Rome Prize form the American Academy in Rome. Her work has been published in ART PAPERS, New Art Examiner, New England Art Journal, and Thought & Action. One of her true passions is creating or experiencing cultural interventions in public space and enjoying a little bit of “troublemaking.”
H.C. ARNOLD is an art writer and college professor living in the greater Los Angeles area. He has a Ph.D. from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts and a M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University. His articles have also appeared in The Austin Chronicle, Glasstire Magazine, Aether Magazine, Eye and Mind, and Conflict of Interest. He is also an accomplished sailor.
CHRISTINE RASMUSSEN describes herself as a ‘global nomad’ – she was born to American parents in Pakistan, and has lived in 13 cities across Pakistan, Vietnam and three of the United States. Her oil paintings evoke memory, illusion and absence while exploring themes of place, identity, boundaries and belonging. Her works are in private collections in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. Christine graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Art Practice (with Honors) and Peace & Conflict Studies. She is currently based in Los Angeles, CA, where she enjoys art, books, snail mail and blogging. www.christinerasmussenart.com