Hesse McGraw  is a curator, writer and artist. He was recently appointed Vice President for Exhibitions and Public Programs at the San Francisco Art Institute. He was formerly the chief curator of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, the former associate director of Max Protetch gallery in New York, and the founding director and curator of Paragraph in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a regular contributor to Art Paper, Dots & Quotes, Empty magazine, RES, Review, Tank and Ten by Ten. His recent honors include an Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowship, an ArtPlace America grant, an inaugural Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant, an NEA Our Town grant, multiple American Institute of Architects awards, and a Harpo Foundation Grant.


The MFA Art Practice program includes participants from California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico and Venezuela. They include writers, curators, architects, musicians, designers, teachers, entrepreneurs and art historians. They come having previously studied in areas such as fine arts, literature, graphic design, physics, international politics, business and computer science.

Nat Castañeda a photo editor and web producer for the Associated Press. Her photos have been published in various media, including the NY Times and the U.S. News and World Report.

Rachel Chick has a BA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Carriage House. Simone Couto has lived, worked and exhibited in Rio de Jaineiro, San Francisco, Lisbon and New York. Her practice includes performance, writing and installation.

Leah Foster is a mixed media installation artist based in Dilley, Texas and New York City. Her installation “Muffin Tops,” was exhibited at Guerrilla Arts in Dallas Texas and ConArtist NYC, and was been written about in the Huffington Post and The Daily Mail.

Kate Harding has a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, and has exhibited at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, Circus Gallery in Los Angeles, the Museum of Anthropology at California State Chico, Chelsea Hotel, New York ; and Sardine, Brooklyn. She is the recipient of an AIGA Copper Ingot 100 Award.

Anthony Hawley has an MFA in writing from Columbia University and has exhibited at the Museum of Nebraska Art; Plains Art Museum, Fargo; Bemis   Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha; and Heist Gallery, New York . His awards include a MacDowell Colony Fellowship and a Nebraska Arts Council Fellowship.

Rori Knudtson is an artist and architect working with installation, sound, video and performance. She is the recipient of grants from the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Jennifer Moulton Foundation  and was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal in 2007. She lives and works between Los Angeles, Colorado and Copenhagen. Her work “Love waits for me in the most hostile places,” can currently be viewed at Palazzo Bembo as part of the Venice Biennale.

Jaewook Lee has had solo exhibitions at Project Space Kunst – Doc and SPACE*C Coreana Museum in Seoul. He has had work included in group  exhibitions at Momenta Art, Brooklyn; the Chelsea Art Museum, New York; White Box , New York; and the National Science Center , Daejeon. He is the recipient of an Arts Council Korea Grant for International Exhibition and a Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture Grant for Exhibition

Victor Liu has shown work at the   American Museum of the Moving Image in Queens NY, the FILE F estival in Br azil, the Microwave Festival, Singapore and the Boston Center for the Arts. He is the recipient of a NYFA Fellow s h ip in Computer Arts.

Dana Osburn works in performance and video. She is the co – founder of “The Great and Terrible Artists’ Collective,” and has exhibited at The Walking Fish Theatre, Philadelphia; Synergy Project Space, Philadephia ; and LaunchPad, Brooklyn.

Brenda Perry is based in El Paso, Texas and works in photography, video and installation. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juarez; BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn; The Glass Gallery, El Paso, Gallery 219, London; and Hokin Gallery, Chicago. She is the recipient of an En Foco New Works Photography Fellowship.

Andrew Prieto has exhibited at Beep Beep Gallery in Atlanta, Flood Fine Center, Ashville; Austin Oeay State University, Clarksville; and the Montgomery County Museum, TN. His work has been published in New American Paintings and Studio Visit Magazine.

Henry G. Sanchez is a multi – media artist and curator. He has an MA in Political Science – International Relations from Rutgers University, and a BFA from the University of Houston. His work has been included in Guggenheim Museum, Soho; Pera Musuem, Istanbul Turkey; Lab Gallery, NY; Jersey City Museum; Here Art Center, NY; Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ; Rupert Ravens Contemporary and Affero Gallery in Newark, NJ; City University of New York; 58 Gallery, Jersey City, NJ; Taller Boriqua Gallery, NY; Schmidt  Center Gallery, Florida Atlantic University; Ben Shahn Center, William Patterson University; and Centro de Arte de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain.

Rosanna Scimeca creates large – scale sculptures and installations. Her work has been shown at SFMOMA ; Warehouse416 Gallery, Oakland; and Red Ink Gallery, San Francisco. She is the recipient of the Wellhousen Award for Artistic Merit.

Benjamin Thorpe has a BA in English from Messiah College and is repres ented by Burton Marinkovich Gallery in Washington, DC.

Alfredo Travieso is an interdisciplinary artist whose work has been included in exhibition at the Light Box, Miami and Edge Zones Art Center, Miami.

James Frank Tribble and Tracey Mancenido  are collaborative artists who currently live and work in Brooklyn. Tribble & Mancenido have been exhibited and published nationally and internationally, including shows at Centre Pompidou, in association with The Shanghai Art Museum, Houston Center for Photography, Magenta ’ s Flash Forward Festival in Toronto and Boston, GRID Photography Biennial in Amsterdam, Athens Photo Festival in Greece, PIP International Photo Festival in Pingyao, China, The Studio Museum of Harlem and Host Gallery in London. They are represented by Sasha Wolf Gallery in New York.

Richard Walshe  has a BA in English literature from the University of Maryland. His practice includes painting, drawing and writing.