Mikel Glass - Art Curator/Director
Mikel Glass is an internationally respected painter and constructionist, who has worked as an artist in Hell's Kitchen for twenty five years. He believes that an artist’s responsibility is to document the zeitgeist in which he is steeped. As such, he spent the first several years in his neighborhood documenting the plight of the homeless and addicted, and has always re-purposed found objects from his surroundings to create paintings, kinetic sculptures and installations. These interests culminated in 2009 with a mid-career retrospective entitled The Discarded at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center. As Hell’s Kitchen gentrifies, Mikel has turned his attention to observing how the art world works. In 2012 he created Fair at (Art) Amalgamated in NYC, which explored the mechanics of the art market, using the art fair paradigm as the vehicle of exploration. THE(un)SCENE epitomizes that scrutiny of the current art world. His conclusion is that the experience of art should be visceral and fun for all involved, but instead has been obfuscated by the forces of the market.
Daniel Baltzer - Director of Operations/Logistics
Daniel is an internationally exhibited artist, including a featured show, Background Noise, at Tria Gallery, NYC in 2011, and Over The Rainbow - 16 artists from New York City in Seoul, Korea, 2008. He has been creating fine art objects in East Harlem, New York City for more than a decade. In addition, he has worked as a contractor and finish carpenter for private clients and on television makeover shows including In A Fix on TLC. For several years daniel has assisted Mikel Glass on several art projects and installations and, beginning with the 2013 (UN)FAIR, he became half of the collaborative artist team Baltzerglass, whose work has received enthusiastic acclaim in The New York Times, The New York Post, and is currently featured in the November online art journal Interfictions 2014.
Avi Werde - Executive Producer
With a knack for logistics and a head for events (www.useecs.com), Avi is drawn to leadership roles in production with recent projects including: NYC Gratitude: Axis Mundi, THE(UN)FAIR, Migration Music Festival, Figment Art Festival, and Desert Forest – Burning Man art installation. He is the in-house events and logistics manager at Mister Rogers and the creator of For Locals By Locals, Crown Heights. Spot him in a crowd sporting a tasteful Bailey of Hollywood hat.
Jerry Meyer - Advisor
Jerry believes that art in its many forms is the best that we have to show for ourselves as evolved human beings and that all of the arts have a unique and powerful potential to transform individual and group consciousness and promote social justice.
Bruce Allen - Exhibition Design
Bruce Allen has worked in many industries, but his heart has always belonged to the art. His passion led to his 1999 founding of the Century Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia, which was the epicenter for contemporary representational painting in the Washington DC market. In 2007, Bruce opened the Bruce Allen Gallery in Mid-Town Miami while staging a massive satellite exhibition of contemporary realists called RAM Miami at the Miami City Ballet during Art Basel Miami.
One of Bruce’s greatest talents is as an aestheticist. Combing his love of beautifully crafted objects with a deep understanding of space, Bruce is uniquely adept at designing a dramatic look and feel in his shows. Even with wildly desperate objects and complex lighting requirements, the end result is always a visually stimulating, cohesive narrative. Bruce has played a major role in the visual success of THE (un)SCENE since its inception in 2013.
Gary Krimershmoys - Art Specialist
Gary Krimershmoys is an art advisor and curator who manages Quintessentially Art's global business. Specializing in international post-war and contemporary art, Gary works with individuals and corporations on building and managing bespoke collections. Working with an international network of art world professionals and collectors, Gary can present a unique and broad access to the best of the art world for a select group of clients. After years as an art collector and aficionado, in 2008 Gary completed studies at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design and Sotheby's Institute. He previously worked in financial trading and sales in New York City and London. His last finance position was heading the European Structured Credit Derivatives Group for Tullett Prebon Group Ltd. In 2012, Gary opened a project space in called (Art) Amalgamated.
Jonah Levy - Administration
After nearly a decade working as a tour guide for his family business, The Levys' Unique New York!, Jonah began branching out into the world of Arts Administration with a formative internship at the Clocktower Gallery. Stepping up as Project Director of the Center for the Holographic Arts in 2013, Jonah helped elevate the mesmerizing non-profit arts group from near-obscurity. Over the course of a year and a half, through exhibitions, social media, residency programs and events, the Holocenter became a well-regarded institution in New York's Sci-Art scene. He recently left the Holocenter in order to work more directly with artists and fell under the spell of Mikel Glass charismatic aura and artistic genius. He's thrilled to be a part of THE(un)SCENE team
Tyler Gilstrap - Performance Curator
Tyler Gilstrap (Danville, VA) earned her BFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University. She was a founding member of Battleworks Dance Company (2001-2010), under the direction of Robert Battle. Recently, she was the associate choreographer for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. She was also the assistant choreographer for the film; 'Love And Other Drugs' and for the Italian San Remo TV Award show for three yrs. in a row. She has choreographed music videos for the artist FireHorse and SENIT. And in 2012, she started her own performance group called TunanuT . They have created events for the UnFair art show, Ballroom Marfa, The Feast, and The Windmill Factory. Gilstrap has been a featured dancer in such films as 'Across the Universe’, 'The Wackness,' and the Italian TV show 'Amici.' She has been a guest artist with the Bavarian State Opera, Irish Modern Dance Theater, The Windmill Factory, Azure Barton, New York Theater Ballet, Corbin Dances, and Amy Marshall Dance Company. She has taught improv, contemporary, and modern dance in Russia, Germany, Hungary, Italy and throughout the USA. She also has been on faculty at Montclair State University, Joffrey Ballet School and Peridance Capezio.
April Hunt - Public Relations
April Hunt is the founder of Sparkplug PR, a boutique public relations firm geared towards the visual arts and organizations and companies seeking integration into the contemporary art world. She was the former head of public relations and marketing at MoMA PS1 and previously worked on campaigns at the New York-Historical Society as well as rebranding projects at Marlborough Chelsea Gallery among many others. Recent PR campaigns include Mercedes-Benz’s The Avant/Garde Diaries, Robert Miller Gallery, Peres Projects Berlin, and SELECT Miami amongst many others.
Z Nelson - Social Media
Z is a Social Media and Public Relations specialist focused on creating connection through celebration for artists and craftsmen. With brand strategy, community management, and story development her outreach always creates a buzz. She has an array of clients such as set designers, writers, visual artists, interior designers, and furniture makers. Z believes that art and the creative processes are the only salvation. Z is thrilled to be working with the devoted and passionate team at the (un)SCENE art show
Gail Steinberg - Graphic Design
Gail Steinberg is the owner and creative director of Gail Steinberg Design. Her artistic journey began when as a young girl she chose crayons over Barbie dolls. In high school, Gail excelled in honors art and enriched her passion by taking adult art classes. After a four year detour at the University of Michigan where she graduated with a bachelors in political science, the art muse beckoned. Gail's next stop was Parsons School of Design, where she graduated with a bachelors in graphic design. While studying at Parsons Gail interned at USA Today and Rolling Stone magazine. Upon graduation, Gail was hired by Viking/Penguin to design book covers. While working at Viking/Penguin she taught book cover design at her alma mater. After six years, a promotion to art director and hundreds of book covers under her belt . . . her twin boys were born! Flash forward 7 years and the art muse beckoned again. Having left NYC and the publishing world, Gail found an outlet for her talents at a local invitation design studio. Yearning for her own business, a few years later Gail ventured out onto her own to form Gail Steinberg Design. Gail finds inspiration in the visual arts and is thrilled to be a part of the passion of the (un)SCENE.