Dr. Cassandra Albinson is Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art located in New Haven. Dr. Albinson received her PhD in the History of Art from Yale University and continues to teach courses at the Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Albinson has most recently published the exhibition catalogue, (Yale Center for British Art, 2011). Thomas Lawrence was selected as the Winner of the 2011 Historians of British Art Books Prize in the Multi-Author category, as given by the Historians of British Art. Dr. Albinson’s catalogue accompanied her 2010-2011 exhibition of the same title, which was on view both at the National Portrait Gallery in London as well as the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven.
Esther Solondz is a visual artist who lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. She received an MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design, as well as doing graduate work in film at New York University. She has been the recipient of several grants and awards, including: three Rhode Island Arts Council fellowships (Photo 1981, Painting 1996 and Sculpture 2002); and a New England Foundation for the Arts National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting in 1992. Her work has been widely exhibited and reviewed over the last 20 years in one-person and group shows at museums and galleries throughout the Northeast. Esther has been working for several years with a variety of ordinary materials such as salt, water, soap and rust to create her art. These materials each have their own special properties that allow them to transform into highly various states; e.g., solid to liquid and then back again. She utilizes these properties to let surprising things happen as the materials interact and change. Salt mixed with water transforms into crystals, wicks and travels, forms mounds or stalactites. When salt is mixed with iron, rust forms in all its many guises and colors, sometimes eroding other materials, or leaving the accretion of marks behind.
Boston photographer Stella Johnson earned her BFA from The San Francisco Art Institute and a MA in Journalism from Boston University. She teaches at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and at Boston University. Stella was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico in 2003-2004 and a Fulbright Senior Specialist to Mexico in 2006 for photographing and teaching, respectively, and a Visiting Scholar to the School of Art, Northeastern University in 2007. Major New England work includes two documentary projects on homelessness and one on midwifery. Other documentary projects include: studies in urban development for the Ford Foundation; photo-essays on a Mennonite settlement in Norfolk, Connecticut; and the National Center of Afro-American Artists’ annual performance of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity, both for Yankee Magazine. Stella has traveled on assignment to Africa, South and Central America and Mexico. She has documented the progress of rural development programs in Mexico for the Ford Foundation, UNIFEM and the Inter-American Foundation. For Continental Airlines, she has photographed colonial architecture in Mexico, the ancient Mayan ity of Tikal in Guatemala and the tropical rainforests in Costa Rica. Stella has participated in two Earthwatch Institute projects: in Paraguay, she documented anthropologists studying an endangered indigenous culture; and in Cameroon, she recorded the attempt by medical personnel to eradicate intestinal parasites among nomadic Muslim tribes. Her work is showcased in her monograph AL SOL: Photographs from Mexico, Cameroon and Nicaragua, published in 2008 by the University of Maine Press.