Rashaad Newsome is a multidisciplinary artist whose work blends several practices together, including collage, sculpture, video, music, computer programming and performance, to form an altogether new field. Mashing together American hip-hop culture and the European heraldic tradition, Newsome produced art that sent up and celebrated African American culture. Drawing from sources high and low, he masterfully appropriated the gestures, sounds, and symbols of black culture and European heraldry (coats of arms), demonstrating the surprising similarities between them. He earned his BFA from Tulane University in his native New Orleans, LA. He has exhibited and performed in galleries, museums, institutions and festivals throughout the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; Brooklyn Museum; MoMA PS1, NYC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; New Orleans Museum of Art; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia; and MUSA, Vienna, Austria. Newsome’s work is in numerous public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and New Britain Museum of American Art, CT. In 2010 he participated in the Whitney Biennial, and in 2011 the Greater New York at MoMA PS1. His many honors and awards for his work include a 2014 Headlands Center for the Arts Visiting Artist Residency, 2014; the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, 2011; an Urban Artist Initiative Individual Artist Grant, 2010; and a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Arts Grant, 2009.
Kim Carlino was born in Grand Rapids, MI. She received her BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Carlino also studied with Avron Soyer at the New School and the Educational Art Alliance in NYC. Carlino has exhibited in the United States, including shows at the University Museum of Contemporary Art in Amherst; Caelum Gallery in NYC; ArtPrize, the open, independently organized competition in Grand Rapids; Bromfield Gallery in Boston; MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA; and has work in the Boston Drawing Project Flat Files and the Pierogi Flat Files. She was a member of the team of artists that installed the 25-year retrospective of Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawings at MASS MoCA in 2008. Carlino installed Wall Drawing #38, Wall Drawing #142, and Wall Drawing #797. Carlino received the Prutting Award for Painting and was the finalist for the Bromfield Solo Competition in 2014.