Jennifer Wen Ma (Co-Founder, Treasurer) is a visual artist whose interdisciplinary practice bridges varied media such as installation, painting and drawing, video, design, performance, theatre and public art; often bringing together unlikely elements in a single piece, creating sensitive, poetic and poignant works. She works in New York and Beijing. Ma has exhibited with Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Qatar Museums, Vancouver Art Gallery, Ullens Center For Contemporary Art, The Phillips Collection, Guggenheim Bilbao, National Art Museum of China, Performa 13, Sydney Biennale, Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Singapore Biennale, among others. In 2015, Ma visually designed and directed installation opera Paradise Interrupted, previewed at the Temple of Dendur, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and performed at Lincoln Center Festival, Singapore International Festival of Arts, 2016, and Spoleto Festival USA, 2015. In 2008, Ma was a core creative-team-member of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, and received an Emmy award.
Mariluz Hoyos (Co-Founder) is a research and exhibitions consultant based in New York. She is currently consulting for the inaugural edition of the Asia Society Triennial opening June of 2020. From 2005 to 2016 Mariluz worked with Cai Guo-Qiang Studio in different capacities, overseeing the planning and implementation of exhibitions in over 13 countries. She has also worked as a Curator at Hunter College, exhibitions coordinator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and has consulted on archives, exhibitions, and research assignments for Art in General,the Blanton Museum of Art, the Americas Society, El Museo del Barrio, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Mariluz was co-founder and coordinator of the Contemporary Art of the Americas Working Group CAM! and coordinated the Spring Lecture Series in cultural policy from 2002-2014 at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. She completed two years of coursework in the Ph.D. Program in Art History at CUNY Graduate Center, holds an MA in Latin American Studies with advanced certificate in Museum Studies from New York University, and a BA in Economics from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
Madeline Ludwig-Leone (Co-Founder, Managing Director) is a visual artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Primarily a painter, she also works in video, textiles, handicrafts, drawing, and other media. Her work deals with themes of nostalgia, femininity, and disquietude, and has been shown at the Co-Creative Center in New Bedford, MA; Yeah Maybe, Minneapolis, MN; and Green Gallery at Yale University, New Haven, CT; among others. She studied Visual Art and American Studies at Yale University. In addition to her artistic practice, she has also worked as a project manager for artistic projects internationally, at venues such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Qatar Museums, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Tang Contemporary Art, Lincoln Center Festival, and more. She studied painting at Yale University.
Charlene Birk, MA, PCC (Leadership Coach) is the CEO and the founder of Habitat for Leadership, LLC. She is a Professional Certified Coach and has coached more than 500 hours with professionals in the arts, information technology, finance, medicine, and other fields. She also coaches executives, entrepreneurs, and solo-preneurs who want to maximize their self-leadership growth by establishing a healthy mindset and practicing a small set of principles over time. She graduated with cum laude honors from Arizona State University, Bachelor of Art’s in psychology and minor in sociology. She completed her master’s degree in organizational leadership psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and received a professional coaching certificate from University of Miami.