Artist Catherine Murphy graduated from the Pratt Institute of New York in 1967. Her paintings are featured in a large number of public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the Phillips Collection. Her complex figurative work deals mostly with simple, everyday subjects, without drawing from photographic material. She lives and works in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Ksenia M. Soboleva
New York-based writer and art historian Dr. Ksenia M. Soboleva specializes in queer art and culture. She holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, with a dissertation titled “Fragments: Art, AIDS, and Lesbian Identity in the United States.” Her writings have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB Magazine, Hyperallergic, art-agenda, and various exhibition catalogues. She has curated exhibitions at Candice Madey Gallery, La MaMa Galleria, and Assembly Room. Soboleva was the 2020-2021 Jan and Marica Vilcek Curatorial Fellow at the Guggenheim Museum, where she assisted in organizing the Gillian Wearing: Wearing Masks exhibition. She is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender and LGBTQ+ History at the New York Historical Society.
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Fiction writer and art critic Lynn Crawford’s books include Solow, Blow, Fortification Resort (a series of art-related sestinas), Simply Separate People, Simply Separate People, Two, Shankus & Kitto: A Saga and Paula Regossy (a detective novel riffing on art seen in Detroit). She is a founding member of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), a 2010 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow, and a 2016 Rauschenberg Writing Fellow.