We are pleased to announce Open Enrollment’s incoming class for the Spring 2011 semester. Our newest correspondents will write from their outposts in Helsinki, London, Los Angeles, and NYC, where they are studying art history, curating, and studio art through PhD, MA, MFA, post-bac, and Fulbright programs. Rounding out this group are our vets Jeffrey Augustine Songco and Carrie McGath who, after this semester, will have been a part of Open Enrollment as long as they have been in graduate school. Lucky us! Without further ado, welcome our newest writers…
Jacquelyn Gleisner is an artist currently living in Helsinki, Finland on a Fulbright Grant. As a visiting researcher at Aalto University, she studies design history, with a focus on the Finnish textile company Marimekko. She has a B.F.A. in studio art from Boston University and an M.F.A. in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has also studied at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy. Her paintings have been exhibited in the United States and Europe.
Janelle Grace is currently a postgraduate student of history of art at University College London, focusing on modern and contemporary art. She is also the managing editor of the Hyperallergic LABS tumblelog. She holds a BA in media studies from Pomona College and her interests include intersections among art, politics, sexuality, food, and pop culture.
Melinda Guillen is a writer and organizer from Los Angeles, CA. She currently attends the University of Southern California’ s Masters of Public Art Studies: Art/Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere program, with an emphasis on theory and criticism. She completed her B.A. in Gender Studies and Sociology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is writing her thesis on critical methodologies and notions of collaboration, interdisciplinarity, and activism in contemporary practices.
Michelle Jubin is a doctoral student in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center. Hailing from Glasgow, UK, she worked as a contributor for BBC Radio Scotland and as an artist’s assistant for the sculptor Andy Goldsworthy before first coming to New York to work at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Independent Curators International (ICI). She lives in Brooklyn.
After graduating from Harvard College in History of Art and Architecture and Italian Studies in 2008, Stefan Zebrowski-Rubin worked for two years in his native Montreal at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. In 2010, he began his MA in Art History at The Courtauld Institute in London. Committed to a career in the arts, Stefan has written contemporary art reviews for Canadian Art, Espace Sculpture, Vie des Arts, and The ArtBlog. In September 2010, he served as a guest blogger for this site. He also writes his own blog, where he reflects on art, fashion, yoga and cooking and shares philosophies, poetry, photos and moments of inspiration.
Antonius Wiriadjaja combines techniques from creative writing, cognitive science, and guerrilla theatre to tell stories in new media. Among many things to earn a living, he electroshocked stroke patients behind their ears, made websites for the IRS, and is a retired drag queen. He received his B.A. from Hampshire College and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at NYU Tisch’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).