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Maureen Connor is a visual artist whose work combines elements of installation, video, design, human resources and social justice. Since 2000 she has been developing Personnel, a series of interventions concerned with the art institution as a workplace, which explore the attitudes, needs and desires of the staff at various institutions. Personnel and related projects have been produced for a diverse group of venues that include Periferic 8 Biennial for Contemporary Art, Romania, the Department of Art and Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2008, Glyndor Gallery, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY, 2006; Wyspa Art Institute, Gdansk, Poland, 2004-7; Tapies Foundation, Barcelona, 2003; and the Queens Museum of Art, New York, 2001 among others. Currently she is working on an installation of Personnel for the Centre de Recherche en Droit Public, a think tank at the University of Montreal, as well as a book on Personnel to be published jointly by Wyspa Art Institute, Gdansk, Poland and Revolver Press, Frankfurt, Germany. Her work has been featured in venues such as the MAK, Vienna; Portikus, Frankfurt; ICA, Philadelphia; and the Whitney Biennial among many others. Her projects have received funding from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, The New York Foundation for Artists and the Professional Staff Congress of the City University of New York. She received her MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York in 1973 and has been Professor of Art at Queens College of the City University of New York since 1990.
Eugenia Manwelyan is a New York based choreographer, educator, and ecologist. She is the co-founder of Arts and Ecology, Director of Eco Practicum, member of Best Praxis art collective, and a founding faculty of School of Apocalypse. Her work is rooted in pedagogies of power, social choreography, and the connections between creative practice and survival. As a visiting faculty at Columbia University, Eugenia has worked on environmental planning and arts projects in the New York bioregion as well as India, Vietnam, and Jordan. Eugenia spearheaded a youth theater and peace-building project in Israel and Palestine that is now in its tenth year. She holds a BA in International Development from McGill University and her MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University. Eugenia engages in ongoing investigations into the powers of indigeneity to reorient civilization toward a new paradigm for survival.