The People that Shape Antenna

Bob Snead

Bob Snead is a native of Charleston, SC where he founded Redux Contemporary Art Center in 2002 and remained founding director of the organization until 2005, when he left to pursue graduate studies at Yale University School of Art. After receiving his MFA in 2007, he helped form the traveling artist collective Transit Antenna and spent the next two years developing community based art projects across North America. Since 2010, he has lived and worked in New Orleans, helping grow Antenna in various capacities, in addition to founding the Platforms Fund and directing the 2013 Hand-in-Glove Conference. See him on the PBS series, Art Assignment!

Nic Aziz

Nic Brierre Aziz is a native New Orleanian writer, curator, and performance artist. His passions for written expression and traveling led him to found WriteBrained – a youth development program that utilizes the power of writing and unique cultural experiences as catalysts for self-discovery. In addition to this, he also manages the Haitian Cultural Legacy Collection, which features over 400 pieces of artwork that was started by his maternal grandfather in 1944. Nic is a Salzburg Global Fellow and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College and a Master of Science degree from The University of Manchester (UK).

Natalie McLaurin

Natalie McLaurin grew up in Knoxville, TN. She has a Bachelors in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute. Hired for a 2 month stint as an art preparator for Prospect 1 in 2008, McLaurin fell victim to the charm of New Orleans. She moved permanently to the city in Fall 2009 and soon after joined Antenna.  She is an active artist and curator, and founding member of the former artist group T-lot.

Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell

Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell, from Algiers, Louisiana, received her BFA in 2009 from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Soon after she returned to New Orleans and founded the 723 Louisa Street Artist-in-Residence Program, in which artists capered about her living room, kitchen, and far corners of the city creating collaborative and often edible or mailable art. She is former director of 5 Press Gallery, and has been a part of the creation of Draw-A-Thon since 2009. Amanda is currently on a mission to create the most comprehensive clip art collection by a single artist and spends the rest of her time drinking coffee while telling people she is “really busy.”

Kristina Kay Robinson

Kristina Kay Robinson is a writer, curator, and visual artist born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the co-editor of Mixed Company, a collection of short fiction and visual narratives by women of color. Her writing has appeared in Guernica, The Baffler, The Nation and among other outlets.

Grace Vandyk

Grace was born in Raleigh, NC and received her BA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina in 2016. While at UNC Asheville, Grace was the President of the student organization Girls’ Achievement Through Education, an organization that worked to create a culture of empowerment for young women in the Asheville area by emphasizing the importance of education as a means to achieving personal, artistic, and professional success. Grace moved to New Orleans in June 2017 initially to fulfill a one-year Americorps contract and, like many, fell in love with the city and hasn’t been able to escape since. After garnering nonprofit development and grant-writing skills with 826 New Orleans (formerly Big Class) and the New Orleans Film Society, Grace joined the Antenna team full-time in January 2019.

Robin Levy

Robin Levy was born and raised in New Orleans. She earned her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BFA from Louisiana State University. She attended Instituto Per L’Arte E Il Restauro in Florence, Italy and Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC. Levy has participated in both solo and group exhibitions locally, nationally, and internationally. Her work resides in private and museum collections in the United States and Europe. Levy, an occasional guest curator /organizer, has served on various community boards throughout New Orleans, and has worked with Antenna in various capacities since 2010.

Wayne Amedee

With an artistic career spanning four decades, Wayne Amedee has shown in New Orleans, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. He has also earned numerous awards, including a Rockefeller Grant, New Orleans Museum of Art Award, and Loyola University’s Jesuit Award for “People for Others”. He is represented in NOMA’s permanent collection, and helped establish Loyola University’s sculpture garden. In 2014, Amedee was selected by the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development as Artist of the Year. He has been on the board of many community-based non-profit organizations, and has most recently been crucial in the expansion efforts of Antenna and Big Class. 

Jessica Kinnison

Jessica Kinnison holds an MFA in fiction and travel writing from Chatham University in Pittsburgh where she taught creative writing in the Allegheny County Jail, as part of the Words Without Walls program. Her stories have appeared in Juked, Pif Magazine, Fiction Southeast, The Fourth River and The Southern Humanities Review, among others. Her story “Bone on Bone” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012. Her play “Baby” won the Southwest Theatre and Film Association Short Play Contest in 2008. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Jackson Free Press, The Clarion Ledger, and Art Voices Magazine, among others. She serves as Operations Manager at Project Lazarus, and teaches creative writing in the Project Lazarus Wellness University, at Orleans Parish Prison as part of the Humanities: Orleans Parish Education Project (H:OPE), and the New Orleans Writing Workshop. She is a producer and host of the Dogfish Reading Series in New Orleans, Louisiana

Ron Bechet

Born in New Orleans, Ron Bechet holds a B.A. degree in Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans, and an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from the Yale School of Art, Yale University. Currently he is the Victor H. Labat Professor of Art at Xavier University, continuing a rigorous painting practice while exhibiting his work nationally and internationally. As an extremely active member of the New Orleans cultural community, Ron has served on numerous boards including the Studio in the Woods, Plessy & Ferguson Foundation, and Joan Mitchell Foundation, as well as the first director of Xavier Art Department’s Community Arts Partnership Program.

Stephanie Atkins

Born and raised in New Orleans, Stephanie holds a B.A. degree in visual arts from Spelman College and an M.F.A. degree in painting from the University of Cincinnati. For 28 years, she has been involved with the field as a visual artist, arts educator, and administrator. During the last ten years, she has honed her skills as an arts leader in the nonprofit sector. Stephanie is inspired by the plethora of art practices and experiences being produced in the local community; and encouraged by the current efforts around cultural equity and social justice.

Jennie West

Jennie Cannon West is an architect and interior designer based in New Orleans. As Owner of Studio West Design & Architecture, Jennie is a champion for team-building and collaborative design, alongside her personal passion for interiors, historic preservation, and community design. A native of Nashville, TN, Jennie received a dual degree in Architecture and Interior Architecture from the College of Design and Construction at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama in 2008. While at Auburn Jennie was a member of the notable Rural Studio program. She is a Bywater resident, arts enthusiast, and neighbor of Antenna. In addition to serving on the Antenna Board, Jennie is the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commissioner for Bywater and serves as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Young Architects Forum Advocacy Director.

Cherie Teamer

Cherie Teamer is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana where she is a licensed attorney in her own legal practice, Teamer Legal Corporation, LLC.  Cherie practices in the area of realestate and property related transactions and litigation. In addition to her legal practice, Cherie is a principle in B3 Consulting, LLC and Radius Strategy Group LLC – two governmental relations consulting firms in the New Orleans Area. Cherie also works with Justice and Accountability Louisiana – helping formerly incarcerated people in the New Orleans Metro Area with outstanding legal issues.

Raine Bedsole

Raine is a New Orleans-based artist that earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in art from Auburn University and the San Francisco Art Institute. A prizewinner in the Florence Biennale and the recipient of a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, she has been widely exhibited and critically praised. Her artworks are included in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, South Carolina Museum of Art, Mobile Museum of Art, and prestigious private, corporate, and institutional collections throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Claudia Barker

A native New Orleanian, Claudia has enjoyed serving the non-profit community in her home town for over 30 years. Currently Chief Development Officer at FirstLine Schools, Claudia leads the fundraising and communication strategy for five open-admissions public charter schools. She also serves as Executive Director of Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, FirstLine’s nationally known seed-to-table garden and food education program, which teaches children to make healthy connections through food and the natural world. 

Alicia Bendana

Alicia has lived in New Orleans since 1989 and is of counsel to the law firm of Lowe, Stein, Hoffman, Allweiss & Hauver, L.L.P.  She is certified as a specialist in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification and the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization and has been named a “Louisiana Super Lawyer” in the categories of business bankruptcy, business litigation, and debtor-creditor rights. Alicia has served on numerous boards of community organizations and charter schools, including most recently, serving as the President of the Homer A. Plessy Community School, an arts integrated, project based, K-8 school in the French Quarter.

Laura Gipson

Laura Gipson, a native of Maryland, has lived in New Orleans since 1980. She holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans. Her works are included in the collections of the Virlane Foundation, the City of New Orleans, Tulane Medical Center and private collections. Laura has taught at the University of New Orleans and she currently teaches Talented in Visual Art in the Jefferson Parish Public School System.

Yuka Petz

Yuka works in a wide range of media, including but not limited to handmade paper, book arts, and physical computing. She received her MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and her BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Yuka studied papermaking at the Awagami Factory in Japan and at Dieu Donne Papermill. She has taught book arts in Japan and in the U.S., spent several weeks binding books in the Argentinian hills, and served on the Board of Directors at Seattle Center for Book Arts. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and internationally, and her books are in the permanent collections of several public library and university special collections.

Ben Fox McCord

Ben Fox-McCord is an artist, musician, and future Sasquatch who hails from East Tennessee’s Appalachian Valley. He received his BFA from the University of Tennessee and his MFA from Tulane University. He has been living and working in New Orleans since 2010.


Angel was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras in 1989 but later moved to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1996. He received his Bachelor of Arts in painting and print making from the University of New Orleans in May 2013. Angel has been in numerous group exhibitions at the UNO St.Claude Gallery, Dumois Gallery, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Contemporary Art Center and has also shown nationally in a juried show at Parlor Gallery, New Jersey. In addition to his artistic endeavors, he enjoys cartoons and pizza.

Ashley Teamer

Ashley Teamer attended Boston University, where she received her BFA in Painting and Sculpture.  She was an Artist-in-residence for the St. Roch Community Church in New Orleans and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has organized many exhibitions throughout New Orleans, focusing on challenging the traditional definition of painted “space” through sculpture, painting, and video.  Currently she is In-School Program Manager for Big Class, an organization launched by Antenna to cultivate and support the voices of New Orleans’ writers ages 6-18 through creative collaborations with schools and communities.

Carl Joe Williams

Carl Joseph Williams was born in Uptown New Orleans. Art was Williams’ first love. At fourteen he was accepted into The New Orleans Center for Creative Art ( NOCCA) where he received his formal training. Upon completing high school, Williams continued his studies at the Atlanta College of Art. An accomplished musician as well as a visual artist, Williams often incorporates his musical compositions into his videos and installations. Williams’ work has been displayed throughout the country, including a solo exhibition at the George Orh Museum Of Art In 2013 entitled “Shades of Perception,” as part of the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, “State of the Exhibition.” He was one of the first Artists-in-Residence at The Joan Mitchell Center, and is a founding member of the Level Artist Collective.

AnnieLaurie Erickson

AnnieLaurie Erickson is Assistant Professor and Director of Photography in the Newcomb Art Department at Tulane University. She has recently exhibited her work at Higher Pictures, New York, NY; the Goethe-Institut, Washington, DC; the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art; Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art; the Contemporary Art Center New Orleans; the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY; the Boston Center for the Arts; and CentrePasquArt, Bienne, Switzerland. Her work has been written about in The Huffington Post, Daily Serving, Feature Shoot, Lenscratch, Pelican Bomb and Afterimage. AnnieLaurie holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Amelia Broussard

Born and raised in South Louisiana, Amelia Broussard moved from Lafayette to New Orleans in 2010 in pursuit of a Batchelor of Fine Arts degree from Loyola University New Orleans. Since graduation she spends her time working as an assistant for multiple local artists practicing in New Orleans and continues to develop her own style and work. Her favorite tool, an exact-o knife, is kept handy at all times.

Caesar Meadows

Caesar Meadows is a New Orleans native and self-taught cartoonist. He has been self-publishing comics in New Orleans since the early 1990’s. He was one of the founding cartoonists of the underground jam comic book “dafa FUNGUS”. Where Y’at magazine published his monthly comic strip “Mumbeaux Gumbo” from 2001 to 2011. Since 2005, his strips have appeared regularly in Antigravity magazine, where he still serves as the comics editor. He’s been a dedicated organizer/volunteer of the 24HR Draw-a-thon since the first one was held in 2006. He’s the co-founder/editor of FEAST yer eyes, an annual illustration & comics anthology which published its first issue in 2010. And he’s also the current president of the Krewe of ‘tit R?x, a New Orleans micro-parade of shoebox sized floats.

Rontherin Ratliff

Rontherin is a New Orleans native and co-founding member of Level Artist Collective. In 2009, the Guggenheim commissioned Ratliff to lead the artistic direction and co-creation for Peter and the Wolf. Ratliff was a 2014 resident at Joan Mitchell Center, a 2015 resident with DVCAI and NPN/VAN in Miami, FL, and has exhibited at Exhibit BE; Diverse Works, TX; the Arts Council of New Orleans; NOMA; CACNO; Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery, SC; Carroll Gallery at Tulane University and other galleries in conjunction with Prospect.

Tammy Mercure

Tammy Mercure was named one of the “100 under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art” by Oxford American magazine. She has been featured on CNN Photos, VICE, Daily Mail, NPR Big Picture Show, and more. She was published in the Guardian UK (Big Picture), Darwin magazine, and in the book “Place, Art, and Self” by Yi-Fu Tuan, among others. She has a BA from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA from East Tennessee State University. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Maxx Sizler

Maxx Sizeler is a native of New Orleans who works in a variety of media, ranging from painting and drawing, to photography, archiving, and audio/video, and to one of his favorites, woodworking. He works with subjects that are closes to his heart, including living as transgender between the gender binaries of “boy” and “girl”, and New Orleans’ changing history post-Katrina. Maxx received a MFA from The University of New Orleans and a BFA from Parsons School of Design New York with a year at Parsons at the American College in Paris. Maxx’s has been shown widely throughout the Gulf South and beyond. 

James W. Goedert

James Wesley Goedert was born in Omaha, Nebraska on a cold winter’s day in 1986. He has since escaped to New Orleans where he continues a practice of art-making, designing, and furniture building. As an aquarius who doesn’t know better he often spends time jumping between trades and interests. He participated and assisted in the early Automata shows and Makers of NO making drawing machines and other kinetic works while assisting in electronics for artists workshops and maintaining a shared shop space and warehouse in New Orleans. He was awarded the 2015-2106 American Friends of Coubertin Fellowship and lived in France while learning woodworking and art history for a year. His work has been exhibited nationally and nearly always falls back on the act of drawing as subject and practice.

Angela Driscoll

Angela Driscoll is a visual artist who explores time and narrative while creating visual and audio work from collected data. Her body of work includes artist books, drawings, installations, video, and sound. Angela received her MFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and she currently teaches at Loyola University New Orleans.

Ernest Joshua Littles

Ernest Joshua Littles is a native of New Orleans, and was raised in its Lower Ninth Ward community. In 2014, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Arts from Dillard University. As an undergraduate, Littles started interning at Antenna with Jerald White in 2013 and becoming an active Collective Member after graduating in 2014.

Jer’Lisa Devezin

Jer’Lisa Devezin is a mixed media artist based in New Orleans. She received her B.A. from Dillard University in 2011. In 2013-2014, Jer’Lisa was an Artist in Residence at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. She currently works as a scenic artist at Solomon Group.

Imani Jacqueline Brown

Imani is a New Orleans native and cultural organizer. She is a co-founder of Blights Out and a member of Occupy Museums. In 2014, she served as Curatorial Associate and Manager of Publications for Prospect.3, New Orleans. She received her BA in Visual Arts and Anthropology from Columbia University in the City of New York in 2010. In her (currently non-existent) “free” time, Imani experiments with the ritual potential of film photography as a tool of energy manipulation and resistance to hostile urban spaces. (Photo credit: Justin Shiels)

Sara Slaughter

As editor of RM220, Sara keeps the wheels turning for all things literary at Antenna, editing the online journal and curating the seasonal reading series. Her writing has appeared in The Cortland Review, New World Writing, PANK, and other publications. She is the author of Upriver, a chapbook of prose poems and woodcuts.

David Meinhart

David studied English and Spanish at Syracuse University. He helped launch The Gifford Street Community Press and served as Director of The Auburn Correctional Facility GED Mentorship Program in Central New York. He has since worked as an educator, teaching high school in Pennsylvania and adult education in New Orleans. He has been involved at Antenna since 2013, writing grants and providing event support for Room 220. Otherwise, he works on his own writing and tries to be an excellent pet parent.

Anne Gisleson

Anne Gisleson’s writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, The Oxford American, The Believer and many other publications. Her work has been selected for inclusion in anthologies such as Best American Non-Required Reading, Best Music Writing, Life in the Wake, and others. She co-edited and co-wrote How to Rebuild a City: Field Guide from a Work in Progress, about ground-up rebuilding efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and wrote the accompanying essays for photographer Michel Varisco’s Shifting, a book about the beauty and degradation of the coastal wetlands. Her book of nonfiction, The Futilitarians is forthcoming from Little, Brown.

Susan Gisleson

Susan Gisleson is a founding board member of Press Street and Antenna. A costume designer by nature, she has organized several group and solo exhibitions at Antenna. She is also one of the founding organizers of the 24 Hour Draw-A-Thon, sparking the creative energy of the program every year since 2006. Gisleson graduated from San Francisco State University and teaches art full time to middle and high school students. She is also one hell of an arm wrestler.

Brad Benischek

Brad Benischek is a visual artist, educator and scenic painter. His work has appeared in numerous publications, on t-shirts, telephone poles and in galleries and art spaces across the south. He received his BFA from Parsons School of Design and MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Nathan C. Martin

Nathan’s writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Believer, Oxford American, Next City, Stop Smiling, and other publications. He is the author of the Wallpaper* City Guide to New Orleans and We’re Pregnant, a chapbook of short fiction and photography.

Courtney Egan

Courtney’s video installations connect nature with human invention. She creates short films, video collages, and media assemblages that straddle the worlds of special effects and art. These pieces explore the blurring boundary between mental states, digital worlds, and consensus reality. Courtney holds an M.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a Media Arts faculty member at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

Shawn Hall

Shawn Hall is a founding artist member of Antenna Gallery who has been living and working in New Orleans since 1997. She received her MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art where she was a Patricia Harris Fellow. She exhibited locally and across the globe including at Wolfson Gallery in Miami, N.A.M.E. and Christopher Stokes in Chicago, The Hewitt Gallery and Bronx River Art Center in NYC, Van Brunt Gallery in Beacon, NY, Wagner-Sousa in Galveston, TX, and Chateau de La Napoule, in Mandelieu, France. Her work is a part of the permanent collection of Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Linklater Corporate collection in NYC, and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Gretchen Faust

Gretchen Faust is an artist and educator committed to community efforts. She has a BA from U.C. Berkeley in Art and Urban Studies. Her work with high school students on urban design and large-scale art installation projects has colored much of her own art practice in sound installations, drawings, and video. Introduced to New Orleans through a travel fellowship in 2010, Faust encountered a level of self-reliance within the community that immediately enthralled her – a place she now calls home.

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