Role: Staff

Grace Van Dyk

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Grace was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and received her BA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2016. 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 has been working in non-profit arts since. Grace started her career at 826 New Orleans working as the Development Associate, then moved on to spend a summer working at the New Orleans Film Festival before joining the team at Antenna full time in January 2019. Outside of her work at Antenna, Grace’s personal creative practice includes printmaking, pastry design, illustration, and occasional tattooing.

Jessica Peterson

Jessica Peterson is a book artist, letterpress printer, and teacher. She operates The Southern Letterpress out of Paper Machine, providing letterpress printing, design services, and workshops in printing and book arts. She has an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama (2009, roll tide!) and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1998). Her artists’ books are collected in private and public libraries around the country. She lives in Gentilly with her son and partner.

Mónica Mejía

Mónica Mejía from Cali – Colombia, one of her major interests is book arts and printing techniques. She studied Social Psychology and worked as an educator in Cultural Psychology, at Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia.

She is a bookmaker at Paper Machine and works remotely as a book designer for Biblioteca Popular Bruce Lee, a Colombia based independent, artisanal publishing collective.

Carole Frances Lung

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Carole Frances Lung (they/ them) born San Francisco, CA 1966. Carole is an organizer, artist, and soft-power activist, who has lived in New York, Chicago, Lancaster PA, Weimar Germany and Long Beach and Los Angeles CA. Prior to joining the Antenna/Paper Machine team, Carole was a bridal gown designer and production manager for Janell Berte; an education director for the Huntington Beach Art Center, HB CA and the Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster PA; and Professor of Fashion Fiber and Materials in the Department of Art, at California State University Los Angeles. In their role as Professor, Carole developed a unique interdisciplinary theory and practice based critical craft, design, textiles and apparel curriculum, served on numerous department, college, university committees, managed student workers and lecturers, while maintaining a rigorous creative / scholarly practice. 

Carole creative practice, as the biographer and archivist for their alter ego Frau Fiber, writing, curating, archiving and programming the Institute for Labor Generosity Workers and Uniforms (ILGWU). Currently embedded in the FFM program at Cal State LA, and relocating to New Orleans in the near future. The ILGWU is the working archive and experimental factory supporting the investigations of Frau Fiber, textile superhero. At the ILGWU, Carole and Frau Fiber facilitates an environment which reflects on the history, vocabulary and contemporary systems of textiles, apparel, transportation while reflecting on the efforts of the contemporary workers, who continue to labor at race to the bottom wages. Through this work they attempt to put cracks in capitalism through the crafting of one-of-a-kind wearables, installations, performances, and social sculpture.The work has been exhibited at Antenna, New Orleans LA; Punket Ø/Gallery 15 Moss, Norway; Corcoran Museum, Washington DC; LA Municipal Art Gallery, Craft in America Study Center, Craft Contemporary Museum and Los Angeles Contemporary Art Archive in Los Angeles CA; San Jose Quilt and Textile Museum, San Jose, CA; The Elizabeth Foundation, New York, NY; Elsewhere Collaborative, Greensboro, NC; Michener Art Museum, Doylestown PA; Jane Addams Hull House Museum Chicago, IL; Center for Craft, Asheville, NC; Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR; and the Ghetto Biennale Port Au Prince Haiti. Publications include: KCET Artbound, Art in America, and Art Papers. The work has been awarded: United States Artists fellowship, Kohler Arts and Industry Residency, Center for Craft Grant, At the Edge Gallery 400 award, and Cal State LA Faculty Fellow for the Public Good. Objects are in the collections of: Smithsonian Museum of American Art Archive, Washington DC; Wende Museum, Culver City Ca; Fashion Resource and Textile Resource Centers School of the Art Institute Chicago, Wigwam Sock Company and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan WI.

Kendrik James

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Kendrik James aka Ken That Artist is a multi-talented visual artist from New Orleans, Louisiana. Kendrik is currently studying Fine Arts at The University of New Orleans.

 “I love creating colorful and imaginative artwork to inspire and connect with my viewers”.

 Ken That Artist finds inspiration in graffiti, street art, fine art, tattoos, life experiences and strong positive and negative emotions.

 “When I am not painting or drawing, I love watching animation, watching anime, playing video games and listening to music”.

 Ken That Artist is creating a safe, understanding, and inspirational space for his viewers one beautiful piece at a time.

Amelia Broussard

Amelia Broussard was born and raised in South Louisiana, and in 2010 she moved from Lafayette to New Orleans to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Loyola University. After graduation, she was hired as an assistant to several New Orleans-based artists. In her own practice, Amelia works mostly in collage and mixed media and believes in finding magic in the mundane. She has exhibited regularly for the past 8 years in galleries and spaces throughout New Orleans. Amelia has been a collective member of Antenna Gallery since 2015 where she is currently serving as Director of Artist Initiatives and Exhibitions. In addition to her involvement with Antenna, Amelia has taught high school Art and Design classes in the New Orleans charter school system, where she discovered her passion for nurturing and empowering young artists. In 2019, Amelia co-founded Sketch Basin, and serves as the Associate Director. She is devoted to the organization’s mission of providing access to art education for their talented students.