Juri koll - founder/director
As part of ViCA, Juri Koll curates and presents traveling exhibits at museums, galleries and alternative spaces in the U.S. and abroad, such as Trans Angeles: Crossover Experimentation (curated by Senior Curatorial Advisor Peter Frank) seen at the Chabot Museum in Rotterdam and the Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenberg e.V. and Wilhelm Morgner Haus Museum in Germany, among other institutions. Other exhibitions have appeared in venues including the Museum of Art and History, LA Art Show, Photo LA and many others. Koll regularly exhibits his paintings, photographs, and art videos. He serves on the LA Advisory Board for Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center. His documentaries on artists and other art world figures are available in university libraries across the U.S. His films have screened all over the world, in over 70 festivals, including Cannes, the Cork International Film Festival, the Australian International Film Festival, and won many awards.
After graduating from California Institute of the Arts with majors in Fine Art and Film, Mr. Koll produced the first Art/World documentaries from 1990 - 1995. He worked with major curators in their museums and galleries, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. His subjects included world famous and infamous artists and art world figures from the Renaissance period to the present. Recently, Juri’s first documentary, In The Steel: A Portrait of Mark di Suvero, (1991), was accepted into the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution.
PETER FRANK - SENIOR CURATORIAL ADVISOR
Peter Frank is art critic for the Huffington Post and Associate Editor for Fabrik Magazine. He has served as Editor of THEmagazine Los Angeles and Visions Art Quarterly and as critic for Angeleno magazine and the LA Weekly. Frank was born in 1950 in New York, where he wrote art criticism for The Village Voice and The SoHo Weekly News and moved to Los Angeles in 1988.
Frank contributes articles to numerous publications and has written many catalogues for one‑person and group exhibitions. Frank, who recently served as Senior Curator at the Riverside Art Museum, has organized numerous theme and survey shows, including “Driven to Abstraction: Southern California and the Non-Objective World, 1950-1988,” for the Riverside Art Museum; "Artists' Books U.S.A.", "Mapped Art: Charts, Routes, Regions" and "Line and Image: The Northern Sensibility in Recent European Drawing", all for Independent Curators Inc.; “Fluxus Film and Video” for the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid; "Young Fluxus" for Artists' Space New York and more.
Frank has taught at Pratt Institute, Columbia University's School of the Arts, the Tyler School of Art, the University of California Irvine, Claremont Graduate School, California State University Fullerton, the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of California Los Angeles, Laguna College of Art and Design, and other institutions.
kubo - PLANNING AND MATERIALS ADVISOR
KuBO, born in 1962, has lived and worked in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Sweden as well as his native Germany for the past several years, as much to accommodate his inter- national business work as to stimulate his artwork. His art making encompasses painting, sculpture, photography, and combinations thereof, and capitalizes on his extensive employment of and research into pigments, inks, and coatings. This research in turn has been spurred by his longtime commitment to worldwide ecological practice, and his experience with such materials allows him to give a peculiar luster to the surfaces of his images and objects. Before settling in Hong Kong KuBO lived and worked in several other Asian cities, most notably Istanbul. The nom de plume “KuBO” comes in part from the Cantonese term referring to a broken but repaired vessel, a metaphor for reconciliation after a period of dispute.
shana nys dambrot
Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Downtown Los Angeles. She is currently LA Editor for Whitehot Magazine, and a contributor to KCET’s Artbound, as well as HuffPost, Creators (Vice), Fabrik, Art and Cake, Palm Springs Life, Juxtapoz, Artillery, and Porter & Sail, and was Contributing Editor to the late great Art Ltd. Magazine. She studied Art History at Vassar College, writes loads of essays for art books and exhibition catalogs, curates and/or juries a few exhibitions each year, is a dedicated instagram photographer and author of experimental short fiction, and speaks in public at galleries, schools, and cultural institutions nationally. She currently serves on the Board of Art Share-LA and the Advisory Council of Building Bridges Art Exchange. An account of her activities can be found at sndx.net.
stefanie nafe - LOGISTICS/EUROPE AND SCANDINAVIA
Stefanie Nafé was born in Germany. She did an apprenticeship as a restorer and church painter. She worked as a colorist and was responsible for the development and realization of color concepts for textile printing and the photographic management for marketing, presentations and fairs. Since 2000, she has been working as a freelance artist and had several solo exhibitions with her photo-art. She also did commission work for exhibition catalogues and catalogues of work for several artists. Today, she is the project manager of Trans Angeles in Germany and lives in Germany and Sweden.
ilia anossov - mural art advisor
Fresco artist iLia Anossov is one of the very few artists in the world who are masters of the art of fresco painting. His knowledge of the techniques of this most difficult, important, yet endangered art form is sought out by his contemporaries at great art institutes and museums.
iLia has been widely exhibited in Russia, Europe and the USA including 7 Museum Exhibitions and over 50 Solo and Group exhibitions around the World. Commissions include large-scale frescoes and murals in private homes as well as public areas. His Malibu Fresco project has been featured internationally on the covers of premier magazines including Architectural Digest (AD) USA, AD Germany, AD Italy, House & Garden UK.
iLia's artistic excellence is in high demand: the entire interior of the 76th Annual Academy Awards® Governor’s Ball was hand painted in Trompe L'oel Frescoes. iLia's work has graced many prestigious events, such as the Governor’s Ball for the 9th Annual SAG Awards, 73rd Academy Awards® Governor’s Ball, 50th Annual Emmy Awards, 11th Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and others.
Presently he teaches a series of Fresco Programs for The Getty Institute and private commissions. iLia currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
the dark bob - performance art advisor
Born in Santa Monica, California, The Dark Bob began his performance art career in 1975 when he co-founded the multi-media art team of Bob & Bob. This early work has been historicized in books, catalogs and documentary profiles for television, radio and film. He is generally regarded as a "pioneer" in L.A. performance art.
His one-man, multi-media shows combine song, dance, film, storytelling, live on-stage painting and comedy. The Dark Bob's artworks (drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations) have been exhibited in galleries and museums across America and around the world.
He has been featured on numerous local television shows around the U.S. and has appeared many times on radio stations in this country and abroad. Notably: “Life & Time Tonight”, KCET-PBS TV profile, "California Stories", KCET-PBS - TV profile, NPR (National Public Radio) profile by Elizabeth Perez Luna, "Views From L.A", by MVC - TV, "Young Turks", a documentary film by Stephen Seemayer, The Pacifica Radio National Network Interview, "The Territory of Art”, Produced by The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles). He is currently working on a new documentary with ViCA. Numerous profiles, articles and reviews have been written on The Dark Bob, notably: The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, L.A. Weekly, The Chicago Reader, Artforum and Artweek.
MAY SUN - public art advisor
May Sun is a Los Angeles based artist working in Sculpture, Multi Media Installation and Photography, Drawing and Painting. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including MIT's List Center for the Visual Arts, ArtPace in San Antonio, Texas and the Asia Society Galleries in New York.
She has won numerous awards and fellowships, including two NEA Visual Artist's Fellowships, a Getty Fellowship for the Visual Arts, an AIA Certificate of Recognition Award, and an Honor Award from the Los Angeles Westside Urban Forum. Her installation UnderGround is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Her multi-media installation "L.A./River/China/Town" premiered at the Santa Monica Museum of Art's Art in the Raw series in 1988, and the MOCA produced radio version of the installation won a Silver Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Public art commission locations include the Hollywood and Western Red Line Subway Station in Hollywood; Union Station Gateway Center, Los Angeles; City Hall in Culver City; Warner Center, Woodland Hills; San Antonio International Airport, San Antonio, Texas; a public plaza in Chinatown in Boston, Massachusetts and the Robert F. Kennedy Inspiration Park at the site of the former Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
She received her B.A. in Art (Painting/Sculpture/Graphic Arts) from UCLA and attended the MFA program in Sculpture at Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles. Teaching experience includes several years as a faculty member at California Institute for the Arts, and a visiting artist and lecturer at art schools and colleges nationally.
She recently taught at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and will be an artist in residence at the Rinehart School of Sculpture at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland for the fall/2017 and spring/2018 semesters.