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Liz Kuball

Liz Kuball was born in Washington, D.C., in 1973 and raised in the same small town in Michigan where her parents grew up. She began photographing in 2006. Since then, her work has been exhibited throughout the country and editioned through 20x200. Liz was selected for inclusion in The Collector's Guide to Emerging Art Photography,published by the Humble Arts Foundation in 2009. Most recently, four of her photographs were exhibited in the Landscape Interrupted show, juried by William Jenkins, at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff. She lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Todd Hido

Todd Hido is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist whose work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, Eyemazing, Metropolis, The Face, I-D and Vanity Fair. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as in many other public and private collections. He is represented by: Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Bruce Silverstein, New York, NY; Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO; Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL; Inman Gallery, Houston, TX; and Kaune Sudendorf, Cologne, Germany.

In 2001, Nazraeli Press published an award-winning monograph of his work, titled House Hunting. A companion monograph, Outskirts, was published in 2002. His third book, Roaming, was published in 2004. Between the Two, his fourth book that focuses on portraits and nudes, was published in 2007. His latest book, A Road Divided, will be out in 2010. He is an adjunct professor at the California College of Art, San Francisco, California.

Christoph Gielen

Christoph Gielen was born in Bonn, Germany, but has lived in New York most of his life. He specializes in conducting photographic aerial studies of infrastructure in its relation to land use, exploring the intersection of art and environmental politics. With his work, Gielen hopes to trigger a reevaluation of our built environment, to ask: What kind of development can be considered sustainable?

Gielen's photographs have been exhibited in Europe and in the United States, and his pictures are part of international collections. Excerpts of Gielen's work have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Metropolis Magazine, Cabinet, Lapham's Quarterly and Adbusters.

Chris Ballantyne

Ballantyne was born in Mobile, Alabama, in 1972. He has a BA in painting from the University of South Florida and an MFA in painting and drawing from the San Francisco Art Institute. He lived and worked in San Francisco until moving to Brooklyn in 2007. In 2005, Ballantyne had solo exhibitions at the Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, the San Francisco Art Institute and the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum. His work has also been included in several group exhibitions in the United States and Europe, including Fresh Paint at the Phoenix Art Museum in 2004 and the 2006 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art. His paintings are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2005 Ballantyne was awarded a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

Nick Lamia

Born in 1971 in Los Angeles, Nick Lamia is an artist whose work includes drawing, painting, prints, installation and sculpture. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2003 and is currently a fellow at the Robert Blackburn Print Workshop in Manhattan and in the AIM Program at the Bronx Museum of Art where he will show his work in 2011. He has also received fellowship residencies from the MacDowell Colony and the Triangle Artists Association.

Ian Baguskas

Ian Baguskas was born in 1977 in Philadelphia, PA. A full scholarship to The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, where he received his BFA, brought him to New York; he now resides in Brooklyn, traveling extensively to work on independent projects. Over the past years, his Search for the American Landscape project has taken him throughout Washington, Oregon, California and Utah, making photographs based on ideas of modern exploration and travel in the West.

Baguskas spent over two months in South Korea working on projects entitled Below Line 38 and Sansaram; an extensive article about them appeared in South Korea’s Photo Art magazine. For these projects, Baguskas photographed everything from Seoul’s uniformed parking hostesses to tourism at the North Korean border. In these images he documents the landscape, its people and their enthusiasm surrounding hiking culture throughout the country.

Named to the PDN 30, Baguskas was featured in their March 2008 issue as one of the year’s top 30 emerging photographers. He was nominated for the 2008 KLM Paul Huf Award, honored as one of four finalists for the 2007 Aperture Portfolio Prize, included in the Hey, Hot Shot! 2006 Spring Showcase and was a winner of the 2007 Ne Plus Ultra, Hey, Hot Shot! Annual at Jen Bekman Gallery.

Exhibitions include: Sweet Water, Solo exhibition at Jen Bekman, 'Looking at the Land - 21st-Century American Views' at the RISD Museum of Art, Land Use Survey at Jen Bekman, Fathoming The Sea at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, BAMart at Bergdorf Goodman, In Search of the Miraculous at The Camera Club of New York, Mixtape at Jen Bekman, You Might Find Yourself at Crane Arts in Philadelphia, and The Interactive Landscape at Mt. Tremper Arts in New York.

Publications include: Wall Street Journal Magazine, Photo District News, Fader, Culture and Travel, Photo Art, Theme, Next American City, The Photo, Avenue L, Flash Forward, and Brooklyn Bound.

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