These members of a globally significant art community set the high standard of the fair, hand picking every exhibiting artist from the hundreds of applications received and ensuring the Fair's visitors can buy with the confidence that they are investing in the best of emerging talent.
Kelly Nyland is a pioneer leader who has introduced emerging tech products to mass market through play. She has launched leading consumer brands in drone, robot, music, and wearable tech categories. Her executive roles span international marketing, sales and experience design.
In her role at Snap Inc (the parent company of Snapchat), Kelly was responsible for the global marketing and sales launch of Snap’s newest consumer product brand, Spectacles. This release championed a playful advertising campaign and temporary pop-up kiosks which garnered international curiosity and was recently awarded 6 Cannes Lions awards at this year’s Cannes Festival.
Currently, Kelly is the CEO & Founder of a new LA-based company, set to launch early 2018.
Graffiti was the first way André Saraiva made his mark on the world. He was born in Sweden and grew up on the outskirts of Paris, tagging his name on the neighborhood’s walls as an urgent declaration of his existence. His works have been shown in museums and contemporary art galleries around the world, with a monumental wall of tiles installed in Lisbon in 2016. Now an established hotelier, restaurateur, and nightlife pioneer, Saraiva has never put away his spray can. In fact, he sees every one of his many ventures as part of the same irreverent lifelong art project. One that he always approaches with a wink—just like his iconic graffitied alter-ego, Mr. A.
Meg Cranston‘s work in sculpture, performance and video along with numerous public and artist curatorial projects has been shown internationally.
Her recent work has been shown at the Nuer Aachen Kunstverein in Aachen, Germany, The Getty Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Museum Abteiberg in Mochengladbach, The Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, K21 Museum in Dusseldorf, and LAX ART and the ICA in London.
She is the author of many articles and has edited several books including More than You Wanted To Know About John Baldessari, a two-volume collection of the artist’s complete writing.
Cranston has curated numerous exhibitions including 100 Artists See God (catalog) and This Brush for Hire at ICA LA. She also wrote and produced a film by the same name. Cranston is the chair of the Fine Arts program at Otis College of Art and Design.
Jennifer Lieu is a Los Angeles-based consultant working in the fields of arts and culture and urban planning. She connects artists with the resources they need to support their creative practice.
Ms. Lieu has an educational and professional background in art, art history, urban planning an economic development. Her involvement in each of these fields has put her in touch with an extensive network of prominent established, mid-career and emerging contemporary artists, and professionals at a variety of cultural organizations in Los Angeles ranging from established museums to artist-run project spaces and civic institutions. Working together with this diverse group of arts and government professionals, she strives to provide more economic opportunities for studio artists and creative class workers in Los Angeles.
Additionally, Ms. Lieu has experience in project management, strategic planning, market and transportation research and skill building consultation. She previously worked at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission as a Civic Art Project Manager and currently works at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority as a Senior Art Program Specialist. Her research has been published in Planning Los Angeles and the Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Freight Research Program Report 23: Synthesis of Freight Research in Urban Transportation Planning.
Shamim Momin is the Senior Curator at Henry Art Gallery. Previously she was Director and Curator of LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), a nonprofit public art organization committed to curating site- and situation-specific contemporary art projects, in Los Angeles and beyond, which she co-founded in 2009.
At LAND, some exhibitions of note include Jose Davila: Sense of Place(2017- 2018), a city-wide sculptural exhibition initiated as part of Pacific Standard Time LA/LA; and The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project (2013- 2015), a series of artist-produced billboards and activations that unfolded along Interstate 10 Freeway from Florida to California.
She also served at the Whitney Museum of American Art for more than ten years, co-curating the 2004 and 2008 Whitney Biennials and overseeing the Contemporary Projects Series.
Shamim has an extensive publications history and has lectured regularly in the US and abroad. She is a recipient of ArtTable’s New Leadership Award and the Smithsonian Foundation Ingenuity Award.
Danielle Krysa has a BFA in Visual Arts, and a post-grad in graphic design. She is the writer/curator behind the contemporary art site, The Jealous Curator (est. 2009), and has curated art shows from Washington DC to Los Angeles, San Francisco to Toronto.
Danielle creates her own artwork as well – mixed media collages which combine found images, paint, and as much humor as she can pack into each title.
When she’s not in the studio, Danielle is writing books: “Creative Block,” “Collage,” and “Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk” were the first three, and her fourth book, “A Big Important Art Book – Now with Women,” will be released in October of 2018.
Danielle has also had the great pleasure of speaking at TEDx, PIXAR, Creative Mornings, CreativeLive, and was interviewed for several video segments on oprah.com.
Max Presneill is an artist and curator based in Los Angeles. An abstract painter, he has shown globally, with works that explore sub-cultural iconography, masculine identity, and memento mori.
He is currently the director and head curator of the Torrance Art Museum, with particular curatorial interests in artist-led projects, emerging art, new models for curatorial methodologies, and an international scope for partnerships, exchanges and building artistic communities.
He is the founder of Durden and Ray (2009-present), an artists’ collaborative group and gallery in Los Angeles, as well as founder and curatorial director of ARTRA Curatorial, an independent, voluntary, curatorial projects management team which organizes international exhibition exchanges.
Previously he was the founder and director of the alternative space, Raid Projects, an influential gallery which had an international Artist-In-Residency program (1998-2008).
Glenn Lawson co-founded the Lawson-Fenning company in 1997 while attending the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA where he emerged from the environmental design program with a concentration in furniture design.
Lawson-Fenning opened their original store, rm. 107, in Pasadena to showcase an eclectic mix of vintage modernist furniture and emerging contemporary west coast designers. In 2000, they opened their namesake showroom in the heart of Beverly Boulevard’s design district. A popular destination for designers and architects, the showroom showcases seasonal collections alongside high-end pieces from around the world.
Jess Hannah discovered her love for jewelry after inheriting a few of her grandmother’s vintage pieces. Elegant and exceptionally crafted, they held the charm of a different era, becoming pieces of constant inspiration.
Today her pieces focus on craft and timelessness, with collections that take subtle cues from art, architecture and geography. It is jewelry for living in and living with; heirlooms for the modern era.
Jess Hannah’s studio is based in Downtown Los Angeles. All jewelry is handmade to order, pieces are made from solid 14k gold, and all stones are ethically sourced and conflict-free.