2020 Artists

Kraig Blue was born in 1968 in The Bronx, New York, politicized in Washington, DC, and liberated in Los Angeles, CA. He is a multimedia sculptor using found materials as metaphors to explore complex socially constructed ideologies and paradigms; creating multilayered sculptural assemblages as altars to become vehicles for quiet contemplation and dialogue.

After graduating Mount Saint Michael Academy, at sixteen years old, he attended New York Institute of Technology as an architecture major, but soon realized his true freedom existed in image making; he took a year off and applied to Fashion Institute of Technology, and in 1989 was accepted as an illustration major. At “FIT” he was able to learn portraiture, figure drawing and painting, oils, acrylics, watercolor, graphic design, and a commercially driven work ethic.

For twenty-five years he has been a published illustrator, arts educator, and exhibiting visual artist. In 2015 he received his BFA at the Laguna College of Art & Design in figurative sculpture, painting, and drawing. While there he received the Plotkin Award for Excellence in Fine Art.

In December 2019 he received his MFA in Studio Art from The City College of New York. He has been the recipient of two Conner Scholarship awards and in 2018 the Therese McCabe Ralston Conner Fellowship to study abroad throughout Cuba.

Currently he is working at the Brooklyn Museum with their criminal justice diversion program Project Reset.

Dario Mohr is a painter, assemblage and installation artist. He is a Brooklyn, NY based artist born in 1988.  Mohr combines nostalgic personal objects of varying heights with found materials to form shrines. These occupy the space in varying ways, leaning against walls, hanging from the ceiling, and existing as free standing sculptures with an architectural aesthetic.  They also contain altars with organic offerings, symbolically designating them as devotional objects. Although created from a personal vantage point, the work functions publicly to open the audience’s perspective to ways they can reimagine nostalgic objects as symbols for memories, people, and experiences that can take on a spirituality of their own when revered in a way that is decontextualized from religion.

Katharine Pettit Creative – KPC spotlights social injustices using dance as our universal language, changing minds by opening hearts through movement.
Our most established piece is I COULD NEVER LOVE ANYONE… a dance musical told in 40 minutes to R&B as a narrative based story through movement and music, designed as a tool for healing and recovery from substance use disorder.
Our Black Lives Matter protest piece, “OutCry”, has lived and traveled around the five boroughs of NYC and to Detroit and will be hitting the streets again amidst the protests in light of George Floyd’s murder. We’ve been performing “OutCry” since the summer of 2016.
Our newest work in progress, UNTITLED GIRL NARRATIVE tells the story of three girls (“X”, “Y” and “Z”) as they navigate childhood and adolescence in America today. Spotlighting the Black female identifying Queer experience versus the White privlege perspective, their struggle between societal expectation and true purpose drive this three act dance musical.
Yehuda Hyman is a playwright, choreographer, actor, dance activist and Artistic Director of Mystical Feet Company. He was born in Los Angeles to immigrant parents from Russia and Poland. Plays include The Mad Dancers, Center of the Star, Swan Lake Minnesota, David in Shadow and Light (co-written with composer Daniel Hoffman), and Max, Rapunzel and the Night. His work has been produced at McCarter Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, San Diego Repertory, Theater J, Mixed Blood and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. Honors include the Kennedy Center New American Plays Award, the NEA/TCG Playwright-in Residence Grant, Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis Jerome Fellowship and LABA Fellow/14th St Y. Yehuda received his M.F.A. in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College (2014). He currently teaches Devised Theater at Manhattan School of Music and has taught ballroom dancing to 4th and 5th graders in New York City with Dancing Classrooms. His essay/memoir, “Three Hasidic Dances” was published in Dance in America, A Reader’s Anthology (Editor: Mindy Aloff; Foreword by Robert Gottlieb), Library of America. His essay about his site-specific dance activism in Freiburg German, “Dancing on Smoke” will be published in a forthcoming anthology on Jewish dance to be published by Oxford University Press in 2021. Yehuda lives in Brooklyn under the BQE.

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