David C. Terry & Esther Neff
David C. Terry (LUMEN 2013′s video and installation work) is the Director of Programs/Curator at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) where he oversees the Fellowships, Curatorial, Sponsorship and Professional Development Programs.
Prior to NYFA, Mr. Terry was Assistant Director at the Pelham Art Center, where he directed the exhibition, educational and outreach programs. His professional career covers a wide range of curatorial, artistic, arts administrative and academic experience. He earned his BA at the College of William and Mary, and while earning his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Terry began his administrative and teaching career. Since that time he has taught a variety of classes including objective and figurative drawing, abstract and figurative sculpture, portraiture and environmental and site-specific sculpture to students of all age ranges. Mr. Terry is a working artist, curator, juror, and a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, Bronx Council on the Arts, Westchester Biennale, the Alexander Rutsch Award in Painting, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence Program, and a member of the GIA Support for Individual Artists Group Steering Committee.
Mr. Terry’s awards include Artists in the Marketplace Program, The Bronx Museum of the Arts; BRIO, Bronx Council on the Arts; The Puffin Foundation; New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, and the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Leadership Institute Award and the Elizabeth Foundation’s Residency Grant.
Esther Neff (LUMEN 2013′s performance art) is an artist, curator, and theorist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the founder of the Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL), which is a performance space in Bushwick, a flexible collective, and the moniker for her collaborative performance work with Brian McCorkle.
Curatorial projects are often in the form of performative institutional critique and have included two conferences, exhibitions at Grace Exhibition Space, Vaudeville Park, BOB the Pavilion at Columbia University, SUPERFRONT at Industry City, tours to Chicago and Berlin, four years of PERFORMANCY FORUM, a monthly platform for performance art, social performance practices, and critical dialogue, and collaborative curation with IV Soldiers Gallery, The Super Coda/Valerie Kuehne, and the No Wave Performance Task Force. She is a lead organizer of the upcoming Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival (July 2013). Her own work has been supported through Swing Space from LMCC and Ind-Tier from BAC, residencies at University Settlement, chashama, and LPAC, and performed around the world.