Head Librarian/Artist/Blind Juror
MFA in Creative Practice, Transart Institute, Berlin, Germany;
BFA in Painting, Lyme Academy of Fine Art, Connecticut;
BA in English Literature, University of Texas at Austin
Additional Studies: Grand Central Academy, New York
Ms. Billups created the role of the Head Librarian in 2015, when she built the Portable Scriptorium to conduct collaboration, installation, and performance events for the Women Artist's Salon in Boston and the BABEL Conference in Toronto.
Ms. Billups' interest in international collaboration has led her to work with paradigm-bending multinational collectives such as the Cottage University in Ontario, the Artist's Book Exchange at Telavi State University, and the American branch of the Tunisian Collaborative Painters Collective. She has held residencies at the Siena Art Institute in Siena, Italy and at the Hohesraße 8 historic house in Quedlinburg, Germany.
Ms. Billups' work has appeared in periodicals such as The Artist's Magazine in the United States, OFI Press Magazine in Mexico City, New Escapologist Magazine in the United Kingdom, Kadar Koli Magazine in the United States, and PARSE Journal from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Her work is in museum, government and university collections in the United States and Europe as well as private collections worldwide. She has exhibited extensively in numerous countries.
To learn more about her work, visit www.paulabillups.com.
Dermis P. León
Director, Curatorial Bureau/Curator/Blind Juror
MFA in Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York;
BA in Art History, University of Havana
Ms. P. León is the founder of The Curatorial Bureau in Berlin. She has been Correspondent of Art Nexus Magazine since 1995 along with several international art publications. Her essays have been included in major anthologies such as Utopias, edited by Richard Noble and Whitechapel gallery.
Ms. P. León has curated exhibitions since 1991 in Latin America (Havana, San Jose, Santiago de Chile), Europe (Berlin, Milan, Madrid, Torino, Stockholm, Pesaro, Gdansk), China (Wuhan, Beijing), Quatar (Doha) and the United States (New York, Los Angeles, Miami).
She has received several prestigious grants and fellowships and is currently guest professor at the Hubei Institute of Art in Wuhan, China. She is a member of the IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art).
Photo Credit: Luis Navarro
Quintín Rivera Toro
Ph.D. in Art Production and Investigation, Universidad Politécnica de Valéncia, Spain; MFA in Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island; BA in Communications and Film Studies, University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras; BFA in Sculpture, Hunter College, New York
Dr. Rivera Toro was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico in 1978. He is a recipient of the German DAAD Travel Grant, a full fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center, and a New Genres fellowship as well as an individual artist's grant at the Rhode Island. He also received a studies grant from the National Academy of Design in New York.
Dr. Rivera Toro was artist in residence at the Ox Bow School of Art, S.A.I.C., in Saugatuck, Michigan and intern at the Chinati Museum in Marfa, Texas. Between 2017-2019, he was artist in residence at the University of El Turabo in Gurabo, Puerto Rico.
Additional studies include the Escuela Internacional de Teatro de América Latina y el Caribe and the Transart Institute in Berlin. The New York Times has called his work "striking contemporary art". Refinery 29 named in one of the Top 10 Rising NYC Art Stars as curated by Casey Fremont.
Dr. Rivera Toro is currently an adjunct Professor in the Art Faculty of the Humanities Department of the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras.
For more information about his work, please visit Dr. Rivera Toro's website at quintinriveratoro.com.