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AKA Dean of Academics
Hector Canonge lives and works in New York City where he studied comparative literature, film and Integrated Media Arts. His work incorporates the use of various media, commercial technologies, physical environments, cinematic, and performative narratives. Canonge is currently an artist in residence at LMCC Swing Space Program 2011 at Governor’s Island, and has been selected for the 2011 Create Change Public Artist Residency program for his future Laundromat Project, The Inwood Laundromat Language Institute (TILLI). Canonge has been awarded scholarships by Harvestworks, fellowships by NJCU, and has participated in residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts, AIM Program 27 at the Bronx Museum of Art, Newark New Media at City Without Walls, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University, and The Wassaic Project. Canonge’s work has been featured at the Queens Museum of Art, Jersey City Museum, Bronx Museum of Art, NY Studio Gallery, Exit Art, Flux Factory, Gallery Aferro, Topaz Arts, Y Gallery, and other art spaces in the city and abroad. He’s been commissioned by the NYC Department of Transportation, The Queens Council on the Arts, Queens Museum of Art, Artists Unite, Association of Hispanic Arts (AHA), and has received funding awards from NYSCA, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council -MCAF Program, and NoMAA Regrant Program through the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation. His work has been reviewed by the The New York Times, ART FORUM, New York Daily News, Hispanic Magazine, Manhattan Times, Queens Chronicle, and on online publications such as NYRemezcla, Turbulence, and ART CARDS Review among others.

AKA Associate Faculty:

Painting: Alison Cox is an artist, educator, historian and student of life. Her work explores the feminine mystique of women of color and all the complexities that entails. Cox was born in the Bronx and studied Fashion Merchandising at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Howard University. After a ten year career in the corporate world, Cox returned to her passion for the arts and decided to return to school. Currently, she is pursuing her Masters of Art at New York University focusing on Africana Studies and Museum Studies. This rebirth of her second career has allowed her to achieve a great sense of fulfillment by working as an Artist Educator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Modern Art, the American Folk Art Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Cox has used her love of the history of her people to curate the show Traditions: Connections to the African Diaspora at the Tomorrow’s Artists and Dancers Gallery in Harlem.

Drawing: Ernest Concepcion was born in the Philippines. He moved to the US in 2002 and began The Line Wars, a series of black and white drawings. He participated in residencies including the LMCC Workspace Program, the Bronx Museum of Art AIM program, the Artists Alliance Inc. Rotating Studio Program, the Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency. Recently, he finished the LMCC Swing Space Program at Governors Island and an artist residency in Beijing, China via NY Arts. He is working on a new body of work including painting, sculpture and installation. Concepcion has exhibited here and abroad and had three solo shows in New York. Currently, he is a full-time artist prepping up for a solo show in the Philippines next year.

Sculpture: Priscila De Carvalho is a Brazilian born American artist working with painting, drawing, sculpture, site-specific and public art installations. She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship Award, Aljira Emerge 10 Fellowship Program, AIM at Bronx Museum, Queens Council on the Arts Fund, and has been nominated for The Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art program in New York, NY (2010). She has been an artist-in-residence at Lower East Side Prinshop keyholder residency award, Socrates Sculpture Park residency and exhibition, Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning Workspace Program and Sculpture Space Fellowship and Residency. Her work has been featured in individual and group exhibitions in the US and abroad including Socrates Sculpture Park, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA,), The [S] Files/The Street Files, El Museo’s Sixth Bienal), Bronx Museum Biennial among others.

Mixed Media: Panagiotis Mavridis was born and raised in Athens Greece. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts, an opened his own art gallery while working in construction jobs. His work explores the middle ground that can be found in different objects. He experiments with the relation between a sculpture and the space that surrounds it or the drawing and the action that creates it. This intersection is the constant focus behind his practice that drives him to combine different media and merge them into a single solid piece.

Music: Jia-Yi He, an award-winning international virtuoso, has won prestigious awards in America, Europe and the Far East, He plays one harmonica for many pieces and He plays one piece with many harmonicas! He also play different kinds harmonicas: Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo, Bass, multiple harmonicas, largest harmonica and smallest harmonica in the world. He plays the music from classical to modern. He has been a soloist with many symphony orchestras around world and a guest musician at the General Assembly of the United Nations, He performed at a pre-game show at Shea Stadium, currently, He taught harmonica lessons at the Turtle Bay Music School in New York City.

Performance Art: Timothy J Hospodar works primarily in photography and performance art. His prior studies of mathematics initially routed him through employment centering on data analysis. Presently, he works creating visual compositions dealing with cultural behavior, particularly the norms found within gift economies. Hospitality and tourist-versus-neighbor relations inform his research, while meal-sharing and theatricality pervade his artwork. He collaborates with other artists and has developed a series of situations with the artist 0H10M1KE called “Dinner Theatre.” Episodes, of such, have explored the presentation of work in settings as varied as private residences, automobiles, corporate boardrooms, art galleries and public space. Other recent collaborations include the founding of Boardroom Bed & Breakfast, with Chloë Bass, which offers a home away from office in tandem with the structure and rigor of the workplace.