Kriss Zulkosky, CO-founder
Kriss Zulkosky was born in Minnesota and currently resides in Saint Paul. She has a Bachelors degree in English from the University of Minnesota and a nursing degree from the College of Saint Catherine. Since 1999 she has worked as a Certified Registered Nurse in the Birth Center at Regions Hospital. Her experiences working with women, and in particular with exploited women, have led her to get involved with various women-focused organizations in the Twin Cities, most notably the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. Most recently she organized a music recording benefit with local musicians to raise funds for the foundation’s MN Girls Are Not For Sale campaign, which targets issues surrounding sex trafficking of youth in Minnesota. She has always been a strong supporter of local artists and initiated the Second Shift Studio Space of Saint Paul to support and promote female-identifying artists in her community.
Chris Larson, CO-founder
Chris Larson is a multi-media artist and fourth generation resident of East Saint Paul. He is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Minnesota and also the publisher of INREVIEW, a print publication presenting critical responses to art in the Twin Cities. Since receiving his MFA from Yale University in 1991, Larson has received numerous awards including a New Work Project Grant from The Harpo Foundation, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and most recently was awarded a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship. Larson had had solo exhibitions at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, NY and his work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. In 2018, Larson’s work was included in the 11th Bienal do Mercosul in Porto Alegre, Brazil and a solo 10-year survey exhibition at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, OH.
Maddie butler, studio manager
Maddie Butler is an artist based in Minneapolis, MN. She graduated from Yale University in 2015 with a BA in art, concentrating in sculpture and new media. She has worked for the Yale University Art Gallery and Franconia Sculpture Park, and has previously interned at Midway Contemporary Art. In 2016 Butler co-founded Yeah Maybe, a gallery and critique space focused on showing propositional works from emerging and established artists. She served on the board of The White Page gallery from 2016-2018, and currently works as an Editor for ORAL, a bilingual journal of web-based art and literature.
See-Do Collective, Space Design
See-Do is a collective of designers focused on civic design, working on projects that bring life and meaning to their surrounding communities. See-Do is comprised of Caitlin Dippo, Katrina Matejcik, and Robbie Seltzer.
Board of Directors
Phong Bui is an artist, writer, independent curator and former curatorial advisor at MoMA PS1, 2007 to 2010. He is also the Co-Founder, Publisher, Artistic Director of the monthly journal The Brooklyn Rail, Rail Curatorial Projects, the publishing press Rail Editions. He is a board trustee of The Third Rail of the Twin Cities, The Miami Rail, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Sharpe–Walentas Studio Program, the International Association of Art Critics United States Section (AICA USA), Anthology Film Archives, Studio in a School, The Second Shift Studio Space of St. Paul, among others. He was a senior critic at Yale MFA, Columbia University MFA, and University of Pennsylvania MFA, 2012 to 2015, and has taught graduate seminars in MFA Writing and Criticism and MFA Photography, Video, and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts, 2012 to 2016.
Cameron Keith Gainer
Cameron Keith Gainer is a visual artist and Publisher of The Third Rail, an internationally distributed quarterly arts publication. Cameron received his MFA from Tyler School of Art in 2003. Recent awards and fellowships include a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Pollock-Krasner grant, James L. McKnight Fellowship, and a Jerome Foundation grant for research.
Gretchen Gasterland-Gustafsson is an Associate Professor of Liberal Arts at MCAD. She received her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation was titled Design for Living: German and Swedish Design in the Early Twentieth Century. She has a Fil.Lic. in art history from Lunds University in Sweden, where she focused on contemporary art and social consciousness, specifically in the work of Adrian Piper, David Hammons, and Glenn Ligon.
Jennifer Newsom is an architect and co-founder, with Tom Carruthers, of Dream The Combine, a creative practice based in Minneapolis, MN. Jennifer earned both her BA and M.Arch. at Yale University, and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture. Recent projects include public art installations in the Twin Cities, Vancouver, Canada, and at MoMA PS1 in New York, NY as winners of the 2018 Young Architects Program. www.dreamthecombine.com.
Victoria Sung is Assistant Curator of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center. Previously, she worked at arts and culture institutions in New York, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Victoria holds a BA in history from Harvard College, an MSt in the history of art and visual culture from Oxford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Maria Cristina Tavera (“Tina”) is a Latinx artist, independent curator, and activist influenced by her transnational upbringing between Minnesota and Mexico. Tavera has a Masters in Public Affairs- Leadership in the Arts from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School and is the director of the McNair Scholars Program at Augsburg University. She has received fellowships and grants from the Archibald Bush Foundation, the Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies program, the Museum of Modern Art-New York, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC), Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME). Her work can be found at www.mariacristinatavera.com.