5:30PM-7:30PM | WARDROOM


A roundtable convened by Beatrice Glow with discussants Martha Wilson, Lee Murphy Wolf, Dylan Gauthier, and Art Jones

What does it take to sculpt an idea from spark to fruition? What strategies are involved in the process of identifying resources, building collaborative partnerships, and engaging with the public effectively? What systemic and strategic planning is required to fully articulate a project that is aligned with the lifecycle of the cultural producer? How to build a thriving creative ecosystem? In this roundtable discussion, four visionaries share their processes and insights as cultural producers and thought leaders, as well as how to nurture long-term goals. Following the presentations and Q&A, audience members will partake in a breakout session to have the opportunity to workshop ideas in smaller groups moderated by each speaker.

MARTHA WILSON is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director, who over the past four decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity.  She has been described by New York Times critic Holland Cotter as one of “the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s.”  In 1976 she founded Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artist books, temporary installation, performance art, as well as online works.  She has received fellowships for performance art from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; Bessie and Obie awards for commitment to artists’ freedom of expression; a Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts; a Richard Massey Foundation-White Box Arts and Humanities Award; and in 2013 received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University.

ART JONES has worked with film, digital video, television and interactive media in the roles of director, director of photography, screenwriter, and editor. He has produced and directed pieces for organizations including MTV, Deep Dish Television, and the Women's Health Project of New York City Department of Health, and has served as Director of Photography on projects for clients including The New York Times, Red Bull BC One Tokyo, and the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. Jones is best known for his innovation in the art of audio/visual mixing. His live mixes have been performed in collaboration with musicians and artists including Soundlab, DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Phillip Virus with Alec Empire, Teleseen, Amiri Baraka, Femmes with Fatal Breaks, and Anti-Pop Consortium.Jones' films and media art projects have been presented at the Museum of Modern Art, London's Tate Gallery, and numerous media festivals and broadcast outlets internationally. Jones works in a variety of genres, including fiction, documentary and music-related pieces, where his unique sense of humor and dynamic style of directing, animation, and editing has gained him notice among music aficionados, film critics, and media scholars. He lives and works in New York City.

DYLAN GAUTHIER is an artist, educator and curator working in the public realm, based in Brooklyn, NY.  His work is concerned with temporary occupations, land use, public space, the urban commons, collaboration, and access to information.  In 2007 he co-founded the waterfront art collective Mare Liberum (currently organizing SeaChange with as a continuation of his work around urban water-as-commons issues sparked by his involvement in the collaboratively run Empty Vessel Project on the Gowanus Canal (2005-2007).  In 2012, he (re-)founded The Sunview Luncheonette, a member-based social club with a focus on intersections of art, politics, and urbanism, located in North Brooklyn.  He has shown work and lectured at MASS MoCA, PS1, The Walker Art Center, Stacion Kosovo, Issue Project Room, EFA Project Space, Parsons/the New School, Columbus College of Art and Design, Gigantic ArtSpace, the Neuberger Museum at SUNY Purchase, the Boston Center for the Arts, and the Wassaic Project, New York.  Gauthier teaches in the Film and Media Department at Hunter College and is a research fellow in digital media at the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities.  In 2014, he was a recipient of the Wave Farm Media Arts Assistance Fund grant for his composition of site-specific electromagnetic field recordings: Fabric/Fragment of An Urban Wilderness.   This year, he is also a co-curator (with Juliana Driever) of the Art in Odd Places festival of public art on 14th Street, as well as an instigator of the SeaChange project with, which will be in-residence from the 17-19th of September aboard the Floating Library for Office Hours.

LEE MURPHY WOLF is the CEO and Founder of Step Out To Shine Business Coaching, a company dedicated to helping creatives, visionaries and spirited solopreneurs build successful businesses and brands they love that are aligned with their vision. She is a Certified Master Integral Coach™ and the creator of the SHINE Success Model, a process for creating authentic business plans and marketing strategies that engages the whole human and lays a solid foundation for future business growth.