Aleksandra Vrebalov

Serbian-born composer Aleksandra Vrebalov explores the concepts of time, place, and memory by combining documentary audio with acoustic instruments. She has created music for opera, dance, and the concert stage, as well as for documentary films and art exhibitions. Her electronic pieces are most often based on materials from her personal audio archive. Vrebalov moved to San Francisco in 1995 and now resides in New York City.

Aleksandra Vrebalov was nominated by David Harrington.

Chason Matthams

Chason Matthams was born in 1981 and raised on the Monterey Peninsula in California. He works as an artist assistant and teaches painting at NYU.

Chason Matthams was nominated by Jan Avgikos.

Christine Wang

Christine Wang was born in 1985 in Washington, DC and received her BFA from Cooper Union in 2008. She studied mural painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and is a 2013 MFA candidate at UCLA. Wang completed residencies at Studio LLC Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in 2010, Chashama North 2010, and Skowhegan 2007. Selected exhibitions include Pushing Painting Paradigms at Rutgers University (2012), and Shock and Awe at Gatov Gallery, California State University Long Beach (2009). Select exhibition venues include Night Gallery, The Prince Street Gallery and La Mama Art Gallery. Christine lives and works in Los Angeles.

Christine Wang was nominated by Mieke Marple and Davida Nemeroff.

Eleni Sikelianos

Eleni Sikelianos is the author of a hybrid memoir (The Book of Jon, City Lights) and seven books of poetry, most recently The Loving Detail of the Living & the Dead (Coffee House, 2013). She has been the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Fellowships, The National Poetry Series, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Princeton University’s Seeger Fellowship, and the Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative American Writing, among others. In the summer of 2012, she performed parts of The California Poem with composer Philip Glass, set to his music. Her work has been widely anthologized (including in several Norton anthologies) and has been translated into a dozen languages. Sikelianos has taught poetry in public schools, homeless shelters, and prisons, and is on guest faculty for the Naropa Summer Writing Program and for L’Ecole de Litérature in France and Morocco. She currently teaches in and directs the Creative Writing Ph.D. program at the University of Denver, where she runs the Writers in the Schools program, and is frequently poet-in-residence at art centers and creative writing programs. The great granddaughter of Greek poet Angelos Sikelianos and theater director Eva Palmer Sikelianos, she shares her days with the novelist Laird Hunt and their daughter Eva Grace.

Eleni Sikelianos was nominated by Anne Waldman.

Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins has toured the world as a spoken word artist, as frontman for both GRAMMY-nominated Rollins Band and Black Flag–and without a microphone. Henry's spoken word performances–"talking shows," as he calls them–are a seamless (yet seemingly extemporaneous) mix of humor and outrage; pop culture, political commentary and personal anecdote; healthy skepticism and rugged optimism. When he's not living out of a backpack, he is constantly at work as an actor, radio DJ, author of more than 25 books, and running his publishing company and record label 2.13.61. He earned a GRAMMY award in 1994 for Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Album for his reading of his classic punk-rock travelogue Get in the Van. In recent years he has hosted several TV shows for National Geographic, including 2012's three-part series Animal Underworld with Henry Rollins. He currently hosts a weekly radio show on L.A.'s renowned NPR affiliate KCRW, and is a regular columnist for LA Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia. In January 2013, Henry celebrated the 200th broadcast of his weekly KCRW show. Billed as "a great mix of all kinds from all over from all time," his show airs Saturday nights from 8-10pm pacific time, and streams online at

Henry Rollins was nominated by Mike Mills.

John Moloney

John Moloney, came blasting out of Everett, Massachusetts in the 1990s as a founding member of avant-psyche improv rock experimentalist group Sunburned Hand of the Man (formerly known as Shit Spangled Banner). Still extant today with a fluctuating nucleus of members, the troupe has recorded hundreds of documents in all media as well as tours from Biloxi to Belfast. John is also a current member of the bands Chelsea Light Moving, Caught on Tape, Rat Power, Local Gyro and Hush Arbors. In tandem with his musical adventures, John has progressively engaged himself in the disciplines of narrative and neo-surrealist drawing and printmaking. His work has been featured in various group exhibitions and select album covers such as the inner gatefold of Sonic Youth's The Eternal LP.

John Moloney was nominated by Thurston Moore.

Karin Gulbran

Karin Gulbran lives in Hollywood, CA. She received her BFA degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1996 and an MFA degree in painting from UCLA in 1999. Regarding her recent move into ceramics, Karin says, "Bowls are like heads so it seems natural that they should have faces. Eye Bowls for drinking are also a mask. Larger forms can hold flowers, mail or empty space. They are an outlet for some of my animistic tendencies, personal symbols and a place to exorcize the Cats."

Karin Gulbran was nominated by Matthew Higgs.

Katja von Helldorff

Born in Brussels in 1979, Katja grew up in a Belgian-German-Jewish family. She moved to Berlin in 1999, where she studied at the Art Academy of Weissensee. During her studies the artists Vaginal Davis, Alice Creischer and Pauline Boudry greatly inspired her. Katja exhibited across Europe and in Buenos Aires from 2005 to present. She is currently working on a "milieu study" drawn on metal plates with dry paint. The series portray artists, cultural producers, and activists, who are connected to Katja and represent her references in the Berlin cultural scene.

Katja von Helldorff was nominated by Vaginal Davis.

Kohey Kanno

Kohey Kanno was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1982 and received his B.F.A. in photography from Nihon University in 2004. Upon his graduation he began his career at Shiseido Co. as an assistant photographer, and has since been active as a commercial photographer in Japan and abroad. In 2012, Kohey Kanno collaborated with fellow Japanese photographer Momo Okabe on a project entitled Unseen/Tsunami which depicted their personal lives admist the backdrop of the 2011 Fukushima tsunami. Kanno's work has been exhibited in Tokyo and NY, including We are One: Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Crisis Relief, (NY/2011), Here is ZINE Tokyo at Tokyo Cultuart by BEAMS (Tokyo/2011). His previous book projects include Honeymoon (2011), The Boy With the Thorn in His Side (2010), Paper Life (2006), and 99 Stories (2004).

Kohey Kanno was nominated by David Strettell.

Matthew E. White

The world of Matthew E. White unfolded out of the mingled sands of Virginia Beach and Manila, the youngest son in a family that raised him barefoot between the blurred racket of that far eastern jungle city. He was born into an already deep sonic archaeology: the dusts of the Delta had swirled into Rock and Roll. King Tubby was dubbing. Terry Riley was overdubbing. Caetano Veloso had just turned 40. Muddy Waters was just about gone. Jimmy Cliff had sung "Many Rivers to Cross", and so had Harry Nilsson, and White shared this common inheritance and out of it he stitched his own flag out of it. His debut album Big Inner,  begins with "One of These Days -- looking in, up, and over in its declarations of love. It is about waking up next to someone, or feeling the wood of the church pew on your back. Recorded in Richmond, VA, White's home and the epicenter of Spacebomb, the label and adjacent group of musicians radiating from a core House Band, Big Inner forms a new history in seven songs. Strings, horns, piano, perfect bass, ripping guitar, and heart-racing percussion help tell the story. I am a barracuda, I am a hurricane. You don't need the seven-voice choir chasing White's voice to make you believe it, but it sure doesn't hurt.

Matthew E. White was nominated by Nigel House.

Matías Piñeiro

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1982, Matías Piñeiro studied at the Universidad del Cine, where he taught Filmmaking and Film History. In 2011, he received the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship from Harvard University for developing his new film project, “Sarmiento, Translator”. He currently lives in New York under an NYU scholarship in Creative Writing. His films include “El hombre robado” (2007), “Todos mienten” (2009),“Rosalinda” (2010) and “Viola” (2012). He is currently developing the third installment of his Shakespearean Project: “The Princess of France”.

Matías Piñeiro was nominated by Rose Kuo.

Molly Zuckerman-Hartung

Molly Zuckerman-Hartung is a painter and an instructor at Northwestern University and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent projects include teaching a class called Reading Moby Dick as Artists. She is showing new work in a group exhibition at the Walker Art Center called Painter Painter, and has exhibited nationally and internationally. She is represented by Corbett Vs Dempsey, Chicago. In 2008, she co-founded Julius Caesar, a gallery, with Dana DeGiulio, Diego Leclery, Colby Shaft and Hans Peter Sundquist. Caesar is now run by Dana DeGiulio, Chris Naka and Min Song.

Molly Zuckerman-Hartung was nominated by Michelle Grabner.

Momo Okabe

Momo Okabe was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1981 and received her B.F.A. in photography from Nihon University of Art in 2004. Okabe’s work was selected by Nobuyoshi Araki for The 8th Exhibition of New Cosmos of Photography. She remains relatively silent to the photo market in Japan due to the nature of her photographic subject matter, which is considered excessively sexual and provocative. Raised in France during her childhood, Okabe felt isolated as an outsider and started to fantasize about her ideal world. By taking pictures she claims to express her inner voice. In 2012, Momo Okabe collaborated with fellow Japanese photographer Kohey Kanno on a project entitled Unseen/Tsunami which depicted their personal lives admist the backdrop of the 2011 Fukushima tsunami. Okabe is releasing her first monographic book titled Dildo later this year with Session Press.

Momo Okabe was nominated by David Strettell.

Nancy Kuhl

Nancy Kuhl is the author of Suspend (2010) and The Wife of the Left Hand (2007). A chapbook, Little Winter Theater, was published in 2011. She is co-editor of Phylum Press, a small poetry publisher and Curator of Poetry of the Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Nancy Kuhl was nominated by Dan Beachy-Quick.

Rebecca Forgac

Rebecca Forgac was born in 1987 in Winchester, Massachusetts. She graduated from NYU with a BFA in 2010. Rebecca currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Rebecca Forgac was nominated by Alex Jovanovich.

Richard Artschwager

Richard Artschwager (b.1923; d. 2013) forever changed how we view and understand space and the everyday objects that occupy it. For more than four decades, Artschwager had a unique path in 20th century art by confounding its limits all the while making the visual comprehension of space and the everyday objects that occupy it strangely unfamiliar. Known for making art-sculpture, paintings, drawings and other objects since the 1950s, his work has been the subject of many important exhibitions, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1988 and 2012–13), the Centre Pompidou, Paris (1989), Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2003), and the Kunstmuseum Winterthur (2003). His work is included in permanent collections of museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum Ludwig Cologne, and the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris.

Richard Artschwager was nominated by Bob Nickas.

Rinus Van de Velde

Rinus Van de Velde was born in 1983 and lives and works in Antwerp. His practice mainly consists of drawings that hearken back to a personal archive of photographs derived from vulgarizing scientific magazines such as National Geographic or from biographies of artists and scientists. Lately, he often re-enacts found footage or even stages nonexistent scenes in photographs, which he uses as source material.

Van de Velde's overtly narrative drawings are confronted with texts in installations that tell a new and personal story. This fiction takes place in a mirror universe that is peopled by courageous alter egos and who serve as ideal representatives of the actual artist. At the same time, this drawn world is delineated by its own subjectivity: it can be nothing but a fantasy, a fiction, and so beyond its borders lies the great nothingness of the “real” world.

Rinus Van de Velde was nominated by Wilfried Huet.

Sadie Laska

Sadie Laska is an artist and musician, originally from West Virginia, now living and working in Brooklyn New York. She is one half of the drum duo, I.U.D which has performed at numerous museums, galleries and art venues throughout the world, including PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Art, Oslo and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Sadie is also a member of the band experimental noise band Growing. She has curated numerous shows, performances and music events in New York and works with the gallery CANADA. Recently, Sadie had her first solo show at Galerie Bernard Ceysson in Paris and is preparing a collaborative show this spring with I.U.D at Le Confort Moderne in Poitiers, France. She will complete her MFA in painting at Bard College this summer.

Sadie Laska was nominated by Trinie Dalton.

Sarah Ortmeyer

Sarah Ortmeyer is a graduate of the Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany, where she studied with professors Wolfgang Tillmans and Simon Starling. She holds a M.A. from the Bauhaus-based Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach and is currently finishing a Ph.D. on politics and chess under the tutelage of Burghart Schmidt, Kitsch expert and professor for language and aesthetics in Vienna.

Sarah Ortmeyer was nominated by Felix Burrichter.

Here a selection of recent Institutional Exhibitions:

SCHAAK SHOW, S.M.A.K Museum of Contemporary Art; Ghent, Belgium 2012


INTERNATIONALISMUS, Kunstverein Heilbronn; Heilbronn, Germany 2010

WYSTAWA, Museum of Modern Art; Warsaw, Poland 2010

MAURICE, KW Institute for Contemporary Art; Berlin, Germany 2009

LA LOVE, Städelmuseum; Frankfurt, Germany 2008

SAD EIS a show on ritualized happiness at MDC in Brussels 2012

She has published on various subjects, such as: Chess and Working Class (Springer, Vienna), The Chasing of Shiloh Jolie–Pitt as a Boy and Lesbian, (Cura Magazine, Rome), The Wittgenstein House (Gruner + Jahr, Hamburg), and Volvo Car Repair (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne)

Sarah Rara

Sarah Rara is a Los Angeles-based artist working with film, video, performance, and photography. She is a contributing member of the band Lucky Dragons. Her work, solo and in collaboration, has been presented at such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art (as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial), the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, London's Institute for Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, MOCA Los Angeles, and the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among others. She received a MFA from the University of Southern California in 2011.

Sarah Rara was nominated by Andrew Berardini.


Born in Lyon, France in May 1983, Woodkid grew up in a captivating environment full of World War II stories and traveling to his family's roots in Eastern Europe. He studied illustration and animation at the Emile Cohl School before landing jobs on Luc Besson's Arthur, The Invisibles and Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette. Stepping out from behind the camera, Woodkid became one of the few video directors to embark on a recording career of his own. In between shooting promos for the likes of Katy Perry ("Teenage Dream"), Taylor Swift ("Back to December"), Lana Del Rey ("Born to Die," "Blue Jeans"), and Drake and Rihanna's ("Take Care"), he recorded the Iron EP and the Run Boy Run EP, won the MVPA Award for Best Director of the Year, and started work on his debut album, The Golden Age, scheduled for release on March 18th, 2013. Look out for WoodKid's exclusive mixtape for Dream The End.

Woodkid was nominated by Mia Moretti.