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CAT CLIFFORD received her MFA from Southern Methodist University in 2003. Her current work examines everyday movements and gestures frequently repeated in a domestic setting. These investigations often find their way into other quasi-narrative work. Recent working methods include video, animation, drawing, sculpture and performance. Her work has been exhibited at Portland Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, Arthouse, Austin, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery, among other venues. She lives in Houston, TX and Shoreline, WA with her husband and three children.

KANISHKA RAJA was born in Calcutta, India and lives and works in New York City. In Kanishka Raja’s depicted realms, private and public domains from disparate global settings interlock in a complex visual field comprised of multiple panels and variegated perspectival windows. Raja charges these lush and energetic domains with pulsating patterns drawn from his engagement with textile design and ornament. Inspired by Italian 15th Century “Ideal City” paintings that proposed model urban landscapes and demonstrated the principles of perspective, Raja’s new works are windows onto contemporary urban societies. He presents spatially and contextually incongruent views through settings ranging from banal office spaces, to communal points of meeting. Raja lends a painterly, hand-honed quality to the works, creating composite realms that capture notions of both the technological and the handmade. His work has been exhibited widely in the United States, India, and Europe. Raja is a recipient of the 2011 Joan Mitchell Foundation award in painting. In 2004, he received the ICA/Digitas Artist Prize from the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. His work is included in the collections of the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA and the Meadows Art Museum, Dallas, TX. He is represented by Greenberg Van Doren Gallery in New York.

Dallas-based conceptual artist LUDWIG SCHWARZ, known for his absurd and insanely clever works spanning various mediums, received his BFA from Southern Methodist University, Dallas and MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. The MAC will show Untitled (Galveston), 2007 during the artists’ lecture of Cut, Copy, Paste, Paint: Terry Hays & Kathy Robinson Hays. In Untitled (Galveston), 2007 Schwarz’s video collects images and sound which becomes the product of combining distinct, isolated moments. Ludwig Schwarz has recently been exhibited in Leo Castelli Gallery, NY, NY Cris Worley Fine Arts, Dallas, TX, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX and Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX.

New York artist BRET SLATER, earning his MFA at Southern Methodist University, works in a diverse range of pragmatic materials, including cardboard, dry wall, staples, screws, nails, and tape. Whether painting within the aesthetic parameters of manufactured items, reinforcing tape installations with industrial fasteners, or floating rugged cuts of drywall in front of its plastered-over brethren, Slater’s work is a first responder to the language of functionality. He is represented by Marty Walker Gallery in Dallas, Thomas Robertello in New york, and Elaine Levy Project in Brussels.

THEODORE STANLEY has started Harbor Picture Company in New York. Best known as the Director of Photography for Bruce Weber’s documentary films “Letter to True,” “Chop Suey,” and “Boy Artist,” his other notable credits include the Director of Photography for Chiara Clemente’s film, “Our City Dreams” and commercial work for the likes of Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, and Chanel.

JEFF ZILM graduated with a BFA from the University of North Texas. He has shown his paintings and videos in a number of group shows in museums and galleries in Texas and New York, including the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston and Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas (both 2007); the Dallas Museum of Art (2006); Texas Gallery, Houston (2005); the Jewish Museum and Pat Hearn Gallery, New York (both 2001); and others. He lives in Dallas. He is represented by Marty Walker Gallery.

SHANJANA MAHMUD received her BFA from Southern Methodist University in 2005. Following her MFA from University of Pennsylvania, she began living and working in New York. Mahmud was a recipient of a Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship in 2007.

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