Artist Jon Rubin, Critic and Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art & Theory Natalie Loveless and the artist’s Mother Jane Clayton will act as mentors / advisers over the residency term.

Jon Rubin creates interventions into public life that reinvent social and political conditions and create new platforms for agency, participation, and exchange. His projects include starting a radio station in an abandoned steel town that only plays the sound of an extinct bird, developing a hypnotized human robot army, running a barter-based nomadic art school, operating a restaurant that produces a live talk show with its customers, and running another take-out restaurant that only sells food from countries the United States is in conflict with. He has exhibited at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Mercosul Biennial, Brazil; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard, New York; The Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico; The Rooseum, Sweden; The ParkingGallery, Tehran, Iran; Nemo Film Festival, Paris; as well as in backyards, living rooms, and street corners.

Jane Clayton is Lenka Clayton’s mother. She was born in Essex in England and gave birth to Lenka when she was twenty-one years old. After over twenty years teaching three year old children she now runs a B&B in Penzance, Cornwall.

Dr. Natalie Suzanne Loveless is an assistant professor of contemporary art and theory in the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta, where she teaches classes on performance, feminism, and social practice. She received a PhD in History of Consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz, under Donna Haraway, an MA in Art History from Tufts University and an MFA in interdisciplinary studio from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, the University of Western Ontario, and Wilfrid Laurier University, and held research fellowships at the Center for the Humanities at Utrecht University and the Humanities Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine. In 2011 Loveless co-founded TotalArtJournal with artist Jeff Huckleberry, a peer-reviewed journal that seeks to establish a dynamic forum for interdisciplinary discourse grounded in the arts. She is currently at work on a book on new feminist art and the maternal.

Dan Byers is The Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Carnegie Museum of Art, and co-curator, with Daniel Baumann and Tina Kukielski, of the 2013 Carnegie International. His recent projects at the museum include solo exhibitions of Cathy Wilkes, Ragnar Kjartansson, and James Lee Byars, as well as the group exhibitions Reanimation—featuring William E. Jones, Joachim Koester, and Nashashibi/Skaer; Ordinary Madness, a large-scale, wide-ranging exhibition drawn from the Carnegie’s collection of contemporary art; and the Pittsburgh Biennial, which featured artists such as Lenka Clayton, Zak Prekop, Peggy Ahwesh, and Frank Santoro. Before joining the staff at the Carnegie, Dan was curatorial fellow at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and assistant to the directors at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. He lives in the wonderful Pittsburgh neighborhood of Polish Hill.



Emily Durbin is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon in Art and Creative Writing who makes text art and edits when possible. She lives in Bloomfield and spends much of her time making journals/sketchbooks, coffee and cartoon fish.

Taylor Preston is a student at Carnegie Mellon University majoring in Art & History.  She is from Ohio, and is interested in photography and artist’s books.