Charles Dee Mitchell is a freelance writer. Locally he has been a contributor to The Dallas Observer and The Dallas Morning News, and he is a frequent contributor to Art in America. He has written essays for exhibitions at The Dallas Museum of Art, The Columbus (Ohio) Museum of Art, The UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, and many other commercial and non-profit exhibition spaces. In 2008 he retired from Half Price Books, Records, and Magazines, where he was Executive Vice President of New Media Purchases and Proprietary Publishing. He is president of the board of the Dallas literary organization WordSpace. He is also active on the Dallas Video Festival board. Read Dee’s Blog at www.potatoweather.blogspot.com.
Danielle Avram Morgan is a curator and writer based in Dallas specializing in photography and video art. She was previously manager of The Power Station in Dallas and a curatorial assistant for the Photography Department at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA. She has worked with artists such as Martin Parr, Alec Soth, and Matias Faldbakken, and organizations such as SPE, Atlanta Celebrates Photography and Photolucida, among others. She holds an MFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Michael Alexander Morris is an artist and educator. He has been a programmer of experimental film and video art for the Dallas VideoFest since 2011 and has curated several other programs and exhibitions around Dallas. He has screened his films and videos and performed at museums, galleries, festivals, and micro-cinemas internationally. Recently, he has performed his film/digital hybrid work Third Hermeneutic at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and at Mono No Aware in Brooklyn. He teaches new media, multimedia, and video art at University of North Texas, Richland College, and University of Texas at Dallas. His website is michaelalexandermorris.com.
Carolyn Sortor is an artist whose practice includes video, relational strategies, and curation. Her work has been shown in New York, San Francisco, Dallas, Austin, and elsewhere. In 2013, she received a Dallas Observer Mastermind award, and her videos have won juror and audience awards. Her projects have included the OccuLibrary (2012-present); co-curating and directing the first Expanded Cinema (2012); Seismic Hive (2009-2013); Grace at Camp Casey (2005); Creamistress 6: “The Centered Polenta” (2003); and co-curating Co- Re-Creating Spaces (2012) and the first The Program (2008), among others. She has curated video and new media art for the Dallas VideoFest and other venues since 2004. She holds a B.F.A. purchased in 2004 from Ben Britt, who earned it in 1983, and is currently working on an artificial M.F.A. Her website is sortor.com (a.k.a. c-cyte.com).
Many thanks to the VIDEO ASSOCIATION OF DALLAS, especially:
Bart Weiss, VAD Artistic Director
Raquel Chapa, VAD Managing Director
Leslie Oschmann, Director on the Board of VAD and Liaison for the Dallas Medianale
The Video Association of Dallas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1987 and is widely recognized as one of the first and most important proponents and exhibitors of video and new media art in the world. VAD’s mission is to promote an understanding of video as a creative medium and cultural force in our society and to support and advance the work of artists working in video and the electronic arts. Through its screenings and exhibitions, VAD seeks to bring to the attention of artists, curators, patrons, and the public works of great merit or importance but that might not otherwise be seen any time soon in the southwestern U.S. VAD also produces the annual Dallas VideoFest. More at videofest.org.