Amy Gaeta is a graduate student in the PhD program in English, Literary Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Amy has a deep commitment to the intersections of academia and activism. She focuses on textual and photographic images of contemporary militarism responding to the global “War on Terror.” Amy arranges aspects of Disability Studies, Visual Cultures methods, and Black Studies to ask questions about the ethics of spectatorship, the possibilities of fantasy, and subverting surveillance. Her first-hand experience in poetry and studio arts informs her understanding of the possibilities of theory and praxis for our contemporary moment.Currently, Amy teaches English composition courses, Co-chairs the Visual Cultures Collective (VCC), and curates the Felix Series of New Writing.
Before pursuing a doctoral degree in art history at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Alex Leme served as the art director for Equinox, a contemporary literary and art journal based in Little Rock and as adjunct faculty of photography at the University of Arkansas. During the 2014-15 academic year, Alex was a curatorial fellow at the University Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he co-curated the exhibition “Body Politic: The Anatomy of the Grotesque.” He is experienced in event planning and fundraising, combining over 15 years as a theater and music producer, art gallery associate director, independent curator, and grant writer. Currently, Alex co-chairs the Visual Cultures Collective, a student-run organization affiliated with the Center for Visual Cultures at UW-Madison.
Jessica A. Cooley is a scholar-curator working at the intersection of curatorial and museum studies, crip theory, and Modern and contemporary art. Currently, Cooley is a Ph.D. candidate in the art history department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison writing her dissertation “Precarious Objects: Conservation in the Art Museum after the Americans with Disabilities Act,” which confronts the discursive framing and practical treatment of the unstable materiality of art object as the basis for revaluing disability in art institutions. Before Madison, Cooley served as assistant curator from 2006 – 2010 at the Davidson College Van Every/Smith Galleries where she curated a numerous of exhibitions including “RE/FORMATIONS: Disability, Women, and Sculpture” and “STARING.”
Luke Urbain is a doctoral student in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, where he studies contemporary Latin American literature and Visual Culture.