Don Davis, Composer
Don Davis' music has been performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Rundfunk Kammerorkester of Amsterdam, the Arditti Quartet, the California E.A.R. Unit, and Xtet, among many others. His full-length opera, Río de Sangre, will be read by the New York City Opera in May 2007 as part of the VOX: 2007 festival. As a film composer, he is best known for his scores for The Matrix trilogy.
William Longhauser, Graphic Designer
William Longhauser's award-winning design work has been featured in publications and exhibitions nationally and internationally-from the Cooper Hewitt in Manhattan to the Pompidou Center in Paris, as well as in Japan, the Soviet Union, Finland, and South Korea. His work is included in Philip Meggs' A History of Graphic Design. From 1977 to 2000, Longhauser was a tenured professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Currently teaching at Otis College of Art and Design, Longhauser writes on issues relating to graphic design. He is the founder of the Outside Institute in Los Angeles.
Nobuko Miyamoto, Artistic Director, Great Leap
Nobuko Miyamoto is an artist who uses her songs, theatre works, and dances as a healing and unifying force. Originally a dancer on Broadway and in films such as Flower Drum Song and West Side Story, she found her own voice as an activist in the Asian-American movement, co-creating the milestone album, A Grain of Sand. In 1978, she founded Great Leap, a multicultural arts organization, producing works such as A Slice of Rice, Frijoles, and Greens. Nobuko is a recent winner of the Ford Foundation's Leadership for a Changing World award for her work using the arts for social change.
Carles Vallhonrat, Architect
Carles Vallhonrat has taught at Princeton University School of Architecture from 1972 to the present. He worked in the office of Louis I. Kahn as principal assistant to Louis Kahn in the design of the Salk Institute, the Bangladesh Capital Complex, the Palazzo dei Congressi in Venice, and the first design of the British Art Center at Yale. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, and Tel Aviv University, among others. He has had his architectural practice in Philadelphia since 1977.
Allan Wexler, Sculptor/Designer
For over two decades, Allan Wexler's work with objects, buildings, and environments has blurred the lines between architecture and sculpture. He has had numerous national and international solo shows and was awarded the 2004-2005 Design Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome. Additionally, he has taught art and architecture for 25 years, currently at Pratt Institute in New York City, where he has been represented by the Ronald Feldman Gallery since 1984.