Born in Beijing, China, Ying Li graduated from Anhui Normal University in 1977, where she then taught for six years. She immigrated to the United States in 1983, and received an M.F.A. from the Parsons School of Design, NY in 1987. Her work has been featured internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions, at the Centro Incontri Umani Ascona in Swizterland; the ISA Gallery in Italy; the Enterprise Gallery in Ireland; the Museum of Rocheforten-Terre in France; the Lohin Geduld Gallery, the Elizabeth Harris Gallery, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York; the Gross McCleaf Gallery and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia; and the Green Hut Gallery in Portland, Maine. She was the Donald Jay Gordon Visiting Artist and Lecturer at Swarthmore College and Artist-in-Residence at Dartmouth College, the McMillan Stewart Visiting Critic, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, as well as the recipient of various Residential Fellowships in Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, and France. Her work has been covered in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art Forum, Art in America, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Li is currently a Professor of Fine Arts at Haverford College.
Faye Hirsch is an editor and critic who has published widely on contemporary art, including more than 100 articles and reviews in Art in America, where she was a senior editor from 2003 to 2013. She is co-author of Dancing with the Dark: The Prints of Joan Snyder (2011), which accompanied a traveling retrospective of that artist’s prints organized by the Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University. She has written book and catalogue essays on a broad range of artists, most recently Robert Kushner, Claudette Schreuders and Carl Ostendarp. Prior to Art in America she was editor in chief at Art on Paper and senior editor at Print Collector’s Newsletter. She received her Ph.D. in the History of Art from Yale University in 1987, and has taught at the universities of Oregon (Eugene) and Arizona (Tucson), SVA, Rhode Island School of Design, and the Yale School of Art. She is presently an associate professor and director of the MFA program at the School of Art + Design, Purchase College, SUNY.
Curt Cacioppo is a composer of international distinction whose music has been commissioned by the Chicago and Milwaukee Symphonies, the Emerson String Quartet, and many other esteemed ensembles and soloists worldwide. His work is represented on 16 albums, including the Grammy-nominated Ritornello on Navona Records. As a pianist with an active performing schedule, he programs works of fellow composers as well as his own, and is at home in standard art song and chamber music repertoire. He has collaborated with a variety of contemporaries in the arts and letters, pursuing intersections with the visual worlds of Ying Li, Lia Laterza, Renato d’Agostin, and Vladimir Tamari, and setting poetry of Friedrich Thiel, Claudio Saltarelli, Renzo Oliva, and Luigi Cerantola. Cacioppo involves himself deeply with Native American Studies. Much of his output expresses this aspect, such as the cantata Wolf on a text by Mohawk author and artist Peter Blue Cloud.