Artist (AIR Program Alumnus)
Interdisciplinary artist Michael Arcega works across media to create art that is informed by language, history, and geography. In his most recent work he adopts methodologies used in the anthropological study of world cultures that often emphasize “otherness,” but Arcega turns the tables, positioning North America as ‘the other” whose symbols and rituals must be studied and understood. Though a socio-political critique, Arcega’s work also has a playful element, providing familiar entry points to alternative ways of thinking about the people who colonize the landscape. Arcega is an Assistant Professor of Art at San Francisco State University. He received an MFA from Stanford University and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2012, he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has been exhibited at the Asia Society in New York, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Honolulu Academy of Art, and the Orange Country Museum of Art in Newport Beach.
President, San Francisco Arts Commission
Artist and Faculty, San Francisco Art Institute
JD Beltran is a conceptual artist, designer, filmmaker, writer, curator, and educator. Her work has been screened and exhibited internationally, including at the Walker Art Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Getty Institute, The Kitchen in New York, ProArte in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in the 2006, 2008 and 2012 ZeroOne San Jose New Media Biennials. Also an expert in public art, she has been commissioned for public art projects worldwide, and her work has been reviewed in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, as well as in Art in America, ArtNews, and Art Papers. She has written columns on art and culture for both SFGate.com and the Huffington Post. A native San Franciscan, Beltran is the President of the San Francisco Arts Commission and is the author and curator for the downtown Yerba Buena District Art Master Plan. She also is faculty in the Film, New Genres, Design & Technology, Printmaking, and Urban Studies Programs of the San Francisco Art Institute, where she also directs the school’s City Studio arts education program for under-served youth. In addition, she is faculty in Design at the California College of the Arts.
Artist (AIR Program Alumnus)
Terry Berlier is a former Recology artist-in-residence (2012). She is an interdisciplinary artist who works primarily with sculpture and expanded media. Her work is often kinetic, interactive, and/or sound based and focuses on everyday objects, the environment, ideas of non-place/place, and queer practice. She has exhibited at venues including the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco, Babel Gallery in Norway, Kala Art Institute Gallery in Berkeley, and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. Her work has been included the book Seeing Gertrude Stein published by the University of California Press. She has received many residencies and grants including from the Zellerbach Foundation Berkeley, Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest, Hungary, the California Council for the Humanities California Stories Fund, and the Millay Colony for Artists. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University. www.terryberlier.com
Kevin B. Chen
Kevin B. Chen has been involved in the San Francisco Bay Area arts community for over two decades as a curator, writer, and visual artist. He was the Program Director of Visual Arts at Intersection for the Arts for over 15 years, and currently runs the Artist Studio Residency program at the de Young Museum. He has served on selection panels for Creative Capital Foundation, Alliance of Artists Communities, San Francisco Arts Commission, City of San Jose Cultural Affairs Office, Arts Council Silicon Valley, and Headlands Center for the Arts. His writing has been published by Paper Museum Press, Light Work, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Chinese Culture Center of SF, The Third Line – Art Gallery in Dubai, and Kearny Street Workshop, and he has exhibited his own work at venues including the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Southern Exposure, and The Kitchen.
Josephina (Josie) Dominguez-Chand
Environmental Education Coordinator, SF Department of the Environment
Josie Dominguez-Chand is the Environmental Education Coordinator at the San Francisco Department of the Environment, where she oversees outreach to K-12 public and private schools that reaches more than 15,000 students annually. She also runs the Food to Flowers! school composting program, lauded as a national model. Before joining SF Environment in 2010, she was a volunteer English Teacher in China with WorldTeach. She received her Master’s Degree in Environmental Earth Resource Management. When she isn’t inspiring and motivating students to protect nature, she enjoys backpacking around the world.
Artist (AIR Program Alumnus)
Jamil Hellu is a former Recology artist-in-residence (2014). Originally from Brazil, he is a visual artist based in San Francisco working primarily with photography, video, and installations. His work is a hybrid of self-portraiture and queer narrative, particularly exploring interpretations of identity. Hellu has been awarded for the Eureka Fellowship by the Fleishhacker Foundation, the Kala Art Institute Fellowship in Berkeley, the Graduate Fellowship Award at Headlands Center for the Arts, and a six-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. He holds an MFA in Art Practice from Stanford University and a BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. Hellu teaches photography in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University. www.jamilhellu.net
Manager, Recology Artist in Residence Program
Deborah Munk has served as the Director of the Artist in Residence Program (AIR) at Recology San Francisco since 2007. She also manages the Environmental Learning Center where the company provides educational tours about resource conservation to over 4,000 children and adults annually. In collaboration with Metro, the regional government for Portland, Oregon; crackedpots, Inc., an environmental arts organization; and Recology colleagues, Munk was instrumental in establishing the GLEAN Program in Portland and assisted in the implementation of similar AIR programs at Recology facilities in Astoria, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. Before joining Recology as AIR Program Coordinator in 2000, she was the assistant editor of Art/Women/California 1950-2000: Parallels and Intersection, published by UC Press. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University and holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology focusing on art and media.
Steven Wolf is a writer and an art dealer based in San Francisco. His gallery, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, specializes in art that questions its own right to exist; his blog, theoffbrand.com, covers the world of discarded objects that are resurrected at the flea market and elsewhere.