US Virgin Islands Participants

 

About the USVI Participants:

 

 

Jon Euwema is a St. Thomian architect/designer, visual artist and poet who comes from a long line of Virgin Islands artists. He was one of several V.I. visual artists included in a presentation given on Virgin Islands contemporary art at Casa de las Americas in Havana, Cuba in 2015. His latest project is a series of limited-edition prints documenting V.I. vernacular dialect.

 

 

Matthew Sewer Gibney is a laborer and artist from St. John. He is interested in preserving the traditional folk lifeways of St. John as an agriculturist and craftsman. He is developing plans for an organic farm on St. John and is an accomplished basket weaver.

 

 

David W. Knight Sr. is a cultural resource consultant, historian and author. His professional goal has always been to bring the rich historical legacy of the Virgin Islands into sharper focus through broad-based public access, education, and community awareness. Along with his research and writing, he remains active in preservation advocacy throughout the islands. He is an active supporter of the Caribbean Genealogical Library on St. Thomas, as well as a long-standing member of the St. Croix based Society of Virgin Islands Historians. In October, 2013, he was appointed by Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. to serve on the Virgin Islands Historic Preservation Commission representing the St. Thomas/St. John District.

 

 

David Knight Jr. is a writer, editor and journalist from the U.S. Virgin Islands. His articles have appeared in publications including ARC Magazine, The Caribbean Writer, Caribbean Beat, and The Caribbean Review of Books. He is the co-founder and co-editor of Moko, a regional arts and literature journal based in the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. He is currently based on St. Thomas where he works as a reporter and photographer for the Virgin Islands Source and as an exhibit co-curator with PHR Art Projects.

 

 

Monica Marin is a curator, artist, and educator from and based in St. Croix, Virgin Islands. She earned a BFA in Art History, Theory and Criticism (with an emphasis in Latin American & Caribbean art) and Painting & Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She founded the Artist Advisory Council for the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (CMCArts), and worked at the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, FL as their first residency coordinator. She has exhibited her work throughout the Caribbean, the US, and Denmark. Her work and research addresses the structural history of colonialism and the ways in which coloniality is manifested today through tourism, environmental racism, and the privatization of public land. She is currently employed by the VI Department of Public Works assisting in fundraising initiatives for historic preservation projects.

 

 

Erik Miles is a photographer and filmmaker from the Virgin Islands. He is currently the executive director of the St. Thomas Historical Trust. By the age of 18 Erik had been a cameraman on documentaries for the BBC, National Geographic, and Jacques Coustea. His photographs were recently incorporated into the permanent collection of the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico San Juan.

 

 

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Priscilla Hintz Rivera was born in Andalucía, Spain and grew up between the cosmopolitan island of Puerto Rico and her family dairy farm on St.Thomas. She is an arts management consultant and independent curator who has been a devoted arts and cultural advocate for the past 15 years, most recently as executive director and co-founder of Artvi Advocates, an arts organization whose mission is to support and promote the arts in order to enhance the cultural, social, and economic wellbeing of the Virgin Islands. She holds a MA in Arts Administration from Goucher College and a BA in Social Sciences with a concentration in Caribbean studies from the University of the Virgin Islands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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