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As a performer Beth was seen on Broadway in West Side Story, on national and international tours, at top regional theaters, in short films, on SNL and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Beth choreographed The Sound of Music and Matilda at The Muny. She was recently commissioned to choreograph the original work In the Pocket for Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. She also recently choreographed West Side Story for the Abilene Opera.
Additional choreographic work on Broadway/Off-Broadway: Gettin’ the Band Back Together, High Button Shoes, The New Yorkers, and 1776. Other highlights: Footloose and The Music Man at The Kennedy Center, The Drowsy Chaperone and Because of Winn Dixie at Goodspeed Opera House, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, My Fair Lady, West Side Story and Newsies at The Muny. She assisted the highly stylized Gucci Showtime campaign and Target’s 20 Years of Fashion for All for NY Fashion Week.
She earned her BFA from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. She is a year round faculty member at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in NYC and choreographs for The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in NYC.
Born and raised in Togo, West Africa, Foyer was first introduced to drawing and clothing design at age 8 by assisting her fashion designer and dressmaker mother in her Atelier. Foyer came to the United States in 1990 where she obtained her BS in Economics from Baruch College, CUNY and her MS in Urban Studies from The New School, Milano School of Policy, Management and Environment. Foyer maintained a studio practice in New York City since 2009 and in 2018, she went back to school to finish her M.F.A. Program at Lesley University, College of Art + Design in Cambridge, MA.
Foyer’s works have been shown internationally and nationally; and a few of her artworks are in private collections.
Influenced by artistic practices and design motifs found in Pre-Colombian, Mesopotamian, Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Modernism and Outsider's arts, Groux’s ceramic works are tactile, curvilinear abstract sculptures accentuated by organic shapes and patterns. Her oil etchings further explore the possibilities of line and shape in intricate and delicate patterns of embellishment. Groux’s work inspires visual curiosity through the generous movement of material and coalesces as tangible objects of energy and beauty.
Elle’s work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions in New York, Switzerland, and Philadelphia and are housed in collections in Pennsylvania, New York, California, Switzerland, Canada and Mexico. Additionally, she is the recent recipient of Best in Show for Sculpture 2021 at the Ellarslie Museum in Trenton, NJ, juried by Dr. William R. Valerio, Director of the Woodmere Museum of Philadelphia, PA.
Lola has exhibited throughout New York City, and was invited to international poetry festivals in Quebec, South America and the Middle East. Since 2006 she has curated the Armenian Poetry Project.
A NOMAA double grantee for Literary Arts, Lola’s work has appeared in journals and anthologies. For more information visit www.lolakoundakjian.com
Being both Puerto Rican and Haitian, throughout my life people always tried to place me in a box of one or the other. With my portraits, I showcase unique individuals who embrace both their culture and who they are. Despite the stereotypes, they face purely based on the color of their skin.
When people see my paintings, I want them to feel like they too can be their unapologetically beautiful selves.
I attended the College for Design in Hanover, Germany and the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen, Germany where I graduated in international management with a focus on the textile industry in Fair Trade. I studied design, the making of textiles and coloring at Co-Optex International company in Chennai, India. Currently, I work from my studio in New York City.
Kinesis Project is a non-profit organization that creates site specific dance performances and facilitates educational programs. The company produces large-scale, space-changing and unexpectedly intimate dances. Kinesis Project is at the forefront of the international discussion of placemaking, art engagement with diverse communities and the cultural imperative of art in public spaces.
Both processes are easy going, playful and restorative; some much needed pandemic art therapy. But all my work is some sort of bright collage or mashup of ideas. All in the service of creating something that delights the eye.
I use colorful geometric patterns to create paintings that dazzle. Visual impact is what I’m after; the macro and the micro. They look precise from a distance, but get closer and you’ll see their looseness. Each mark reveals the rhythm and attention needed to craft the painting, and provides a sneak peak into the studio. Wobbly grids, sinuous blobs and transparent colors indicate little desire for perfection, but great care in organizing. That discord interests me.
Uniqua Simmons born and raised in Harlem is a Certified Fitness Practitioner, Performance Artist, Self -Taught Jewelry Artist, Multidisciplinary, Interdisciplinary Artist. She writes and creates Art about her Culture, Muses, Wellness, Liberation, Community, Diversity, Healing & Peace, and empowerment work. Using Arts and Education for all abilities.
Creating personal and community quilts, fiber Art and decorative books are some of her favorite Arts to create and share.
She is an active Teaching Artist in diverse communities using Art, Fitness and Wellness to educate, heal, and create platforms to collaborate and exprees Arts and Culture.
She is the Creative Artistic Director of My Art M.A.D.N.E.S.S ( My Art, Making Art, Diverse, Necessary, Educational, Sustainable, Selfless) Unique Differences, DanceSense Wellness, Afya Afro Jazz, and Eclectic Butterfly Dance Theatre
Her Jewelry designs, Arts, Performance and Wellness have been shared, seen and exhibited in Essence Magazine, Essence Catalog, Brooklyn Museum Shop, Eileen Fisher, Gallery Vercon, The Brownstone Woman, Arsenal Gallery - Central Park, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, Buunni Coffee West Harlem Arts, Children’s Art Carnival, Emblem Health, Natural Awakenings , Daily News, The African Burial Ground National Monument, Dance Parade
Contact Information: myartmadness.com, dancesensewellness.com, afyaafrojazz.com, uniquedifferences.org, IG- myartmadness, afyaafrojazz, FB Uniqua Simmons
I draw inspiration from the dense woods and majestic waters I see on my walks and from my windows. Manhattan is not all skyscrapers and subways!
In this city I love – a city that is never still – I create work that draws you close. It is work without noise and distractions. This is my refuge. My meditation.