Nicole Jeffords has had two careers, one as a portrait painter and one as a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. In college she studied comparative literature but simultaneously managed to rack up hours in art school. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University in 1979 after an eight-year marriage that took place in London and ended in divorce. By then she was a single mom and also a serious drunk who eked out a living writing annual reports for a New York PR firm. In 1981 Nicole got sober and life began all over again. Her first novel, “Hearts of Glass,” about four women getting sober in AA, was published by Crown in 1992. Over the following years she focused on short stories, novellas and screenplays, and co-authored “High Frequency,” a spoof on new age Austin. In 2006 she opened her ArtProfiler studio and spent the next decade working as a portrait painter. Her sister’s death in 2015 spurred her to write an online illustrated series of family stories under the title "The World of Franyo," about her parent’s escape from Nazi Germany, her teenage years as the daughter of wealthy art collectors in 1960s New York, her high drama first marriage to well-known Czech photographer Werner Forman, and the miracle of getting sober in AA. Nicole’s current project, a serialized novel entitled "A Secret Grave," is about an art-related murder that takes place in Austin and is published four times a week in the form of an artist’s blog on ArtProfiler.com. Nicole is very happy to have reached a point in her career where she can combine fiction and oil portraiture, revealing bold and dangerous truths about people in different but complementary ways.
I’m going to list my credentials right here so you know who you’re dealing with. First off, I write anonymously as most of us in the advice business do. Doesn’t matter if I’m male or female, especially these days when gender is so fluid. You can picture me as you wish, with or without a penis or vagina or anything in between.
I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1955, received a BA from Harvard College in philology, went on to study journalism and psychology at the University of Texas, Austin. I’ve written ten novels, all under pseudonyms, the most well-known, "Betty’s Journal," reviewed in the New York Times in June, 1997. The work I’ve been most proud of, however, has been my lonely hearts column, published in the now defunct private newsletter, Heartthrob. Some of you may be too highbrow for that sort of thing, but let me tell you its effect was better than say Celexa, Prozac or any other good antidepressant. For years it brought happiness to dozens of miserable people. Alright, that’s enough. All you really need to know about me is: 1) I SAY IT LIKE IT IS and 2) I DON’T SUFFER FOOLS LIGHTLY. If you want to be stroked or have your hand held through difficult times, go to Ask Amy at the Chicago Tribune, Dear Prudence at Slate, or Carolyn Hax at the Washington Post. In some ways I’m your worst nightmare. But I’m honest.
Randi is the owner of I Need a Clone! Concierge, a small business that provides assistance in business & personal management, creative services and event planning. She opened Clone in February 2012, and with a stroke of luck, or perhaps destiny, she met Nicole shortly thereafter. Randi manages the ArtProfiler website, marketing, and business administration, and works closely with Nicole to choose which exhibits, galleries and contests are a good fit with her work as well as what contributors are a good fit with ArtProfiler. She is ArtProfiler's senior editor and the mastermind behind the memes and political and promotional videos. Randi has been dancing since she was two years old - it is her primary passion - so, in her free time she performs with and choreographs for various Austin dance companies. But since free time is rare as a single mother, Randi puts her choreographic skills to use in her video work for ArtProfiler. Composing the score, timing the imagery with the music, dreaming up the material - these are all the tedious things a choreographer revels in! ArtProfiler is one of her best creative outlets and her favorite way to RESIST the Trump administration.
The results of the 2016 Presidential election, the doctrine of state capture, the all-too-obvious political corruption in Washington and the transformation of our political system from a democracy to a plutocracy catalyzed Mr. Krause's commitment to transform his gallery into the Center for Contemporary Political Art (CCPA), America's first political arts think tank, located in Washington DC, across the street from the National Portrait Gallery. Having seen the power of fine art to influence social and political change while on assignment as a foreign correspondent in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, Mr. Krause opened his Gallery hoping to persuade art historians, museum curators, critics and private collectors that the motivation underlying an artist's work, and its impact influencing positive social and political attitudes and change, should be recognized as an important consideration when evaluating an artist's work in the 21st Century. Since 2011, the Gallery has presented art that has sought to influence public attitudes about, or increase public awareness of, issues ranging from gun control to genocide, immigration reform, political corruption, income inequality, the human and financial cost of U.S. military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan, Citizens United and political paralysis in the United States to artistic freedom in Putin's Russia, the plight of Uighur people in China, the gathering of military intelligence and its impact on civil liberties and, most recently, the 2016 election and dangers the Trump presidency portends for artistic freedom and civil liberty in the years ahead. Mr. Krause has led a long career as an award-winning foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, CBS News, The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour and PBS (1983-2000). His reporting was recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with an Emmy Award for his reporting from Israel and the Middle East (1997); the Latin American Studies Association Media Award for his Central America coverage (1987); and the Overseas Press Club’s Hal Boyle Award for his reporting from Jonestown, where he was shot and wounded while on assignment for The Washington Post (1978). His book, “Guyana Massacre: The Eyewitness Account,” was a best-seller and adapted for television by CBS. Broadcast in 1980, “Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones” remains the 10th most watched miniseries ever broadcast in the United States. His current column, "The Swamp Report," is published occasionally when the mood strikes.
Together, editors and writers Nicole Jeffords and Randi Turkin keep ArtProfiler running. Both editors approve the overall content published on the site including which artists are featured in the Artist Monthly series, art reviews, special features and stories, and both women contribute to the site's blog, Talking Smack. The political memes are generally inspired by political portraits painted by Nicole -- it takes two to keep up with the momentum of our roller coaster news cycle, so while Nicole paints the portraits at record speed, together they come up with the meme's headline which Randi then designs and authors.
Kitty Pearce is an Austin, TX-based art historian with a master's degree in Contemporary Art from Sotheby's Institute of Art - New York. When she's not immersing herself in the Austin art scene, she's scouring the antique booths at Round Top, practicing hot yoga, or perfecting a recipe.
David Glen Robinson ("Dr. Dave") has lived in Austin more than four decades, having first arrived seeking a graduate education at UT-Austin. Always a writer, always an artist, he discovered the performing arts when he won free dance lessons with Darla Johnson in a raffle. Now he's just putting it all together in writing about dance, theatre, visual art and history.
Greta is a Creative Writing scholar at Emory University in Atlanta. She loves riot grrl bands, zines and drag performances. A poet, musician, taxidermist and visual artist, Greta is inspired by women, cults, psychic powers and the night.
Josh was born into a working class family in Virginia Beach, Virginia. His parents divorced when he was nine, and he was left alone for long periods. What came out of that is a rich imagination in pictures and words that give him comfort and purpose. To see a full portfolio of Josh's most recent artwork and poetry, please visit his website - http://www.joshkight.com/. In the coming months, Josh's poems will be set to video and published here on ArtProfiler.
James Blanchard is an upstate NY artist influenced by subjects ranging from politics to the mysteries of the natural world. He is currently a senior studying the arts at Suny Plattsburgh, specializing in Graphic Design and Printmaking. His goal is to convey his ideas and viewpoints with viewers from all backgrounds to spread a message of protest and progress. Creating art is something he views as a way to inspire the viewer to help change the world. With all that is going on in the world right now James feels it is his duty to take a stand for those who may not be able to stand for themselves.
Boyd lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and their Havanese dog Toby. In a former life, Boyd was a lawyer and a corporate officer. A native Texan, Boyd writes about what he knows—life in Texas mixed with politics, underdogs, and satire. Look for his Donnie Ray Cuinn series wherever books are sold. For more information about Boyd, please visit his website at http://www.boydtaylorauthor.com.
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