PJ GUBATINA POLICARPIO is a socially-engaged educator, curator, programmer, writer, and community organizer. His multidisciplinary practice utilizes research, archive, collaboration, programming, pedagogy and public engagement as both art and tool. PJ creates multifaceted intersections for meaningful connections between communities and art, especially addressing a diverse, multilingual, and multicultural audience. He has presented in conferences including NYCMER, AAM, NAEA, and Open Engagement and is a part of the cross-museum think tank Museum as Site for Social Action (MASS Action). PJ has delivered lectures and participated in panels at The New School, University of Illinois Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, The Field Museum, Textile Arts Center, MoCADA, Museum of Chinese in America, Queens Museum, and Brooklyn Museum. As independent curator, he has organized exhibitions and programming at Dixon Place, Knockdown Center, NURTUREart, Queens Museum, and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. His work is is in the collection of the Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. PJ is the Youth Programs Manager at The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Born in the Philippines and raised in San Francisco Bay Area, PJ is currently based in San Francisco and Queens, NY.
EMMY CATEDRAL is an artist working in multi-part performances and installations with objects, walks, video, and things made with paper, often drawing from collaboration, research, and linked archives. Her work has been exhibited at Queens Museum, Flux Factory, LaMama Experimental Theater Club, The New York Historical Society, Bronx River Art Center, Sadie Halie Projects, Primetime, the Center For Book Arts, and other unnamed and temporarily named spaces. Emmy's ongoing Amateur Astronomers Society of Voorhees (AASV) and The Explorers Club of Enrique de Malacca host salons and walking tours that examine language and the various human attempts (and failures) at codifying knowledges, the latter group involving activities of the more geographic and terrestrial through an intersectional, post-colonial lens. Recent readings and performances have been presented at Unisex Salon, The Segue Reading Series, Present Co., and Underdonk. Emmy has also co-edited and designed 2nd Ave Poetry (with poet Paolo Javier) and has organized and co-curated literary and performance programs for Queens Museum and The Segue Foundation Reading Series. She received an MFA (Sculpture) from Hunter College, and was a 2014 Artist in Residence at Center For Book Arts. Emmy was born in Butuan City, Philippines and was raised in Butuan, Iloilo, and Queens, NY.