Jen Delos Reyes
Founder and Director
Jen Delos Reyes is a creative laborer, educator, writer, radical community arts organizer, and author of countless emails. She is the director and founder of Open Engagement, an international annual conference on socially engaged art that has been active since 2007. Delos Reyes currently lives and works in Chicago, IL where she is the Associate Director of the School of Art & Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Crystal Baxley is an artist, studio manager, grant writer, waitress, babysitter and anarcha-feminist living in Los Angeles. Her projects have been featured at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Kadist Foundation in San Francisco, Portland Art Museum, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art Festival, Portland State University, and Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Latham Zearfoss is an artist and cultural producer living and working in Chicago. His commitment to art and activism has also manifested in the creation of sporadic, temporary utopias like Pilot TV and Chances Dances. He has exhibited his work internationally and all over the U.S.
Lauren Meranda is a Chicago-based educator and multidisciplinary designer specializing in projects for cultural institutions, social activism, civic engagement, and public memory through experimental media, collaborative storytelling, and interactive design for physical spaces. She runs a small independant design studio (www.laurenmeranda.com), teaches at Judson University, and serves on the board of AIGA Chicago.
Alex Harris is a web developer and artist living in Oakland, California. He is the Web Editor and Digital Communications Manager at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives.