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.
Administrative Assistant and Local Support
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.
Social Media and Engagement Coordinator
Alexandra Winters is an Australian artist and arts worker now based in Brooklyn. She has a BFA and Masters in Creative Production and Arts Management. Alex was the former Curator at Brisbane Powerhouse, Co-founder of Make Nice and is currently a Programming Intern for Creative Time.
OE 2017 Intern
Christopher Bednash is an artist from Chicago who looks for intersections between art, activism, and spirituality that may somehow be in service to a more compassionate, democratic, and ecologically wise world. He has a Master of Fine Arts in interdisciplinary arts from Columbia College Chicago, tutors students of art, art history, English, and math at Daley College (one of the City Colleges of Chicago), and also is an Artist in Residence at Life Force Arts Center.
OE 2017 Intern
Originally from Miami, FL, Martina is an second year undergraduate at the University of Chicago, where she majors in Art History and minors in Human Rights. She is very interested in learning about the ways in which arts, society, and politics can collide, and is thrilled and very grateful to be working on Open Engagement this year.
Full list of past Open Engagement coordinators and team members coming soon!