Featured Artists

Each issue of Muse/A features the gallery of one visual artist. We are very proud to have become the home for such brilliant work.

In alphabetical order, with feeling:

Tara Anne Cronin (Issue /NINE) is an artist and writer focusing on photography, works on paper, installation, and book-arts. She received a BA in Writing from New School University, an MFA from the ICP-Bard Program, and has twice earned the ICP Director’s Fellowship Award. Having exhibited throughout New York City, North America and Internationally, recent exhibitions include a six-person exhibition in 2016, “The Curator,” with PDN at Foley Gallery in New York, NY, and at HMOCA in Hilo, HI, in 2017. She was a guest-speaker in 2016 at the School of Visual Arts in NY, NY, and recently placed as a top 10 Finalist in the FRESH 2018 prize with KlompChing Gallery in DUMBO, NY. 

Stephanie Dowda (Issue /SIX) is an artist working in the United States. Stephanie dreams in color and believes the camera can capture the spirit that resides in the world. Dowda is a Studio Artist with The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, a Vermont Studio Center Fellow, a Hambidge Fellow, a Frontier Fellow with Epicenter, and a past resident of Cabin Time. Dowda’s work has appeared in Oxford American, Bad At Sports, ArtsATL, BurnAway, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, and more.

Richard Selesnick and Nicholas Kahn (Issue /TWO) have been collaborating as Kahn/Selesnick since 1988 on a series of complex narrative photo-novellas and sculptural installations. The artists have participated in over 100 solo and group exhibitions worldwide and have work in over 20 collections including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution. Portfolios of their work have appeared in fine art and photography magazines worldwide. They have lectured extensively at many institutions including Brown University, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Princeton University, and San Francisco Art Institute.

Kally Malcom (Issue /FOUR) is a photographer whose work and research explores place, personal history, and identity. Her images employ a range of photographic processes and move between the studio and the natural world. Kally holds an MFA from New Mexico State University, and a BA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of North Florida.

Tommy Nease (Issue /THREE) is a young soul who uses his obsession with imagery to unearth deep secrets within his subconscious. Nease’s work lies in a no man’s land between the spiritual polars of light and dark, and shares aesthetic sensibilities with the likes of Man Ray, Roger Ballen and Ryan McGinley. Nease’s work has been both exhibited and published throughout the United States and abroad. He currently lives in Washington state, where he works as a Wildland Firefighter for the United States Forest Service.

Esteban Patiño (Issue /NINE) is a Colombian-born visual artist who lives and works in Atlanta, GA. Esteban’s work is included in the High Museum of Art’s permanent collection, where his interactive sculptures, Heaps of Language, 2016, are a feature of the Art Lab, providing visitors with an opportunity for hands-on exploration. An active member of the Atlanta arts community, his works are curated into exhibitions throughout the city and the region including: ArtintheAtl at Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, 2019; Nuevolution 2018 /2019 at the Atlanta History Center; The Game Show, August 12 – October 7, 2017, The Lyndon House Gallery, Athens, GA; Racecar, June 3 – July 30, 2017, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA; Sprawl: Drawing Outside the Lines, 2015, High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Latin Contemporary, 2013, Loews Hotel, Atlanta; and Latin GA, 2010, Spruill Gallery, Atlanta. 

Jen Ann Simmons (Issue/EIGHT) is a self-taught artist, independent researcher, and community organizer based in Los Angeles. Her work explores humanity’s relationship with the natural world, liberating individual and cultural femininity, and harnessing collective ingenuity to build a more restorative economy and verdant world. Jen views dreams professionally, as indicators of the cultural climate, as futures to move toward, as mediator between the unconscious and conscious states of our shared human experience. She has produced more than 30 social and environmental justice events across Los Angeles, including the Art + Sustainability Festival

Vee Speers (Issue /SEVEN) an Australian artist, has lived and worked in Paris since 1990. Speers has exhibited in London, Paris, Miami, NYC, Atlanta, China, Ireland, Singapore, Japan, Italy, Tunisia, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Sweden, Norway and the United States, and her work has been published on the covers of Fotomagazin Germany, Zoom, Public Art, Photo International, Images Magazine, A Conceptual Magazine, The British Journal of Photography, The Sunday Times UK, Russian Photo and Video, Swedish Photo with features in Zoom, Art Investor, Germany, Shots UK, Photo District News NYC, Photographica Tokyo, EYEMAZING, American Black + White, Milk, Fotomagazin, Chinese Photography, Bloom, Arte Al Limite, and others. Her book ‘Bordello’ with a foreword by Karl Lagerfeld is available world-wide, and her second book ‘The Birthday Party’ was released in October 2008 by Dewi Lewis, UK.

Rachel Wacker, a.k.a. Dolan Cyr, (Issue /FIVE) is a St. Paul-based artist, curator, and community art facilitator. As Kara Hendershot writes, she “balances community engagement with the solitude of the studio.” Wacker graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Notre Dame (with honors) and co-founded the art collective Rage to Order. She has been essential to the artist community of Lowertown, in both creative and organizational roles.