2019 ITI Graduates

Matt Baczewski

Matt Baczewski is an artist working in text, sound and photography/video, exploring the relationships between mediums, place and duration. He graduated from Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA in 2014 with a BA in English, and is based in the Binghamton, NY area where he runs Naan Cül Press.

Pablo Lerma Pablo Lerma is a visual artist and researcher based in New York. His artistic practice involves researching and collecting photographs, maps, drawings, illustrations, and geological material addressing concepts such as time, change, erosion, and extinction. He holds a BFA in Painting and MFA in Studio Art from the University of Barcelona; and a Diploma in General Studies of Photography from the Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya, Spain. His work has been exhibited at Flowers Gallery, Konstanet, Centro Huarte, NYU, Fotoweek D.C., SCAN International Festival of Photography, La Fábrica and Fundació Foto Colectania, among others.
Carla Liesching
Carla Liesching is a South African artist and educator based in New York. She received a BFA in Photography and Art History with minors in Linguistics and Theatre, and ideas around language, fiction and performance frame her understanding of photography. Grounded in experiences growing up during Apartheid South Africa, her work considers the intersections of representation, knowledge and power; focusing on colonial conceptions of race, identity, nationality and geography.
Melani Lopez
Melani Elissa Lopez is a photographer and filmmaker living in Ithaca, NY. She has a BFA in Film, Photography, and Visual Arts from Ithaca College. She works primarily in analog forms, often incorporating the material process into her pieces. Her developing work focuses on intersectional identity, memory, and the illusory nature of the human experience.
Martha Ormiston Martha Ormiston (b. 1988, Rochester, NY) is a writer and artist whose work has been exhibited internationally. She lives and works in New York City and is the Creative Director and Lead Designer for Artbook | DAP.
Nina Perlman Nina Perlman breathes less frequently than other people do. Building stanzas of images, often using diptychs of subtle shifts in time or architecture, or mirror-moments between individuals, her work draws a connection between the language of images and the language of poetry. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and is currently based in New York City.
John Rufo John Rufo’s work has been published, or is forthcoming, on Poets [dot] org, Ploughshares, The Offing, Drunken Boat, Tagvverk, Entropy, The Journal Petra, NOO, and Dreginald. More information is available at dadtalkshow.tumblr.com
[Portrait by Sean D. Henry-Smith]
Kirslyn Schell-Smith Kirslyn Schell-Smith works mainly with photography and text and is interested in the ways in which art and language intersect. Much of her work deals with identity, sexuality, abandonment, and the mundane. She can often be found drinking Diet Coke and finding abandoned cats.
Janet Solval Janet Solval is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. She earned both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from California State University, Northridge. Janet investigates the world primarily through photography, both digital and analog, as well as correspondence, video, and other media.