Randell Henry: Henry received his undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1979 and the MFA in painting from L.S.U. in 1982. While in junior high school he discovered the works of modern American and European masters in library books and studied them in depth each day while at school. Henry developed a love for abstract art after latching on to artists like Hans Hoffman, Pollock and Motherwell. Months before receiving his MFA degree in painting from L.S.U. Henry went to New Orleans for a weekend in search for a gallery to show his works. At Nahan, the last gallery that he decided to stop in, he was discovered by Kenneth Nahan, who gave him his first major exhibition before graduation. This was the first time the gallery took on an unknown artist for a major exhibition.
Phyllis Lear: Phyllis Lear was born in Lafayette, Louisiana and grew up in a rich Cajun culture of story telling and joie de vie. She attended several Louisiana universities, earning a BA in Art & Industrial Arts Education (ULL) and three graduate degrees – one in art history (LSU) and two in visual arts (Northwestern State and Louisiana Tech).
In 2005, Lear received the Visual Artist Fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Her drawing/collages have been exhibited throughout the United States. Private collectors from Toronto to New Orleans exhibit her art in their homes and offices. She is self-employed and owns her own business: illearstrations.
Jennifer Shaw: Jennifer Shaw earned a BFA in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her photographs have been featured in B&W, American Photo, Shots, Light Leaks, The Sun, and Oxford American magazines, online publications including NPR, Fraction Magazine, One One Thousand, Lenscratch, and Brain Pickings, and are included in two recent monographs: Hurricane Story (Chin Music Press, 2011), and Nature/Nurture(North Light Press, 2012). Her work is exhibited widely and held in collections, including the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Shaw is based in New Orleans, Louisiana where she teaches the disappearing art of darkroom photography at the Louise S. McGehee School in addition to chasing after two young sons.