Associate Professor of Art History
Director, Boyden Gallery and the Fine Art Collection
St, Mary’s College of Maryland
Cristin Cash joined the Art and Art History faculty of St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) in the all 2005. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin with a dissertation that focused on the relationship between architectural style and changing perceptions of key spaces within the ancient Maya sacred landscape. Her current research and curatorial work focuses on the intersection of art and politics in the contemporary art of Mexico and Cuba. Her most recent exhibitions include First Person: Contemporary Cuban Art at the Layton Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and World Views: The Photographer as Visual Author at Boyden Gallery, SMCM. She teaches courses in the Art and Architecture of the Americas from ancient times to the present, World Architecture and Museum Studies. Dr. Cash became Director of Boyden Gallery and the Fine Art Collection at SMCM in 2012 where she oversees and performs all curatorial work, educational programs, collections management and general operations.
Washington DC native Bill Crandall is an award-winning photographer with more than 20 years’ experience in photojournalism for major publications. He has worked as a photo editor and curator, and has conducted lectures, workshops, and portfolio reviews. Currently he works as a photography teacher and develops his own long-term projects, which strike a balance between art and documentary impulses. A Voice of America review of his debut book The Waiting Room called him “an American master”.
Craig Czury has lived in Berks County since 1991, creating poetry and poetry performances in schools, community centers, juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters, and mental hospitals. For years he organized a noche de poesía poetry vaudeville at the Puerto Rican Latin Association in Reading. Currently, he is a part-time lecturer at Albright College and Berks County’s Poet Laureate (2010-2012).
Author of 21 books of poetry, many of which have been translated into several languages, Czury recently earned his M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing from Wilkes University, where he was awarded the prestigious Norris Church Mailer Fellowship. His most recent book is BECAUSE ALTHOUGH DESPITE.
Czury has also been awarded many national and international fellowships to continue his collaborative poem fusion performance and poetry mural projects. From 1995-96, he spent a year with AmeriCorps*WritersCorps in Washington, D.C., conducting poetry workshops with inmate-patients at St. Elizabeths Psychiatric Hospital. In 1999, through an Americans For The Arts artist exchange fellowship, Czury developed a series of poetry performances in Northern Ireland,
through the Derry Playhouse, uniting Catholic and Protestant communities for BBC Radio Foyle. And from 1997-2000, he created a community documentary with poetry throughout Berks County with his National Endowment for the Arts-sponsored Berks Poetry.
He has edited two anthologies, FINE LINE THAT SCREAMS, from his Northeast Pennsylvania Prison Poetry Project, and UN SEGUNDO EN EL TIEMPO/A SECOND IN TIME, poets of the Reading Hispanic community. Czury is also co-translator of books by Lithuanian poets Liudvikas Jakimavičius and Antanas Jonynas, and the Albanian poet Shaip Emërllahu. In 2011, he was presented the prestigious Laureateship and Honorary Member of Ditët e Naimit Award by the Albanians for his literary bridge building between U.S. and Albanian cultures.
Publisher of Old School Press poetry pamphlets, avid blues harp and bocce player, Czury lives in Springville, Pa. where he hitchhikes up and down Rt. 29 conducting interviews with whoever picks him up in the heart of N.E. PA’s fracking region.
Adjunct Instructor/Photographic Educator
Pittsburgh Filmmakers, PFM Youth Media, Silver Eye Center for Photography
Mandy L. Kendall is a Western Pennsylvania-based photographer, educator, and artist, who works in a number of photographic techniques, from historical processes to new digital technologies. Her current bodies of work focus on the emotional remnants of lost relationships (“Better Days are Behind You”) and our ever-evolving relationship with and impact on the landscape (“Sacrificial Fire”). Kendall holds a certificate in photography from Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and has studied alternative photographic processes at Peters Valley Craft Center and the f295 Symposium. She has served as a teaching assistant at f295 Symposium, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Her work has has been exhibited both regionally and nationally and is held in many private collections. Kendall is currently a photography instructor at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and Silver Eye Center for Photography.
Joshua B. Pribanic is an investigative journalist, photographer and filmmaker who co-founded Public Herald (est. 2011), a nonprofit for investigative journalism, and co-directed the acclaimed documentary Triple Divide. He currently operates as the Editor-in-Chief for Public Herald in Pittsburgh’s historic Paramount Film Exchange building.
In 2008, Pribanic (a Certified Permaculturalist from Oberlin College) founded a nonprofit for agricultural advocacy creating the first community gardens, edible landscapes and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs in Erie County, OH; generating capital investment to nearly a dozen farms. Oberlin College recognized Pribanic’s achievements and took over the programs, adopting them into their New Agrarian Center. During this time he also founded and operated an online grassroots news organization in Ohio (now defunct).
The documentary Triple Divide, released in 2013, is Pribanic’s first feature-length production, praised as “the best documentary on fracking to date.” The work remains as one of the only middle ground films on the subject. It’s appeared in over 50 publications, chosen as the “Official Selection” for several film festivals, viewed in 28 countries, and continues to screen internationally.
In 2014, Pribanic released #fileroom (publicfiles.org) out of Public Herald, a first of its kind open source project to crowdsource state records and make them publicly available online. The #fileroom project launched with an original fracking complaint report that inspired The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to send out “fake news” correspondent Aasif Mandvi’s to create their first segment on the topic, “The Benefits of Fracking.”
His work at Public Herald has been awarded grants from the James L. Knight Foundation, Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds and Investigative News Network. Its been used by the most reputable nonprofit organizations nationwide, as well as receiving support from Tesla Motors. Pribanic and the #fileroom team recently published a 40 page book on how to access and review state records. The nonprofit produced over 35 investigative multimedia reports, and amassed 900 Lifetime Members in only three years; all with only two people.
Pribanic adopts the age-old motto “Nullius in verba” or “Take nobody’s word for it” an instinct to question authority in light of the public interest, and sumak kawsay: an acceptance of the rights of nature. Focussing on ‘in-house’ original productions, most of his work hinges on a DIY ethic. His photography and film has been shown in galleries and theaters across the U.S. He’s currently working on a new film series with Public Herald titled “Invisible Hand” and a photography project around the theme of “Erosion” to be released in 2016.
Melissa Troutman (firstname.lastname@example.org) began investigating shale gas extraction as a newspaper reporter in her hometown of Coudersport, Pennsylvania before joining editor Joshua Pribanic to co-found the investigative news nonprofit Public Herald and create the feature-length documentary Triple Divide. She has experience as a traditional print and multimedia journalist with a flare for photography and teaching as well as songwriting, narration and performance.
As Executive Director of Public Herald, Melissa develops programming, coordinates Members, procures and manages funding, and also serves as editor and reporter herself. As a journalist, Melissa strives to unearth, or sometimes dust off and reorganize, meaningful stories that are valuable to all readers. You can follow her on twitter @melissat22.
Multimedia Specialist, MLive
Crystal Vander Weit is a multimedia photojournalist specializing in photography and videography. She holds a M. A. in New Media Photojournalism from Corcoran College of Art and Design and a B. F. A. in Photography from Barry University. Her focus has been in the shale fields of Pennsylvania documenting the story of those that have been impacted by the proliferation of the natural gas boom. Her area of interest is in environmental justice and class inequality. She is currently based in Kalamazoo, MI working as a multimedia specialist for MLive.