Robert Tannen is an artist, urban planner and one of the founders of the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans. He has been engaged in urban planning and urban design since 1965 throughout the nation and internationally with work in Iran, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Panama. During his career, Tannen has participated in major museum exhibitions, public art projects, festivals and expositions. He has directed large-scale transportation and redevelopment projects, bringing a public art perspective to the management of such projects. Since 1972, Tannen has created art based on the shotgun-house form—an intersection of architecture, sociology and geography—in both large and small in scale.
Lilly Wei is a New York-based independent curator and critic whose focus is contemporary art. She has written regularly for Art in America since 1984 and is a contributing editor at ARTnews. Wei has written for Art & Australia, Art and Auction, and Flash Art, among other publications, and has frequently reported on international biennials and exhibitions. Wei has written about countless artists, including Xu Bing, Chakaia Booker, Paul Chan, Francesco Clemente, Chuck Close, Tara Donovan, and Ragnar Kjartansson. Wei lectures on critical and curatorial practices and serves on numerous advisory committees and review panels. Wei was born in Chengdu, China and has an MA in art history from Columbia University, New York.
Collector and real estate broker Dorian Bennett has long been a devoted patron and supporter of the arts. He is classically trained in piano and he enjoys painting and pottery. Bennett has lived in New Orleans for over twenty years where he successfully runs his own firm at Sotheby’s International Realty. Prior to opening his own practice, Bennett worked for several agencies honing his skills and winning numerous awards. Through his work with the New Orleans Film Commission, Bennett’s name has been spread around the Hollywood community as a “Real Estate Agent to the Stars”.