We boast a diverse faculty of Professional Artists who live and work in the Bay Area with a passion for engaging and mentoring youth in a shared creative process. The relationship of artist-to-emerging high school artists is at the core of the Youth Art Exchange experience, creating access points to the Bay Area arts community and a broader knowledge of contemporary arts practices.
Alfie Macias | Digibeats + Traditional Percussion
Alfie teaches Afro-Brazilian drumming and percussion ensemble, as well as digital beatmaking. He has studied and performed with noted percussionists, Gamo Paz and Jorge Alabe from Brazil, and locally with Carlos Aceituno, Zeke Neally and Kwaku Dady as well as ensembles including Aguas de Bahia and Fogo Na Roupa. He is an accomplished salsa dance instructor and also teaches with Loco Bloco, the San Francisco Arts Education Project and Project Avary, a summer arts camp for at-risk youth. Alfie has been the musical director of both Loco Bloco & is the musical director of the dance company Sambaxé. He and his drumming students regularly collaborate with Sambaxé. Alfie has been with Out of Site for six years. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
Contact:alfie at youthartexchange dot org
Autumn Swisher | Photography
Autumn Rose Swisher received her Bachelor’s of Fine Art degree in Photography from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2007. She was accepted into the New York Studio Program through Parsons in 2006, spending a semester in New York while interning at the 20×24 Polaroid studio. She is currently a freelance photographer in San Francisco, shooting high end jewelry for companies such as Maya Jewelry, Esqueleto, Fiat Lux, among others and is the head photographer for the Latin American Body Piercing conference in Mexico City and the Association of Professional Body piercers in Las Vegas.
Contact: autumn at youthartexchange dot org | Website: www.autumnswisher.com/
Hyeyoon Song | Printmaking
HyeYoon Song is a Korean born artist who works and resides in San Francisco Bay area. She was raised in Auckland, New Zealand and came to the States in 2003. She has received her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 with emphasis in Painting and Print-media. Her work combines figuration of natural environment accompanied by abstraction, expanding the tradition of abstract expressionism. She holds a teaching positiong at Mission Grafica as an Etching instructor and also a Printmaking instructor at the MAS Youth program during the summer sessions.
Contact: hyeyoon at youthartexchange dot org | Website: www.hyeyoonsong.com
Kali Gordon | Architecture
Kali Ren Gordon is a licensed Architect and Social Entrepreneur with a background in Industrial and Visual Communication Design. With an accumulation of seven years professional experience as founder, principal and employee in corporate, medium and small firms across Canada and the U.S, her focus is on Public Interest Design, Social Architecture and Environmental Resilience. Her background brings over 13 years experience studying, practicing, volunteering and living abroad in countries such as Canada, U.S, Mexico, Costa Rica, Italy and Brazil, giving her a broad perspective on the many social complexities facing our world today. She believes whole heartily that design can be used as a powerful tool to make a difference on both a local and global scale.
Contact: kali at youthartexchange dot org
Matthew Brown | Filmmaking
Matthew is a filmmaker who lives in Berkeley. Matthew received a BFA in Film from the University of Colorado with an emphasis in Cinematography and Editing. In addition to filmmaking, Matthew has a passion for photography and is the darkroom assistant for the Black and White Photography class. His work has been shown at the San Francisco Underground Short Film Festival, the Emerging Filmmaker’s Project, Another Cafe, and Looking Glass Photo.
Contact:matthew at youthartexchange dot org
Prescott Reavis | Architecture
Prescott Reavis is an Oakland based spatial activist, designer, planner and educator who has merged his 20 years of experiences in architecture, planning and education to develop and construct inclusive communities internationally with a focus on cultural design and planning justice. Prescott is accredited in Sustainable Design, certified in Social Economic Environmental Design and has completed all of his Architecture Registration Exams, he earned his Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in Education from Howard University and is currently completing his Masters in Urban Planning from San Jose State University with a focus on involving youth in the planning and design processes. Mr. Reavis is a Project Manager and Community Planner for the nationally recognized, nonprofit Asian Neighborhood Design, in San Francisco where he provides community engagement, planning, design services and advocacy for non-profits, small business and community based organizations as well as linking design with workforce development projects.
Contact: prescott at youthartexchange dot org | Website: skibison.wixsite.com/preavis
Sierra Reading | Fashion Design
Sierra Reading is a textile artist based out of Oakland, California. With a focus on textile and fashion sustainability, Sierra’s work has been featured through the Northern California Fibershed, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts-Bay Area Now. By working with natural plant dyes and local fiber farmers to produce her garments, Sierra’s work focuses on bringing life to clothing, making them wearable works of art.
Contact: sierra at youthartexchange dot org
These facultyhave been nominated and awarded status as a member of the 2014 inaugural Faculty Emeritus due to excellence as a faculty member, dedication to work as a practicing artist, and leadership as an artist/mentor to Youth Art Exchange students. They have uniquely forged new boundaries in Printmaking as your primary discipline, enhancing and expanding our work with public high school students.
Maggie Preston | Black + White Photography
Maggie Preston is a native Northern Californian who earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the California College of the Arts, and has taught at Out of Site since 2009. She has exhibited her photo-based artwork at many galleries and non-profit institutions including SF Camerawork, Queen’s Nails Projects, Houston Center for Photography, Ampersand International Arts and the SF Arts Commission Gallery. She has been an artist-in-residence at RayKo Photo Center.
Imin Yeh | Printmaking Faculty Emeritus
Imin creates sculptures, installations, downloadable crafts, and participatory artist-led projects. She is a recipient of a 2012 commission from the San Jose Museum of Art supported by the Irvine Foundation, 2011 San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant, a 2010 Irvine Fellowship at the Sally and Don Lucas Artist Residency at Montalvo Art Center and awarded a 2 x 2 Solos exhibition at ProArts Gallery in 2010. She received a 2009 Barclay Simpson MFA Award (2009), the San Francisco Foundation’s Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship (2008) and the Yozo Hamaguchi Endowed Scholarship in 2007. She has had recent residencies at Blue Mountain Center (NY), Montalvo Art Center (CA) and Mission Grafica (CA). She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has had shown her work at SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Jose Museum of Art, Incline Gallery, Southern Exposure, Meridian Gallery, Mission Cultural Center, ProArts Gallery in Oakland, 18 Reasons, and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. She has an upcoming project at the Zero1 Biennal and at Intersection for the Arts. She has just finished running a year-long fake contemporary art space called SpaceBi (www.spacebi.org) that takes place in the Asian Art Museum, where she will be exhibiting this Spring. She also recently received a Fleishhacker Fellowship.
Partial list of previous Youth Art Exchange/Out of Site Faculty. (More coming soon)
Monica Tiulescu | Architecture + Public Art
Monica Tiulescu is YAX’s newest faculty in Architecture. Monica is an Oakland based artist and educator. She moved to Oakland in 2008 from New York City. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in architecture and has been teaching design both at the college and high school level since 2000. Monica has been developing two types of work. Her Species work is through digital modeling and explores concepts from systems theory including biological simulations. The paintings showcase fluctuations between disfiguration and figuration. The work is inspired by graffiti and urban street-art culture and can be seen on monica-tiulescu.com
Mario Casillas | Photography
Mario is a photographer who lives in Oakland: He has extensive knowledge of all things camera related from digital to analog but his main passions are film and his dog Frida. Outside of alternative film processes like caffenol, Mario also likes to examine and emphasize the importance of photography as an accessible expressive tool, especially in the age of digital information and social media. Mario received his BA in Philosophy from San Francisco State University and continues to examine the role of photography in society through a critical philosophical lens. He has taught and lectured at Looking Glass Photo, Youth Art Exchange and Rayko Photo Center. Selected exhibitions include Smith Andersen North, San Anselmo, CA, Black Spring Coffee in Oakland, CA, Looking Glass Photo in Berkeley, CA, and Blow Salon, Berkeley, CA.
Craig Hollow | Architecture + Public Art
Craig taught at Youth Art Exchange for the first time in the Spring of 2012, leading the final design/build phase of the Mama Arts Café parklet in the Excelsior neighborhood of San Francisco. A designer at Sagan Piechota Architecture in San Francisco, Craig studied architecture at the University of Washington after working eight years as an artist-blacksmith in Seattle, Washington. Formerly a director of Smoke Farm, a non-profit arts and education experiment on a 360-acre farm near Seattle, managing habitat restoration projects and founding its annual summer arts festival, Craig is an internationally certified Passive House Designer and a co-chair of Passive House California. With a decade of experience as both a designer and builder, Craig’s projects include grass-roots community design/build projects, custom houses, restaurants and cafés, and large public architectural projects.
Liv Shaffer | Dance
Liv Schaffer is an alumna of Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA program at Dominican University, having graduated summa cum laude in 2013 with a minor in religion. She has since been working as a multidisciplinary artist with passions for creation in all dance, choreographic, and visual roles. Liv joined DanceWorks Chicago for their 2013-2015 seasons, under the direction of Julie Nakagawa and Andreas Böttcher. Liv has had the honor of working with choreographers such as Sidra Bell, Banning Bouldin, Autumn Eckman, James Gregg, Harrison McEldowney, Amy Seiwert, Demis Volpi, and has performed work by John Neumeier. Liv enriches her performance career through diverse leadership positions with The Auditorium Theater’s Hands Together Heart to Art Program, Dance Mission Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion Program, and San Francisco’s Youth Art Exchange. Simultaneously, Liv’s choreographic voice takes shape as she continues to share work through festivals, choreographic competitions, and universities throughout the country.