founders

rose van mierlo

rose van mierlo is an independent international critic, curator, and lecturer. she was a critical writing fellow at lokaal 01 (belgium, 2011), a post-academic fellow at dna/gemak (the netherlands, 2011), and a research assistant to the senior curator collections and research at the dutch photography museum (the netherlands, 2011). after completing a masters in contemporary art theory (goldsmiths university of london, 2015), she curated for swiss cottage gallery (london, 2017) and the boulder museum of contemporary art, amongst others. she is currently a part-time lecturer in art theory and criticism at metropolitan state university (denver, usa) and a director of the squareworks:lab fellowship (mumbai, india).

rose’s current scholarly research and curatorial practice are invested in modern and contemporary visual culture and art history, with a particular focus on methodologies of fiction in relation to gender, politics and public space. this interest expands into the fields of film and media theory, critical theory, institutional critique, race and post-colonialism, and the feminist avant-garde. 

john ros

john ros is a brooklyn-based, multi-disciplinary artist, professor and curator. they obtained an mfa from brooklyn college, city university of new york, and a bfa from the state university of new york at binghamton.

john is currently the director and a professor at studioELL, an alternative, transient and hybrid space for higher education in studio art, which they founded in 2015. they are a curator at in-visible ink of the museum of freedom and tolerance (perth, au) and a curator-in-residence at stand4 gallery & community art center (brooklyn, nyc). john has over 15 years experience in higher education and 22 years experience curating exhibitions and developing community programming.

over the past 22 years, john has worked on more than 75 exhibitions with over 250 artists. from 2017-2019 they served as director and chief curator of duke hall gallery of fine art at james madison university, where they also served as an assistant professor of art. in 2008 they founded galleryELL, a transient hybrid gallery in brooklyn, ny. they served as director and chief curator for eight years until its close in 2016. john also co-founded, co-directed and co-curated pocket, a brick-and-mortar gallery in binghamton, ny (2002-2005). along with writing many exhibition essays, john has also contributed critical writing to galleryELL, sluice_ magazine and hyperallergic.