Jeanne Criscola has built her professional reputation by integrating her deep experience as a designer, artist, and educator. She collaborates with individuals and with international organizations on projects that feature both arts and culture issues and social justice initiatives. Her artworks, which have been exhibited internationally, take the form of the book, drawing, photography, moving image, installation, generative art, and performance. Jeanne's most high-profile publications and exhibitions are the many award-winning projects she has created for the Soros Foundations, one of which is in the Franklin Furnace collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
Jeanne's design practice, Criscola Design, LLC, works with many artists and authors to publish their works. Her initiative, Useless Press, was conceived to publish and distribute the works of artists, authors, and children as on-demand multiples. In 2016, Jeanne founded the Ely Center of Contemporary Art in New Haven, CT to continue the testamentary vision of Grace T. Ely for the John Slade Ely House Galleries in New Haven, CT. She recently co-founded Else Foundation, a global consortium of artists, scholars, and institutions publishing an occasional peer-reviewed journal of its creative research initiatives in experimental and alternative works, projects, and thematic research working with and in the space in-between.
Jeanne earned an MFA from Transart Institute, University of Danube, her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an AS degree in Art from Endicott College and is a professor of Graphic+Information Design at Central Connecticut State University.
Deborah Cannarella is a professional writer, editor, and translator. She has written and edited numerous nonfiction books and was editor of two national magazines—all densely illustrated with photographs and original artwork. She has collaborated with furniture makers, textile and fashion designers, jewelry designers, and many other types of artists and artisans to develop magazine articles and books about their work and processes. She holds a BA in English literature from Boston University and an MFA from Columbia University in the City of New York in Nonfiction Writing and Literary Translation. She received the 2014 nonfiction prize from Crazyhorse journal, and her essay/review of Short: An International Anthology of Short Prose, appeared in the fall 2015 issue of Italian Poetry Review.