David Favrod lives and works in Switzerland. He is a graduate of École cantonale d'art de Lausanne with a master's degree in art direction and a bachelor's degree in photography. Other than winning the Aperture Portfolio Prize, Favrod has also been included in reGeneration2, a book and touring exhibition showcasing emerging photographers. His work has been shown in solo and group shows around the world.
Pacifico Silano was born in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BFA in photography from Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in 2008. He recently graduated with his MFA in photography, video & related media from the School of Visual Arts and is a 2012 recipient of the Aaron Siskind Award. His video installation Where The Boys Are was recently shown in a group exhibition at ClampArt, and he has been chosen to participate in the 2013 Bronx Museum's Artist in The Marketplace Program. As part of the Artist in The Marketplace program, an installation of his work is going to be exhibited in the Bronx Museum's 2nd Biennial in June 2013. His photo and video work is an exploration into LGBTQ history and how it has shaped contemporary gay identity. He has lived in a number of places over the years but is happy to be back in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York.
Trey Wright is an artist based in Dallas, Texas. He attended the University of North Texas and received a degree in fine art in 2009. In addition, he has taken design and photography courses at Collin College in Plano, Texas. He received a DeGolyer Grant from the Dallas Museum of Art in 2008 and a subsequent Kimbrough Grant in 2010, and in 2012 he earned the Golden Artist Color Award from Springfield Museum. In July 2012, he had his debut solo show, Last Day of Magic, at Meme Gallery.
Ilona Szwarc was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland. In 2008, she immigrated to New York City, where she currently lives and works. Her work examines gender, identity and beauty in the context of American culture. Szwarc has had a solo exhibition at Claude Samuel gallery in Paris and has been shown in group shows internationally - in London, Bilbao and New York. Her work has been featured in numerous publications worldwide including TIME, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, Surface China, PDN. She has won PDN 2012 Annual in the Personal Category and has been awarded Grand Prize in the Fine Art category of the PDNedu 2013 contest. She been selected for American Photography 28. Her project "American Girls" has received worldwide recognition, having been highlighted in The New York Times Lens Blog, MSNBC Today.com and The Huffington Post.
Erin O'Keefe is a visual artist based in New York City and New Brunswick, Canada. In addition to a fine art career, she is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the New York Institute of Technology. The trajectory of her art making practice has included architecture, sculpture and photography. O'Keefe's work is concerned with spatial perception and the terrain between two-dimensional representation and three-dimensional space. O'Keefe's work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad; most recently, I was included in Humble Arts Foundation 31 Women in Art Photography at the Hasted Kraeutler Gallery. She has pieces in museum and corporate collections, including at the San Francisco MOMA and the Progressive Corporation.