The mission of the NYC Creative Salon is to provide a sustainable platform for creative discussions, the chance to network and collaborate and the access to an intimate small-group setting.
While many creative professionals are producing and exhibiting work, the opportunities to discuss the work are lacking. We believe that the ideas behind a work and the creator discussing these ideas with others is just as important as making the work. We want to help support creative professionals by giving them another way to present their work and the experience to discuss their practice.
Through the curatorial process of hand-selecting creative professionals, we look for common threads that will lend well to an organic group discussion. While the moderator asks questions and guides the conversation along, each participant shares their experiences through the lens of their practice. We hope that these connections will lead to future collaborations such as exhibiting together, curatorial projects, blogs, etc. or simply building a network of creative professionals and friends.
The NYC Creative Salon is a series of discussions that take place bi-weekly. Each discussion is approximately an hour and a half long and takes place on a weekday evening. Each series is six discussions under one topic and each discussion has a different group of participants speaking on the topic. Ultimately, there will be six different discussions on one topic, in hopes of reaching a thorough investigation of that idea. The participants include a moderator and approximately 8 people working in various creative fields. We restrict the number of participants to 10 people in order to keep the group intimate and the discussion focused.
If you are interested in participating in our discussions and/or eventually leading a discussion, please contact us. Participation in the discussions is not restricted to fine artists but open to anyone involved in the production of creative labor.
Pia is a community builder, artist, and curator dedicated to sharing knowledge; helping communities grow and guide teams to develop creative programs and outreach. As a creator, Pia sees the importance of delivering effective messages. She understands and values creative ideas and the ability to share them with others. With over a decade of experience in the arts, she has developed a programmatic approach to curatorial projects focused on growth and collaboration. Pia attended School of Visual Arts and International Center of Photography. She received her B.A., cum laude from UMASS-Amherst in Psychology and Communications. She is currently the Chief Experience Officer at b[x].
Luca is an Italian artist based in New York City. His work explores the idea of reality and truth. He has received a degree in Communication Science from Sapienza University in Rome, an MA in photography from London College of Communication and an MFA from Cornell University. He has curated photographic festivals and cultural events such as K-Photofest and Menotrentuno International Photographic Festival in Italy. He has been also the manager of a photographic agency named OnOff Picture in Rome.
His work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and festivals in Europe and the US, receiving grants and awards.
Marina Ross is an artist working in painting, ceramics, and performance exploring female identity and body politics. She was born in the USSR and moved to the US after the Soviet Union dissolved. She received her BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her MFA from the University of Iowa. In the Summer of 2017, she completed the Saint Petersburg Artist Residency studying representations of women in Post-Soviet Russia.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Larissa Ferreira is the founder and Executive Director of AnnexB. By acting as bridge between Brazilian art and New York City, AnnexB creates opportunities for Brazilian artists while also contributing to the diversity of the city's art scene. Larissa is currently enrolled in a master's program in Arts Administration at Baruch College - City University of New York (CUNY) and has a professional background built over 10 years of experience in different sectors in Brazil.