QAI 2019 PANELISTS
Michael Kannisto was trained as a scientist, and knows firsthand that the most interesting discoveries are usually totally unexpected. Years of carefully collecting and analyzing data informs his work as an artist; he endeavors to create meaningful and authentic connections with his audience as both an observer and a participant.
Mayuko Fujino is a papercut artist from Tokyo based in NYC. She has been practicing her art since 1999 and her works have been exhibited internationally at locations such as Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA, and Jaffa Museum in Tel Aviv, Israel, and featured in a book which introduces 25 of the world's top papercraft illustrators compiled by noted papercraft illustrator Owen Gildersleeve entitled Paper Cut: An Exploration Into the Contemporary World of Papercraft Art and Illustration. Her clients include: NYC DoT, The Atlantic Magazine, Hallmark, Nokia, Panasonic, and Condé Nast.
Yvonne Shortt is a public sculpture artist who uses a question-based process to investigate issues in her community. Shortt’s work is influenced by race, disability, and inequality. Other influences include her daughters and a crazy Airedale Terrier names Peppermint. Her recent commissions include NYC Parks & Recreation, Queens Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, & Friends of Macdonald Park.
Rebecca West is an emerging Media major at Hunter College. She previously worked for RPGA studio as a junior designer and is currently a Marketing and Communications intern at Madison Square Park Conservancy. She practices art and works with oil, watercolor, pencil, and digital mediums. She hopes to one day work as a designer in the music industry and combine her love for color and song.