Local Project is a volunteer run organization, this is why your support means a lot to us.
Through our partnership with Information Technology High School in Long Island City and LaGuardia Community College, LP host students in regular basis.
Born in Miami, but raised in Santiago, Chile, Carolina Peñafiel is an artist, a curator, and an organizer of cultural and educational projects within the arts community. In 2003 she co-founded Local Project with 5 other Queens based artists as a platform for under exposed and underrepresented artists in Long Island City creating a platform for emerging creative minds to collaborate, create, and exhibit multiple disciplines of art and to be a community center to discuss and express ideas, not just for the arts but for the Queens community at large.
Carolina has more than 17 years’ experience in working with culturally diverse community outreach programs and public relations. She also is an experienced educator working with children and adults as an art teacher. She has worked with the Shelter’s Program, with homeless kids and adults in Santiago, Chile and New York City, where she developed a photography workshop for the peers of CitiWide Harm Reduction in the Bronx, NY and has been the driving force behind developing the educational programming for Local Project.
Currently, Carolina works as the Executive Director and is a Board Member of Local Project Org, a nonprofit art organization in Long Island City, Queens, New York and Co-Director of the LIC Arts Open Festival in Long Island City, NY.
June Kosloff is a mixed media artist and curator based in LIC, Queens. June attended the HS of Art u0026amp; Design in NYC, holds a BALA from SUNY Purchase, and studied at the Arts Students League. As an artist, June’s work is based on the natural world: she is currently working on a variety of animal and environmental series in mixed media. Her work is in numerous private collections
June is a former music business executive with over 15 years’ experience in marketing, sales, and artist development. June has worked with the Verve, Ben Harper, Iggy Pop, Blur, David Gray, John Hammond, Cracker, David Bowie, Janet Jackson, Gorillaz, Massive Attack and more.
In 2004, June curated “The Lubinsky Experience” in 2004 at Local Project, and her art adventures began. June officially joined the LP Board in 2010 and has curated multiple visual arts exhibitions since 2004.
She produced the Music Under the 7 series from 2011 through 2016. In 2014, and co-produced the studio CD Crossroads, featuring emerging poets and musicians from all over the globe.
Additionally, June is the executor of her late Uncle Dick Lubinsky’s art, which has been shown at Fountain House Gallery, Outsider Art Fair, American Visionary Art Museum, Erie Art Museum, and is in numerous private collections.
John Baber has been exhibiting his work and curating shows in New York City since 2003. He is one of the co-founders of the original JAVA studios in Brooklyn and has shown his work there along with ABC NO RIO, Local Project, and CENTRAL BOOKING. Curatorial endeavors have included “The Urban Situation” at the Educational Alliance, “The Jersey Show,” through The Art Student’s League of New York, “Shangri-la” at the Factory in Long Island City for the LIC Open Arts Festival, and most recently, “The Freak Show” and “LOVE/HATE” co-curated with Carolina Peñafiel at Local Project. His studio is based in LIC at the newly formed Departure Studios. He spends his free time playing guitar and hanging out with his dog Hartley.
Maria Liebana is a multidisciplinary artist and arts educator living and working in New York City. Her studio is based in Long Island City, Queens. She has a BFA in Art and Design education from Pratt Institute and MFA in Studio art from Maine College of Art. Liebana currently teaches art at a private school in Chelsea.
Her artwork has been shown at a Paradice Palase, Art Institute of America, Field Projects, Trestle Gallery, ICA in Portland, ME, Local Project Art Space and many more. This year she participated in Every Woman Biennial, and Latinx exhibition curated by Cristina Ferrigino at La Bodega Gallery.
She is a recipient of 2018 Queens Council on the Arts New Work Artist Grant and attended Vermont Studio Center and Pickwick Independent Press residency programs.
Nada Shalaby is a visual artist born in Cairo. Her research-based practice is situated between installation, performance, and social engagement. She holds a Masters degree in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo and an MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University. She was a faculty member in the Department of the Arts at The American University in Cairo from 2011-2015. In 2015, she was awarded the Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists. Her work has been exhibited in Egypt, Iran, and the U.S. She is currently based in New York and holds the position of Manager of Institutional Giving at the A American Folk Art Museum.
Juan Hinojosa is a mixed-media artist who lives and works in New York. Constructed from found objects, his complex collage-drawing challenge the obsessive consumerism and social stratification of American culture. Hinojosa received his BFA from Parsons and was awarded residencies at both the Vermont Studio Center and Materials for the Arts. His press stretch from the NEW YORK TIMES to London’s favorite culture magazine BALLAD OF. Recently, Juan was awarded the Assets for Arts grant (via MASS MoCa) and the Queens Council on the Arts’ New Works Grant. Hinojosa’s exhibitions include the Biennial at El Museo del Barrio, a solo exhibition at Allegra LaViola Gallery (currently named Sargets Daughters) and Materials for the Arts.
Richard Mazda is a writer, director, producer, actor, singer and musician. Born in the UK and now residing in NYC. In early 2005 he founded The Queens Players, an acting troupe that would go on to produce over 40 main-stage productions. In 2007 Mazda founded the Secret Theatre, a 50-seat black box performance space in Long Island City, Queens. In 2011 Mazda co-founded the LIC Arts Open with Karen Dimit. The festival is now the largest arts festival in Queens and is now well established after 5 successful years. Other notable achievements in the fine arts world includes founding and running the Camberwell Arts festival in London in 1996 which is still a prestige fine arts festival that will be producing its 20th festival in 2015.
Orestes Gonzalez is an Architect, Photographer, & Writer. As an Architect, he has restored over 30 townhouses in Harlem, Brooklyn & Queens, NY. His restaurant designs include Malbec & Tango House in NYC, Crescent Grill, & Sage General Store in LIC, New York.
He has been a roving photographer for the past 30 years, covering over 32 countries. His specific interest is capturing mans need in leaving a mark on this world and the constant changes in traditions as a result of technology & communication.
His monthly photo column , “ORESTES’LIC” in the LIC COURIER MAGAZINE, presents images of Long Island City, Queens and its constituents during this time of transition.
He is a contributing photographer to CASA FOA , Buenos Aires, and a past contributing editor for Casa & Hogar Magazine.
His photography has been shown and published extensively, including The Miami Herald, and El Clarin & La Nacion newspapers in Argentina.
His first book of photography,“Street Life”, is currently available on his website.
Orestes Gonzalez is represented by the Barbara Gillman Gallery in Miami, and The Jeffrey Leder Gallery in LIC, NY. He divides his time between New York City & Miami.