THE NOoSPHERE TEAM
Founding Artistic Director
A NYC-based visual artist who has lived and worked in six countries, Sol is also an art historian, multilingual writer and entrepreneur. When offered access to a storefront in the vibrant arts district of the Lower East Side of Manhattan in early 2011, she spontaneously decided to seize this unique opportunity to give exposure to artist colleagues from elsewhere on the NYC art scene.
Brazilian-born painter Mariana Soares holds a MFA in Painting and a BFA in Visual Communication. In 2012, she held a residency in Berlin, and in 2013 she moved to New York to attend the 3-year painting certificate program at the National Academy School and Museum. Mariana’s artworks have been exhibited throughout the U.S, Germany and Brazil, and she has been involved as an artist in numerous creative productions internationally. Part of our team since 2017, her chief responsibility is the art direction of public events.
A graduate of the Curatorial Program at Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Bjørn-Inge served for almost 20 years as gallery manager for the arts venue 3,14 in Bergen; an artist-run gallery focusing on art from beyond Europe. Specialized in Asian art, he organized with co-curator Feng Boyi Real Life Stories at Art Museums Bergen with a world premiere of a new installation by the renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. He has previously worked with Paula Cooper Gallery, NYC, on the production of Andres Serrano’s mid-career retrospective Placing Time and Evil, which toured Europe at the turn of the millennium. Upcoming projects include the co-curation of two exhibits at Contemporary Art Museum of Suchow, Shanghai, China: Nordic Women in Contemporary Art and Beyond Glaze, a show of contemporary ceramic art.
London-based Artist and Graphic Designer; Lizzie graduated from the Camberwell School of Art in 2012, and has since been involved in various exhibitions, curating, designing and showing at locations throughout the UK, Spain, Scandinavia and New York. As part of the NOoSPHERE team, Lizzie creates exhibition and event publicity material.
Performing Arts Coordinator
A French-Norwegian actress and theater artist, Siw produces theatrical work in Norway and NYC. She has spent the past eight years studying acting and performance art at Playback Theatre (Sweden); The International Theatre Academy of Norway (Norway); Institute for Creativity and Awareness (Norway); and The Stella Adler Studio of Acting (NYC). On our team since 2017, Siw co-organizes and assists with all aspects of NOoSPHERE Arts’ performing arts program.
OUR ADVISORY BOARD
Kóan Jeff Baysa
KJ Baysa is a translational medicine physician, AICA art critic, and Whitney Museum ISP Curatorial alumnus who networks the areas of medicine and creativity to engage, educate, and empower the art-science realm. Translational medicine involves fostering and channeling discoveries and invention from the lab and studio into fresh, re-imagined approaches and solutions in real life. Embracing neuroscience, social media, semiotics and linguistics, his medical and curatorial practices bring together the cultures of science, art, design, and technology. He continues to curate events and exhibitions internationally, in addition to his clinical research on the role of the sense of smell in memory disorders, and his explorations of altered sensory perceptions by differently-enabled communities.
Artist/Professor of Fine Art
Boris Zakic is a senior faculty at Georgetown College and a long time part of the NOoSPHERE’s extended network. As an artist with wide-ranging interests, Boris has offered an informed voice to the program and occasionally given us a regional presence (the South and the Midwest). His teaching appointments have also included University of New Orleans and KIIS programs in Athens and Rome.
Artist/Chairman of The Association of Norwegian Sculptors
Based in Oslo, Gisle Harr works with sculpture, painting and installations as well as text and music (Americana/folk). He is politically active in the field of arts and culture. Harr graduated from the Norwegian Academy of Fine Arts in 1998, and has studied in Budapest and Paris. Before graduating, he worked as an illustrator for the national Norwegian newspaper Morgenbladet. Harr has also worked extensively with theater and dance projects. Since 2011, Harr serves as Chairman of The Association of Norwegian Sculptors, and has throughout his career been greatly involved with artist organizations at all levels. Harr has been on the jury of several art competitions and he has been a consultant to Public Art Norway. His work is represented in the collections of the City of Oslo, the City of Larvik, DNB Nor, Vestfossen Art Museum, Statoil, and the Oslo City Museum.
Curator/Art Advisor, NYC
Art Advisor/Curator/Appraiser - Owner of TURID MEEKER CONTEMPORARY ART.
After several years as director of galleries in Soho in the mid-1980s, she has been an independent advisor and curator serving collectors, galleries, and corporations. A collaboration with gallery Brandstrup in Oslo, that began in 2000 when she curated an exhibition of John Baldessari's work at the gallery, culminated in an exhibition of Marina Abramovic in 2012. Turid has curated many exhibitions with a focus on Scandinavian artists at different venues in NYC.
In her capacity as an advisor she has spent 12 years building and managing one of the world's most important collections of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe in private hands. The collection also includes a large selection of photographs by other photographers as well as paintings, drawings and sculptures by a roster of internationally known contemporary artists. Since 2009 she has been an independent advisor to DNB at the bank's headquarter in NYC.