ALISON CORNYN – PRESIDENT AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Alison Cornyn is an interdisciplinary artist at the convergence of technology and traditional medias with extensive experience in exhibition, interactive and web design as well as in building online communities and fostering civic dialogue. She is founding partner and Creative Director of Picture Projects, a Brooklyn-based studio that produces in-depth new media projects about some of the most pressing social issues of our day with a focus on investigating complex stories from multiple perspectives. Often merging art, photography, media, technology, and journalism, the studio creates engaging environments, both online and as physical installations. Alison teaches at the Design for Social Innovation MA program at the School for Visual Arts and has taught in the art department at City College and at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), conducted workshops on multimedia storytelling and guest lectured at the Sundance Film Festival, Montreal Film Festival, IDFA in Amsterdam. She has a B.A. from Connecticut College, a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University, an M.F.A. from Hunter College and was an artist in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Alison lives with her husband, Gilles Peress and their two daughters in Brooklyn, NY. For Alison’s artist website, click here.
ELIZA PETTY – STUDIO MANAGER
Eliza Petty earned her B.A. in human rights from Bard College. Her senior thesis examined the tensions that have persisted within the implementation of state and federal interventions into domestic violence in the United States. While completing her four years at Bard, she interned at several local domestic violence agencies, researching contemporary domestic violence prevention methods and providing resource services to adult survivors of domestic violence and and sexual assault. Eliza is a project manager and writer for Picture Projects and the Incorrigibles Project. Eliza works part-time as a communications consultant at the Correctional Association of New York, and the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, in Boston.
ANNA MIETH – DESIGNER / ART DIRECTOR
Anne’s fascination with type and design was cultivated about 14 years ago when she started working in a Typography Studio in Dresden, Germany. There she was first introduced to letterpress and the secrets of printing. Passing through New York City, she became the Art Director for a fashion & lifestyle magazine, and an arts newspaper in Brooklyn where she honed her graphic design skills. Her attention to detail, and ability to develop simple and elegant designs, combined with the ability to solve complex design problems, opened her next opportunity to work as an Art Director. Collaborating actively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, Anne has helped Picture Projects establish and develop a variety of both offline and online brands. Constantly eager to expand her horizons, Anne now lives in Germany, and works as a Designer and Art Director for Picture Projects.
MARION MISILIM – CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIST
Marion Misilim is a photographer and photographic post-production artist. She holds a BFA in Photography and Imaging from NYU and an MPS from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. Her work focuses on the intersection of technology and photography to facilitate installations, web interaction and imagery in new mediums. At Picture Projects, Marion works as a creative technologist and photo post-production specialist. She is an Adjunct Professor of Fine Art at Kean University teaching a number of classes including digital photography along with developing art and technology focused course curriculum for the Department of Fine Arts
JOE KIRCHHOF – WEB DEVELOPER
Joe Kirchhof is a web developer. He works with CUNY’s American Social History Project and was with Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, where he coordinated web and other technology and provided program support. Joe has built a number of websites, including the Guantánamo Public Memory Project. Joe holds a Masters in American Studies from Columbia University. His studies emphasized urban history, especially relating to transit and planning. He received his Bachelors in Cultural Studies and Political Science from the University of Minnesota.
ANA DEBOO – WRITER AND EDITOR
Ana writes and copyedits scripts for video or audio presentations, and text for interactive and web presentations. Ana’s strong research skills including her familiarity with media collections at the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian make her a key player in developing interactive scripts for many of our projects for cultural institutions. She has special expertise in adapting material for high school audiences and those who do not have English as their first language. Ana has worked as a writer and editor for several educational publishers including Remarkable Women: Past and Present, a ten-volume series of books for young adults, published by Raintree Steck-vaughn, and Media Projects, Inc., a New York City–based book packager. Ana has been editing, writing and researching since 1994 and working with interactive scripts since 2000.