About the Exhibition

ArtBridge: First Exposure 2009, was a 480 linear feet, first-of-its-kind exhibition that hung for nearly 365 days on the scaffolding surrounding historic London Terrace Gardens on W. 23rd Street between 9th and 10th avenues. It featured the work of 26 local emerging artists, garnering the attention of local and international media outlets, other arts organizations and city agencies.

Conceived as a one-time project by artist and designer, Rodney Durso, it marked the beginning of the ArtBridge as an organization, whose greater mission is to bring similar installations to neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs, beautifying communities while giving unprecedented exposure to emerging artists.

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photography © Pieter van Hattem

About the Curators


Victoria Anstead’s work in the art world is driven by a passion and dedication to share the power, potential and joy of art–in its most subjective, sublime sense and its financial aspect as well. For more than twenty years, Victoria has expertly guided collectors through the ever-changing landscape of modern and contemporary art as advisor, educator and curator. Building on relationships formed over these years with leading galleries, artists, institutions and auction houses around the world, she works with each client to devise a strategy. She then sources, researches and verifies art that achieves these goals, finally negotiating their purchase.


Melissa Hackmann has been keeping sketchbooks for as long as she can remember. With a background in graphic design, writing and sketching out ideas was how she worked out her thoughts on a project. Several sketchbooks later she began to make them herself and fill them with lists, bits of found paper, images, drawings, directions, observations of daily life, and travel. She hasn’t put her book down yet, finding that they’re filled with endless ideas for her artwork. She is an Adjunct Faculty in the Fine Art and Graphic Design department at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. With a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, she has continued her studies at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Penland School and Crafts. Her work has been exhibited in group shows in Maryland, New York, Virginia and Washington DC.


Natalie Trainor is an independent curator, consultant, and artist manager living and working in New York City. As an undergraduate, Natalie studied Art History at Rutgers College and recently completed the NYCTeaching Fellowship in Spring 2011, where she teaches art in a District 75 program in Brooklyn. She shares her scope of the world’s cultural pulse via Sharkbiting, a blog for artists, scenesters, collectors, and the gallery-addicted in NYC.


Dahlia Elsayed combines text and imagery to create visually narrative paintings that document internal and external geographies. Her paintings, prints and artist books have been shown at galleries and art institutions throughout the United States and internationally, including the 12th Cairo Biennale, and solo exhibitions at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art and the Jersey City Museum. Her work is in the public collections of the The Newark Museum and the Johnson & Johnson Corporation amongst others. Dahlia has received awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, Women’s Studio Workshop, Headlands Center for the Arts, and The NJ State Council on the Arts. She received her MFA from Columbia University, and lives and works in New Jersey. Ms. Elsayed is Assistant Professor of Humanities at CUNY LaGuardia Community College.


Catherine McCormack-Skiba is the founder and Creative Director of myartspace.com, a website designed to connect artists and collectors for the purpose of selling original artworks and reproductions. She additionally founded and is continuing to develop the MyArtSpace Scholarship, a $16,000 annual scholarship for undergraduate and graduate art students that reaches over 2,000 schools and 160 countries.


Ramses S. Serrano is a multilingual broker who has been active in the art world for almost two decades. He brings a specialist’s eye for detail and one-of-a-kind values to the mission of preparing clients’ homes for sale or facilitating their search for the perfect next home.


David Gissen is a historian, theorist, curator and critic whose work examines histories and theories of architecture, landscapes, environments and cities. His recent work focuses on developing a novel concept of nature in architectural thought and developing experimental forms of architectural historical practice.