Hunt Slonem (b. July 18, 1951), is an internationally renowned American artist, who developed his fascination with exotica during the time he spent in Hawaii as a child, and during his experience as a foreign exchange student in Managua, Nicaragua. Since 1977, Slonem has had more than 250 exhibitions at prestigious galleries. His work is exhibited globally, in cities including Madras, Quito, Venice, Gustavia, San Juan, Guatemala City, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, Stockholm, Oslo, Cologne, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Over 80 museums around the world include his work in their collections, among them The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. His work has been shown in more than 30 museum exhibitions. He won the National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Painting in 1991 and the MacDowell Fellowship in 1983, 1984, and 1986. Slonem is represented by the Marlborough Gallery in New York City. He studied painting at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University in Louisiana. Vincent Katz is a poet, translator, art critic, editor, and curator. He writes frequently on contemporary art and has published essays on the work of Francesco Clemente, Jim Dine, Robert Rauschenberg, Kiki Smith, Phillip Taaffe, and Cy Twombly. Katz curated a museum exhibition on Black Mountain College, and the first museum retrospective of the work of Rudy Burckhardt in 1998 at the Institute of Modern Art in Valencia, Spain. He has also made several documentaries and is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Boulevard Transportation, with photographs by Rudy Burckhardt (powerHouse Books, 1997).