Born in Jamaica, Nari Ward’s work has been exhibited at national and international venues and institutions including the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, the New Museum, MoMA PS1, the Venice Biennale, and many more. His work has been acquired by a number of collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Istanbul Modern, and more. He is the recipient of awards such as the Vilcek Foundation Prize, the Joyce Award from the Joyce Foundation and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Rome. He has been commissioned by the United Nations and the World Health Organization. He currently resides in New York and teaches in the Department of Art and Art History at Hunter College.
Art historian Jessamine Batario specializes in modern and contemporary art. She received her PhD in Art History from The University of Texas at Austin. Batario currently lives in Waterville, Maine, where she is the Linde Family Foundation Curator of Academic Engagement at the Colby College Museum of Art. She was the guest critic for the Rail in March 2020.