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GYST Fabrication and Associate Services Application
Here at GYST, we artists just like you. We also need help facilitating all of the skills and services that our fellow artists can provide other artists. That's why we have the GYST Associate Program. Artists from local and global art communities can offer their services. We do a lot here at GYST, but we can't do it all.
If you would like to apply to be a GYST Fabricator or GYST Associate , please fill out a GYST Fabrication and Associate Services application. Once submitted, our GYST Team members will review your application. If approved, you will be listed here as an associate to offer your services worldwide to the GYST Community.
Our GYST Associates
VIDEO AND DOCUMENTATION CONSULTANT
Originally from the Central Valley of California, Nolan Lemos is now an artist living in Los Angeles. He received a BFA in Studio Art from California State University Channel Islands and continues to grow in his field. In edition to his art and maintaining an art studio in Silver Lake, Nolan has a passion for video production and understands its importance to social media, and the successfulness of promotion for the internet audience. Nolan is confident working with all types of electronic media and takes pride in his post production capabilities. Whether behind the camera filming or on the computer editing, Nolan’s enthusiasm for video production delivers a quality finished product.
GRANTWRITER AND CREATIVE CONSULTANT
Jade Thacker is an artist, musician, grant writer, and creative consultant from Los Angeles, CA. Jade specializes in creative project management, grant writing, and portfolio development. She has developed and managed creative projects for a range of clients including LA Phil, Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, MOCA, Monte Vista Projects, Suzanne Lacy, and Ashley Hunt. By helping creative practitioners articulate and realize their goals, Jade embodies her desire for a culture of mutually beneficial relationships between artists and institutions.
With an emphasis on relational aesthetics and historically craft disciplines, Jade develops interactive sculptures that prompt the exploration of social dynamics. Jade holds a BFA degree from California Institute of the Arts and has exhibited her work at venues including Machine Project, The Hammer Museum, MOCA, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Monte Vista Projects, 18th Street Arts Center, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, UC Irvine, and Koh-i-noor. Jade currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
GYST ARCHIVE SERVICES
Calvin Lee is a conceptual-based artist from Boston, MA. He received his MFA in 2009 from California Institute of the Arts in the Photography & Media program; and a BFA in photography from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2007. Calvin mainly works in photography and installation. His work combines conceptual strategies to explore the connectivity of images, the repression within representation, and the visual semiotics of contemporary images. Through his experimental practice, his work deals with multiple theory based discourses in conversation that question technology, culture, and representation.
Calvin specializes in fine art/contemporary photography and provides skills in artwork/gallery documentation, portraits, scanning, photo retouching, and digital archiving. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Jedidia Dyer is a sculptor and art fabricator in Los Angeles. He works in various medium and teaches fabrication skills from basic to advanced workshop techniques. Over the years he began to fabricate products for the art industry and his focus is now on art fabrication for new and established artists.
His business, Art Assist, has all the necessary tools and equipment to work on any size project. Many artists don’t have the skills or space needed to create the art they envision. Jedidia offers his services and shop facility to help those artists. He will work with you throughout the requested stages of your project or he can completely fabricate your art for you.
ARTIST INSURANCE SPECIALIST
Michael Grodsky is owner of Artist Insurance Services (www.artist911.com), providing employee benefits for California arts and cultural organizations, and insurance for individuals & families. An Accredited Investment Fiduciary, Michael is an insurance and financial planning specialist for GYST. He serves on the board of Side Street Projects (www.sidestreet.org), a nonprofit artist-run organization.
At the Cancer Support Community, Benjamin Center in Santa Monica, CA, Michael hosts a monthly educational hour for people wishing to decipher and understand their options for Medicare and health insurance.
Michael's Health Insurance 101 workshops have been hosted by the 18th Street Arts Center, Armory Center for the Arts, Avenue 50 Studio, The California Endowment, California Lawyers for the Arts, LA Art Park, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, Outpost for Contemporary Arts, and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.
During a 20 year career in education Michael taught recording engineering at schools including UCLA Extension, The Art Institute, Santa Ana College, Citrus College, and Fullerton College. Michael is a founding member of musical groups California Avant Garde Ensemble, Running with Scissors, Reduced Listending Ensemble, Stick Probing Commune, and rock band Dynamo Hum.
He earned bachelor's & master's degrees in guitar performance, music theory/composition from California State University, Fullerton. Michael is married to artist Mara Lonner, sharing their Los Angeles home with dogs and an ever-rotating murder of free range crows, flocks of finches, the occasional hawks and much beloved orb web garden spiders.
WEB DESIGNER FOR ARTISTS
Julio Sims is a Los Angeles-based artist specializing in site-specific public art projects. His interest is in coaxing an awareness of life’s poetic and metaphoric possibilities through the subtle manipulation of familiar objects. He uses deceptively simple optical illusions to question assumptions about the material world. This strategy mirrors his belief that the sublime, revelatory, and divine are often in plain view, yet commonly overlooked.
An advocate for social justice, he shares the conviction of the 20th century muralist tradition that voices of disenfranchised communities need to be heard to preserve our democracy. He believes in public art’s ability to make us pause, remember and rediscover our shared humanity.
Julio Sims holds BFA and MFA degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and throughout Texas. Sims’ permanent public artworks are located in Los Angeles, Culver City and upcoming, in Santa Monica.
In 2014, he launched a web design business, Site-specific, combining his professional experience in graphic design, museum collections management and sensitivity in creating site-specific artwork.www.site-specific.juliosims.com