B.M. / M.A.
Wilma Wever is the Founder and Director of The Social Justice Music Factory, a non-profit organization, to inspire and empower artists and audiences to social justice through collaboration of vocal and visual arts. As a professional singer (soprano), she was called “..attractive and engaging” by the NY Times for her eponymous role in the world premiere of Jocasta by Ruth Schonthal in NYC. She debuted with Encompass New Opera as the ‘Marchesa’ in Henze’s The End Of A World and sang Ms. Edison in a reading of Tesla, an opera by Kievman for VOX, a presentation of new works by New York City Opera. A winner of the Hunter Concerto Competition in April 2008, she has performed in distinguished venues such as the Weill Recital Hall and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Holland. The Music Connoisseur called her a performer with “savvy and grit.” Most recently she was heard and seen as Marthy Owen in Anna Christie by Edward Thomas with Encompass New Opera Theatre’s New American Opera Previews.
The Social Justice Music Factory enables her to combine her vocal art with her active participation in social justice issues.
B.A. / MFA
For over 25 years Judy Spier has enjoyed a highly successful career in video production, corporate communications, website video projects and the theatrical arts. Her versatile talents have led her to create work in many media: video, film, print, projections, and video wall design.
As a video director/producer, Judy Spier has been responsible for the day-to-day production and all creative aspects of a project; from initial creative, scripting, pre-production, shoot, music production and post.
Clients include The New York Times, Coca-Cola, Cadillac, BMW, Mercedes, Volvo, Johnson & Johnson, Playtex, John Hancock, IBM, and Goldman Sachs, TLC, ShowTime, Nickelodeon and dozens of documentaries that chronicle life in New York. She has also led video presentations for President Clinton, Bill Gates, Toni Morrison, Judith Jameson, Mary Tyler Moore and Steven Spielberg.
Judy has had an extensive fine arts background. Graduating with a BA as a fine arts major from Bard College and with a Masters in fine arts from Hunter College.
Uli's work evolves around the human body, nature and the domestic. Intrigued by the tension between seduction and innocence, as well as by that which lies between the lines of common realities.
Her images do not try to scream - they state and make visible ... they allow echoes to be heard.
Her iconography is as much inspired by what catches my attention in every day life as by her imagination. This accounts for the free flow between representational and abstract work. She pursues the concept of imagery in dialogue by creating cycles or series of work, understood as one installation.
Uli welcomes chance occurrences, imperfections and oddities. She sees them as the voices of a greater vision than her conscious mind can grasp.
She works in a variety of modalities, especially in painting, drawing and traditional handiwork, such as crocheting and sewing. One modality informs the other and they all introduce different materials into her work.