Hal Laessig & Yoland Skeete

As an artist Hal Laessig works in architecture and urban-inspired drawings and public installations. Often working in collaboration with architect Thomas Bish, his work has been exhibited at the 1985 Venice Biennale, the Queens Museum of Art, The Newark Museum, Aljira A Center for Contemporary Art, and other venues.

Hal provides design and management for projects for local arts organizations and for public art installations. Recent projects include a collaboration with artist Charlee Swanson for the winning entry in New Jersey Transit’s Juried  Public Art competition for the Davenport Light Rail station in Newark, NJ, completed in 2014. Hal has also managed the conversion of an 8,000 s.f. storefront for Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Arts at 591 Broad St, Newark, NJ; HUD block grants for several non-profits from the City of Newark; installation of the outdoor artwork of Grace Graupe Pillard along the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit Line and at the NJ Transit Aberdeen train station; and project management for two art installations by Willie Cole at the Washington Park station of the Newark light rail line.

Yoland Skeete has been a documentarian, and artist for as long as she can remember. Although making her living in photography and film, her personal work is a ritual of how life is experienced utilizing any and every medium to accomplish her goals. Ms. Skeete has exhibited her video and photography  and multimedia installations in galleries and museums in the US and abroad including the Museum of Modern Art, the Queens Museum of Art, the Newark Museum, Museum of Contemporary Arts and Crafts in New York City, Biblioteque Nacional de Paris and The Musee D’Art Moderne De La Ville De Paris,. Husby Konsthalle, Stockholm, Sweden, and Estesio Gallery, Beddingstrande, Sweden.

Her photographs and video work are in the print collection of the Museum of Modern Art, African American Museum of Life and Culture, Dallas, Texas, Carolyn Alexander of Alexander Bonin Gallery in Chelsea, and American Express Corporation.  She has been a recipient of the Glide Memorial Grant, The Graff Travel Grant, The New Jersey Council on the Humanities Grant and the Melon Grant distributed through New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Humanities program. She has been an Artist in Residence at Art In General, The Arts Council of the Essex Area, and has received educational grants and awards for her work with youth and media. She continues to exhibit her work locally, nationally and internationally.  In 2012 she participated in the exhibition “ A BILHA PROJECTO DE ARTE. CELEBRA O DIA DE PORTUGAL DE CAMOES E DAS COMUNIDADES PORTUGUESAS NEWARK” which toured the US and is permanently housed in the Bilha Museum in Portugal.