Lori Zimmer is a New York-based curator, writer and author of The Art of Cardboard: Big Ideas for Creativity, Collaboration, Storytelling, and Reuse (2015) and The Art of Spray Paint: Inspirations and Techniques from Masters of Aerosol (2017). She founded the popular art history blog Art Nerd New York in 2012, which focused on art history and contemporary art in New York City.
“Liberated” (aka fired) from her Chelsea gallery job in 2009, Zimmer has spent the last ten years crafting her own career in the art world which has included curating, art writing and criticism (both print and online), event planning, PR, artist management, and an array of related gigs that being her own boss has given her the freedom to do. Since 2016, she has worked as an artist liaison on copyright infringement cases for law firm Kushnirsky Gerber PLLC in New York. Zimmer has curated over forty exhibitions and projects in New York, Miami, Nantucket, Philadelphia, Chicago, Hamburg, Germany, Paris, France and the White House under the Obama administration. In 2018 she donated her left kidney to a friend and with new perspective decided to hang up her curatorial hat to focus on writing projects full-time.
Zimmer lives in New York City with her boyfriend Logan Hicks and his son Sailor, but can often be found eating cheese and baguette in Paris with Maria.
Maria Krasinski is an illustrator, designer, and researcher whose work spans cultural diplomacy, arts education, museums, and humanitarian projects. Born in Buffalo, New York, she’s worked and wandered across all seven continents, collecting visual inspiration from vintage maps, hand-lettered signs, and color palettes in overlooked corners. Since her big break illustrating the cover of the Herbert Hoover Middle School calendar, Maria has contributed creative work to outlets such as the Chicago Public Library, Lonely Planet, Muhammad Ali Center, and the New York Times.