Berlin Collective Team:
NICOLE COHEN, Artist/ Creative Director/ Founder (New York based) grew up in Washington, D.C. She received her BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and her MFA from the University of Southern California. She has exhibited at the Williams College Museum of Art, the Fabric Workshop and Museum (Philadelphia, PA), at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, American University Museum, and the New York Public Library. She has shown internationally in Germany, Norway, New Zealand, and in France. In Sept. 2011, she unveiled a public art sculpture at the Pacific Design Center (LA). In April 2012, she exhibited a commissioned work by the Brooklyn Museum. In 2013, she will have a solo show at the Morgan Lehman Gallery in NYC.
Julie Kijewski, Berlin Collective Spokesperson, Events, Marketing/ Social Media, Logistic Coordinator, (Based in Berlin) was born and raised in sunny Huntington Beach, California. She received her Art History and German Studies degree at California State University Long Beach. There she took part in various German and Austrian conferences, was an editing assistant, and a researcher for the art history department. After her exchange year at EberhardKarlsUniversitätTübingen, she decided to return back to Germany and immerse herself back in the German culture, this time in the creative and diverse city of Berlin. She is excited to be part of the Berlin Collective team!
Mira O’Brien, Berlin Collective Artist, Curator, Instructor is from the Bay Area, California and has been based in Berlin since 2008. She received her BA from UCLA (2004) and her MFA from Yale (2008). Mira recently returned from a residency at CCA Andratx, Spain. She has had a solo exhibition in Vierter Stock Galerie supported by a grant from the US Embassy in Berlin, as a solo performance/ installation in the historic landmark theatre the Volksbühne in Berlin, the Kreuzberg Pavillon in Kasel as a side program of Documenta 2012, the Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles, and La Viola Bank Gallery in NY. Mira is the curator for the online BC Artist Editions and participated in the Berlin Collective exhibition Shelf Life.www.miraobrien.com
CAROLINA PUENTE, Curator, (New York Based) was born in New York and raised in Northwest Florida. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida and her MA in Arts Management at American University. Carolina worked with the co-founders of Exit Art in NYC, where she provided assistance with curatorial research in performance and new media works. Notably, Carolina curated the exhibition “Driving in Circles,” at the Katzen Arts Center at American University Museum in Washington, D.C. Carolina also served as the project manager for the National Endowment for the Arts: International Arts Journalism Institute in the visual arts and served as a teacher assistant for Johns Hopkins Museum Studies program and new media technology courses at Cooper Union. She is currently curating exhibitions with contemporary artists in D.C. and in NYC.
ANNE- SOPHIE ROBINET, London Associate, (London based) was born in Limoges, France, city of the ‘Porcelain”. She grew up in the south east of France enjoying the quality of life and endearing character of Provence: beautiful landscapes, fields of lavender, and colorful markets. At 19 years old, she decided to move to Bordeaux, where she graduated from the Business and Management School. Conquered by the pleasures of the Atlantic Ocean, the oysters of Bassin d’Archachon and the wine from St Emilion, she started her career in market research. After few years of testing mustard and baby food packaging, she decided to move to the new Kingdom of Great Britain! Since 2007 she is living the frenetic East London, working in branding and advertising to finally follow more personal hunches and graduate from a master in Fashion marketing at London College of Fashion. Passionate by arts and fashion she is thrilled to join the BC and help connect people in London.
Maria A. Parra, Graphic Design (Studying Communications and Graphic Design at Baruch College, New York based) was born in Venezuela and lived there during her childhood until the age of 11. Now she lives in Queens, NYC. As a youth, she didn’t have exposure to the visual arts and was not encouraged to pursue such an uncertain career path. In High School she discovered her inspiration and career interests in writing, design, and photography. She is very excited to work with the Berlin Collective and hoping to bring forth some exciting, visual story telling, among other things!
ADAM RAYMONT/ Artist & Study Abroad Program, (Berlin based) born in New York and a RISD graduate, has been an active member in Berlin’s lively and influential contemporary art scene over the last three years. Adam has exhibited in numerous shows throughout the US, Europe and South America. “I’ve lived in Berlin since 2008 after living in New York for 15 years. I studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. My work is primarily drawing and painting, with various mechanical and digital techniques used as tools in the process. Making things by hand is very important to me even when evidence of it is suppressed, often painstakingly rendering something so it looks like it was stamped, printed or otherwise made. I consider each work part of a whole as well as being a singular creation.” – ADAM RAYMONT