Tempestt Hazel is an independent curator, writer, artist advocate and executive director of Sixty Inches From Center. Additionally, she is the Arts Program Manager at the Arts Incubator in Washington Park where she manages and helps develop their residency and exhibition program. Her curatorial practice often uses archives and collections as a starting point to draw connections between a variety of histories and the work of contemporary, emerging and mid-career artists. With Sixty Inches From Center she advocates for artist legacy-building through arts journalism, storytelling and ephemera while also working to increase awareness, content and accessibility to the Chicago Artists’ Archive of over 10,000 artists. To find out more, visit www.tempestthazel.com.
Jennifer Patiño Cervantes is a freelance writer, poet, essayist, curator and Director of Development for Sixty Inches From Center. She graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Art History and double minors in Poetry and Latino/Hispanic Studies. She is a lover of Chicago’s Visual Arts and Literary communities and lives to explore the links between them. Jennifer is dedicated to using her skills as a writer and editor to advocate for and promote the arts. She is especially passionate on issues of social class and access to the arts. Her contributions to the archive usually center around the intersections of politics, protest, and art.
Reuben Westmaas is a writer and arts editor for Sixty Inches From Center. He was born in Des Moines and grew up in Milwaukee, far away from his hundreds upon hundreds of Michigander cousins. He studied Art in college for one semester before realizing he enjoyed writing about it far more than he enjoyed making it. Since then, he’s learned that writing is actually considered an art in some circles. After earning his Bachelors in Philosophy at the University of Vermont, Reuben moved to Chicago in part because he missed the Midwest and in part because he wanted to live in a big city, and worked with middle- and high-schoolers through the Chicago Public Library for about four years. Today he writes for his day job, and practices being a snob about scotch whisky at night.
Toby zur Loye is an artist, writer and arts editor for Sixty Inches From Center. He grew up in Indiana, studying art history and painting at DePaul University before receiving his MA in art history from the University of Oregon. A 2011 move from Portland, Oregon to Chicago opened a number of doors, including the opportunity to complete a one-year BFA degree program at SAIC, working in the Ryerson & Burnham Library in the Art Institute of Chicago, and, of course, the exciting chance to be a part of Sixty’s amazing team! In addition to an active painting practice and various ongoing research / writing projects (largely developed from his graduate thesis on Surrealist automatic theory), Toby is a diehard Colts fan, soccer player / enthusiast, ski bum, and Zelda nerd. Despite a recent move back to the Pacific Northwest, Chicago still has a big piece of his heart, and he is thrilled to continue working with Sixty and advocating middle America’s thriving art culture.