Prof. Alvydas Lukys
Alvydas Lukys was born in 1958 in Šiauliai. In 1984 m. graduated from Vilnius Engineering Construction Institute (now Vilnius Gediminas University of Technologies). From 1984 he is a member of Lithuanian Photoartists’ Union. From 1990 worked in Vilnius Academy of Arts, Graphics Department, Photo Studio, later he became the Head of Image Studio. He is one the founders of Image Studio and later Photography and Video Arts Department (now of Photography and Media Arts Department). Currently Lukys leads the Department and is a Full Professor. Alvydas Lukys participates in photography exhibitions from 1978. He participated in a number of group exhibitions both in Lithuania and abroad. Alvydas Lukys’ works were acquired by Lithuanian Museum of Arts, Lithuanian Photoartists’ Union, Odense Museum of Photography Arts, Denmark, Corcoran Centre of Photography, Washington and a number of private hobbyists.
Prof. Artūras Raila
Artūras Raila was born in 1962 in Rainaičiai (Panevėžys region). He lives and works in Vilnius, where he teaches at Photography and media department of Vilnius Academy of Fine Art. After graduating from the Sculpture department of Vilnius Academy of Fine Art in 1989, Artūras Raila changed his artistic direction towards objects, installations, video and performances. The tactics of social sculpture/social design are characteristic to the artistic practice of Artūras Raila. In his projects he closely collaborates with specific social groups or sub-cultures, integrating them into the script of his forthcoming work and also leaving the space for unexpected occurrences. A.Raila‘s works are linked to the discourses of institutional critique and national identity. The artist integrates social reality into the field of art thus eliminating the boundaries between art and life.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vytautas Michelkevičius
Since 2010 Vytautas Michelkevičius is artistic director of Nida Art Colony. He is responsible for artistic programmes and colony’s stance in contemporary art world, including communication and networking with art professionals and audiences. Until 2014 he was curating Nida artist-in-residence programme and now he is occasionally doing studio visits and selecting artists together with the colleagues. Moreover he is editing Nida Art Colony Log and writing project applications as well as doing strategic planning and programming together with Rasa.
Vytautas is a curator, publisher, art and media researcher, and associate professor in Vilnius Academy of Arts and Vilnius University. He holds a PhD in Communication studies (Thesis on Critical media theory and photography) from Vilnius University. He is interested in photographicallity of art and society, socializing through art, interdisciplinarity between art and research, artistic research, experimental teaching, and participatory curatorial practices. Vytautas has authored or edited more than 10 catalogues and books on media theory, art and photography since 2002. He is curating mostly group shows and in 2015 he is a curator of Lithuanian Pavilion in Venice Biennale with artist Dainius Liškevičius project „Museum“.