Category Archives: Staff

Sreshta Rit Premnath


Premnath (1979, Bangalore) is the founder and co-editor of Shifter and has had solo exhibitions at KANSAS, New York; Gallery SKE, Bangalore; The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago; Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin; Wave Hill, New York; Art Statements, Art Basel; as well as numerous group exhibitions at venues including Queens Museum, New York; YBCA, San Francisco; Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris; 1A Space, Hong Kong and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York.

He completed his BFA at The Cleveland Institute of Art, his MFA at Bard College, and has attended the Whitney Independent Study Program, Skowhegan and Smack Mellon. He has received grants from Art Matters and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and was awarded the Arthur Levitt Fellowship from Williams College.

Based in Brooklyn, Premnath is Assistant Professor at Parsons, New York.

Matthew Metzger

Editor, Shifter 17-21

Matthew Metzger (1978, USA) is a practicing visual artist and educator who lives and works in Chicago.

He completed his MFA from the University of Chicago in 2009, and attended the Skowhegan Artist Residency Program also in 2009. He has since exhibited at such institutions as The Smart Museum of Art in Chicago and The Soap Factory in Minneapolis while mounting solo exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Sikkema & Jenkins Co. in New York, Arratia Beer in Berlin, and Tony Wight Gallery in Chicago. Metzger recently presented a project titled Be-Longing at Art Statements, Art|43|Basel, 2012.

Metzger is also currently on faculty at The University of Illinois at Chicago as Assistant Professor in Studio Arts.

Avi Alpert

Editor, Shifter 13, 22

Avi Alpert received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. For 2014-2016, he will be a Mellon Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of English and Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University. He is currently at work on a book project with the working title, Unbearable Identities: Essaying the Globe in Idealism, Transcendentalism, and Zen. He was previously in the Critical Studies section of the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, and a Sauvé Scholar at McGill University. His articles are published or forthcoming in diacritics, Early American Literature, Third Text, Twentieth Century Literature, and Postcolonial Studies. He is also a member of the collective Research Service, a collaborative experiment in performative scholarship. Research Service has performed at the ICA-Philadelphia, the Drawing Center, the Palais de Tokyo, the Lisa Cooley Gallery, and elsewhere.

Thom Donovan

Editor, Shifter 23
Co-Initiator of Project for an Archive of the Future Anterior

Thom Donovan lives in New York City where he edits Wild Horses of Fire weblog and coedits ON Contemporary Practice. He is a participant in the Nonsite Collective and a curator for the SEGUE reading series. His criticism and poetry have been published widely in BOMB, PAJ: performance + art, Modern Painters, and at the Poetry Foundation where he currently blogs. He holds a Ph.D. in English literature from SUNY-Bflo and is an adjunct professor at Bard College and School of Visual Arts.