HERE IN JAMAICA:
A Social Practice Artwork

Accepting applications through September 30.

Jameco Exchange

A site- and community-responsive exhibition and education platform in Jamaica, Queens.

Fresh Out of Storage

An exhibition in collaboration with Manhattan Mini Storage

  • Manon Slome

    Manon Slome

    Co-Founder & Chief Curator

    Manon Slome (PhD) is the Chief Curator of No Longer Empty. From 2002 to June 2008 she was the Chief Curator of the Chelsea Art Museum in New York. During that time, she curated and oversaw a program of some forty exhibitions, symposia and museum publications as well as monographs and scholarly essays. Ms. Slome became highly involved with the Israeli art scene during her research for the exhibition, Such Stuff as Dreams are Made on, (2005) and has followed and researched the Israeli scene for the last three years. Prior to the CAM, Ms. Slome worked as a curator at the Guggenheim Museum for seven years and was a holder of a Helena Rubinstein curatorial fellowship at the Whitney Independent Study program. She has written widely on contemporary art and has recently completed The Aesthetics of Terror published by Charta Press. manon@nolongerempty.org

  • Carol Stakenas

    Carol Stakenas

    Executive Director

    Carol Stakenas comes to NLE with 20 years of experience dedicated to art and curatorial practices in the public sphere, which includes serving as the Executive Director of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) and Deputy Director/Curator of Creative Time in New York. Most recently, she was curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs and was a faculty member in the graduate program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 

  • Rachel Gugelberger

    Rachel Raphaela Gugelberger

    Associate Curator

    Rachel Raphaela Gugelberger is Associate Curator of No Longer Empty. She is co-founder of 1@111, a series of process-oriented conversations that focus on a single work, text, curatorial premise or proposition. Recent exhibitions have focused on the intersection of information, data and art, in particular the digital transformation of books and libraries. Curatorial projects include "Once upon a Time, There Was the End" at Center for Book Arts (New York, NY); "Data Deluge" at Ballroom Marfa (Marfa, TX); and "Library Science" at Artspace (New Haven, CT). Rachel has served as co-director of Sara Meltzer Gallery and curator at Exit Art, where she organized the final exhibitions "Every Exit Is an Entrance: 30 Years of Exit Art" and "Collective/Performative." Publications include monographs, exhibition catalog essays, and contributions to "Art Galleries International: Post-War to Post-Millennium" and "Unfinished Memories: 30 Years of Exit Art" (forthcoming). Rachel received an MA in Curatorial Studies in Contemporary Art and Culture from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. rachel@nolongerempty.org

  • Sara Guerrero

    Sara Guerrero

    Education & Public Engagement Director

    Sara Guerrero is a curator and researcher of art and critical pedagogy. A longtime advocate for leadership among youth and immigrant communities, she designs projects at the intersection of the fields of education, sociology, ethnography, art history, and community organizing. In Queens, New York, Sara piloted Art & Literacy with New New Yorkers at the Queens Museum in collaboration with the Queens Public Library, a multidisciplinary and multilingual public art education program with immigrant communities, now in its tenth year. Her ethnographic work on migration and diaspora has been published in academic essays and in the award-winning book, Mexican New York: Transnational Lives of New Immigrants (2005) by sociologist Robert Courtney Smith. She has curated exhibitions on Poblano communities in New York and practice-based doctoral work by artists from around the world. In London, England, she founded inter-university graduate research forums, including the Uncharted Stories Group and the Studying Latin American Art Group, now in it’s fifth year. She is currently completing a doctorate in art theory at the Research Center for Transnational Art, Identity & Nation (TrAIN) at Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London. sara@nolongerempty.org [Photo: Pedro Escobar]

  • Ariela Kader

    Ariela Kader

    Curatorial & Administrative Assistant

    Ariela Kader (b. 1991, Costa Rica) is a conceptual and socially engaged artist, teaching artist, graphic designer and photographer. She moved to New York to study Fine Arts at Parsons The New School for Design and received her BFA in 2013. After graduating, Kader started working as a Teaching Artist at the Children’s Museum of the Arts in TriBeCa and a photographer and Design Director’s Assistant in Brooklyn. Last summer, Kader attended two artist residencies, one in at Museo Islita in Guanacaste, Costa Rica and Picture Berlin in Berlin, Germany. In the past years, Kader has participated in a numerous group exhibitions and art fairs/festivals such as Scope Art Miami, Art in Odd Places (NYC), Valoarte (CR), The Art of Collecting at the Children’s Musuem of the Arts (NYC), De Verde a Gris at Art Director’s Club and Conceived Without Sin at Radiator Gallery (NYC). www.arielakader.com

  • PJ Gubatina Policarpio

    PJ Gubatina Policarpio

    Education and Public Engagement Fellow

    PJ Gubatina Policarpio is a creative arts engager: curator, programmer, and educator. He is passionate and committed to making art accessible for everyone, creating multiple opportunities for meaningful connections between communities and artworks, especially addressing a diverse, multilingual, and multicultural audience. Central to his practice is promoting inclusivity and critical awareness through experiences and interactions with art. At Queens Museum, PJ regularly teaches school groups and has held teaching residencies in Queens' Flushing and Corona neighborhoods. He has also worked with youth through the Summer Youth Arts Project as well as adult immigrants with New New Yorkers Program. PJ created Engaging Multilingual Students Educator's Guide, published on ArtMuseumTeaching.com, synthesizing his strength in multimodal teaching, educational theories, culturally responsive pedagogy, and his own multicultural upbringing. PJ has facilitated workshops for educators as well as presented in museum education conferences. He is a founding board member of Museum Hue. PJ has organized exhibitions and programming in various spaces throughout New York City. Born in the Philippines and raised in San Francisco, Bay Area, PJ is currently based in Queens, New York.

Dedicated Ambassadors

  • Julie Bell, Education
  • Sarah Corona, Curator
  • Asher Remy-Toledo, Co-founder
  • Julian Navarro, Curator
  • Mira Friedlaender, Project Manager
  • Rachel Zegar, Graphic Design
  • Keith Schweitzer, Curator
  • Christina Milan, Curatorial Assistant
  • Tara de la Garza, Curator
  • Lucy Lydon, Team Builder
  • Kathy Zeiger, Photography
  • Breda Kennedy, Development Advisor
  • Ella Levitt, Curator
  • Linda White, Creative Educator
  • Aaron Leopold Graphic Design
  • Barbara Feldman, Special Project Coordinator
  • Charlotte Caldwell, Flying Talented Project Manager