Contributors

James Tryon, MD - The American Wall

James Tryon, MD

Dr James Tryon has been a resident in New Mexico since 1963, and is currently in fulltime medical practice in Albuquerque, NM. He received his undergraduate B.S. Degree i Nautical Science from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1968, obtained his Master’s License, and sailed in the Merchant Marine until 1975, He received his M.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1979. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine, and Board eligible in Palliative Care. Dr. Tryon started St. Anthony’s programs in several countries, including Mexico. He is Past President of the New Mexico State Medical Association.

Maurice Sherif - The American Wall

Maurice Sherif

Paris/US-based photographer and author of two previous books Lueurs et ténèbres, photogravures of the melting glaciers of Patagonia and Lumière Métallique night architecture in Paris. his been photographing the border wall since 2007, questioning how the United States––which sees itself as a champion of law, democracy, and human rights––came to engage in such egregious violations of human rights. My photographs are meant to stimulate thought and consideration of the wall’s intent, impact, and implications.

Scott Nicol - The American Wall

Scott Nicol

Scott Nicol is an artist and educator living in south Texas. Scott is an instructor at South Texas College, and previously taught art courses in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. A founding member of No Border Wall and chair of the Sierra Club’s Borderlands Team, he has been involved with the border wall issue since shortly after the passage of the Secure Fence Act. He lives in McAllen, Texas, roughly twelve miles from the Rio Grande.

Martha Davidson - The American Wall

Martha Davidson

Martha Davidson is an independent researcher and writer based in Washington, D.C. She has traveled regularly to Mexico since the 1980s, when with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities she directed a research project on Mexican pictorial archives and published Picture Collections: Mexico (Scarecrow Press, 1988).

Susan A. Schwartz - The American Wall

Susan A. Schwartz

Susan A. Schwartz, before launching her editorial consulting business in 1998, held staff positions at Doubleday, Facts On File, Grolier, Contemporary Publishing Group, and other publishing houses in New York. Her skills include ghostwriting, project and marketing analysis, manuscript development, and line editing, and have earned her a reputation as “the editor who can turn promising projects into published books.” A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Ms. Schwartz graduated from Chatham College (Pittsburgh, Pa.), earned a certificate in publishing procedures from Radcliffe College (Cambridge, Mass.), and currently lives in New York City. She is the author of an article, “Book Doctors: The Real Deal,” which can be accessed at www.susanschwartzeditor.com.

Marta Garsd - The American Wall

Marta Garsd

Marta García Barrio-Garsd holds a Master’s of Arts degree in Art History from the University of California-Davis and has worked in her field of expertise, Latin American art, writing and producing bilingual texts for publications and exhibitions both in the United States and Latin America. She has worked as a researcher on projects related to the arts and cultures of Latin America for WGBH/Public Broadcasting Service, Boston; Scribner’s Sons, New York; and the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, among other institutions. An experienced educator, she has taught at UC Davis; the American University, in Washington, D.C.; the National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires; and the School of the San Diego Museum of Art. She recently served as Public Art Project Manager for the Port of San Diego, working with artists and communities in that city and its five sister cities. She was twice elected Jury to the Annual Contemporary Art Competition in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

Margaret Dorsey - The American Wall

Margaret Dorsey

Margaret E. Dorsey is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Texas-Pan American and curator of the Rio Grande Valley Folklore Archive. She is the author of a book titled, Pachangas: Borderlands Music, U.S. Politics, and Transnational Marketing. Dorsey presents her work in a variety of forums, from the National Press Club to the School of Law at the University of Texas as, well as consults with journalists for articles in a variety of venues, from The Economist to The New Yorker. University of Texas-Pan American.

Miguel Diaz-Barrigais - The American Wall

Miguel Diaz-Barrigais

Miguel Díaz-Barrigais a professor of anthropology at Swarthmore College who has published widely on social movements in Latin American and Mexican and Chicana culture. He is currently working on a project, with Margaret Dorsey, on how the current national immigration debate is being articulated through Mexican American grassroots political practices University of Texas-Pan American.

Denise Gilman - The American Wall

Denise Gilman

Denise Gilman teaches and co-directs the Immigration Clinic after having joined the clinical faculty at the University of Texas Law School in the fall of 2007. Professor Gilman has written and practiced extensively in the international human rights and immigrants’ rights fields. From 2000 to 2005, Professor Gilman was Director of the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.

Charles Bowden - The American Wall

Charles Bowden

Charles Bowden is the author of eleven books including A Shadow in the City: Confessions of an Undercover Dog; Down By the River: Drugs, Money, Murder and Family; Juárez: The Laboratory of our Future; and Blood Orchid: An Unnatural History of America. His most recent book is Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields. In this book, he presents a devastating chronicle of a city in collapse where not just the police and drug cartel members die as violence infects every level of society. Luís Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil’s Highway, says “…in Murder City Bowden plunges in head-first, without a parachute. There are moments when the book threatens to burst into flames and burn your hands.” Bowden is a contributing editor for GQ and Mother Jones, and also writes for Harper’s, The New York Times Book Review, and Aperture. Winner of a 1996 Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction, he lives in between the USA and Mexico border.

David Chickey - The American Wall

David Chickey

David Chickey is a book designer and curator with over 20 years experience in the art business. He is the publisher and founder of Radius Books, an art and photography book publishing company; and a co-owner of Skolkin+Chickey, a design firm which provides a full range of design and packaging services to artists, museums, and publishers. Clients have included Hudson Hills Press, Clarkson Potter, SITE Santa Fe, Magnum Photography, the Amon Carter Museum, and many others. He is the former board chair of the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, NM.

Brian O’Connor - The American Wall

Brian O’Connor

Brian O’Connor is an artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he grew up with an older brother and school teacher parents. It was in Ecuador that Brian began to make art based on political narrative, something that he continued to do during the two years of working throughout the western United States that followed. But throughout, he’s painted and shown professionally in galleries and museums across the country, receiving a Western States NEA Fellowship in 1990 and having solo shows in Santa Fe, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, and New York City. He has lectured at universities as a visiting artist, conducted painting workshops from San Diego to Santa Fe. His paintings are in numerous private and public collections.

Red Paw’s company - The American Wall

Red Paw’s company

Founded and incorporated by J. Foreman in 2003, Red Paw Technologies, Inc. is a full-service Geographic Information Systems (GIS) consulting firm specializing in producing the highest quality maps for commercial real estate, marketing and media, urban/environmental planning, higher education and the entertainment industry. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Red Paw’s maps appear on many company web sites, marketing brochures, investment prospectuses, television documentaries, books and travel guides.

Cyndy McCrossen - The American Wall

Cyndy McCrossen

Has nearly 20 years experience in the photography and film industry. She brings enthusiasm and dedication to every project. She offers a variety of services including location scouting, management and production office coordination for film, photography and TV. Her experience includes work with projects of all sizes and budgets. Her Clients include agencies, film production companies, magazines and photographers. American Cancer Society, America’s Most Wanted, American Movie Channel ‘Breaking Bad’, CBS ‘Early Show’, Crispin and Porter, Digifest/Duke City Shootout, Dupont, General Mills, Getty Images, Northern Entertainment (NBC/ USA Network), Sony TV, USA Network ‘In Plain Sight’, William Coupon Photography, Working Boy Productions, Breaking Bad.

Skolkin+Chickey - The American Wall

Skolkin+Chickey

Have received much recognition including: multiple awards from the AIGA (50 books/ 50 covers competition); American Association of Museums Publishing competition (over ten including two first place awards in the last three years); Publishers Association of the West (over 14 in the last ten years); and an Infinity Award for best photographic book of the year (International Center for Photography).

Thierry Arensma - The American Wall

Thierry Arensma

He is one of the acknowledged masters of 20th century photography. Taken as a whole, his work constitutes one of the most varied and vivid social documents of Sri Lanka and Africa producing a body of photographic works that range from stark realism and social comment to pure abstraction and surrealism. n 1996, Thierry Arensma enrolled at Henry Coste Institute in Paris, where he studied photography. Influenced by artists such as Joseph Koudelka and Richard Avedon.
Over the next several years he worked on a series of portraits for a book “Instants Donnés”. Throughout the 90s, Arensma produced a bevy of images that simultaneously challenge and adhere to classical aesthetic standards: stylized compositions of male and female portraits, delicate flower still lifes, and studio portraits of his preferred genres. He introduced and refined different techniques and formats, including color 4″ x 5″ Polaroids, platinum prints.

Mike Constandy - The American Wall

Mike Constandy

Westmoreland Research is a full service commercial and legal research firm specializing in contemporary and historical research, competitive intelligence, and due diligence for private, commercial, and government applications.
We provide our clients with the unique and essential data they need to make informed decisions in this highly competitive marketplace and have sector experience in Business Practices, Trade Issues, Biographic Research, Regulatory Affairs, and Regulatory Compliance.
For those projects requiring historical scope, Westmoreland Research utilizes public and private archival resources to establish a foundation upon which is built a relevant, contemporary analysis. Governmental and military research is a particular strength with more than twenty years of sector experience.

Mark and Betty Clark - The American Wall

Mark and Betty Clark

Mark Clark is a traveler, artist, and owner of Galeria 409, which he established in an historic building on the north bank of the Rio Grande after retiring from a long career in museum installation work. He shares his journeys and experiences through his paintings, which capture fleeting moments from his travels and depict a realistic view of the world. His gallery is a venue for the work of others, and a catalyst for the creation of paintings and sculpture. One of the first to use stenciled graffiti for political means, Mr. Clark devised the exhibition “Art Against the Wall” as a form of nonviolent protest against the border fence in Brownsville, Texas.

David Michael Kennedy - The American Wall

David Michael Kennedy

Working in New York in the 1970s and 80s, I developed a successful career in advertising, editorial, album cover, and portrait photography.
In 1986, he left a commercial career behind to concentrate solely on his personal work, he moved to northern New Mexico where I began documenting the land and cultures of the southwest.
He continue to teach private landscape, portrait and platinum/palladium darkroom workshop.
New Mexico State University professor and librarian Molly Molloy has made it her personal endeavor to track and document the day-to-day killings in Mexico’s deadliest city, Ciudad Juarez.
Via her Frontera List, Molloy has taken on the macabre task of keeping and reporting statistics obtained from local newspaper reports on the daily and cumulative count of the murders in Ciudad Juarez.