Mary Virginia Swanson is an innovator, educator, author, advisor and entrepreneur in the field of photography. Ms. Swanson counts among her consulting clients internationally known artists and respected arts organizations. Unique among advisors in our field, her broad background and professional reputation offers a broad range of perspectives on both the making and marketing of art.
Megan Prelinger is a cultural historian and the author of two books: Inside the Machine: Art and Invention in the Electronic Age (2015), and Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race (2010). She is also co-founder and information designer of the Prelinger Library in San Francisco, where she lives.
Photographer MJ Sharp is an artist and educator based in Durham, North Carolina. A Tennessee native, she came to Duke University as an undergraduate ready to major in chemistry, but one art history survey course with Professor Rona Goffen derailed her into the humanities and left her with a lifelong love of art history, which conveniently, continues to be pertinent to the study of contemporary photography.
Rick Prelinger (b. 1953, Washington, D.C.) is an archivist, associate professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writer, filmmaker, and founder of the Prelinger Archives, a collection of 60,000 advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur films acquired by the Library of Congress in 2002 after 20 years' operation.
Jack Loeffler is an aural historian, writer, radio producer and sound collage artist who was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia in 1936. He grew up in Ohio and Connecticut, and studied music at Julius Hartt Conservatory in Hartford, and Westminster College Conservatory in Pennsylvania. He has either produced or otherwise recorded, written and narrated over 50 soundtracks for documentary films, videos and museum exhibitions.