Keene Kopper (b. 1979) trained and worked as a design architect in Massachusetts (‘03-’05) and then in New York City for Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects (‘05-’09). While working as a design architect for six years he maintained his artistic practice, producing artwork, and curating arts-specific events. He moved to New Orleans in 2008. As a curator, Keene specializes in working with artists to create all new, original context specific art installations, publications and educational programming. The resulting exhibitions are often executed as immersive architectural, social, political or sensory interventions.
Through his experiences with various artist residency programs, and through the influence of other international arts galleries, museums, and institutions of critical thought and education, he was inspired to create a new artist residency program in New Orleans. The program focuses primarily on the production of large scale context specific installation art, publicly accessible exhibitions and education programming, publishing and bringing access to creative source publications. He and May gallery’s Board of Directors were the initiators and incubators of May books, which was a specialty art and magazine bookshop, founded by Émilie Lamy, located in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans, now called The Stacks. Keene founded May gallery & residency, the first contemporary art production residency in Greater New Orleans, in 2012
Alaric Garnier (b. 1988) is a French graphic designer, type designer and sign writer. He graduated from the school of fine arts of Lyon in 2013, with a MA in graphic design. He worked as a sign painter with Sean Barton in Seattle, as a graphic designer at John Morgan Studio in London and the design firm, Maquette & Mise en Page in Paris. He opened his own studio in Paris in 2014, and practices mainly in the cultural field, often collaborating with artists on assignments or self initiated projects. With a strong interest in the history of letterforms, printing processes, and vernacular arts, his practice revolves between the fields of design and craftsmanship, while working on visual identities, typefaces, books, websites, signage systems, posters or handpainted signs and lettering. Since April 2012, he has been in charge of May’s visual identity, exhibition posters design, publications, signage, website and the typeface you are looking at right now.
Based out of New York City, Sean is a practicing interior designer, art collector, and art buyer for private collections. He brings a wealth of non-profit sector experience to May including his most recent experience as Board Chair for Art In General in New York, where he participated as a board member for seven years. Sean found May in October of 2014 while attending a Prospect 3 VIP tour, which included a stop at May; Sean has been following Prospect since Prospect 1. Since last October he has dedicated significant time and attention to helping May develop a stronger, lasting organizational and development foundation for many years to come. He has done extensive foot work to assist May in developing support from potential funders, foundations and buyers based in New York City.