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Co-Founding Directors:

Paz TanjuaquioPAZ TANJUAQUIO has been active in NYC since 1990 as a choreographer, dancer, performer, visual artist, curator, and marathoner. Her work has been presented by the Danspace Project, Performance Space 122, Harkness Dance Festival at 92nd St. Y, Dance Theater Workshop’s Fresh Tracks Series, LaMaMa ETC, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Aaron Davis Hall, Symphony Space, Dixon Place, Thelma Hill Performing Arts, Yangtze Repertory and nationally at San Diego Dance Theater’s Trolley Dances, Godt-Cleary Projects in Las Vegas, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and Ohio University. Awards for her choreography include National Endowment for the Arts, NYFA BUILD/Homer Avila Memorial Award, two Individual Artist Awards from Queens Council on the Arts, and DTW’s Suitcase Fund where she participated in the Mekong Project’s Cambodia Creative Residency and artistic research travel in Vietnam. She has been an artist-in-residence at Kaatsbaan in Tivoli, NY, Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Japan, The Yard at Martha’s Vineyard, Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, and Movement Research in NYC. As a dancer, she has performed with Molissa Fenley and Dancers since 1997 and Marlies Yearby’s Movin’ Spirits Dance Theater from 1991-96. She has been guest artist at Sacramento State University, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts HS, and Vargas Museum at Univ. of the Philippines. She received her MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and her BA in Visual Arts from University of California, San Diego. She is currently an active member of the NYS DanceForce since 2009, hosting the 2013 annual statewide conference at Topaz Arts in Queens. Paz is Vice-President and Co-Founding Director of TOPAZ ARTS, Inc.

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Todd B. RichmondTODD BRADFORD RICHMOND, visual artist, filmmaker and composer, received his MFA in Fine Arts at Otis College of Art & Design, and California Institute of the Arts/CalArts MFA Graduate Program of Art & Technology; BA from City College of New York in Music & Audio Technology with Film Studies, where he was awarded The ASCAP Foundation Louis Dreyfus Warner/Chappell City College Scholarship honoring George and Ira Gershwin. As a visual artist, he was assistant to renowned artist Richard Artschwager from 1990-95 creating major works for museums and galleries worldwide. Richmond’s paintings and installations have been shown in NYC and Los Angeles including two solo exhibitions – “Dark Forest” at Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, and “Mind Field: Oil and Oranges” at TOPAZ ARTS, NY; group exhibitions at the 2013 Fountain Art Fair at the Armory, NY; CalArts MFA Grad Show “Hanging Things” 2014, CA; CalArts MFA Group Exhibition “Oranges are not the only fruit” at The Bolsky Gallery 2014, CA; P.E.S. Limited in Midtown Manhattan, NY; 2015 Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, CA; Otis MFA Group Show “Humiliation” at The Bolsky Gallery 2016, CA; Otis MFA Open Studios Spring 2016; among others. Richmond has created numerous evening-length dance works in collaboration with choreographer Paz Tanjuaquio and has received awards for his compositions from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet The Composer Commissioning/USA, Queens Council on the Arts, among others. He has designed sets, sculptures, and music for choreographers including Paz Tanjuaquio, Molissa Fenley, among many others. His work has been seen and heard in NYC at such venues as New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, Harkness Dance Festival, Symphony Space, Performance Space 122, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts; nationally at San Diego Dance Theater’s Trolley Dances, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, G-C Arts Projects in Las Vegas, Cornell University, Ohio University and internationally at the National Theater in Seoul, Korea; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Manila, Philippines; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He has been an artist-in-residence at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli, NY, and at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida for a dance on camera residency with master artist Merce Cunningham. His dance films have been selected for American Dance Festival’s 15th Annual International Screendance Festival, Queens Museum of Art, Video Cha Cha at Bryant Park and Dance on Camera Festival at the Donnell Media Center, and Ohio University. Richmond’s dance films are in the permanent archives at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Todd B. Richmond is President and Co-Founding Director of TOPAZ ARTS, Inc. – a nonprofit arts organization, which he founded with Paz Tanjuaquio in 2000, establishing a creative development center for contemporary performance and visual arts.

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