Image by Christa Donner, www.christadonner.com
The Dreier Project is a not-for-profit arts organization which exists in a nomadic state, with exhibitions moving from space to space. Our goal is to bring the art of the moment to the public through exhibitions and publications.
The inspiration for The Dreier Projects comes from its namesake- Katherine Dreier. Katherine Dreier was an artist and curator who held art openings with her partners Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray. Hopefully, the spirit of her early art shows will permeate though the projects undertaken by The Dreier Project.
Chloé Derderian is the Executive Director and founder of The DREIER Project. Her vision for The DREIER Project is to provide the public with exciting new projects by emerging and established artists through exhibitions and publications.
Ms. Derderian is a graduate of Parsons’ School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. She is an artist in her own right, whose work has been shown at M3 Projects Gallery, Splendid, Charas Cultural Center as well as online at Demise Magazine, Head Magazine, Cozytone and Papier Machine. She was featured in the second Curvy Book and the NYC Design is Kinky book.
Before founding The DREIER Project, she worked with s.u.n.Arts as Deputy Director from 2000-2003. In her role at s.u.n.Arts, she curated countless group projects including 3 all-female art shows, several street art themed shows and a number of emerging artist and installation shows. She was in charge of the publication Art Trash which was sold through Printed Matter. More recently, she curated “After School Art” a show which allowed artists to break free from their usual art making practices and to create and show art in a supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere.
She has shown the work of Faile, Graphic Havoc, Boogie, Jon Burgerman, Ellis G, Honest, J. Penry, Kate and Camilla, Knitta, Patrick Rocha, Porous Walker, Ted McGrath, Thundercut, HunterGatherer, Derrick Hodgson, Christa Donner and many more.
She currently lives and works in New York City.
Melissa Matlins is Marketing Director for BKSK, a New York City architecture firm, and a writer on design and sustainability issues. A graduate of New York University, Ms. Matlins has written and developed communications materials for non-profit institutions including The Skyscraper Museum, Project for Public Spaces and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Elissa Jane Mastel is no newbie in the Arts community in NYC. As a child of avid art collectors from the early 70's on, Mastel was exposed to SoHo when it was dangerous and the burgeoning downtown art scene was just being born. With an arts education from Bennington College, and film production from Boston University, Mastel is as creative as she is business savvy. She has headed up a number of artistic groups, and curated countless shows throughout her career thus far. She was the Founder and Executive Director of M3 Projects, an offshoot of Mastel + Mastel Gallery for over six years. During that time, she launched Digital DUMBO, an annual festival featuring hundreds of artists and combining her passions for technology and art. Today, Mastel works as Marketing & Publicity Director for Chronogram, a Hudson Valley publication with strong focus on Arts & Culture. She also continues to produce art shows and music events in upstate New York.