Brandan “BMike” Odums
Visual Artist, STUDIO be
Brandan “BMike” Odums is a New Orleans-based visual artist who, through exhibitions, public programs, and public art works, is engaged in a transnational dialogue about the intersection of art and resistance. From film to murals to installations, Odums’ work encapsulates the political fervor of a generation of Black American activists who came of age amidst the tenure of the nation’s first Black president, the resurgence of popular interest in law enforcement violence, and the emergence of the self-care movement. Most often working with spray paint, Odums paints brightly-colored, wall-sized murals that depict historical figures, contemporary creatives, and everyday people.
After graduating from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), where he studied visual art, Odums began working as a filmmaker, creating original content through 2-Cent Entertainment. Odums began experimenting with graffiti in 2012, attracted to the medium because of its decidedly temporary nature.
In 2016, Odums established Studio Be, a 36,000- square foot gallery and the final part of the Be Trilogy. As a public artist Bmike has collaborated with important organizations, brands, and public figures including, Nike, Cadillac , Red Bull , Starz, Spotify , OnStar , Bleacher Report, Complex , Revolt TV, Amnesty International , Colin Kaepernicks’ Know My Rights Camp, Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY, Common’s Imagine Justice, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival , Boys & Girls Club, and more.
Founder & Creative Director, OI Studio
BOA is the founder and creative director of OI Studio, a design firm that produces bespoke furniture and home accessories using sustainable materials and processes. In the early 2000’s she spent the first few years of her design practice evangelizing an industry-wide shift to green design, at a time when it was difficult to find materials, manufacturers, or clients that were open to making a change.
She studied graphics at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. However, her passion for all things beautiful led her to the furniture/interiors industry after a past spent working in disparate professions. She has previously been a fashion model, furniture buyer, prop stylist, event producer, furniture sales rep, and importer-not necessarily in that order.
BOA’s design aesthetic is an intersection of her reverence for nature, minimalism, and fine craftsmanship. Throughout 18+ years of experience in her field she has exhibited her work at multiple furniture trade shows and spoke at industry events.
Her Caribbean roots contribute to her love for the beach and much of her adult life has been spent chasing the sun and sand in far-flung destinations.
Executive Director, American Institute of Architects (AIA) New Orleans and the New Orleans Architecture Foundation (NOAF)
Joel Pominville is Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New Orleans and the New Orleans Architecture Foundation (NOAF). In this role, he works to elevate the practice of architecture within the profession, and the role architecture and design plays in our community. Joel believes that good design can bring great value to our cities and communities, when created in a thoughtful, inclusive, and innovative environment.
Since 2016, Joel has led the significant growth of NOAF and AIA New Orleans and fostered new and continued relationships with both organizations. He brings a wide array of experience and creativity within the organizational structure of architectural education, practice, and regulation, previously serving as the National Vice President of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) in Washington, D.C.
Joel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Business from Clemson University.
Director of Communications, Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans
Susan Langenhennig is the Director of Communications for the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans and editor of its award-winning magazine, Preservation in Print. Prior to joining the PRC, she was the Home and Garden editor for The Times-Picayune and its website, NOLA.com. Susan also serves on the Board of Directors for the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans, the Metro Area Horticulture Foundation, the Community Sailing Center of New Orleans, and has previously served on the Louisiana State University Manship School of Mass Communication Alumni Board. She is an active sailor and a volunteer scuba diver with the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.
Director of Special Projects, Office Mayor LaToya Cantrell
Bryon has a long history of public service to the City of New Orleans. Over the last twenty years Bryon has served as on numerous neighborhood associations, church and other non-profit boards, and committees, including The Green Project. Bryon has worked to bring public art to neighborhood parks and supported public art projects throughout the city. He has been involved in improvements to city buildings, and other public assets, always working to leverage private dollars and volunteers when public funds were lacking. Bryon was instrumental in the relocation of The Green Project from Mid City to St. Roch.
Bryon moved to New Orleans 26 years ago from the Indiana/Ohio state line after several years of service to the mentally ill. He currently resides in Central City, but has lived in both Algiers and Broadmoor.
Bryon says he “has a love of folk art, pottery and anything that is re-used, repurposed and worn around the edges; same reason I love New Orleans!”