Gillian Frasier, Esq.
Gillian Frasier is a retired New York City Public Schools teacher, activist and Brooklyn homemaker. A pioneer in the first Peace Corps, Gillian worked in Malawi and Ethiopia, where she met her husband, fellow volunteer Roy Frasier. Mr. Frasier was the first African-American student to graduate from the University of North Carolina. The Frasiers are founding members of Seed Artists.
Charles Martin, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and past Chair of Comparative Literature at Queens College-City University of New York, and a photographer, digital filmmaker and writer. His book of photographs, Because of Algiers, was published in 2013, and his photos have been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art, at June Kelly Gallery (New York) and galleries nationwide, and at museums and colleges in Paris, Brazil and Algeria. His documentary films include Warren Smith, Percussionist and Archivist; The Hewitt Collection of African American Art; A Brush with Success, on Abstract Expressionist painter Edward Clark; and Hats. by Bunn., on a milliner in Harlem. Dr. Martin was Editor of the Newsletter of the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Theater Center and is Co-Director of the Hybrid Media Project. Awards include Artist in Residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Research Foundation of the City University of New York, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, West Virginia University and Yale University. Dr. Martin holds a B.A. in English and a Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese from Yale University.
Diane Moser is a highly regarded pianist, composer, bandleader and educator, Diane Moser has performed and composed for a wide range of musical settings, from trio and quintet to orchestra and her longstanding 17-piece big band, and written scores for film, dance and theater. Among her many significant collaborations, Ms. Moser has worked with Charles McPherson, Howard Johnson, Andrew Cyrille, Diamanda Galas, Oliver Lake, Mark Dresser, Marty Ehrlich and Gerry Hemingway, and The Drifters. She has received numerous grants and awards for composition, including those from Chamber Music America, the American Music Center, and the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, and has organized and participated in many memorial and benefit concerts. Ms. Moser is an instructor at both the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Composition Program.