Competition Director, Design + Brand Identity
created the original concept for the Jell-O Mold Compeition. She is an industrial designer specializing in furniture, toy, and product design. She believes that design is a means of weaving her creativity into the existing social fabric. She holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute. She has worked with Makerbot Industries, the artist Jane Hammond, and has designed products for the Brooklyn Children's Museum and Planet Product Toys, among others. Her work has also appeared in the book Bright Minds, Beautiful Ideas: Parallel Thoughts in Different Times. Michelle is a member of the Gowanus Studio Space collective, and has been known to carry pot-roasts in her purse—to hardcore shows.

Competition Director, Themes/Words + Engagement
has excellent taste and an apparent and recently discovered penchant for organizing competitions and workshops with emphasis on thematic development and public engagement. Prior to being subsumed by gelatin, she had keen interest in a wide-range of fields and has worked in laboratory neuroscience, community-based substance abuse treatment, and currently, human rights and accountability at the International Center for Transitional Justice. Her focus here includes examining the links between art, culture, and justice; civil society networking and human rights documentation; and policy interventions, specifically in Afghanistan. She is tougher than she seems and has on occasion been compared to a Muppet.

Website Design and Construction
has been a shutterbug since he was a small child, when his father first introduced him to a Nikon F2 (which Symon still uses to this day). The natural course of action for him was to study photography in college, which he did at Parsons School of Design, in New York City. As a "jack of all trades," Symon has dabbled in film production, stop-motion animation, visual and make-up effects for film, jewelry design, and cooking. He has also made his living as a graphic designer. Symon's work can be seen on book covers, CDs, magazines, and the walls and mantles of friends and family. He was raised and currently resides in New York City.


EMILIE BALTZ is a French-American photographer-designer-creative-artist. She believes food to be the most revealing part of culture and works in multiple mediums, both commercially and artistically, to explore that notion in the most robust way possible. Working between France and the United States, her work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Oxford University Press, Montagud Editores, Time Out, Wired, Contract, Traditional Home, Vogue, and the Museum of Art and Design, amongst others. Baltz is the first female photographer to be featured in both debut issues of the English version of Apicius, one of the premiere food magazines in the world. Baltz has developed brand identities and photographed numerous James Beard Award-winning chefs as well as major corporations. She is the author of, Junk Foodie, a gastronomic junk food cookbook, and is a contributing writer to, the leading industrial design resource. She is also a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, the world wide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality.

is a printmaker and artist originally from Portsmouth, NH. She moved to Brooklyn, NY to study at Pratt Institute and earned her BFA in Printmaking. She managed a bicycle taxi company in Manhattan where struggles with the city government lead to her prints being published in the New York Times. She now manages the printmaking workshop at the Gowanus Studio Space, where she has her own studio and teaches printmaking.



ALEX MINOTT makes music  and DJs under the moniker Allied Mastercomputer.  He is also a painter and printmaker and has recently started making jewelry.  Originally from West Philadelphia, he grew up filling sketchbooks with drawings, planning terrible science fiction films, and collecting sounds.  He studied art at Cooper Union and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His favorite fossil is the trilobite and he is always happy to discuss them in detail, which is why Alex is the resident expert at and manager of the Evolution Store in Soho.


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