About the Artists and Contributors
Lili Réthi specialized in illustrating industrial projects and scenes. Her work appeared in numerous books and publications such as The New York Times. Born and educated in Vienna, she came to the United States at the time of WWII. She died in 1969. Her four drawings of the World Trade Center’s construction were her last commission. The prints are curated by the RoGallery.
Gail P. Schwartz is a dental hygienist in the practice of Dr. Joshua Rubinstein. She has worked in the field since graduating from the Medical College of Georgia in 1970 with a BS in Dental Hygiene. She has served as president of the Central Virginia Dental Hygiene Association and is a member of the Sigma Phi Alpha National Dental Hygiene Honor Society. She studies developments in the field through continuing education and is a strong supporter of VCU.
John Jay Schwartz is the managing director of the Richmond-based real estate firm Have Site Will Travel, Ltd. Having graduated from the VCU School of Business in 1969 with a BS in Accounting and Finance, he is an active VCU alumnus, serving on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and on the Friends of the Library Board. In 2011, he was named the first Ultimate Ram in honor of his outstanding support for and contributions to VCU.
Nicholas Solovioff is best known for his illustrations of architectural and technological subjects. His work appeared in or on the covers of magazines and publications such as Fortune, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated and Reader’s Digest. He also produced technical drawings for government manuals and was a combat artist for the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He graduated from Harvard University with both Bachelor’s and Master of Fine Arts degrees, and he taught at the university’s Fogg Museum of Art and at the Parsons School of Design. He died in 1994. Prints of his World Trade Center drawings are curated by the RoGallery.
Stephen Vitiello is best known for his work with music and sound. His performances and installations have been commissioned internationally, including “World Trade Center Recordings: Winds After Hurricane Floyd” at the Whitney Museum and “The Sound of Red Earth” for Kaldor Public Arts Projects in Australia. He has released numerous CDs such as “The Light of Falling Cars” (JDK Productions, 1998) and “Bright and Dusty Things” (New Albion, 2001), which uses material gathered at the World Trade Center. He has collaborated with artists from around the world, including Nam June Paik and Pauline Oliveros. He is an associate professor in the Kinetic Imaging Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. His web site. See also the online documentary film "Listening with Intent" and the presentation given by John Priestley of the VCU School of Medicine at the 9/11 Commemoration opening reception.