– quiénes somos / who we are

Ela Spalding

Founder of Estudio Nuboso, Ela is a Panamanian visual / performance artist and human ecologist. Fascinated by our relationship with the environment, creativity, collectivity and its transformative potential in daily life, she facilitates various forms of exchange between the arts, sciences and communities.  She currently shares her time between Berlin and panama and works on building bridges between rural and urban, local and global cultural contexts to extend the dialogue between art & ecological thought and action. visit her website

Jonathan Hernández Arana

Graduado de la escuela de Arqueología de la Universidad Veracruzana inició su carrera co-dirigiendo un proyecto de investigación con un enfoque comunitario en una pequeña villa en Veracruz, México. Desde ese entonces, la difusión del conocimiento científico a un público no especializado ha permeado cada uno de los aspectos de su vida profesional. Actualmente realiza trabajos como consultor de bienes arqueológicos y turismo cultural.

Emily Zhukov

Co-founder of Estudio Nuboso, Emily is an artist and educator living and working in Panama since 1994. Born in Minnesota, USA, with a BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, she has also studied and lived in France and Spain. She exhibits her work both locally and internationally and often collaborates in arts events and with practitioners of other disciplines. She currently teaches art at Florida State University. As an educator she encourages her students to develop their creativity and critical thinking skills, as well as to ground their practice in both an historical and contemporary global awareness.

 Rose Marie Cromwell

Rose is a photographic and social practice artist. She has published and exhibited her artwork internationally, and is also a founder and director of Cambio Creativo, a grassroots educational platform based in Coco Solo, Panama. For more info on her work click THIS

Héctor Ayarza

Ciudadano tropical formándose en arquitectura en la Universidad de Panamá. Diseñador y cinéfilo. Interesado en la antropología, la geografía y en temas artísticos de carácter socio-cultural en Panamá. Investigador fundador de MODERNISTMO (www.modernistmo.blogspot.com) donde estudia el Movimiento Moderno Arquitectónico especialmente en el istmo centroamericano.

Jennifer Spector
Jennifer is a writer from New York City, living and working in Panama. She holds a B.A in Literature from Bennington College and an M.A in Literature from The City College of New York and has worked in publishing, education, bookbinding and in the arts. As a collaborator with Estudio Nuboso and the Suelo Project, she weaves her interests in art and writing with social arts engagement while assisting in the development of interdisciplinary collaborations. Recognition for her poetry has come in the way of a Summer Literary Seminars Fellowship, an Academy of American Poets Prize and through publication. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in La Vague, PSi #21-Fluid States: Performances of Unknowing, Promethean, Cannibal Love and elsewhere.
Anne Dillon

Sculptor, creator, and co-founder of EcoStudio, Anne Dillon is a thoroughly modern woman of the tropics. Having first dabbled in Jewelry Design, Anne opted instead to pursue her studies in Sculpture at the Savannah College of Art & Design. Her education at SCAD’s Savannah, Atlanta, and France campuses exposed Anne to an array of history, ideas and concepts, materials, techniques and tools. After completing her studies, Anne returned to Panama to teach art to children, to pursue freelance art and communication projects, and to amplify her talents as inventor and constructor. Anne currently dedicates her talents at Fundación Gunn Hill Panamá, establishing the first creative center for the Arts & Sustainability in Panama, to be known as EcoStudio Las Cruces.

Advisors / Consejeros

Lucas von Stietencron

Osteopath, photographer and strong believer in the healing power of Art. Lucas advises Estudio Nuboso members in various ways, often donating his images for documentation and supporting the workflow of the organisation with his presence and gentle osteopathic approaches applied to daily life.

Charlotte Elton

born in England and educated at Oxford University, has been working and living in Panama since 1969, and is a founding member of the Panamanian Centre for Research and Social Action, CEASPA, that uses Paolo Freire´s methods in adult education. In 2007 she was awarded an Honorary M.A. degree from Conway School of Landscape Design, for her work as head of the CEASPA team with communities and public agencies for the protection and sustainable development of the former Fort Sherman area used for jungle operations training, now the San Lorenzo Protected Area. In 2013 CEASPA was awarded a Birdlife International Conservation Award for work that she helped to manage with communities in protected areas in Achiote, Colon and the Ngäbe-Buglé Indian Comarca on the Atlantic Coast in the Damani Wetlands and in the Talamanca cordillera cloud forests of Cerro Santiago. She represents CEASPA on the National Wetlands Committee and is a long term member of the Panama Audubon Society.

Paola Reyes 

is a sociologist whose research work has focused on social and economic globalization issues specifically concerning the adverse effects of multinational corporations (MNCs) on sustainable social development. Thus, she currently works for the Azuero Earth Project, led by landscapist Edwina von Gal.

Carla Escoffery

is a visual artist, currently collageing: painting and drawing; translator, within the subtleties, gradations, abilities and impossibilities of transforming text; creative and expressive workshop facilitator, particularly for children; costume designer, toying with the semiotics of color and nuances in form for character and narrative definition. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago (2006) and an M1 in Art Therapy from La Sorbonne Universite Paris (2013). her website

Rosamond Pope-Meyer

is a Nutritional Therapist, educator and sustainable farming advocate. A native of Panama, she holds a BA from Emerson College in Dance and Choreography, a Master’s degree in Education and Obesity Prevention from the University of Texas at Austin, and a certification from Nutritional Therapy Association. She is the founder of bodyandsoil.org, a website dedicated to exploring soil-regenerating food production, nutrient-dense diets, and food system transparency.

Joe Miller

is an artist based in Chicago and the world. He received his MFA from the University of Chicago in 2008, where he worked with Catherine Sullivan and Theaster Gates on a number of multi-media and public projects. His own work consists primarily of large-scale mural projects in both domestic and public venues.  Very involved in holding workshops and speaking on public art practices, Miller also volunteers his time to engage with urban youth throughout the Midwest on collaborative mural projects in Panama and around the globe. thejoemiller.com

Patrick Dillon 

Architect,  planner, designer and owner of SaLo. In 1999 he founded ENSITU, S.A., (ESSA) an architecture and planning firm. Since 2008, Dillon represents the Sociedad Panameña de Arquitectos e Ingenieros (SPIA) in the Board of Planning for the Districts of Soná and Mariato, in the Province of Veraguas, in western Panama. He is also Vice-President and Secretary of the Fundación Colegio de la Tierra and godfather to the Festival Abierto.

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