Camille Altay received her MFA from Yale in 2018 and BFA from Concordia University in Montreal in 2008. She was a Graduate Fellow at the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media at Yale in 2016, where she taught workshops in forming copper nanoparticles to use as pigment in conductive paint. Camille is a member of the ambient music project Birds of Prey, with vinyl and digital releases on Kathexis Records and a forthcoming album on Mysteries of the Deep. Between undergraduate and graduate school, Camille traveled extensively as a scenic artist for Universal Studios, and has painted simulated environments for theme parks across the US and Asia. As a consequence, Camille’s work draws from an expanded conceptual framework where a painting has a function and contains a kind of agency as a ritualistic object or phenomenological site. The parameters of painting become an apparatus or instrument which can be used in some way as proof of reality. Camille is the most recent recipient of the Blair Dickinson Memorial Prize (2018), presented to an artist “who demonstrates a developing consciousness, personal vision and spirit of search.” She lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut.