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TERI ROFKAR | Wednesday, Oct 23 | Morning Keynote

TERI ROFKAR is an internationally renowned fiber artist from the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. For over 25 years Teri has been weaving exquisite baskets and textiles from cedar, spruce tree roots, ferns, and mountain goat wool which she collects in the woods and along the shoreline of her Northwest coast home. "I was introduced to Tlingit weaving by my Grandmother, when I was a child. She lived in Pelican, AK where I spent many summers fishing and playing in Lisianski Inlet. The fun of traditional gathering as a child  continues to fuel my investigations of climate, geology, and chemistry today as an adult. I harvest and weave in Tlingit methods passed down for thousands of years, following the steps of my Ancestors."

Rofkar has served as an Artist in Residence at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage and at the Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center in Sitka and has received a number of celebrated awards including the Buffet Award for Indigenous Leadership, a Creative Capital project award, the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award, the United States Artist Fellowship and the Rasmuson Distinguished Artist Award.

See a video of Teri's work, combining her love of weaving and metal music, here.

FALLEN FRUIT | Thursday, Oct 24 | Morning Keynote

DAVID BURNS + AUSTIN YOUNG are two of the artists behind the internationally renowned collaborative art project Fallen Fruit. What began as creating maps of public fruit trees in Los Angeles has grown into a series of photographic portraits, experimental documentary videos, public art installations, and curatorial projects across the globe. Using fruit as a lens to see the world, Fallen Fruit explores themes of urban space, ideas of neighborhood and place, and new forms of citizenship. The collective's energetic works have brought the attention of local communities and the global art community alike, with their most recent happening breaking LACMA's attendance records. Fallen Fruit will be featured in the San Jose Museum of Art's fall exhibition, "Around the Table: Food, Creativity, Community."

David Burns is a new media artist working in Southern California, whose work has shown at The Getty Center, The Tate Modern/, The Armenian Museum of Experimental Art, Seoul Museum of Art, The Athens Biennale, The Ghetto Biennale, Ars Electronica, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Artists Space in New York. Recent curatorial projects include "Let Them Eat LACMA" with Jose Luis Blondet and "Embodied Technologies for Art Interactive & Leonardo" with Legier Beiderman.

Austin Young is a portrait photographer and video artist based in Los Angeles since 1985. He has created an encyclopedic documentation of sub- and trans-culture in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and his work has expanded to include performative collaborations with the public. He is co-founder of the art collectives Fallen Fruit and Tranimal. In Tranimal Workshop, gallery attendees go through a conveyor belt of artists to be transformed into genderless expressions of the subconscious. In his recent solo show, Your Face Here, the public became the subjects, via portraiture, of his show. Young’s work has been featured in Vogue, Rolling Stone, Flaunt, and Interview Magazine, and shown at LACMA, Matadero Madrid, Ars Electronica, WOW Storefront Gallery, Berkeley Art Museum, the Hammer Museum, and Stephen Cohen.

GUILLERMO GÓMEZ-PEÑA | Friday, Oct 25 | Noon Keynote

GUILLERMO GÓMEZ-PEÑA is a performance artist, writer, activist, radical pedagogue, director of San Francisco-based performance troupe La Pocha Nostra, and one of the “most provocative and dynamic artists on the contemporary art scene.”

Gómez-Peña was the first Chicano artist to be awarded the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, is the recipient of a Bessie and an American Book Award, and on the UTNE Reader’s "List of 100 Visionaries." Gómez-Peña is a regular contributor for newspapers and magazines in the US, Mexico, and Europe and a contributing editor to The Drama Review (NYU-MIT). His work pushes boundaries and mixes genres, exploring cross-cultural issues, immigration, the politics of language, "extreme culture," and new technologies in the era of globalization and has been presented at over 700 venues across the globe, including the Tate Modern and Whitney Biennial.

In 2012, Gómez-Peña received the Free Culture Award from AS220, which included the commission of a mural collaboration between Gómez-Peña and Providence artist Joan Wyand entitled “The New Barbarians: To The Lords Of Censorship.”


San Jose Taiko | Wednesday, Oct 23 | Evening Performance

SAN JOSE TAIKO has been thrilling audiences with the powerful sounds of the taiko since 1973. Inspired by traditional Japanese Drumming, SJT performers express the beauty and harmony of the human spirit through the voice of the taiko as they strive to create new dimensions in Asian American movement and music.  

SJT builds on the rich legacy of founding directors and 2011 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows, Roy and PJ Hirabayashi, by continuing to lead the genre by infusing traditional patterns of Japanese taiko with the beat of world rhythms, including African, Filipino, Brazilian, Latin and jazz.  The resulting sounds is contemporary, exciting, and innovative, bridging many styles while still resonant of the Asian soul in America.  Emulated by taiko ensembles throughout the world, SJT's visceral and aural presentation strikes a visceral chord with all audiences.


Andrea Avery | Community Arts Coordinator, John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI)
Jamie Badoud
| Executive Director, The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences (Rabun Gap, GA)
Jim Baker
| Executive Director, Pilchuck Glass School (Stanwood, WA)
Anne Beck | Artist and Co-Founder, Lost Coast Culture Machine (Fort Bragg, CA)
Sita Bhaumik | Artist and Research Fellow, Institute for Art and Olfaction (Los Angeles, CA)
M.J. Bogatin | Co-President, California Lawyers for the Arts (Oakland, CA)
Ann Brady | Director - Rauschenberg Residency, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (Captiva, FL)
Clayton Campbell | Artist and consultant (Los Angeles, CA)
Donna Conwell | Associate Curator, Montalvo Arts Center (Saratoga, CA)
Jennifer Wright Cook | Executive Director, The Field (New York, NY)
Dianne Debicella | Senior Program Manager - Fiscal Sponsorship, Fractured Atlas (New York, NY)
Lauren DiCioccio | Artist (San Francisco, CA + Brooklyn, NY)
Mario Garcia Durham | President/CEO, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Washington, DC)
Jennifer Easton | Project Manager - Public Art Program, City of San Jose (San Jose, CA)
Linda Earle | Executive Director, New York Arts Program (New York, NY)
Candace Elder | Senior Programs Manager, National Music Centre (Calgary, AB)
Suzanne Fetscher |President/CEO, McColl Center for Visual Art (Charlotte, NC)
Andy Fife | Independent consultant, coach, teacher, writer (Puget Sound Region, WA)
Lisa Folsom-Ernst | Fund Development Director, Becoming Independent (Santa Rosa, CA)
Linda Gass | Environmental artist, Cubberley Residency (Palo Alto, CA)
Michal Gavish | Multi-media artist, Cubberley Residency (Palo Alto, CA)
Barbara Goldstein | Consultant and former Public Art Director, City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs (San Jose, CA)
Tony Grant | Director, Sustainable Arts Foundation (San Francisco, CA)
Suzanne Hackett-Morgan | Artist and Executive Director, Goldwell Open Air Museum & Artist Residency (Ryolite, NV)
Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez | Executive Director, MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (San Jose, CA)
Keith Hennessy |Dancer/Choreographer and Director, Circo Zero (San Francisco, CA)
PJ Hirabayashi | Artistic Director Emeritus, San Jose Taiko (San Jose, CA)
Roy Hirabayashi | Founder, San Jose Taiko (San Jose, CA)
Lisa Hoffman | Director of Environmental Art and Community Engagement, McColl Center for Visual Art (Charlotte, NC)
Archana Horsting | Director, Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, CA)
Regin Igloria | Director of Residencies and Fellowships, The Ragdale Foundation (Lake Forest, IL)
Franco Imperial | Artistic Director, San Jose Taiko (San Jose, CA)
Brian Karl | Program Director, Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA)
Margot H. Knight | Executive Director, Djerassi Resident Artist Program (Woodside, CA)
Wayne Lawson | Director Emeritus, Ohio Arts Council; Chair, Alliance of Artists Communities (Columbus, OH)
David Macy | Resident Director, The MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH)
sharon maidenberg | Executive Director, Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA)
Connie Martinez | CEO, Silicon Valley Creates (San Jose, CA)
John McGuirk | Program Director - Performing Arts Program, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Kristofer Mills | Program Manager, Djerassi Resident Artist Program (Woodside, CA)
Cora Mirikitani | President/CEO, Center for Cultural Innovation (Los Angeles, CA)
Ren Morrison | Community Education + Outreach Manager, Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach, FL)
Sarah Jo Neubauer | Training Coordinator, Foundation Center (San Francisco, CA)
Sheila O'Hara | Artist (Lower Lake, CA)
Dennis O'Leary |Artist and former Executive Director, Djerassi Resident Artists Program (Monterey, CA)
Michael Orlove | Artist Communities, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works Director; International Activities Coordinator; National Endowment for the Arts (Washington, DC)
Craig T. Peterson | Consultant and producer (Philadelphia, PA)
Monika Proffitt | Executive Director, Starry Night Retreat (Truth or Consequences, NM)
Mónica Ramírez-Montagut | Associate Director and Senior Curator, MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (San Jose, CA)
Molly Rideout | Co-Director, Grin City Collective (Grinnell, IA)
Bruce Rodgers | Executive Director, Hermitage Artists Retreat (Englewood, FL)
Sam Rodriguez | Artist (San Jose, CA)
Jay Salinas | Co-Founder, Wormfarm Institute (Reedsburg, WI)
Joshua Wolf Shenk | Writer (Los Angeles, CA)
Kelly Sicat | Director, Lucas Artists Residency Program at Montalvo Arts Center (Saratoga, CA)
Joel Slayton | Executive Director, ZERO1 (San Jose, CA)
Jayson Smart | Program Officer, Rasmuson Foundation (Anchorage, AK)
Regina Smith | Senior Program Officer - Arts & Culture, The Kresge Foundation (Troy, MI)
Daniela Steinsapir | Multimedia artist and Artist Fellow, ZERO1 (San Jose, CA)
Caitlin Strokosch | Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities (Providence, RI)
David Livingston Styers | Senior Governance Consultant, Board Source (San Rafael, CA)
David Szlasa | Video artist, producer, educator (Oakland, CA)
Susan Page Tillett | Executive Director, The Mesa Refuge (Point Reyes Station, CA)
Wisa Uemura | Executive Director, San Jose Taiko (San Jose, CA)
Lexa Walsh | Artist (Oakland, CA)
Alice Warnecke | Program Director, Chalk Hill Artist Residency (Healdsburg, CA)
Margo Warnecke Merck | Advisor and Board Member, Chalk Hill Artist Residency (Healdsburg, CA)
Craig Watson | Director, California Arts Council (Sacramento, CA)
Nancy White | Artist, Cubberley Residency (Palo Alto, CA)
Pamela Winfrey | Senior Artist and Curator, Exploratorium (San Francisco, CA)
Lori Wood | Founder, Fes Medina (Salinas, CA + Fes, Morocco)
Sarah Workneh | Co-Director, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (Skowhegan, ME)

Andrea Avery | Community Arts Coordinator, John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Andrea Avery is the Community Arts Coordinator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and a visual artist living and working in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Avery received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking, as well as her Bachelor of Science in Art Education degree, from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Avery completed her Master of Arts degree through the Peck School of Arts, as well as receiving a Museum Studies Certification through Anthropology, in 2011 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Her active exhibition record includes shows in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, North Carolina, Scotland, England, South Korea and Thailand. Avery recently completed her Master of Fine Arts terminal degree (2012) at the Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Jamie Badoud | Executive Director, The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences

Jamie Badoud joined the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences as Executive Director in 2009 after serving in a similar role at Art Papers Magazine for seven years. He studied fine arts and accounting at Auburn University, and as an artist he documents commercial and civic messaging -- his latest work was published in the “Power” issue of Drain Magazine.  Also trained in the art of warfare, Badoud served as a medic in the US Army Reserves for eight years.  As a public accountant and CFO, he has helped organizations through various lean and mean times. In 2012 & 2013, he chaired Georgia’s largest public funding panel for the arts (FCAC) and has served as panelist for the American Institute for Architects (AIA). He sees richness in unexpected places - having proudly called home most southern states along with the “worst” city in America and the “poorest” country in the world. An adventuresome world traveler, he now totes two toddlers.

Jim Baker | Executive Director, Pilchuck Glass School

Jim joined Pilchuck in June 2010 and most recently served as President of Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine (2006-2010) and as Executive Director of Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado (1995-2006). In both roles, Jim worked with board and staff to implement comprehensive strategic plans, develop strong community programs, broaden educational opportunities for faculty and students and lead significant capital and endowment campaigns. Baker served on the Alliance of Artists Communities board 1999-2005, and was the Chair of the Board 2004-2005. An accomplished photographer, Jim received his undergraduate degree in Meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1973 and an MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1975.

Anne Beck | Artist and Co-Founder, Lost Coast Culture Machine

Anne Beck is a curator, educator, and artist working collaboratively and independently in a variety of media, from painting to print and book-making to public intervention. She holds an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute and a BA in printmaking and art history from the University of Virginia. Anne lives and works in Northern California where she is co-founder of Lost Coast Culture Machine, a contemporary art space and handmade paper mill focusing on interdisciplinary and sustainable creative practice.

Sita Bhaumik | Artist and Educator

Sita Bhaumik is an interdisciplinary artist and educator born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles to Indian and Japanese Colombian parents. After receiving her BA from Scripps College, Sita moved to the Bay Area where she holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts. As an artist, Sita has collaborated with museums and universities such as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 18 Reasons, 826 Valencia, Stanford University, and Whitman College. Sita has also been an editor for Hyphen magazine, writer for Art Practical, and a board member for Kearny Street Workshop. She teaches photography at UC Merced and Rayko Photo Center. Sita is a research fellow with the Institute for Art and Olfaction in Los Angeles. She has upcoming exhibits at the San Jose Museum of Art and the International Food Festival in Rotterdam in the fall of 2013.

M.J. Bogatin | Co-President of the Board, California Lawyers for the Arts

M.J. Bogatin is a founding member of Bogatin, Corman & Gold, and has practiced law in the Bay Area for over 30 years. While he has broad civil law experience including both litigation and transactional matters, M.J. Bogatin is most highly recognized as an Arts and Entertainment attorney. His practice emphasizes Art, Entertainment and Intellectual Property law matters, but includes Business and Personal Injury as well. He is also trained as a mediator, and serves on the Arts Arbitration and Mediation panel of California Lawyers for the Arts.

Ann Brady | Director - Rauschenberg Residency, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

Ann Brady is the Director of the Rauschenberg Residency, a program of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. The Residency began in the fall of 2012 and is sited on 20 acres in Captiva, Florida, the former home and studio of Robert Rauschenberg. Ann spent 18 years (8 years as the Executive Director) with Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, an artists’ community founded in 1977. She then spent two years working as a consultant for cultural organizations, private foundations and artists’ communities prior to her current position. Ann served on the board of the national organization, the Alliance of Artists’ Communities, for six years, two as Chair (2008-2010). She has served on numerous cultural grant panels and advisory committees in Florida and throughout the US. Originally from Philadelphia, Ann is a graduate of Temple University, School of Journalism, and has lived in Florida since 1992.

Clayton Campbell | Artist and Consultant

Clayton Campbell is a Los Angeles-based practicing artist and widely published writer. He is a long time correspondent for Flash Art, and was the Los Angeles Editor for Contemporary magazine. His participatory photographic project Words We Have Learned Since 9/11 was recently exhibited in Beijing at the Three Shadows Photography Art Center. Clayton has a long history in arts administration and consultation. For 15 years he was the Co-Executive and then Artistic Director of the 18th Street Arts Center, CA; President of Res Artis from 2002-2007; Artist Residency Advisor to United States Artists from 2007-2012; and now an artist residency advisor and consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Program, the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion International Residency Program, and the Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program.

Sharon Chinen | Sculptor, Cubberley Residency

Sharon Chinen, a Cubberley resident for 24 years is a sculptor who has exhibited extensively in the Bay Area and beyond. Her exhibitions include the San Diego Museum of Art, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA, the Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA and the Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. She was awarded an Arts Council / Santa Clara County Artist Fellowship and has been a resident at Djerassi Foundation and at the Joshua Tree National Park.

Donna Conwell | Associate Curator, Montalvo Arts Center

Donna Conwell is the Associate Curator at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California. From 2007 to 2011 she was Project Specialist in the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art at the Getty Research Institute. From 2003 to 2006 she served as Associate Curator at inSite, a visual arts organization that commissions artists to create new work at the San Diego–Tijuana border. She has organized exhibitions and public performances in the US and Mexico including, most recently, Happiness is..., Montalvo Arts Center (Saratoga, 2013); Come Healing, Montalvo Arts Center (Saratoga, 2013, co-curator); Farewell to Surrealism: the Dyn Circle in Mexico, The Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles, 2012 co-curator); and Wandering Position: Selections from the inSite Archive, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo (Mexico City, 2010). Her writings have been published in The Getty Research Journal, X-tra and as well as exhibition catalogues.

Jennifer Wright Cook | Executive Director, The Field

Jennifer Wright Cook, Executive Director of The Field since 2006, has worked on both coasts in arts management and as a dance/theater performer for more than 15 years. Her work has been recognized by published articles in Backstage and AM New York, interviews on WNYC Public Radio, and by participation on adjudication panels, seminars, and at roundtables (National Endowment for the Arts, Alliance of Artists Communities, CUNY Prelude Festival, Americans for the Arts, Future of Music, Center for an Urban Future, Cultural Data Project Task Force). The Field's Economic Revitalization for Performing Artists program (ERPA), initiated and implemented by Ms. Cook, received an inaugural award from The Rockefeller Foundation's Cultural Innovation Fund (2007) and a renewed grant from The Rockefeller Foundation in 2010 for expanded programming. As a performer, teacher and art-maker, Jennifer has performed/created with the Joe Goode Performance Group, and with Neil Greenberg, Sarah Skaggs, Mark Dendy and others. She has performed her own dance/theater work in Madrid, New York, San Francisco and Portland, OR. She sings in a gospel choir and lives in Brooklyn.

Dianne Debicella | Senior Program Director - Fiscal Sponsorship, Fractured Atlas

Dianne Debicella is the Senior Program Director for Fiscal Sponsorship at Fractured Atlas. Dianne helps over 2,900 sponsored artists and emerging organizations, representing all artistic disciplines, find funding and other resources to support their work. Since 2006, she has led the program to become one of the largest, most renowned art fiscal sponsorship programs in the country with an annual budget of $12 million. She received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and her MPA from Pratt Institute's Arts and Cultural Management program. Dianne previously worked as a Project Coordinator for a restoration painting studio and as a Manager of Site Development for Planet Aid.

Lauren DiCioccio | Artist

Lauren DiCioccio is an artist based in San Francisco, CA and Brooklyn, NY. She has shown her work at such venues as the Bellevue Arts Museum, the Laguna Beach Art Museum, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the San Jose ICA and is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery (SF) and Tomlinson Kong Contemporary (NY). She has been an Arist-in-Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, Recology San Francisco, The Workshop Residence (SF), the Oberpfalzer Kunstlerhaus (Bavaria, Germany) and the Castilleja School (Palo Alto, CA). She is currently an Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

Mario Garcia Durham | President/CEO, Association of Performing Arts Presenters

In October 2011, Mario Garcia Durham became the fifth  director of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters since its founding in 1957. He comes to APAP from the National Endowment for the Arts where he was Director of Artist Communities and Presenting. At the NEA, Durham was a contributing team member of such programs as An Evening of Poetry hosted by the President and Mrs. Obama, the NEA Opera Honors and he inaugurated the Artist Communities granting program. After holding numerous management positions and serving as artistic director at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 1990s, he founded Yerba Buena Arts & Events in 2000, the producing organization of the annual Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. The outdoor event offers more than 100 free performances by the San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Ballet and more for an audience of 100,000 attendees. Durham has previously served on numerous boards including Galeria de la Raza and APAP’s board and executive committee. He is currently a board member of the Alliance of Artist Communities and the National Center for Creative Aging and is board chair of the Performing Arts Alliance.

Linda Earle | Executive Director, New York Arts Program

Linda Earle has worked in visual, performing and media arts as an administrator, grant-maker, and advocate for artists and culture. Before joining Ohio Wesleyan University’s New York Arts Program she served as the Executive Director of Program for the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, one of the nation’s leading organizations for emerging visual artists. Prior to that Earle was a senior Program Director at the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) where the multi-disciplinary Individual Artists Program was established under her direction. Before joining NYSCA, she worked in production and managerial positions in the theatre and in independent film. Earle has taught Film and Cultural Theory courses at Barnard and Hunter Colleges and at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Earle has curated visual arts and film exhibitions. She has served on many advisory, awards, and admissions panels, and has served in leadership positions on numerous arts and community non-profit Boards. She currently serves on the Board of Governors of Colby College Museum. She is member of the Board of the Art Matters Foundation, and President of the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts. Earle received her BA in Film Studies from Hampshire College; and an MFA in Film from Columbia University where she also studied painting, art history, and architectural history.


Jennifer Easton | Project Manager - Public Art Program, City of San Jose

Candace Elder | Senior Manager - Programs, National Music Centre

Candace Elder has an extensive background in arts planning, programming and management through her work with a variety of artists and arts organizations. She has facilitated artist-in-residence programs for a wide range of international artists at the world-renowned Banff Centre, worked several years in artist management, has organized events, festivals and performances and has served on various selection committees. Now in her sixth year at the National Music Centre, Candace has had the pleasure of developing NMC’s Artist in Residence program in her role as Senior Manager, Programs. The National Music Centre is a non-profit organization whose mission is to amplify the love, sharing and understanding of music and to be a catalyst for discovery, innovation, and renewal through music. The Artist in Residence program offers artists time and space to create new work using our vast collection of instruments, recording equipment and technical expertise. NMC is building a new 160,000 square foot facility that will include performance venues, exhibition spaces, a unique and unparalleled collection of musical instruments and sound equipment, artist in residence working spaces, two recording studios and a home for live music and diverse programming for all ages.

Suzanne Fetscher | President, McColl Center for Visual Art

Suzanne Fetscher is the President of McColl Center for Visual Art. She served for five years as Executive Director of Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Before that she served as Atlantic Center’s Program Director. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Orlando (BFA, 1979) and University of Florida, Gainesville (M.F.A., 1982), she spent several post-graduate years teaching design and drawing as adjunct instructor at Rollins College and University of Central Florida. Suzanne served three terms (1996-1999) as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alliance of Artists’ Communities. She is a member of the Board of the Public Art Commission of Charlotte/Mecklenburg County. In 2005, Suzanne created and launched the Innovation Institute at McColl Center for Visual Art. The Innovation Institute is a program that is led by artists and designed for senior level executives to understand where creative capacity lies and how to nurture it, create a culture that supports it, and harness it for organizational and/or business advancement. Since its inception, the Innovation Institute has had over 1500 participants.

Andy Fife | Independent Consultant, Coach, Teacher, Writer

Andy Fife is an independent consultant, coach, teacher and writer in arts and nonprofit management, located in the Puget Sound Region and working throughout the country. His primary focus is on the intersection of art, civics and commerce, helping cultural institutions and programs to bring relevant and impactful social benefit to broad and diverse communities. He has a wide breadth of knowledge and experience in arts and nonprofit management, especially in small- to mid-sized organizations, and specializing in new initiatives, programs and businesses. He most recently served as Executive Director of Shunpike, a nonprofit arts service organization that provides support to hundreds of arts groups and projects annually. At Shunpike he served as the primary spokesperson, consultant, advisor and director for all programs and activities. Prior, he coordinated the Publicity Office of the Seattle International Film Festival, and was Director of Operations at the former art center Consolidated Works. Current board responsibilities include the Washington State Arts Commission and the Seattle Arts Commission’s Facility and Economic Development committee. A musician, theater director and writer, he received a B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and participated in the 2011 class of Leadership Tomorrow.

Lisa Folsom-Ernst | Fund Development Director, Becoming Independent

Lisa Folsom-Ernst has been leading Becoming Independent’s Fund Development department since June 2009. Lisa has a background in the disabilities field and brings a passion for Becoming Independent’s mission to her position. She has a Masters in Social Work from Hunter College/City University of New York and has worked for a variety of social justice organizations. Her experience developing programs convinced her that funding is key to an organization’s ability to meet its mission and to change the world in some truly meaningful way. Under Lisa’s leadership, Becoming Independent’s Fund Development department has developed a strategic approach to creating diversified funding streams.  Areas of current focus include solidifying and advancing membership, individual and legacy gifts, special events, community outreach, and grants.

Linda Gass | Environmental Artist, Cubberley Residency

Linda Gass is an environmental artist who received the prestigious Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship and an Arts Council Silicon Valley Artist Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited widely including the Textile Museum in Washington, DC; the Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara; and the Bellevue Arts Museum in Seattle. Her work has been widely published in books and magazines including The Map As Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, American Style, and Art Papers.


Michal Gavish | Multi-media Artist, Cubberley Residency

Michal Gavish is a multi-media artist, is represented by Sandra Lee Gallery for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, and has exhibited widely including at the Zadik Gallery, Israel; the Zero1 Silicon Valley Biennale. She has a PHD in physical chemistry and received her MFA from the San Francisco Art institute. She has been a resident at the Leipzig International Art Program, Leipzig Germany and at Cooper Union in NYC. She has lectured extensively on contemporary issues such as Iranian, Palestinian and Israeli art.

Barbara Goldstein | Consultant and former Public Art Director, City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs

Barbara Goldstein is an independent consultant focusing on public art planning and creative placemaking.  She is the former Public Art Director for the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs and editor of Public Art by the Book, a primer published by Americans for the Arts and the University of Washington Press. Ms. Goldstein has directed the public art programs in Seattle and Los Angeles, worked as a cultural planner, architectural and art critic, editor and publisher. She is past chair of the Chair of the Public Art Network for Americans for the Arts.


Tony Grant | Director, Sustainable Arts Foundation

Tony comes to the Sustainable Arts Foundation after a long career in the software industry and his passion for the arts comes from his father, who was a painter and sculptor. Tony and his wife, Caroline, started the Sustainable Arts Foundation to help artists with families pursue creative careers. Not surprisingly, much of their work on the foundation happens late at night after their two boys are sleeping.

Suzanne Hackett-Morgan | Artist and Executive Director, Goldwell Open Air Museum & Artist Residency

Suzanne F. Hackett-Morgan earned a Master's Degree in Art (Painting) at California State University Northridge in 2003 and a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from Western Washington University. She received recognition in 2007 from the Nevada Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship Program. Hackett-Morgan is a founding director of the Goldwell Open Air Museum and Artist Residency in Nevada and is its current Executive Director. A leader in the Nevada arts community, she is a consultant to other arts organizations through the Nevada Circuit Rider program.Her landscape paintings have been exhibited in Montana, Nevada, Wisconsin and California, and she has completed several public art commissions in Clark County, Nevada. Her downtown mural, “Here it is,” was featured in The Killers’ CD, “Sam’s Town.”

Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez | Executive Director, MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana

Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez is the Executive Director of MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana located in downtown San Jose, CA. MACLA is an inclusive contemporary arts space grounded in the Chicano/Latino experience that incubates new visual, literary and performance art in order to engage people in civic dialogue and community transformation. Anjee has worked as a curator, writer and cultural worker in the Bay Area for the past eighteen years. Highlights of her curatorial repertoire include projects with artists such as Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Teddy Cruz, Einar & Jamex de la Torre, Consuelo Jimenez-Underwood, Ruben Ortiz-Torres, Favianna Rodriguez, and the Tijuana-based artists collective Torolab. In 2009 Anjee was recognized for her dynamic leadership with the “40 Under 40” award from the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. Anjee earned a BFA in pictorial studies from San Jose State University and holds a MA in Visual Criticism from California College of the Arts.

Keith Hennessy | Dancer/Choreographer and Director, Circo Zero

Keith Hennessy is an award-winning performer, choreographer, teacher and organizer and regarded as a pioneer of queer and AIDS-themed expressionist dance. Keith directs Circo Zero, a laboratory for live performance that plays with genre and expectation. Rooted in dance, Hennessy’s work embodies a unique hybrid of performance art, music, visual and conceptual art, circus, and ritual. Hennessy was a member of Sara Shelton Mann’s legendary Contraband (1985-94), as well as the collaborative performance companies CORE (1995-98) and the France-based Cahin-caha, cirque bâtard (1998-2002). Hennessy is a co-founder of 848 Community Space/CounterPULSE a thriving performance and culture space in San Francisco. Awards include the United States Artist Kjenner Fellowshi (2012), a Bilinski Fellowship (2011), a NY Bessie (2009), two Isadora Duncan Awards (2009), Goldie (2007) and the Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship in Dance (2005). Keith has been awarded residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and Djerassi. Hennessy teaches internationally at festivals, universities and independent studios.

PJ Hirabayashi | Artistic Director Emeritus, San Jose Taiko

PJ is the Artistic Director Emeritus for San Jose Taiko. Her present work is TaikoPeace, an artistic extension of Karen Armstrong’s Charter for Compassion. She is a certified Peace Ambassador, a recipient of the Arts Council of Silicon Valley Artist Laureate for Music Performance, and a recent awardee of the Japan-US Friendship Commission Creative Artist Fellowship for 2014. PJ and her husband, Roy, received in 2011 the National Heritage Fellowship Award for Traditional and Folk Arts, a lifetime honor from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Roy Hirabayashi | Founder, San Jose Taiko

Roy Hirabayashi has been playing taiko and shinobue since 1973 and is one of the original founders of SJT. He has led master classes and workshops throughout the country, composed original works for SJT and other taiko groups, toured with Kodo and Ondekoza, and performed with various jazz musicians, dancers, actors, and performance artists. Roy is the chairperson of the Executive Committee of the North American Taiko Conference and has been a judge for the International Taiko Contest in Tokyo, Japan. Roy is one of the founders of 1stACT, and is an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow and Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute Senior Fellow. He is on the boards of First Voice, Japanese Community Congress of San Jose, and Artsopolis.

Lisa Hoffman | Director of Environmental Art and Community Engagement, McColl Center for Visual Art

Lisa Hoffman is the McColl Center's first Director of Environmental Art and Community Engagement. Prior to joining McColl Center for Visual Art Lisa Hoffman served as Director of Charlotte Nature Museum. Hoffman is committed to nature-based education, the improvement of schools in underserved communities and the convergence of art and science as a vehicle to improve lives and the environment.  She has held positions as a science educator and mentor with District of Columbia and Price Georges County Public Schools and has worked in collections for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Hoffman holds a MS degree in Biology and a BS degree in Botany from Howard University in Washington, DC.  She is a recipient of Charlotte Business Journal's 40 under 40 Award, served on the board of North Carolina Association of Environmental Education Centers, North Carolina Play Alliance, local advisory boards and tasks forces, and has been a keynote speaker at different community events.

Archana Horsting | Director, Kala Art Institute

Archana Horsting is Executive Director and co-founder of Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California an urban residency. Established in 1974, Kala has been providing professional studio facilities to artists working in all forms of printmaking, photography, book arts, installation, and digital media by offering access to traditional and digital image-making equipment. The institute serves as a meeting ground where artists from the San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of the world can work together and exchange ideas. On top of her responsibilities at Kala, Archana has been a Visiting Artist at UC Santa Cruz and Mills College, has served as a Site Visitor for the National Endowment of the Arts, and a panelist for the California Arts Council. She has been the juror of numerous print exhibitions, including Los Angeles Printmakers Society 19th National Exhibition, PRINTED at Cabrillo College, and International Print Exhibition at University of Alberta.

Regin Igloria | Director of Residencies and Fellowships, The Ragdale Foundation

Regin Igloria maintains a studio practice in Chicago, which revolves around teaching and serving as an arts administrator. He teaches studio courses regularly at Marwen and has also taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Rhode Island School of Design, Terra Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2010, he founded North Branch Projects, a community bookbinding facility in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. Currently he serves as the Director of Residencies & Fellowships at The Ragdale Foundation. He has exhibited his work internationally, including the ANTI Contemporary Art Festival in Finland and is a recipient of a 3Arts Teaching Artist Award. He received his MFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Franco Imperial | Artistic Director, San Jose Taiko

Franco has been with San Jose Taiko since 1998, joining the full-time staff in 2000. His work includes leading several collaborations with artists such as 5-time Grammy Award-nominee John Santos, National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow Danongan Kalanduyan, The Bangerz (DJ crew for JABBAWOCKEEZ), Abhinaya Dance Company, Dan Sabanovich, Nihonmachi Outreach Committee, Tule Lake Pilgrimage Committee, and Japantown Business Association. Franco's percussion experience includes western rudimental drumming, orchestral percussion, kulintang (Filipino percussion), samba bateria, and rock drumming. 

Brian Karl | Program Director, Headlands Center for the Arts

Brian Karl has worked professionally for over two decades as a curator and administrator for art organizations and programs in support of a wide range of creative media. This includes positions at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, the Kitchen, and Harvestworks Media Arts in New York, as well as during more than one period at Headlands Center for the Arts. He has also worked with Art-in-General, California College of Art, Creative Time, Composers Forum, Kadist Foundation, the San Francisco Art Institute, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He completed his doctoral dissertation in music and anthropology at Columbia University after conducting archival and field research in Morocco, Spain and the U.S. He has taught widely in cultural anthropology and music at the university level, while also producing a series of independently produced experimental video documentaries. His latest research/video project, Markers of Death, was funded by SALT Research in Istanbul.

Margot H. Knight | Executive Director, Djerassi Resident Artist Program

Margot has been with Djerassi since November of 2011, her seventh job in the arts and humanities in 35 years.   Previous positions include the presidencies of United Arts of Central Florida and United Arts of Raleigh & Wake County, executive director of the Idaho Commission on the Arts and Washington State University's Oral History Office and staff positions with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and Washington Commission for the Humanities. She served two terms on the Private Sector Council for Americans for the Arts and is a recipient of the Michael Newton Award. A frequent consultant, speaker and grants panelist, she has served on over 25 chamber of commerce, tourism, regional planning and cultural boards, including the NASAA, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Visit Orlando, and Florida Cultural Alliance. Her play, Funnel of Love was recently published in Characters Magazine.

Wayne Lawson | Director Emeritus, Ohio Arts Council; Chair, Alliance of Artists Communities

Since the 1970s, Wayne P. Lawson has been a pivotal figure in arts leadership across the state of Ohio. For nearly 30 years, Lawson served as the fourth executive director of the Ohio Arts Council. Following his retirement in 2006, he has continued his fervent support for the arts by serving as a professor of public policy and arts administration at The Ohio State University, advising the Greater Columbus Arts Council on strategic initiatives, and volunteering on a number of arts and cultural boards. Lawson is Chair of the Alliance of Artists Communities; a trustee of the Columbus Museum of Art; a trustee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA; and vice president of the board of Thurber House, a literary center in Columbus. He has been on many program panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, served a three-year term as chairman of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and completed three terms as chairman of Arts Midwest. In 2011 he was awarded the Irma Lazarus Award from the Governor of Ohio. He has also received the Gary Young Award for outstanding leadership in arts administration from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and was honored by the Association of American Cultures for leadership and commitment to the development of cultural diversity in the arts. In 2009, he was recognized by the Chilean National Council for Culture and the Arts for his professional commitment to cultural collaborations between Ohio and Chile.

David Macy | Resident Director, The MacDowell Colony

David Macy is Resident Director at the MacDowell Colony, a pioneer and contemporary leader in the field of artists' residency programs. In the early 1990s Macy managed facilities and the residency program at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, California. Since moving to New Hampshire in 1994 he's focused on organizational development and capital improvements to the 32 studios and common buildings serving the program. As of June 2013, MacDowell Fellows moved into a newly built library designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. Macy also directs MacDowell's community engagement programs which include a monthly presentation series (MacDowell Downtown), a program in the public schools (MacDowell in the Schools) and the highly acclaimed but cagey band that has dominated Peterborough's summer music scene (the Indigent Bohemians).

sharon maidenberg | Executive Director, Headlands Center for the Arts

Sharon maidenberg is Executive Director of Headland Center for the Arts where she works closely with the staff and Board of Directors to envision and implement Headlands’ programs for artists and the public. She does this through fundraising, long-range planning, advocacy work, project management and partnership development. She is also responsible for sustaining Headland’s relationship with its primary partner, the National Park Service, and the long-term wellness and sustainability of the organization. Sharon has worked with artists and nonprofit organizations in the Bay for the better part of the last dozen years.


Connie Martinez | CEO, Silicon Valley Creates

Connie Martinez is CEO of Silicon Valley Creates, a merger of Arts Council Silicon Valley and 1stACT. A longtime champion of creative placemaking and the arts, Connie has held positions as the Executive Director of Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose; the Director of Strategic Initiatives for University of California Santa Cruz; the Vice President for Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network; and Deputy City Manager, Planning Director and the General Services Director for the City of Mountain View, CA.


John McGuirk | Program Director - Performing Arts Program, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

John McGuirk is the director of the Performing Arts Program at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. In addition to his responsibilities working with the Foundation's more than 200 performing arts grant recipients, Mr. McGuirk serves as the Hewlett Foundation's liaison to the Community Leadership Project, a joint effort of the David and Lucile Packard, James Irvine, and William and Flora Hewlett foundations to reach low-income and minority-led nonprofit organizations in targeted regions of California. He currently serves on the national board of directors of Grantmakers in the Arts and the Cultural Data Project, and participates in steering committees of the Northern California Grantmakers' Arts Loan Fund and the California Cultural Data Project. Before joining the Hewlett Foundation, Mr. McGuirk previously worked as director of the James Irvine Foundation's Arts Program (2006-2009) and program officer for the Hewlett Foundation (2001-2006). Earlier in his career, Mr. McGuirk was manager of grants programs for Arts Council Silicon Valley, one of the largest local arts agencies in California. Before that, he worked for six years at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, California, and held positions at both the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Pittsburgh Opera. Mr. McGuirk is a graduate of Grove City College in Pennsylvania and earned his master's degree in public management at Carnegie Mellon University, with a concentration in arts management.

Kristofer Mills | Program Manager, Djerassi Resident Artist Program

Kristofer joined the Djerassi team in 2007. Since 2010 he has served a Program Manager, responsible for the administration and daily supervision of the artists-in-residence’s experience. He lives and works onsite year round. He attended the University of Granda in Spain and the University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy before receiving his B.A. in Studio Art/Art History from the College of Charleston. In 2003, he co-founded Redux Contemporary Art Center, a non-profit arts organization in Charleston, SC. He has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center (2005) and at Artist Residencies Enschede (the Netherlands, 2008). His studio practice combines aspects of painting, drawing, collage, sound, and video installation. He currently runs a collaborative curatorial collective under the name AUT AUT projects.

Cora Mirikitani | President and CEO, Center for Cultural Innovation

Cora Mirikitani is the President and CEO of the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), a California-based knowledge and financial services incubator for individual artists. Cora’s extensive career in the arts includes more than 10 years in philanthropy as Program Officer for Culture at The Pew Charitable Trusts and later as Senior Program Director at The James Irvine Foundation in charge of their Arts program and Innovation Fund. She has also held key leadership positions as an arts administrator and presenter, as CEO of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles, Director of Performing Arts and Film at the Japan Society in New York, and Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.  Cora has been a lecturer, writer and advisor on numerous arts funding, policy and advisory panels and boards during her career. She was appointed as a member of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Council for the Arts in 2004 and now serves on the Mayor’s Nonprofit Advisory Council.  She was the recent recipient of a Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellowship award for 2008-2009.

Ren Morrison | Community Education + Outreach Manager, Atlantic Center for the Arts

Ren Morrison is the Community Education and Outreach Manager for the Atlantic Center for the Arts, located in New Smyrna Beach Florida. Besides running the your word teen writing residency, children’s art camps, visiting artist programs for schools and various other outreaches, Ren designed, structured and initiated the Atlantic Center for the Arts Community Artist in Residency program which is now in its second year of existence. Twice a year the residency brings an artist into the local community for four months to work on projects with and within the community.

Sarah Jo Neubauer | Training Coordinator, Foundation Center

Sarah Jo is responsible for designing, managing and delivering training programs in support of the capacity-building of nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay area. Before joining the Foundation Center in 2006, Sarah Jo has worked at the University of California, Santa Cruz Women's Studies Library and the University Library at UCSC. Prior to her library experience, Sarah Jo has worked as a community organizer with a variety of nonprofit organizations. She completed her undergraduate work at UC Santa Cruz, and received her Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She serves as Board Secretary of Muttville, a local senior dog rescue organization and sits on the Steering Committee for Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) Bay Area.

Sheila O'Hara | Artist

Sheila O'Hara was born in Kobe, Japan, and has a BFA in textiles from California College of Arts & Crafts. Her work has been shown extensively throughout the U.S. since the 1970s, and has been featured in publications such as American Craft, Artweek, Fiberarts, The New York Times, San Francisco Examiner, and others. Her work is in the collections of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Museum of Arts & Design in New York City, the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as other museums, corporate, and private collections. Sheila lives in Lower Lake, California.

Dennis O'Leary | Artist and former Executive Director, Djerassi Resident Artists Program

Dennis O’Leary served as Executive Director of the Djerassi Program in Woodside, CA from 1997 to 2011. Previously, Dennis spent sixteen years as the Executive Director of the Boise Art Museum in Boise, ID. Prior to that he taught art and ran the gallery and visiting artist program with Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, and began his career as Assistant Director of Education at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Dennis has over thirty years of experience in managing museums and galleries, as well as significant experience in the educational field. Dennis holds a BFA and MFA from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Dennis served on the board of the Alliance of Artists Communities for 6 years, and has recently returned to his own art-making practice.

Michael Orlove | Artist Communities, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works Director; International Activities Coordinator; National Endowment for the Arts

Michael Orlove was named Director of Artists Communities, Presenting and Multidisciplinary Works for the National Endowment for the Arts in 2011. In October 2013, Michael also took over the NEA's International Activities. Previously, Orlove spent 19 years as senior program director for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. His tenure with the department led to nearly two decades of innovation, creativity and passion for public service with the City of Chicago. Orlove helped transform the Chicago Cultural Center into a prime downtown performing arts venue, as well as launched Chicago SummerDance and World Music Festival: Chicago, two staples in the summer festival season. Orlove also served as the director of music programming in Millennium Park since its grand opening in 2004 and helped establish many of the program series in that venue.  Honors include being named one of the 'Chicagoans of the Year' in music by the Chicago Tribune in both 1999 and 2009, as well as one of Chicago's 'Global Visionaries' by Chicago Public Radio WBEZ and the Chicago Matters: Beyond Burnham series. He has a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA in Performing Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago.

Craig T. Peterson | Consultant and Producer

Craig T. Peterson is a Philadelphia-based independent producer and consultant with twenty years of experience as a curator, cultural organizer, and programmer of contemporary performing arts. For ten years he served on the staff at Dance Theater Workshop (DTW, now known as New York Live Arts), one of America’s preeminent contemporary performing arts institutions based in New York City. For four years he served as the organization’s Co-Artistic Director, responsible for developing, implementing, and producing a platform of programs designed specifically to support, serve, and present the work of local, national, and international performing artists. After moving to Philadelphia in 2009, Peterson launched and directed the Live Arts Brewery (LAB), a research and development program meant to support integrated, long-term residencies and engagement activities for local and national artists as part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival (now known at FringeArts). For three years he was the Director and Producer of the annual Philly Fringe Festival, a three-week city-wide festival featuring the work of more than 200 performing artists and companies with the explicit mission to activate communities around artistic practice, presentation, and creative place-making. He has served on numerous panels for inter/national arts funding institutions, consulted with various arts and social service organizations as a program site assessor and lecturer, and has traveled extensively nationally and internationally to identify emerging talent and connect with artists and arts organizations worldwide.

Monika Proffitt | Executive Director, Starry Night Retreat

Monika Proffitt is the Founding Executive Director of Starry Night Retreat, which hosts a Residency program as well as an artist exposure and training program. Prior to this she served as a grant maker at Art Patch, a state funded non-profit organization based in Seattle, WA. During her tenure at Art Patch she served as the Director of Programs, facilitating disbursement of small grants to hundreds of artists and arts organizations and acting as liaison between the organization and its government funders.

Until recently she was co-owner of The Living Room, a small music venue and bar which focused on showcasing the talents of emerging artists and musicians in Seattle. During this time she explored sustainable models that bring the best of the non-profit and for profit worlds together. She has served as curator at numerous galleries and alternative spaces in Seattle, and in 2011 founded Estrella Gallery, in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. An installation artist with a background in painting, she has been creating interactive, light based public art projects and immersive gallery installations since 2005.

Mónica Ramírez-Montagut | Associate Director and Senior Curator, MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana

Mónica Ramírez-Montagut is the Associate Director & Senior Curator for MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana in San Jose. Previous to this position she was the Senior Curator at The San Jose Museum of Art and the Curator at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and prior to The Aldrich, she was Assistant Curator of architecture and design at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. At the Guggenheim, Ramírez-Montagut worked on the exhibitions Zaha Hadid and Restoring a Masterpiece: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum, and Cai Guo-Qiang. She has also served as the Curator of Collections and Public Programs at the Price Tower Arts Center (PTAC), Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Ramírez-Montagut received her bachelor of architecture degree from the Universidad Ibero Americana in Mexico City and her master of architecture and PhD from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, ETSAB, in Barcelona.

Molly Rideout | Co-Director, Grin City Collective

Molly Rideout is the Co-Director of Grin City Collective, an artist residency in rural Iowa committed to cultural, environmental, and social sustainability. She joined Grin City in early 2011 to build the then fledgling summer project into a full residency program. Grin City is now an internationally known rural artist residency. Until recently, Molly was also the Director of the Grinnell Area Arts Council, which she left to focus her full energies on the growing Grin City program. She holds a BA from Grinnell College. A practicing artist, her writing has been published in Warbing Magazine, Grinnell Magazine and the Wisconsin State Journal. She also teaches swing dancing.







Bruce Rodgers | Executive Director, The Hermitage Artists Retreat

Bruce Rodgers is the founding executive director of the Hermitage Artist Retreat on Manasota Key in Englewood. He is a musician, writer, producer, playwright and author and his work has been produced at major regional professional theatres throughout the United States and in Europe.  In 1984, Rodgers was named a “Distinguished Artist of the State of New Jersey.” In 1990 his play Lost Electra won the prestigious Rosenthal New Play Prize at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where it was produced. It saw many subsequent productions around the US including at the Asolo Theater in Sarasota. In 1992, the Asolo commissioned him to write the very successful Centerberg Tales based on Robert McCloskey’s “Homer Price” short storis. Rodgers’ play, The Gravity of Honey has been produced around the United States, as well as in Dublin, Ireland and Paris, France as well as at the Asolo in 1995. From 1993-2004 he served as the Associate Artistic Director of the Asolo Theatre Company. In the 1980s he was a resident playwright at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, NJ, and a creative consultant to Fortune 500 corporations throughout the United States. He has been the Executive Director of the Hermitage since 2005. 

Sam Rodriguez | Artist

Samuel Rodriguez is an emerging artist who works in various mediums including design, walls, paintings and drawing. From 2005-2007 Samuel Rodriguez worked with artist Mel Chin on a permanent installation for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in San Jose, CA. More recently he has completed two additional permanent public art fixtures, one for the Los Angeles County Metro Authority at Jefferson Station, and the other for another library in San Jose's Solari Branch. His work has been exhibited at Anno Domini, Oakland Museum of Art (group exhibit), The San Jose Museum of Art, Known Gallery (group exhibit), Pow Wow Hawai'i, and Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA). Rodriguez was self-taught for a number of years through his experience as a graffiti artist until he later received a Bachelor in Fine Arts from California College of the Arts. Rodriguez re-constructs moments through a mix of figurative and abstract work. He has a strong interest in topographical portraiture that is inspired by social, historic, and cultural hybridity.

Jay Salinas | Co-Founder, Wormfarm Institute

Jay Salinas is Co-Founder of Wormfarm Institute in Reedsburg Wisconsin. He serves as Director of Special Projects and oversees the Residency Program. Jay is an artist, farmer and educator who holds a BFA from University of IL Champaign and an MFA in Sculpture from University of Cincinnati. He has operated a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm since 1995. His teaching experience ranges from Chicago public housing projects to university art departments. He initiated Artward Bound – a rural art and gardening immersion program for urban youth and he coined the term “cultureshed’ in conjunction with Regrowth and Renewal the Wormfarm’s first social sculpture project. He served as Co-Director at Milwaukee’s Growing Power for three years and currently serves as Project Coordinator for Wormfarm’s Farm Art DTour and related Food Chain project. He has served on The NEA’s Artist Communities grant review panel in 2011 and 2012.

Joshua Wolf Shenk | Writer

Joshua Wolf Shenk is an essayist, curator, and consultant. His work has been been published in Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Economist, and other magazines. His first book, Lincoln’ s Melancholy (Houghton Mifflin) was a New York Times Notable Book and a winner of the Lincoln Institute Prize. He is the former director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College, where he created nationally recognized programs in literature and the creative arts. He has taught creative writing at Washington College, New York University, and The New School. In addition to his work as an essayist and teacher, he serves as a creative strategist to organizations in higher education, the arts, and mental health. He presently directs the Arts in Mind series on the nexus of creativity and psychology.

Kelly Sicat | Director, Lucas Artists Residency Program at Montalvo Arts Center

Kelly Sicat is Director of the Lucas Artists Residency Program at Montalvo Arts Center. She maintains oversight responsibility for the planning, development and implementation of Montalvo’s artistic programs including visual arts, public programs, education and outreach, and the Lucas Artists Residency Program.  Prior to joining Montalvo in October 2007, Kelly worked for seven years as the program coordinator for LACMALab, an experimental research and development unit of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art charged with exploring new ways of presenting arts and engaging audiences, with a hallmark of commissioning new works by contemporary artists.  From project conception to implementation, she worked closely with numerous noted contemporary artists developing works that bridged formal curatorial and education practices.

Joel Slayton | Executive Director, ZERO1

Joel Slayton took the helm of ZERO1 in June of 2008 after serving as a both a board member for the organization and chairperson of ISEA2006, which was held in conjunction with the inaugural 01SJ Biennial. An artist, writer and researcher, Joel is a full tenured professor at San Jose State University where he served as Director of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media from 1988 to 2008. Established in 1984 CADRE is one of the oldest and most prestigious centers in the United States dedicated to the development of experimental applications involving information technology and art.

Jayson Smart | Program Officer, Rasmuson Foundation

Jayson Smart joined the Rasmuson Foundation in March 2010. His work for the Foundation is focused on grantmaking and initiative development in Arts & Culture, Health, and Education. Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, Jayson served as deputy director with the Municipality of Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services. Jayson’s prior work includes arts administration in the presenting and touring field, and he has a background in social service agency management with a focus on disability advocacy and policy. Jayson presently serves as a board member of Out North Contemporary Art House, is a “Big” with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska, and has had experience as a search and rescue volunteer. Jayson holds two degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage: an MA in public administration with an emphasis in public management, and a BA in psychology. He has spent the last 26 years in Southcentral Alaska and his family, with three fast growing children, has lived in Wasilla since 2009.

Regina Smith | Senior Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation

Regina R. Smith has served as a program officer on the Arts & Culture team at The Kresge Foundation since 2008. Regina identifies prospects for national funding opportunities and possible partnerships; reviews funding requests; conducts site visits; meets with prospective grantees and partners; and monitors existing grant relationships. Previously, Regina worked at the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte, NC, where, as vice president of grants and services, she managed a $12 million grants portfolio. She served as programs and services director at Culture Works in Dayton, Ohio, from 1994 to 1999 and, earlier, managed a nationally recognized program for the Indiana Arts Commission. In 1989, while on a nine-month Arts Administration Fellowship, Regina was in residence with three arts organizations: the Madison Art Center, COMPAS in St. Paul, MN, and Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs. She began her career as a museum educator at the Cleveland Children’s Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Regina studied art history at the University of Pittsburgh and received a master’s degree in arts administration from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. She is past-president of Grantmakers in the Arts.

Daniela Steinsapir | Multimedia Artist and Artist Fellow, ZERO1

Daniela Steinsapir is an artist from Chile whose recent research focuses on the design of interactive educational tools, and in studying how new technologies are improving family communication by empowering seniors and children. Her work takes a variety of different forms—from user interface design, to interactive video installation, to electro-mechanical sculptures—each of which incorporates different found objects and technologies. Her approach is informed by her studies at the Learning, Design, and Technology Master’s Program at Stanford University. She is the current artists-in-residence at ZERO1.

Caitlin Strokosch | Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities

Caitlin has been involved in professional arts management for nearly two decades; she has served the Alliance since 2002 and was appointed Executive Director in 2008. During her tenure with the Alliance, she has launched several major initiatives, including the Emerging Program Institute, the Leadership Institute, The Sustainability Project, and New Voices of Modern Arab Literature ‒ a collaboration with the Alliance and more than 20 residency programs to support emerging Arab writers. She edited the third edition of Artists Communities: A Directory of Residencies That Offer Time and Space for Creativity, was a writer and editor of "Surviving to Thriving: Sustaining Artist Residencies," and has authored numerous reports, essays, and articles about artist residencies and support for today's artists. Under her leadership, the Alliance membership has grown by 40%, conference attendance has doubled, and the organization has granted more than $2 million in funds to artists and residency programs.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Caitlin managed several nonprofit music ensembles in Chicago - including the acclaimed chamber choir Bella Voce and CUBE, a pioneering new music group. Caitlin is a frequent public speaker and has served as a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, The Joyce Foundation, the Educational Foundation of America, and Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. She serves on the Support for Individual Artists steering committee of Grantmakers in the Arts, on the Advisory Board of Transcultural Exchange, as an advisor to Girls Rock! Rhode Island, and on the Advisory Board of Outpost Journal. Caitlin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in music performance from Columbia College Chicago and a Master’s in musicology from Roosevelt University, where her research focused on music as a tool for building communities of resistance and social dissent.

David Livingston Styers | Senior Governance Consultant, Board Source

David Livingston Styers is a Senior Governance Consultant for BoardSource and the Director of Consulting Services/Senior Board Governance Consultant for the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership in San Rafael, CA. He has an extensive background in organizational capacity building, specializing in arts organizations large and small. He has developed board training programs for the League of American Orchestras, Chorus America, the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Theater Communications Group, among others.

David Szlasa | Video Artist, Producer, Educator

David Szlasa is a video artist, producer, and educator. His creative work specializes in projects utilizing new media and projection technology for live performance. Collaborators include Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Theaster Gates, Dohee Lee, Joanna Haigood, Rennie Harris, Bill Shannon, Michael John Garcés, Myra Melford, and Sara Shelton Mann. As a producer and administrator, Szlasa has served on staff at Z Space, the Culture Project, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, and Dance Theater Workshop. In 2009, Szlasa founded and secured multi-year funding for the Technical Development Residency Program at Z Space to support the creation of new works of performance through multi-week residencies utilizing the theater as a laboratory for research and development. Currently, Szlasa is an independent producer and consultant offering production support in video systems design, production management, and strategic planning to clients including Stanford Arts Initiative (formerly SiCa), SF Jazz, the de Young Museum, Zero1 Art and Technology Network, Jer Thorp, Terry Allen, Hope Mohr Dance, Living Word Project, Dancers Group, Cal Shakes, UC Berkeley, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. 

Susan Page Tillett | Executive Director, Mesa Refuge

Susan Page Tillett finally took two weeks to write at a residency program and ended up being recruited to run it! After 12 years as Executive Director of Ragdale, where she raised $10 million, restored the historic buildings, diversified the residency program and engaged the community, this past year she took a much needed “Gap Year” to work on a writing project of her own. She loved the experience of being a resident at the Mesa Refuge so much, that she offered founder Peter Barnes some pro bono consulting on organizational development. After a return engagement to advance the plan, she found herself considering a move to Marin County to serve as the Mesa’s first professional Executive Director. Refreshed from a year of travel and writing, she is once again ready for the challenges of leading an artist community.

Wisa Uemura | Executive Director, San Jose Taiko

Wisa began playing with Taiko in 1993 with Stanford Taiko (ST). During her time with ST, Wisa served as an administrative leader, as well as a performance director of the group. She began training with San Jose Taiko in 1998 and became a member of the full-time staff in 1999.

Lexa Walsh | Artist-in-Residence, Atlantic Center for the Arts

Lexa Walsh is an interdisciplinary socially engaged artist based in Oakland, CA, working with conversation, food and music to create hospitable democracy. Walsh has lived, worked, exhibited, and toured internationally. She was a recipient of Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Award, the CEC Artslink Award, Meet the Composer Award, and the Gunk Grant. She has participated in projects across the east and west coasts at venues such as Apexart, Smack Mellon, The Exploratorium, The Lab, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, SFMoMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Portland Art Museum and has done several international artist residencies and projects in Europe and Asia. She is a graduate of PSU’s Art & Social Practice MFA program and was recently the Social Practice Artist in Residence at Portland Art Museum. In the fall, she will be the Community Artist in Residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL, and is the 2014 Artist Fellow at San Francisco’s deYoung Museum.

Alice Warnecke | Program Director, Chalk Hill Artist Residency

Alice Warnecke earned a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. She has served as Chalk Hill Artist Residency's Program Director since 2010, and was involved from the ground up in building the residency program. She is co-chair of Collector’s Circle for Becoming Independent Artworks and worked in marketing and graphic design for Sonoma County Museum. In addition to running the residency she is an accomplished contemporary artist, exhibiting locally with 428collective.

Margo Warnecke Merck | Advisor and Board Member, Chalk Hill Artist Residency

Margo Warnecke Merck, Chalk Hill Artist Residency (CHAR) Advisor & Board member, has been actively involved with the residency from its inception and helped to found the Studio Days Program. Her previous work was in developing and expanding Permanent Supportive Housing opportunities throughout Sonoma County. She was president of Community Housing Development Corporation of Santa Rosa, a founding member of Sonoma County Housing Advocacy Group and Sonoma County 2010 Housing Hero. She has a background in art history and Architecture from Stanford and Columbia. She is a founding member of the Collector’s Circle for Becoming Independent Artworks.

Craig Watson, Director, California Arts Council

Craig Watson is the Director of the California Arts Council, a position he has held since August 2011. Previously he was the executive director of the Arts Council for Long Beach, where he oversaw the expansion of the agency into the community, including the largest local celebration for Arts and Humanities Month in the nation. Watson started his career in the arts field at local arts agencies and arts-services organizations, and later built a career in the telecommunications industry before returning to the arts as Executive Director of the Arts Council for Long Beach. He held senior executive positions in the telecommunications field in Rhode Island, New York and California. His earlier career in the arts included positions with the Sonoma County Arts Council and Rural Arts Services in Northern California, as well as a fellowship at the National Endowment for the Arts, participation in the Coro Foundation's Arts Management program, and a co-directing position at Santa Barbara Arts Services. The California Arts Council is the official state arts agency for California, the state with the largest number of artists and creative-industry workers in the U.S.

Nancy White | Artist, Cubberley Residency

Nancy White, a Cubberley resident for 12 years, is an abstract painter and has exhibited extensively throughout the US and Europe. She organized “The Space Between,” an exhibit at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and brought ‘TRANS’ - a traveling exhibition of international painters - to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Represented by Jancar Jones Gallery in Los Angeles her recent one-person at Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston was reviewed in the Boston Globe. She is an alumni of Jentel and a two-time alumni at Ragdale.

Pamela Winfrey | Senior Artist and Curator, Exploratorium

Pamela Winfrey's theatrical pieces have been seen at such diverse venues as Alumnae Theatre (Toronto), SOMARTS (San Francisco), New Dramatist's (NYC), and Variations Theatre (NYC). She is a founding member of Mobius Operandi, an electro-acoustic sound sculpture ensemble. From 1993-1997, she was a main collaborator (book and lyrics) and created five large-scale theatrical productions which explored a multi-disciplinary approach to performance: “Eating Eden”, “Scatterbrain”, ”Xibalba” and “Exit Vacaville”, which received rave reviews. Since that time, she has written lyrics for and performed in two Mobius CD's “What Were We Thinking” and “The End of the Dial”. She has received several playwriting awards including an individual artist grant by the Marin Arts Council (2003), a Sloan development grant for “Celestial Bodies” a play about radio astronomers (2004), and a career grant from the Marin Arts Council (2007). This year, her play, “It All Leads to the Lemon Scene” was seen at Alumnae Theater’s “New Idea Festival” (Toronto), received the Audience Favorite and the Best Actress awards for the Avant Garde Festival in Manhattan, was a finalist at Arts and Letters, and won an award at Method and Madness, a festival in Denton, Texas. She has a degree in theatre from Macalester College in St Paul Minn. and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Arts from SF State. 

Lori Wood | Founder, Fes Medina

Lori Wood has an extensive background in the field of artist residency programs and social entrepreneurship, and conducted one of the first field assessments for artists’ communities in the early 1990s. Lori directed the Villa Montalvo Artist Residency Program in California from 1991-1995. She was on the boards of both the Alliance of Artists Communities and Res Artis: The International Network of Residential Arts Centres, and helped run artist residency conferences and planning sessions in Budapest, New Delhi, and Dublin. She has created literary arts and fundraising programs for numerous organizations. Lori is the Grants Officer and Capital Campaign Manager for the National Steinbeck Center, where over the last six years she produced two NEA Big Read programs, created and ran the 2007, 2010 and 2011 Steinbeck Festivals and founded the Steinbeck Festival International Fringe Fest, which has held programs in Cities of Letters such as Nairobi, Aracataca, Prague, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Amsterdam, Fes, Port-au-Prince, Paris and other locations. She is the founder and director of a social venture project in Fes, Morocco, that restores traditional properties in Fes’ medieval medina to support non-profit artist residencies. Lori holds a BA in Literature from Harvard College, an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School, and a Masters in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a mediocre but enthusiastic student of classical Persian.

Sarah Workneh | Co-Director, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture

Sarah Workneh has been Co-Director at Skowhegan since January 2010 and works in New York and Maine.  Before coming to Skowhegan, Sarah worked at Ox-Bow School of ARt and Artists' Residency, most recently as Associate Director (2004-2010). Sarah has served as a panelist in a wide variety of conferences and symposia, including the Alliance of Artists Communities, College Art Association, and threewalls (Chicago). She is also a board member at Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center. Sarah has a BA in Linguistics and Russian from the University of Maryland and has pursued coursework toward her MA in Interdisciplinary Studies at DePaul University.