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Keynote Lectures

THEASTER GATES | Wednesday, Oct 14 | Keynote Address // The Gail Silver Memorial Lecture, presented in partnership with the RISD Museum

THEASTER GATES' practice includes sculpture, installation, performance and urban interventions that aim to bridge the gap between art and life. Theaster works as an artist, curator, urbanist and facilitator, and his projects attempt to instigate the creation of cultural communities by acting as catalysts for social engagement that leads to political and spatial change. The founder of the non-profit Rebuild Foundation, he is currently a Professor in the Department of Visual Art and Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago. Theaster has exhibited and performed at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Punta della Dogana, Venice; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany; among others. The recent winner of Artes Mundi 6, Gates has also received awards and grants from Creative Time, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, United States Artists, Creative Capital, the Joyce Foundation, Graham Foundation, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and Artadia.

ROSANNE SOMERSON | Wednesday, Oct 14 | Welcome Address

ROSANNE SOMERSON is a furniture designer/maker, educator, and Rhode Island School of Design’s 17th President. She previously served in the role of Provost and chief academic officer. She simultaneously maintains a robust creative practice, designing and creating furniture for exhibitions and commissions. She has received numerous awards and citations for her work as a designer, artist, and teacher, most recently the Award of Distinction for lifetime achievement in the field of studio furniture by the Furniture Society. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the world and is represented in many prestigious private, corporate, and museum collections. She has served on the boards of the Haystack Mountain School, in Maine, the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, is a named Fellow of the American Craft Council, and is the subject of an interview that forms part of the Smithsonian Institute Archives of American Art Oral History Program.

Performers

ARVID TOMAYKO + HANNAH THOMPSON | Friday, Oct 16 | Evening Performance

Connect | Disconnect - a performance project by ARVID TOMAYKO and HANNAH THOMPSON about how humans connect (or not) with each other in the twenty-first century. Wearable fabric sculptures control an electronic soundscape. The sculptures are able to connect to each other via "tentacles" with audio plugs in order to engage with the idea of human emotional and intellectual connections through the media of physical movement and sound manipulation.

Presenters

Michele Anderson | Rural Program Director, Springboard for the Arts (Fergus Falls, MN)
Mike Andrews | Academic Director, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency (Chicago, IL)
Jesse Bacon | Studios Manager, Social Impact Studios (Philadelphia, PA)
Jim Baker | Executive Director, Pilchuck Glass School (Seattle, WA)
Daniel van Benthuysen | Artist (Boston, MA)
Kathy Black | Program Director, Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT)
Jay Brown | Founder + Director, Lijiang Studio (Providence, RI)
Christina Catanese | Director of Environmental Art, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (Philadelphia, PA)
Elizabeth Chodos | Executive + Creative Director, Ox-Bow (Chicago, IL)
Curt Columbus | Artistic Director, Trinity Repertory Company (Providence, RI)
Steve Dennin | Director of Development, Yaddo (New York, NY)
Ryan Dennis | Public Art Director, Project Row Houses (Houston, TX)
Sherry Dobbin | Creative Director + Director of Times Square Arts, Times Square Alliance (New York, NY)
Linda Earle | Executive Director, New York Arts Program (New York, NY)
Nina Elder | Residency Program Manager, Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM)
Marie Fol | Website Editor, DutchCulture | TransArtists (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Aaron Forrest | Principal + Assistant Professor, Ultramoderne - Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI)
Susan Friel | Cultural Coordinator, City of Chicago - Department of Cultural Affairs + Special Events (Chicago, IL)
Mario Garcia Durham | President + CEO, Association of Performing Arts Presenters(Washington, DC)
Carolina García Jayaram | CEO, United States Artists (Chicago, IL)
Tony Grant | Executive Director, Sustainable Arts Foundation (San Francisco, CA)
Esther Grisham Grimm | Executive Director, 3Arts (Chicago, IL)
Gia Hamilton | Director, Joan Mitchell Center on Bayou Road (New Orleans, LA)
Lisa Hoffman | Associate Director, McColl Center for Art + Innovation (Charlotte, NC)
Randi Hopkins | Associate Director of Visual Arts, Boston Center for the Arts (Boston, MA)
Olukemi Ilesanmi | Executive Director, Laundromat Project (New York, NY)
Jason Kalajainen | Executive Director, Luminarts Cultural Foundation (Chicago, IL)
Stu Kestenbaum | Retired Director, Haystack (Deer Isle, ME)
Brad Kik | Co-Director, Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design/ISLAND (Bellaire, MI)
Melissa Levin | Director of Cultural Programs, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (New York, NY)
Sandra Liu | Program Officer, Asian Cultural Council (New York, NY)
Deenah Loeb | Executive Director, City Park Association (Philadelphia, PA)
Jean McLaughlin | Executive Director, Penland School of Crafts (Penland, NC)
Jeffrey Meeuwsen | Executive Director, The Ragdale Foundation (Lake Forest, IL)
Susan Meier | Principal, Meier and Associates (Washington, DC)
Kristin Müller | Executive Director, Peters Valley School of Craft (Layton, NJ)
Michael Orlove | Artist Communities, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works Director and International Activities Coordinator, National Endowment for the Arts (Washington, DC)
Steven Pincus | Senior Managing Director, DeWitt Stern (New York, NY)
Megha Ralapati | Residency and Special Projects Manager, Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL)
Elaina Richardson | President, Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Shey Rivera Ríos | Director of Programs, AS220 (Providence, RI)
Bruce Rodgers | Executive Director, Hermitage Artists Retreat (Englewood, FL)
Paul Sacaridiz | Executive Director, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Deer Isle, ME)
Jason Schupbach | Director of Design Programs, Visual Arts Division Team Leader, National Endowment for the Arts (Washington, DC)
Sanjit Sethi | Executive Director, Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM)
Kira Simon-Kennedy | Co-Founder + Program Manager, China Residencies (New York, NY)
Steven Skerritt-Davis | Director of Institutional Relations, American Dance Institute (Rockville, MD)
Jayson Smart | Program Officer, Rasmuson Foundation (Anchorage, AK)
Vanphouthon Souvannasane | Director, Yellow Peril Gallery (Providence, RI)
Brook Stephenson | Founder + Director, The Rhode Island Writers Colony (Warren, RI)
Caitlin Strokosch | Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities (Providence, RI)
Judith Tolnick-Champa | Founding Director + Co-Curator, Providence Biennial for Contemporary Art (Providence, RI)
Charles Tracy | Landscape Architect, National Park Service (Boston, MA)
Sharon Ullman | Chief Operating Officer, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (New York, NY)
Lori Urso | Executive Director, Slater Mill (Pawtucket, RI)
Jacques Louis Vidal | Resident Director, The Lighthouse Works, Inc. (Fishers Island, NY)
Ryan Walsh | Development + Writing Program Director, Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT)
Lauren Was | Artist, Educator + Active Critic, Wassaic Project + Ghost of a Dream (Wassaic, NY)
David White | Artistic + Executive Director, The Yard Inc. (Chilmark, MA)
Risë Wilson | Director of Philanthropy, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (New York, NY)
Holly Wren Spaulding | Poet + Founder, Poetry Forge (Williamsburg, MA)
Jennifer Wright Cook | Executive Director, The Field (New York, NY)

 

Michele Anderson | Rural Program Director, Springboard for the Arts

[bio to come]

 

Mike Andrews | Academic Director, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency

[bio to come]

 

Jesse Bacon | Studios Manager, Social Impact Studios

[bio to come]

Jim Baker | Executive Director, Pilchuck Glass School

James Baker is Executive Director of the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle and Stanwood, Washington. He recently served as President of Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine (2006-2010). Previously he was Executive Director of Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado (1995-2006). In 1973, Jim received his undergraduate degree in Meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University. In 1975, he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. He served as an Assistant Professor of Art (tenured) at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (1975-1986) and as an Associate Professor of Arts and Humanities (tenured) at the University of Texas at Dallas (1981-1986). In 1986, he accepted the position of Program Director for Photography at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and in 1995 was invited to serve as Executive Director. Nationally, Jim has served on the boards of the Society for Photographic Education, the Alliance of Artists Communities (chair 2004-2005), the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, and the Nominating Committee for the Glass Art Society.

Daniel van Benthuysen | Artist

Daniel van Benthuysen's work as an artist includes 29 years as an art director during which he became director of design for Newsday, the Long Island Newspaper. As a senior editor there, he supervised a staff of 26 illustrators, page designers, and cartographers who contributed drawings and informational graphics to stories that were awarded eight Pulitzers at the paper during his tenure. Currently, he teaches the visual aspects of journalism at Hofstra University. He has studied drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking at the Art Students League of New York where he also served as a monitor for several instructors. His own paintings and drawings have won regional and national awards in juried and museum shows. He's also written for Newsday, the Wall Street Journal and most recently for the New York Times. In August of last year he was artist-in-residence at Weir Farm National Historic Site, an experience he describes as "nothing short of transformative."

 

Kathy Black | Program Director, Vermont Studio Center

Kathy Black is the Program Director at the Vermont Studio Center, where she has been for over 20 years. Prior to her work in this residency program, she taught in several college art programs in Vermont. Kathy grew up in Chicago, holds a BA in English from the University of Illinois, a BFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Kathy has attended residencies at Oxbow, MI and La Napoule, France and exhibited her paintings in Vermont and around the U.S.

 

Jay Brown | Founder + Director, Lijiang Studio

[bio to come]

Christina Catanese | Director of Environmental Art, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Christina Catanese oversees all aspects of the environmental arts program in gallery spaces and on the Schuylkill Center’s 340 acres of forests and fields, as a complement to other educational programs to inspire meaningful connections with nature. She has advanced a range of innovative art projects, including LandLab, a new artist residency program where artists explore remediation of environmental issues on the Center’s property in collaboration with scientists, staff, and other experts. Christina brings a strong grounding in both art and science with experience in environmental studies, hydrogeology, experiential education, arts management, and modern dance. She has a Masters in Applied Geosciences from the University of Pennsylvania, complementing her BA at Penn in Environmental Studies and Political Science. Prior to the Schuylkill Center, she was a physical scientist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and an instructor at the Brown University Environmental Leadership Lab summer program. Christina is the creator and choreographer of many modern dance works, and has performed extensively in the Philadelphia region. She is also a founding member of Nova Dance Company (Wilmington, DE).

 

Elizabeth Chodos | Executive + Creative Director, Ox-Bow

[bio to come]

Curt Columbus | Artistic Director, Trinity Repertory Company

Curt Columbus joined Trinity Rep as artistic director in January 2006. His directing credits for Trinity Rep include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, His Girl Friday, The Merchant of Venice, Camelot, Cabaret, The Odd Couple, The Secret Rapture, The Receptionist, A Christmas Carol, Memory House, Blithe Spirit, Cherry Orchard, and the world premieres of Stephen Thorne’s The Completely Fictional-Utterly True-Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe and Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Social Creatures. Three of his plays - Paris by Night, The Dreams of Antigone, and Sparrow Grass - premiered at Trinity Rep. Curt’s translations of Chekhov’s plays Three Sisters and Ivanov, as well as his play, Sparrow Grass, are published by Dramatists Play Service. Curt lives in Pawtucket with his husband, Nathan Watson.

 

Steve Dennin | Director of Development, Yaddo

[bio to come]

Ryan Dennis | Public Art Director, Project Row Houses

Ryan N. Dennis joined Project Row Houses in Houston as the Public Art Director in October 2012. Her interests include African American and international contemporary art, with a focus on socially engaged practices in all media, site-specific projects, and public interventions. At Project Row Houses, Ryan has organized exhibitions and programs including, Round 41: Process and Action: An Exploration of Ideas (2014); Round 40: Monuments: Right Beyond the Site (2014); Social Practice.Social Justice Symposium (2014); Round 39: Looking Back, Moving Forward (2013). She has written for the 2014 Prospect 3 catalogue and the Studio Museum in Harlem Magazine. Prior to Project Row Houses she worked in New York City at the Museum for African Art as the traveling exhibition manager. She received her master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute where her research focused on the role of the artist as the administrator and cultural producer through residencies, and collaborative programming. Prior to moving to New York City, Ryan worked as a community organizer and a curatorial assistant at The Menil Collection in Houston, TX.

 

Jenn Dierdorf | Director - Fellowship + Development, A.I.R. Gallery

[bio to come]

Sherry Dobbin | Creative Director + Director of Times Square Arts, Times Square Alliance

Sherry Dobbin is the Creative Director & Director of Times Square Arts at the Times Square Alliance. Since February 2012, she has developed programs for Times Square’s electronic billboards, public plazas, vacant areas, popular venues, and online platforms. Ms. Dobbin brings over 20 years international experience across performance and visual arts, and art in the public realm, where she has worked as producer, administrator, consultant and curator. Prior to Times Square, she was the Director of Robert Wilson's The Watermill Center and a Project Director of arts-led regeneration throughout London and Eastern UK. Sherry sits on advisory and review panels for cross-disciplinary arts organizations, including The Laundromat Project, Eyebeam and Open House New York, and co-teaches “The Arts & Artist in Urban Revitalization” at the NYU Robert F Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

 

Linda Earle | Executive Director, New York Arts Program

Linda Earle is the Executive Director of the New York Arts Program (NYAP), an off-campus study program for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students in the visual, performing, and media arts, writing, and journalism. Before joining NYAP she served as the Executive Director of Programs for the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, one of the nation’s leading organizations for emerging visual artists. She was a senior Program Director at the New York State Council on the Arts where she served in several discipline areas in the performing and visual arts. The Individual Artists Program at NYSCA was founded under her direction in 1984. She has taught media and cultural studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, Hunter College, and Barnard College and has served on numerous grants and commissioning panels and artist advocacy groups. Linda has worked on independent film, theatre, and film and visual arts curatorial projects over the years. As a writer, she has had residencies at Hedgebrook and the Writers Room. She holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University and a BA in Film Culture from Hampshire College. She serves on the Boards of Poets House, Art Matters, Inclusion in the Arts, and the Alliance of Artists Communities.

 

Nina Elder | Residency Program Manager, Santa Fe Art Institute

Nina Elder grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and New Mexico where she cultivated a curiosity about gravel pits, mines, and lumber mills. In addition to being Residency Program Manager at SFAI, she is a practicing artist. Nina’s work examines the visual evidence of land use in the American West and its cycles of production, consumption, and waste. She has exhibited nationally, and her work has been included in publications such as Art in America and New American Paintings in addition to numerous collections. After earning her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, Nina returned to northern New Mexico where she co-founded an off-the-grid artist residency program called PLAND: Practice Liberating Art through Necessary Dislocation.

 

Marie Fol | Website Editor, DutchCulture | TransArtists

[bio to come]

Aaron Forrest | Principal + Assistant Professor, Ultramoderne - Rhode Island School of Design

Aaron Forrest is a licensed architect and co-founder of the architectural design studio Ultramoderne, focused on our perception of the world and how we engage it in everyday experience. Aaron is currently Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. He received both his Bachelors Degree and Masters in Architecture from Princeton University. Prior to RISD, Aaron taught studios at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. He has practiced in New York with Bernheimer Architecture and Guy Nordenson and Associates Structural Engineers, and in Madrid with Ábalos & Herreros Arquitectos. Aaron  was a designer-in-residence at MoMA PS1 for the Rising Currents exhibition, and has conducted several studies of larger scale constructed environments. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Boston Society of Architects, the Center for Land-Use Interpretation, and at the 2006 Venice Biennale. His office was recently selected by Van Alen Institute and the National Park Service to lead a team to develop a new approach to visitor experience at Weir Farm National Historic Site.

 

Susan Friel | Cultural Coordinator, City of Chicago - Department of Cultural Affairs + Special Events

[bio to come]

Mario Garcia Durham

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

In October 2011, Mario Garcia Durham became the fifth president and CEO 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, Mario 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. Mario 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.  

Carolina García Jayaram | CEO, United States Artists

Carolina García Jayaram joined United States Artists as President and Chief Executive Officer in February 2014. With an entrepreneurial approach to supporting artists, she has been working with the USA Board and donors to respond to the ever-changing needs and interests of this country’s most accomplished artists. Prior to joining USA, Carolina served as Executive Director of the Chicago Artists Coalition, and was the co-founder and Executive Director of Cannonball (formerly LegalArt) in Miami, Florida. She was the Director of Literary Programs at PEN American Center in New York City, where she oversaw the Readers & Writers Program, and managed the Lila Wallace Readers Digest Award. Carolina is a member of the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council for the city of Chicago, served on the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan Advisory Committee, and is on the Cannonball board of directors. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the New School University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law, where she was a H.O.P.E. Award and Alumni Achievement Award recipient. In 2008, she had the distinct privilege to be a Miami Fellows Initiative Fellow. In 2013, The Chicago Tribune named her the "Chicagoan of the Year in Arts".  

Tony Grant | Executive 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 and writers with families pursue creative careers. Not surprisingly, much of their work on the foundation happens late at night after their two boys are sleeping.

Esther Grisham Grimm | Executive Director, 3Arts

Esther Grimm's lifelong career in the arts spans administration, museum education, arts education, and philanthropy. She is the Executive Director of 3Arts, a nonprofit grantmaking organization dedicated to supporting women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities working in the performing, teaching, and visual arts in Chicago through unrestricted grants, residency fellowships, project support, and advocacy. Esther has worked as a freelance writer, researcher, and editor since 1990, with reviews and features in a variety of magazines, exhibition catalogues, book projects, and gallery guides. She authored six children’s non-fiction, art-activity books focusing on the art of ancient and living cultures. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Alliance of Artists Communities and The Hypocrites. She is also a member of the Grantmakers in the Arts Individual Artist Support Committee. In 2013, she founded the Local Artist Funders Group, an active cohort of ten Chicago funders who support individual artists. Esther is also a flute player.

Gia Hamilton

Gia Hamilton | Director, Joan Mitchell Center

Gia Hamilton was named Director of the Joan Mitchell Center - an artist residency and community space in New Orleans under the umbrella of the Joan Mitchell Foundation - in 2013 after serving as a consultant since 2011. Hamilton, a New Orleans native, received her bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from New York University and her master’s degree in applied anthropology from CUNY Graduate Center. She worked in the northeast before returning to her native city in 2009, when she established a consulting group, the Gris Gris Lab, and worked with nonprofit organizations as a trainer, organizer, facilitator and independent curator.

Lisa Hoffman | Associate Director, McColl Center for Art + Innovation

Lisa oversees programs and strategic initiatives, community engagement, and the flagship Environmental Program at McColl Center. Prior to joining McColl Center, she served as Director of Charlotte Nature Museum, and held positions as a science educator and mentor with the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County Maryland Public Schools. Honored for her dedication in connecting children and families to the natural world, she is also committed to place-based education and the improvement of schools in marginalized communities. The recipient of Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award, Lisa has served on the board of North Carolina Association of Environmental Education Centers, North Carolina Play Alliance, and regularly participates as a speaker at various community and national events including National Innovation Summit for Arts and Culture. Holding an MS degree in Biology and a BS degree in Botany from Howard University in Washington, DC, Lisa is dedicated to social practice and the convergence of art and science as a vehicle to improve lives and effect systemic change.

Randi Hopkins | Associate Director of Visual Arts, Boston Center for the Arts

Randi Hopkins is Associate Director of Visual Arts Programs at the Boston Center for the Arts, where she oversees programming in the BCA’s Mills Gallery, Artist Residency programs and Artist Studios Building. She has initiated ongoing programs including GERTRUDE'S artists salon, the "Brink" exhibition series, and ARTISTS HELP DESK (created in partnership with ArtMorpheus), a practical resource for artists. She has invited curators to develop proposed exhibitions including Daniel DeLuca's Things about Rainbows: Jeff Huckleberry summer performance series in 2014, Matt Rich's Action Kits and Vera Ingrid Grant's James Montford: Persuasions 1990-2015. She was formerly Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, was co-founder and co-director of Allston Skirt Gallery, and wrote a weekly arts column for the Boston Phoenix. Recent and ongoing activities include organizing a multi-state, multi-venue exhibition of Barbara Bosworth’s photographs as independent curator for the National Park Service and teaching art history and curatorial practice in the Art & Music Department at Simmons College in Boston.

 

Olukemi Ilesanmi | Executive Director, Laundromat Project

[bio to come]

Jason Kalajainen | Executive Director, Luminarts Cultural Foundation at the Union League Club of Chicago

Jason served as the Executive Director of Ox-Bow from 2005-2012 and was named Executive Director of the Luminarts Cultural Foundation at the Union League Club of Chicago in 2013. As strong advocates of art education and appreciation throughout the greater Chicago area, Luminarts creates and conducts competitions in visual arts, jazz and classical music, and creative writing for Chicago’s most talented young artists. Prior to joining Ox-Bow Kalajainen was the Executive Director of the Holland Area Arts Council in Holland, Michigan, and Director of Education for the Ann Arbor Art Center. Kalajainen graduated from Westminster College in Pennsylvania with BA in Political Science and Studio Art and has a Masters in Non Profit/Education Administration from Vanderbilt University. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Mason Street Warehouse Theater, Holland Michigan’s Downtown Development Authority, and the Alliance of Artists Communities.

 

Stu Kestenbaum | Retired Director, Haystack

Stuart Kestenbaum is the author of four collections of poems, Pilgrimage (Coyote Love Press), House of Thanksgiving (Deerbrook Editions), Prayers and Run-on Sentences (Deerbrook Editions) and Only Now (Deerbrook Editions). He has also written The View from Here (Brynmorgen Press), a book of brief essays on craft and community. Stu has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in numerous publications and magazines including Tikkun, the Sun, the Beloit Poetry Journal, and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. He was the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, ME for over twenty-five years, and was elected an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council in 2006. He is also the recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award from the James Renwick Alliance. He is currently chair of the American Craft Council. Former US poet laureate Ted Kooser said “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life. No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.”

Brad Kik | Co-Director, Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design/ISLAND

Brad Kik is the co-founder and co-director of the Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design (ISLAND), a non-profit organization that connects the lines between art, agriculture and ecology. Brad’s varied background—film study, environmental activism, graphic design, community organizing, traditional music, ecology and permaculture—plays a key role in directing the intention behind ISLAND’s work in the community. Brad also serves on a number of boards reflecting ISLAND’s diverse approach to community building: Madroño Ranch, a center for writing, art and the environment, Earthwork Music, a collective of Michigan musicians, and Grass River Natural Area, a 1000+ acre wetland preserve in Antrim County, Michigan, near where Brad calls home. Brad also acts as the co-chair of the ecological residencies cohort for the Alliance of Artist Communities, and helps convene and present the Alliance’s Emerging Programs Institute each year.

Melissa Levin | Director of Cultural Programs, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Melissa Levin joined Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) in 2005 and is the Director of Cultural Programs, overseeing the organization's Artist Residencies and Public Programming that take an innovative and holistic approach to supporting artists in all disciplines. Previous to LMCC, Melissa held positions at Andrea Rosen Gallery, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and Artforum International Magazine. She has participated in panel discussions and juries at the National Endowment for the Arts, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, Rhode Island School of Design, Baruch College, Lower East Side Print Shop, and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts; and lectured at the University of Oregon, Eugene, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, New York University, Parsons: The New School for Design, and The Cleveland Institute of Art. As a curator and writer, she has worked with MoMA PS1, Real Art Ways in Hartford, Culturehall.com, NurtureArt, Cuchifritos Gallery, ISE Cultural Foundation, Andrea Rosen Gallery, and Taylor De Cordoba Gallery in Los Angeles. Melissa received a BA with honors in Visual Art and Art History from Barnard College.

 

Sandra Liu | Program Officer, Asian Cultural Council

Sandra Liu joined the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) in 2012 and has served as a Program Officer since 2013. Working for ACC - an organization that creates exchange opportunities for artists - is genuinely rewarding and she enjoys her relationships with grantees, helping them to realize their program goals, and connecting them with specialists in and beyond their fields. Cultural exchange factors deeply in her personal and professional lives, as she has lived and worked across five continents, as well as in diverse disciplines such as audit, book conservation and poetry. She has held previous positions in the United States Arctic Research and Antarctic Programs, and the Economist Group’s editorial arm in Hong Kong.

Deenah Loeb | Executive Director, City Park Association

Deenah Loeb has over 30 years of program innovation and implementation experience in the culture and environmental fields and serves as Executive Director of City Parks Association of Philadelphia (CPA). Deenah co-founded and directs Art in the Open Philadelphia: a citywide event that celebrates artists, their inspirations for creating art in the public realm. Previous to CPA, Deenah was a consultant for Department of Culture at the Pew Charitable Trusts and created landmark programs to support artists in a range of disciplines, including the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, the National Theater Residence Program and the Philadelphia Dance Initiative. She currently serves as a Trustee at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education and is Chair of the Environmental Art Program. A 2015 recipient of a Knight Cities Challenge grant, she created Philadelphia LANDvisions: a unique three phased program that challenged citizens and the international design community to imagine ecologically sound resolutions for Philadelphia’s vast inventory of vacant lands. Deenah has holds a Master of Landscape Architecture for the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Wesleyan University, CT.

Jean McLaughlin | Executive Director, Penland School of Crafts

Executive Director, Jean W. McLaughlin has been the Executive Director of Penland School of Crafts since 1998. Since joining the school, Jean has focused on strategic planning, external relations, board development, facilities construction and renovation, and fundraising. She reports to a 33-member board of directors and is responsible for a $5.7 million annual operating budget, a staff of 62, about 1450 students, 57 facilities and a 420 acre campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places. She came to Penland after serving 16 years at the North Carolina Arts Council as Director of Visual Arts and later Director of the Office of Statewide Initiatives. She holds an MA in Liberal Studies from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, NC State University, and a BA in studio art from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Jeffrey Meeuwsen | Executive Director, The Ragdale Foundation

Jeffrey Meeuwsen is the Executive Director of the Ragdale Foundation, a curator and a mixed media artist. Prior to joining Ragdale, Jeffrey was the Executive Director of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), one of the nation’s largest, non-collecting contemporary arts centers. He led the institution in presenting more than 300 exhibitions as well as award-winning youth, education, art therapy, and studio programs. Jeffrey was also the Founding Executive Director of ArtPrize, the world's largest prize for art. He has served on several arts-focused boards including the statewide advocacy organization, Creative Many Michigan. He holds an MFA in visual arts, a BFA in sculpture and studio furniture, and a BBA in marketing and graphic design.

Susan Meier | Principal, Meier and Associates

Susan Meier, Principal at Meier and Associates, brings over 27 years of governance and nonprofit experience to her work. From 2004 to 2011, Susan served as the vice president of consulting and training for BoardSource, the nation's premier governance resource for nonprofit organizations. She works collaboratively with nonprofit executives and board leadership to identify governance challenges and opportunities and to implement proven strategies to address a broad array of governance issues. Much of Susan’s work has focused on increasing board engagement, board/staff relations, and leadership transitions. Specifically, she engages boards in a deeper understanding of roles and responsibilities, strategic and generative thinking, concrete ways to maximize board meetings, and addressing culture and dynamics in the boardroom. Susan has served as faculty for the Kellogg School of Management Nonprofit Executive Education program, the George Washington University, and the Issues in Nonprofit Governance Conference hosted by Georgetown Law, the IRS and Independent Sector. In addition, Susan has served on a number of boards of directors and currently serves on the Ripon College Board of Trustees. She graduated cum laude from Ripon College.

Kristin Müller | Executive Director, Peters Valley School of Craft

Kristin Müller is the Executive Director of Peters Valley School of Craft. Born in Panama to German and Chilean parents, she grew up in Argentina, Chile and the United States. Kristin holds a Bachelor of Science in Studio Arts from Southern Connecticut State University a Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Hood College, is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and an accomplished ceramic artist. Prior to her tenure at Peters Valley she taught ceramics at two colleges, was Education Director of Brookfield Craft Center, Curator of the Lynn Tendler Bignell Exhibition Gallery and a Ceramics Studio Instructor. Kristin specializes in wood fired ceramics and maintains a studio with an Anagama hybrid kiln in Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania. She is the author of "The Potter's Studio Handbook: A Guide to Hand Built and Wheel-Thrown Ceramics" published November 2007 and is co-author of "The Potter's Complete Studio Handbook: The Essential, Start -to Finish Guide for Ceramic Artists published October 2011 by Quarry Books. Kristin exhibits her work nationally and is Adjunct Faculty at Hood College.

Michael Orlove | Artist Communities, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works Director and 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 2012. 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 at 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.

Steven Pincus | Senior Managing Director, DeWitt Stern

Steven directs five of DeWitt Stern's Divisions in New York: Fine Art, Commercial, Private Client and Financial-Professional and Claims he has more than 30 years of experience in these areas. Before joining DeWitt Stern, Steven was President of Rockefeller Risk Advisors, Inc. specializing in insurance for high-net-worth families, commercial real estate, fine art, and not-for-profit companies and foundations.

Megha Ralapati | Residency and Special Projects Manager, Hyde Park Art Center

Megha Ralapati oversees the Jackman Goldwasser Residency at Hyde Park Art Center, an initiative that brings artists to Chicago to deepen engagement between local and global art practice. Since 2012, Megha has organized residencies with Deniz Gül (Istanbul), Minouk Lim (Seoul), Einat Amir (Tel Aviv), Jen Delos Reyes (Portland), and Paul Mpagi Sepuya (Los Angeles), among others. Upcoming residencies include Vagabond Reviews (Dublin), Marie Cool and Fabio Balducci (Paris), and Suhasini Kejriwal (Kolkata). Formerly director of Bose Pacia in New York, Megha has developed independent projects, including “A Perfect Human” at Dorsch Gallery in Miami (2009), “Double-Jointed” at Scaramouche gallery in New York (2012), and contributed to “New Narratives: Contemporary Art from India” at the Chicago Cultural Center (2007). She has presented at School of the Art Institute, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, and as a participant at the Incheon Biennial. Megha received an MA in Visual Culture from Goldsmiths (2010) with a focus on informal financial networks and is a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific magazine. Her recent writing has been included in publications, Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic (2015 Brooklyn Museum), Black Sun (2014 Devi Art Foundation) and Manual for Treason (2011 Sharjah Art Foundation).

 

Elaina Richardson | President, Yaddo

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Shey Rivera Ríos | Director of Programs, AS220

Shey Rivera Ríos is a multi-genre artist and Director of Programs at AS220, an internationally-renowned cultural center in Providence, Rhode Island. Her work takes the form of mixed media installation, music, poetry, performance, and video. She is part of the performance duo ISLANDS, with artist Jason Curzake. Along with Curzake and artist/poet Sussy Santana, she launched the Fluxus Moon Cabaret series in 2013, featuring the work of 20 artists from diverse media. Shey is a founding member of the Latina feminist poetry collective Las Tenoras and her artwork has been featured in Puerto Rico, Boston, and throughout Rhode Island. Her literary work has been published in several publications, including the first Queer Puerto Rican literary anthology, Los otros cuerpos: Antología de temática gay, lésbica y 'queer' desde Puerto Rico y su diáspora ("The Other Bodies: Anthology of Gay, Lesbian and Queer Literature from Puerto Rico and its Diaspora"). Shey is the founder of Crudo, an independent arts and culture digital magazine focused on contemporary Latin-American art and culture. She specializes in arts management and is a strong advocate for artists as critical agents of change in society, as well as the value of artist-run organizations. 

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, Florida. He is a musician, writer, producer, playwright and author and his work has been produced at major regional professional theatres throughout the US and in Europe. In 1984, Bruce 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, Florida. In 1992, the Asolo commissioned him to write the very successful Centerberg Tales based on Robert McCloskey's "Homer Price" short storis. Bruce' play, The Gravity of Honey has been produced around the US as well as in Dublin and Paris, 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, New Jersey, and a creative consultant to Fortune 500 corporations throughout the US. He has been the Executive Director of the Hermitage since 2005. 

Paul Sacaridiz | Executive Director, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Paul Sacaridiz is the Executive Director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. From 2007-2015 he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Paul has been named a fellow with the National Council of Arts Administrators and has served on the board of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, and the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in New Castle, ME. As an artist, his work has been included in numerous exhibitions including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and he has been an artist at residence at the Ragdale Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Arts/Industry Program at Kohler Company among others. He is a recent inductee to the International Academy of Ceramics and has received the Romnes Faculty Fellowship and the Joyce J and Gerald A Bartell award in the Arts, both from the University of Wisconsin, for recognition of his outreach and public service involving the larger community.

 

Jason Schupbach | Director of Design Programs, Visual Arts Division Team Leader, National Endowment for the Arts

Jason Schupbach is the Director of Design Programs for the National Endowment for the Arts, where he oversees all design and creative placemaking, grantmaking and partnerships, including Our Town and Design Art Works grants, the Mayor’s Institute on City Design, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, and the NEA's Federal agency collaborations. Previous to his current position, Jason served Governor Patrick of Massachusetts as the Creative Economy Director, tasked with growing creative and tech businesses in the state. He was formerly the director of ArtistLink, a Ford Foundation funded initiative to stabilize and revitalize communities through the creation of affordable space and innovative environments for creatives. He has also worked for the Mayor of Chicago and New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

 

Sanjit Sethi | Executive Director, Santa Fe Art Institute

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Kira Simon-Kennedy | Co-Founder + Program Manager, China Residencies

Brian Rogers is a director, video and sound artist. He is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of The Chocolate Factory Theater, which supports the creation of theater, dance, music, and multimedia performances at its 5,000-square-foot facility in Queens. Since 1997, Brian has conceived and/or directed numerous large scale performances at The Chocolate Factory including Hot Box the Bessie-nominated Selective Memory. In addition to his own work, Brian curates The Chocolate Factory's Visiting Artist Program which supports the work of more than 100 theater, dance, music and multimedia artists each year. As a video, sound and performance artist, Brian has collaborated with numerous dance and theater artists including Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty, Aynsley Vandenbroucke, Tara O'Con, Jillian Sweeney, and the Movement Research Spring 2008 Festival. He presented his first solo exhibition of new video works in November 2012 at Ventana 244 Gallery in Brooklyn; self-released an album of electronic music in September 2013; and is collaborating on a new performance by Irish dance artists Emma Fitzgerald and Aine Stapleton at the Project Arts Center in Dublin in September 2014.

 

Steven Skerritt-Davis | Director of Institutional Relations, American Dance Institute

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Jayson Smart | Program Officer, Rasmuson Foundation

Jayson Smart serves as a Program Officer for the Rasmuson Foundation, a private family foundation based in Anchorage. He provides oversight of the foundation’s portfolio in arts and culture, and also works on special topics in health and education. Jayson brings unique experience from the public and nonprofit sectors to his role advancing partnerships between the foundation and Alaska organizations. He has held positions in arts and education administration, with a focus on performing arts presenting and touring. He formerly served as deputy director with the Municipality of Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services, and has a background in social service agency management with a focus on disability advocacy and policy. He presently serves as a Trustee of the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, and is a Board member of the Anchorage Concert Association, and the Alliance of Artists Communities. Jayson holds two degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage: a Master's degree in public administration with an emphasis in public management; and a BA in psychology. He has spent the last 30 years in Southcentral Alaska.

Vanphouthon Souvannasane | Director, Yellow Peril Gallery

Vanphouthon Souvannasan is the director of Yellow Peril Gallery in Olneyville, a gritty section of Providence many artists have called home since the Fort Thunder days. Opening in 2011, Yellow Peril has become a vital presence on the art scene. With so many artists and few venues to showcase talent, Yellow Peril has earned respect as a serious venue by focusing on solo shows and participating in international art fairs. A Hampshire College graduate, Van is passionate about contributing to Providence’s creative heritage and cosmopolitan vibe by promoting artists through innovative, engaging channels. Prior to gallery work, he spent 10 years in corporate communications, learning about the importance of standardization and partnerships for success. Incorporating these “co-opetition” lessons into running a gallery, with no previous experience, provides him the right level of discipline and professionalism for conducting business in the artworld and its numerous satellites. With peers and thought leaders, Van aspires to build upon a pioneering spirit and advance critical dialogue about contemporary art.He is ecstatic about stepping out of his commercial role into the nonprofit Providence Biennial.

 

Brook Stephenson | Founder + Director, The Rhode Island Writers Colony

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Caitlin Strokosch Caitlin Strokosch | Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities

Caitlin has served the Alliance since 2002 and was appointed Executive Director in 2008. During her tenure she has launched the Emerging Program Institute, conducted New Voices of Modern Arab Literature, 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. A frequent public speaker, she has served as a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, The Joyce Foundation, the Educational Foundation of America, Rasmuson Foundation, and Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. She serves on the Board of Directors of Grantmakers in the Arts and Girls Rock! Rhode Island, and on the Advisory Boards of Transcultural Exchange and Outpost Journal. Caitlin holds a BA in music performance from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in musicology from Roosevelt University, where her research focused on music as a tool for building communities of resistance and social dissent.

Judith Tolnick-Champa | Founding Director + Co-Curator, Providence Biennial for Contemporary Art

Judith Tolnick-Champa is an actively independent contemporary art curator launched by Brown’s History of Art graduate program, where teaching with objects became her desire and the impetus for a curatorial career. She is an experienced art critic, editor-in-chief of a regional art magazine in Boston, and director/curator for Brown’s Bell Gallery and former University of RI, Kingston Galleries. Cultivating the complementary practices of curating and writing, inspired by the pace of global change, she is passionate about creating a high-profile, art residency embracing a European style Biennial for our region. As The Providence Biennial’s founder, Judith is motivated to lead and to learn from tremendously talented colleagues and supporters to achieve this plan.

 

Charles Tracy | Landscape Architect, National Park Service

Charles Tracy is a National Park Service (NPS) landscape architect based in Boston and currently superintendent of the New England National Scenic Trail. On the national level, he specializes in advancing NPS art partnerships and park artist-in-residence programs. He holds a master’s degrees in landscape architecture from the University of Massachusetts and in classics from the University of Texas.

 

Sharon Ullman | Chief Operating Officer, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

[bio to come]

Lori Urso | Executive Director, Slater Mill

Lori Urso is the Executive Director of Slater Mill, the internationally recognized birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution and a National Historic Landmark. During the nine years she has worked in cultural site administration, Lori has nurtured a connection to contemporary art by showcasing works within historic venues. She believes historic structure as a backdrop for contemporary art makes a very powerful statement about the state of our culture today - and the culture of our state - facilitating a connection to place that is immediately relevant. Earlier in her career as an executive director, she led a watershed council overseeing work in river and fish passage restoration and engaged contemporary artists to unite people with the landscape in meaningful ways. Additionally she provided venue support for the inaugural launch of Poetry of the Wild by Cuban-American sculptor Ana Flores. This interweave of the arts, humanities, and landscape continues to touch worldwide audiences 11 years later. Lori is energized by her exploration of the impact of public art and public statement on community.

 

Jacques Louis Vidal | Resident Director, The Lighthouse Works

[bio to come]

Ryan Walsh | Writing Program Director + Grants Program Manager, Vermont Studio Center

Ryan Walsh is the Director of Development & the Writing Program at VSC, where he has worked since 2011. His poetry has been published in several literary journals, including Ecotone; FIELD; Forklift, Ohio; and Narrative, as well as the chapbook collections Reckoner and The Sinks. Ryan has been awarded a Vermont Arts Council artist grant and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarships, and he was named a 2011 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship finalist. He received his BA in Integrative Studies from Warren Wilson College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Lauren Was | Artist, Educator + Active Critic, Wassaic Project + Ghost of a Dream

Lauren Was is an artist, educator, and active critic. She has a BFA in Sculpture from the Art Institute of Chicago, an MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a collegiate teaching certificate from Brown University. As an artist she primarily works under the moniker Ghost of a Dream, in collaboration with artist Adam Eckstrom. Ghost of a Dream has had solo exhibitions in Bologna, Basel, Paris, London, Brussels, Beijing, Berlin, and many US cities. Before deciding to start Art Garda Residency Program, Lauren participated in residencies in Germany, Switzerland, the US, China and France. Her work with Ghost of a Dream been featured in The Guardian (London), The Independent (London), Time Out (New York), ArtForum.com, Vice Art Talk, Vogue Magazine, among many other publications, and is included in important collections and museums in both the United States and abroad. Lauren currently teaches At Binghamton University, and has taught Sculpture at RISD, University of Tennessee Knoxville, and Oxbow School of Art. She is also an active core member of the Wassaic Project where she founded, and continues to run, an active resident critique program.

 

David White | Artistic + Executive Director, The Yard Inc

[bio to come]

Risë Wilson | Director of Philanthropy, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

Risë Wilson is the inaugural Director of Philanthropy for the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. As a member of the foundation's senior leadership team, she is leading the organization through a new phase of charitable giving- one that builds on the legacy of its founder while remaining relevant to contemporary concerns. The foundation supports initiatives at the intersection of arts and issues that embody the fearlessness and innovation Rauschenberg exemplified in both his art and philanthropic endeavors. The foundation is particularly interested in the role of creative problem solving in achieving social change. Before entering cultural philanthropy, Risë founded The Laundromat Project, an award-winning organization that mounts public art projects in local laundromats as a way of amplifying the creative power available in neighborhoods like Bed-Stuy, Harlem, and the South Bronx. Her tenure in arts and culture includes roles at the Ford Foundation, Parsons, MoMA, and ICP. A frequently sought public speaker on topics ranging from social enterprise to arts and community development, Risë most recently served as keynote for the Young People for the American Way's annual summit. She holds a BA from Columbia University and an MA from NYU.

Holly Wren Spaulding | Poet + Founder, Poetry Forge

Holly Wren Spaulding is a teaching artist, editor, and creative coach. She is the founder of Poetry Forge (an incubator for writers and their work) and with her husband, author Matt Rigney, Holly co-directs STORYhouse Partners. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, Michigan Quarterly Review, Witness, The Ecologist, in the book We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anti-Capitalism (Verso) and elsewhere. Her most recent collection of poems, Pilgrim, was released in 2014 by Alice Greene & Co. She serves on the faculty of the Interlochen College of Creative Arts and is an advisor to the board of the Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design.

 

Jennifer Wright Cook | Executive Director, The Field

[bio to come]