Joseph Antenucci Becherer is the Vice President, Collections & Horticulturer of the Sculpture Program at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition he is the Lena Meijer Professor in the History of Art at Aquinas College, and teaches courses in Renaissance, Modern, and Contemporary Art. Joe has authored numerous books and articles, and curated many exhibitions on the Modern and Contemporary, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Most recently he has organized exhibitions of Jaume Plensa, Jonathan Borofsky, Andy Goldsworthy, Mark di Suvero, Henry Moore, George Segal, Richard Hunt, Auguste Rodin, Magdalena Abakanowicz and Anthony Caro.
Joe is presently working on exhibitions with Alexander Calder and Lynn Chadwick. He has served on numerous civic art advisory committees including those which commissioned major works by Maya Lin and Dennis Oppenheim. Currently he is chair of the national committee to commission a sculpture of President Gerald R. Ford for the Rotunda of the US Capitol Building. A member of numerous professional organizations, he serves on the executive board of the Midwest Art History Society and advisory boards for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Ox-Bow program and the International Sculpture Center. In addition, he authors a monthly column on the visual arts for Grand Rapids Magazine.
Phong Bui is an artist, writer, curatorial advisor at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Museum of Modern Art affiliate and Producer of Off The Rail Hour at Art International Radio. He has organized sixteen exhibits in the last two years, including Jonas Mekas: The Beauty of Friends Being Together Quartet, Jack Whitten, Joanna Pousette-Dart, Harriet Korman, and the Orpheus Selection series. His numerous installations over the last three years have won him the Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Eric Isenbeurger Annual Prize for Installation from the National Academy Museum. He is also Editor and Publisher of the monthly journal The Brooklyn Rail, which offers critical perspectives on arts, politics, and culture in New York City and beyond, as well as The Brooklyn Rail/ Black Square Editions, a publishing venture that focuses on experimental poetry, fiction, prose meditation, artists’ writings, interviews with artists, and art criticism.
Adrian Ellis founded AEA in 1990. Prior to that, he was Executive Director of The Conran Foundation, in London. He has also acted as a civil servant in the UK Treasury and the Cabinet Office and ran the office of the Economic Secretary to the Treasury as well as working as a College Lecturer in Politics at University College, Oxford.
Adrian writes and lectures extensively internationally on management and planning issues in the cultural sector, and has published, lectured and organized conferences for The J. Paul Getty Trust, Demos, The Wallace Foundation, Grantmakers in the Arts, The Jerwood Foundation, Clore Duffield Foundation, Sterling and Francis Clark Art Institute at Williams College, Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin, and the Australia Arts Council, among others. He is also a regular contributor to The Art Newspaper and sits on many Boards.
In 2010, Adrian will be a Scholar in Residence at Teachers College of Columbia University as part of its graduate program in arts administration. Adrian Ellis has been the Executive Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center since 2007, pursuing a lifelong passion for the music, and since taking up the post only consults on a limited basis.
Daniel Incandela leads the award-winning New Media team at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Since 2004, he has built the department from the ground up; creating a team with a reputation as innovators in the field of museum technology. Under his leadership the team has created dynamic content on YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, and iTunes in addition to IMA developed sites such as the IMA Blog. All of these projects feature fresh approaches to digital content delivery that bridge the gap between art and its viewers.
Most recently, Incandela directed the successful launch of ArtBabble.org. ArtBabble was conceived, designed, and built by a cross-departmental collection of individuals at the IMA and is intended to showcase video art content in high quality format from a variety of sources and perspectives.
Always looking for the next big thing, he has an open-minded point of view that often leads to cutting edge projects that generate buzz.
Janet A. Kaplan (Ph.D., Columbia University) Professor of Art History & Director of Curatorial Studies at Moore College of Art and Design is former Executive Editor of Art Journal. She has been a visiting professor at the Institute of Fine Arts of NYU, a program consultant to the Rosenbach Museum and Library, and currently serves on the arts advisory board of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. Kaplan's focus as a cultural critic is on modern and contemporary art with emphasis on media, gender, cultural politics and curatorial practice. She has received numerous honors, including three National Endowment for the Humanities grants and a Rockefeller Foundation residency in Bellagio, Italy. Her book, Remedios Varo: Unexpected Journeys, has been published in the US, England, Mexico, Spain, and Japan. Recent publications include "Flirtations with Evidence: The Atlas Group/Walid Raad," in Art in America and "Johanna d'Arc of Mongolia: Interview with Ulrike Ottinger," published for an exhibition at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid at which she was also the keynote speaker. She co-organized and moderated two recent international symposia: "Curating and Education" and "Curating and Activism."
Ruby Lerner is the founding executive director and president of Creative Capital, an innovative arts foundation that launched in 1999 and reinvented arts philanthropy, integrating grants and career development services to support adventurous projects through long-term partnerships with artists. In its first decade, Creative Capital has advanced the careers of 411 grantees through financial support and advisory services, and has reached more than 2,300 additional artists through its Professional Development Program.
Prior to Creative Capital, Lerner served as the Executive Director of the Association of Independent Film and Videomakers (AIVF) and as Publisher of the highly regarded Independent Film and Video Monthly. She has worked regionally in both the performing arts and independent media fields. She served as the Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a coalition of Southeastern performing artists, and IMAGE Film/Video Center, both based in Atlanta. In the late 1970's, she was the Audience Development Director at the Manhattan Theatre Club, one of New York's foremost nonprofit theatres. She has consulted extensively on arts marketing and program development issues with numerous arts organizations.
Amy Lipton is the director of ecoartspace NYC, a bi-coastal non-profit organization that creates opportunities for addressing environmental issues through the arts. She owned and directed Amy Lipton Gallery in New York City from 1986 -1996. Lipton has curated numerous exhibitions, written for books and publications, organizes and participates on panel discussions, and lectures frequently on art and the environment. She was co-curator of Ecovention, an exhibition including 32 artists at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2002 and co-published the accompanying 160-page exhibition catalogue. In 2003-2004 she was Guest Curator at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY of Imaging the River, an exhibition contrasting historical and contemporary artists views of the Hudson River. In 2008 she co-curated E.P.A, (Environmental Performance Actions) at Exit Art in New York City. Lipton was Curator of Exhibitions at Abington Art Center & Sculpture Park in suburban Philadelphia from 2004-2007, and was Director of The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, NY from 2007- 2008.
Brett Littman (B.A., Philosophy, UC San Diego) has been working in the non-profit arts field for more than fourteen years. He is the Executive Director of The Drawing Center, based in New York, since May 2007; was the Deputy Director at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, a MoMA affiliate from 2003 – 2007; from 2001 – 2003 he was the Co-Executive Director of Dieu Donné Papermill in SoHo, New York and from 1995 - 2001 he was the Associate Director of UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, New York.
Littman lectures internationally on art, design and craft. He is an active critic, a member of AICA/USA and has written numerous catalog essays and articles for a wide variety of international publications.
In 2007 – 2008 Littman curated Yüksel Arslan: Visual Interpretations and Greta Magnuson Grossman: Furniture and Lighting for The Drawing Center and will curate Leon Golub: Live + Die Like a Lion?, which opens in New in April 2010 and then travels to the Block Museum in Chicago in September 2010; and Walter De Maria: Early Drawings, the first US museum exhibition of De Maria drawings, which opens in New York in September 2010.
Barbara A. MacAdam is Deputy Editor of ARTnews. She has also worked at New York magazine and Art + Auction, among others, and she has written on art, design, and literature for numerous publications.
Jennifer McGregor is the Director of Arts & Senior Curator at Wave Hill, a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx, presenting artworks in the galleries and on the grounds that engage the public in a dialogue with nature, culture and site. In the past 10 years she has curated exhibitions with emerging and mid-career artists many of whom are commissioned to make new work, as well as site projects with Willie Cole, Katie Holten, Nina Katchadourian, Anissa Mack, J. Morgan Puett. Exhibitions on view this fall include The Muhheakantuck in Focus, the Sunroom Project series and Katie Holten’s Tree Museum along the Grand Concourse. She has an extensive background in public art beginning as the first director of New York City’s Percent for Art Program from 1983 to1990. She then founded McGregor Consulting to work nationally on public art commissions, exhibitions, and planning projects.
Tom Otterness was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1952 and moved to New York City in 1970, where he began taking classes at the Art Students League and shortly thereafter in 1973 entered the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program. In 1978, he began working as a public artist with Collaborative Projects (a.k.a. Colab), a socially active artist’s collective. His first major public exposure came in 1980 during the Times Square Show organized by Colab and others.
Since then, Otterness has been commissioned by a variety of public entities in the United States and abroad. The General Services Administration, the Battery Park City Authority, the Cleveland Public Library, the City of Münster, Germany, and the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority are among the many agencies that have commissioned his work. He is included in many museum collections, among them the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and the Museum Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen, The Netherlands.
Otterness is currently represented by Marlborough Gallery.
Rona Pondick was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1952. She studied at Yale University School of Art and received her MFA in 1977. She lives and works in New York City. She is represented by Sonnabend Gallery, New York and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris / Salzburg.
Pondick’s work has been exhibited internationally and is in numerous public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Morgan Library & Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Toledo Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Sculpture Garden, Fondation pour l’art contemporain Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, and The Israel Museum.
She has lectured at many universities and institutions, including Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Columbia University, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Bezalel, Academy of Arts & Design Jerusalem, and Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille in France.
Pondick has received numerous awards and grants, including the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Cultural Department of the City of Salzburg, Kunstlerhaus, Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, Mid-Atlantic Arts Grant, and others.
Eric Saber is an Account Executive at Patron Technology, and he regularly guides arts and non-profit organizations on the benefits of marketing on the Internet. In 2009, Eric participated in the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Fundraising Day in New York, presented at Patron Technology’s annual E-marketing E-mersion E-vent, and hosted webinars on e-marketing. In addition to his work at Patron Technology, Eric is a songwriter and guitarist. Eric holds a BA in Communication from the University of Delaware.
James Christen Steward joined the Princeton University Art Museum as its director in April 2009. Prior to that time, he served for 11 years as Director of the University of Michigan Museum of Art where he was also Professor in the Department of the History of Art. He is an experienced museum professional with 20 years of service to the field, including work as Chief Curator of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum.
As director of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Steward oversaw the successful completion of a $98 million campaign, and originated and oversaw the design and construction of a $41.9 million expansion and restoration of the Museum’s facility. The 100,000 square foot Museum reopened in March 2009.
Steward holds a doctorate in the History of Art from Trinity College, Oxford University, where he studied with the leading art historian Francis Haskell. He received his undergraduate degree in History, French, and Art History from the University of Virginia, and began his graduate career at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
Lisa Strausfeld’s design and technology education began at Brown University, where she studied art history and computer science. She received master’s degrees in architecture at Harvard University and in media arts and sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT she served as a research assistant in the Visible Language Workshop of the Media Lab, where she researched and developed new models for displaying and interacting with complex information.
In 1996, with two classmates from MIT, Lisa founded Perspecta, a software company that developed advanced search and visual user interface technology for the organization of large information collections. Perspecta was eventually sold to Excite@Home and Lisa’s information visualization work drew her to Quokka Sports, an online digital sports entertainment company. At Quokka she led the development of interfaces for “immersive sports experiences” that leveraged digital information assets from live sports events. Lisa’s work in her own studio, InformationArt, has ranged from creating interfaces for genomic visualization software to designing media projections for New York theater productions.
Lisa joined Pentagram as a partner in 2002. Her work lies at the intersection of physical and virtual space: where information structures and physical structures meet, and where navigation of information and navigation of buildings is joined in a single experience. Her team specializes in digital information design projects that range from software prototypes and websites to interpretive displays and large-scale media installations.
In addition to broad publication of her design work over the last ten years, Lisa holds two patents relating to user interfaces and intelligent information search and retrieval. In 2006, she was named to the Senior Scientist program at the Gallup Organization. She teaches interactive and site-specific design in the Graphic Design program at the Yale School of Art.
Paul Villinski has lived and worked in Long Island City, New York since graduating from the Cooper Union in 1984. His work has been widely exhibited and recent exhibitions include: “Second Lives: Re-purposing the Ordinary” at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York and “Prospect .1”, an international Biennial in New Orleans. “Emergency Response Studio,” a FEMA trailer redesigned and rebuilt into a solar-and wind-powered mobile artist’s studio was recently the subject of a solo exhibition at Rice University Art Gallery, Houston; the exhibition also travelled to Ballroom Marfa, in Marfa, Texas. On September 11th, “Emergency Response Studio” will open at Wesleyan University’s Zilkha Gallery. He is represented in New York by Morgan Lehman Gallery and in New Orleans by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery.