Regine Basha currently lives in Brooklyn as an independent curator, writer, and consultant. Throughout her 20+ year career she has produced seminal exhibitions for non-profits and public spaces throughout North America and internationally - be it in collaboration with an entire town (The Marfa Sessions), an intervention into an office or magazine (Exchange with Sol LeWitt, Cabinet), a radio presentation (Tuning Baghdad, WUNP Berlin), a series of discreet projects in private collectors’ homes (Nina Katchadourian at Testsite, Austin), or interventions throughout Bloomberg’s Financial Headquarters (Speculative Futures). Collaboration and connecting diversified fields of knowledge drives her curatorial practice into wildly diverse contexts. Basha is co-founder of Austin’s Fluent~Collaborative with Laurence Miller and sits on the board of Aurora Picture Show and Denniston Hill Residency.
Linda Earle is Professor of Practice at Tyler School of Art, Temple University where she is teaching and building the schools Arts management program. She has worked in the arts as an educator, administrator, funder, curator and advocate, Linda is especially interested in issues of outreach, equity and inclusion, freedom of expression, and development of new platforms for cultural practice, participation, and discourse.
Gai Gherardi is co-owner/co-designer of l.a.Eyeworks, founded in Los Angeles with Barbara McReynolds in 1979. Gherardi and McReynolds design signature collections of limited-edition eyewear that are distributed worldwide. A passionate fan of all the arts, Gherardi has served frequently on arts/design juries and lectured internationally on l.a.Eyeworks’ unique approach to design and brand development. Throughout its history, l.a.Eyeworks has engaged with artists, designers, and architects and has used its international visibility to campaign for freedom of expression. Gherardi is also a protector of the California Desert Tortoise and a champion of the Dumpy Tree Frog.
Alexander Gray is Principal and Co-Founder of Alexander Gray Associates, a contemporary art gallery based in New York focused on artists who emerged in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Prior to establishing the Gallery, Gray held numerous leadership positions in the arts, including Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue; Artpace, San Antonio; Art Matters Foundation; the National Campaign for Freedom of Expression; Visual AIDS; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gray is a trustee of the Archipenko Foundation and Artpace San Antonio.
Catherine Gund, the Founder and Director of Aubin Pictures, is an Emmy-nominated producer, director, writer, and activist. Her media work focuses on strategic and sustainable social transformation, arts and culture, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health, and the environment. Her films - which include Chavela, Dispatches from Cleveland, American Rhapsody (in progress), Born to Fly, What’s On Your Plate?, A Touch of Greatness, Motherland Afghanistan, Making Grace, On Hostile Ground, and Hallelujah! - have screened around the world in festivals, theaters, museums, and schools; on PBS, the Discovery Channel, and the Sundance Channel.
Gund’s most recent projects include: Dispatches from Cleveland (CIFF, MSPIFF), a five chapter documentary that looks at the police murder of 12-year-old Tamir Rice and shows how people joined together to vote out the prosecutor who didn’t have their backs; Chavela (Berlinale, Hot Docs, Ambulante) a documentary about the life of the iconic Latin-American gender-bending diva, Chavela Vargas; and Born to Fly (SXSW, Full Frame), a documentary that pushes the boundaries between action and art, daring us to join choreographer Elizabeth Streb and her dancers in pursuit of human flight.
Gund currently serves on several boards including Art Matters and The George Gund Foundation. She co-founded the Third Wave Foundation which supports young women and transgender youth, and DIVA TV, an affinity group of ACT UP/NY. She was the founding director of BENT TV, the video workshop for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth. She was on the founding boards of Bard Early Colleges, Iris House, Working Films, Reality Dance Company and The Sister Fund and has also served for MediaRights.org, The Robeson Fund of the Funding Exchange, The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School, and the Astraea Foundation. She lives in NYC with her four children.
Rujeko Hockley is Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum. She joined the Museum in 2012 and has since worked on exhibitions including LaToya Ruby Frazier: A Haunted Capital (2013), The Bruce High Quality Foundation: Ode to Joy, 2001-2013 (2013), Unfolding Tales: Selections from the Collection (2013, 2014) (Co-curator), Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond (2014) (Co-curator), Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic (2015), I See Myself in You: Selections from the Collection (2015) (Co-curator), and Kara Walker: African Boy Attendant Curio (Bananas) (2015) (Curator). Previously, she worked as Curatorial Assistant at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2005-07). She received her B.A. from Columbia University in Art History and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Art History, Theory, and Criticism in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego.
David Mendoza began a long career in the arts with a commercial gallery in Seattle in 1968. In 1977 he moved to New York City where he was with the New York State Council on the Arts for seven years. In 1986 he returned to Seattle to help found Artist Trust and served as founding director until 1991 when he became executive director of the National Campaign for Freedom of Expression. He has been an activist in the arts, media and democracy, and the gay/lesbian community. In 1998 he went to Bali on an extended holiday and has lived there ever since. In Bali he works with local craftspeople making textiles with natural plant dyes and does community volunteer work.
Claire Morton is an artist working in performance, publication, and archives. She believes in the importance of support structures, as described by the work of Celine Condorelli, and in the cultivation of relationships that think actively about care and learn from history. She is exploring ways to leverage her resources and new models in support of art and artists. She champions institutions and other entities that trust artists and the communities they serve. And she is researching the legacy of art in unexpected spaces and hopes to create more in her work. Claire was greatly influenced by her time working at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago, as Program Assistant and Bookshop Coordinator from 2015-2018, and is now caring for a turn-of-the-century house in Los Angeles with all that she learned from that experience in tow. She has performed at Mana Contemporary in Chicago as part of the Industry of the Ordinary Summer Studio Residency in 2015 and 2016, at Otion Front Studios in New York in 2015, and in a return to Oberlin, where she earned her BA in Studio Art in 2014, at Storage Gallery the following year.
Yoshua Okón was born in Mexico City where he currently lives. His work, like a series of near-sociological experiments executed for the camera, blends staged situations, documentation and improvisation and questions habitual perceptions of reality and truth, selfhood and morality. In 2002 he received an MFA from UCLA with a Fulbright scholarship. His solo shows exhibitions include: Salò Island, UC Irvine, Irvine; Piovra, Kaufmann Repetto, Milan; Poulpe, Mor Charpentier, Paris; Octopus, Cornerhouse, Manchester and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and SUBTITLE, Städtische Kunsthalle, Munich. His group exhibitions include: Gwangju Biennale, Korea; Antes de la resaca, MUAC, Mexico City; Incongruous, Musèe Cantonal des Beux-Arts, Lausanne; The Mole´s Horizon, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; and Adaptive Behavior, New Museum, NY among many others. His work is included in the collections of Tate Modern, Hammer Museum, LACMA, Colección Jumex and MUAC, among others. He is the founder of SOMA in Mexico City.
Marianne Weems is artistic director of The Builders Association (www.thebuildersassociation.org) and has directed all of their productions, beginning in 1994. The Builders Association is an OBIE award-winning New York-based performance and media company. Their work has been presented at venues including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Singapore Arts Festival, London’s Barbican Centre, Romaeuropa Festival, the Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogota, and the Melbourne International Arts Festival, among hundreds of other venues. In addition to her work with the company, she is currently at work on a new theater/music event with David Byrne and Fatboy Slim titled “Here Lies Love,” and she recently directed a multimedia workshop with Disney Creative Entertainment and Walt Disney Imagineering. Weems has lectured internationally on media, performance, and contemporary art and also serves on the boards of Yaddo and Arts Presenters and on the advisory committee of the Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance at UCLA. She is the co-author, with Philip Yenawine and Brian Wallis, of (NYU Press 2000.) In the distant past, she also worked as a dramaturg with Susan Sontag, The Wooster Group, and others.
Mimi Wheeler is first and foremost a mother two, living in Venice, California. Mimi is a board member of the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation which supports land conservation, artistic vitality and collections in Chicago and the Lowcountry of South Carolina. She is also a board member of the Good Works Foundation which supports art, the environment, social action and education in Los Angeles. Mimi has a passion for social justice, human rights, environmental action, and the arts. Mimi is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College where she studied English Literature and Fine Art.
Bruce Yonemoto’s work as a video and media installation artist began in the mid 1970’s. His body of single channel video work (many in collaboration with his brother, Norman) which was created from 1976 to the late 1980’s examined the effects of the mass media on our perceptions of personal identity (sexual, ethnic, and political), romantic love, melodramas and soap operas to TV commercials and the electronic metatext (the ultimate products of Hollywood’s search for audience identification and manipulation), desired to manipulate audiences while making them aware of that manipulation. He has been honored with numerous awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Film Institute, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Maya Deren Award for Experimental Film and Video. Most recently, Yonemoto’s solo installations, photographs and sculptures have been featured in major one person shows at the ICC in Tokyo, the ICA in Philadelphia, and the Kemper Museum in Kansas City. He has had solo exhibitions at Blum & Poe and Lemon Sky, Los Angeles; Gray Kapernekas, New York; Tomio Koyama, Tokyo and his work was featured in Los Angeles 1955-85 at the Pompidou Center, Paris. His work is featured in a 2007 exhibition at the Generali Foundation, Vienna. Since the early 1990’s, Yonemoto’s solo work has been exploring experimental cinema and video art within the context of installation, photography and sculpture. He has continually been a strong proponent of the integration of fine arts and media. Recently, Yonemoto has pursued international production, exhibitions and peer-reviewed residencies, focusing on post colonial remnants imbedded in popular cultural forms. His present interests include the creation of media artworks in collaboration with performance and conceptually based media artists in the US and Asia.
Lowery Stokes Sims, Emeritus
Lowery Stokes Sims
Lowery Stokes Sims served as Executive Director of The Studio Museum in Harlem from 2000 to 2005 and as President in 2005-2006. From 1972 to 1999 she worked on the educational and curatorial staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, concluding her tenure there as Curator of Modern Art. Sims received her B.A. in Art History from Queens College, her M.A. in art history from Johns Hopkins University, and her PhD in art history from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has also received honorary degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Parsons School of Design at the New School University, the Atlanta College of Art, and Brown University. In 2003-04 Dr. Sims was also a member of the jury to select the design for the memorial at the World Trade Center. Sims has published extensively on modern and contemporary art with a special interest in African, Native, Latin, and Asian American artists. She has curated and juried exhibitions and lectured and participated in symposia nationally and internationally. In 1991 she was the recipient of the Frank Jewitt Mather Award for distinction in art criticism from the College Art Association. Her publication, is made available by University of Texas Press (2002). Sims was a visiting critic in the VIEWPOINT program in the Art Department at the University of Texas, Austin in 1996 and 2006. She is currently adjunct curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem and Visiting Professor at Hunter College and Queens College of the City University of New York.
Mary Livingstone Beebe, Co-Founder
Mary Livingstone Beebe
Since its inception in 1981, Mary Livingstone Beebe has been the Director of the Stuart Collection, which is an on-going program commissioning outdoor sculpture for the 1200-acre campus at the University of California, San Diego. Major works have been completed by Terry Allen, Michael Asher, John Baldessari, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jackie Ferrara, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Richard Fleischner, Jenny Holzer, Robert Irwin, Tim Hawkinson, Barbara Kruger, Elizabeth Murray, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Alexis Smith, Kiki Smith, Doh Ho Suh, and William Wegman. A book documenting the first 20 years of the collection, , was published in 2001 by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. From 1972 to 1981, Beebe was Director of the Portland Center for the Visual Arts in Portland, Oregon. She has served on numerous boards and committees including the Art Advisory Board for the University of California, the Art Advisory Board for San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus, and the Public Art Committee for the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. She has been a member of the Art Steering Committees for the Greater Toronto Airport (Ontario) and the Denver International Airport, the Art Advisory Committees for the University of Washington, Seattle, and Harvard and Radcliffe (Cambridge). She has lectured widely and served on many panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and as juror for public art projects across the country and in Europe. In the sixties she worked at the Portland Art Museum (Oregon), the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University.
Cee Brown, Co-Founder
The son of cattle ranchers in the Yakima Valley, WA, Cee Brown moved to New York City in 1977 to take a position at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), where he worked in the single contemporary program of the Museum called The Projects Program. After three years at MoMA, he became director of the Holly Solomon Gallery and had the opportunity to work with some of the most exciting and non-traditional artists of the time. Brown went on to become simultaneously the Executive Director of Creative Time, Inc. and the Executive Vice President of Art Matters Inc. He concluded his 20 years in the art world with his last stint running the Art Matters Foundation and spearheading the successful Art Matters Catalog, which featured merchandise and artworks by well-known and emerging artists. All profits from the mail-order business went back into the foundation to be granted to younger and more challenging visual artists across the U.S. In 1996, Brown moved to his waterfront cottage in Sag Harbor Village full-time and began working in real estate. He has since earned top producer status and an extensive following of creative and artistic customers and clients. With his business run mainly through referrals, Brown has a superior track record for successfully servicing his buyers and sellers and fulfilling their real estate needs from Hampton Bays to Montauk. Brown was the chairperson of the Sag Harbor Village Architecture and Historic Preservation Review Board and spent time working with the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton and currently joined its Board of Trustees.
Laura Donnelley, Founder
Laura Donnelley is an innovative philanthropist passionate in her support of the arts and the environment. She co-founded Art Matters in 1985 with educator Philip Yenawine to support artists and their process, which coincided with the growing Aids epidemic and issues of freedom of speech. In addition to Art Matters, Donnelley founded the Good Works Foundation, a private, family foundation, which supports education, the arts, and the environment; And in the late ‘70s, she helped develop the Aspen Art Museum. Donnelley is a longtime board member of The Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, formerly the Santa Monica Museum of Art; and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (GDDF), funders in the regions of Chicago and the Low Country of South Carolina. GDDF focuses on support for small vibrant arts organizations, collections of regional importance, and long-term collaborative land conservation initiatives. Donnelley also currently serves as a trustee of Sarah Lawrence College. Laura has four children, Max, Mimi, Claire and Zane. Her grandchildren, Felix and Naomi are the coolest kids on the planet.
Laurence Miller, Co-Founder
Laurence Miller began his visual arts career in the late 1960’s as Director of Theme Exhibitions for Hemisfair 68. In the early 1970s, he joined the adjunct faculty of the University of Texas at Austin and the staff of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center as a Special Assistant to the Chancellor and Curator of Literary Iconography. From 1974 to 1990, Miller served as Director of the Austin Museum of Art (formerly Laguna Gloria Art Museum). In 1990, he formed a consulting group to assist non-profit visual arts organizations with program development and strategic planning. In 1993, he was appointed Senior Advisor for Programs at Artpace, A Foundation for Contemporary Art in San Antonio and from 1995-1999, he served as the organization’s Founding Director. He held the position of Artpace’s Senior Advisor for Special Projects until November 2001 when he became Director Emeritus. In the spring of 2002, Miller founded Fluent~Collaborative (formerly baluartecreek.org). Fluent’s two primary projects ...might be good, a contemporary art e-review, and testsite, an exhibition platform for collaborations between artists and writers, have received international attention. Throughout his career, Miller has been pro-active in professional organizations at the local, state, and national level.
Philip Yenawine, Co-Founder
Philip Yenawine is co-founder of Visual Understanding in Education (VUE), a non-profit educational research organization that develops and studies ways of teaching visual literacy and of using art to teach thinking and communication skills. Director of Education at the Museum of Modern Art from 1983-93, he worked in 1992-94 as consulting curator at the Institute for Contemporary Art and during the academic year 1993-94 as Visiting Professor of art education at Mass College of Art, both in Boston. Yenawine is the author of an introduction to modern art, called and has written six children’s books about art – , , , , , and . was published in 1995. His contributions have been recognized within the arts community by the National Art Education Association Award for Distinguished Service, 1993; National Art Education Association Museum Educator of the Year, 1991; New York State Governor’s Award for Visual AIDS and A Day Without Art, 1990; and the New York State Governor’s Award for the Museum of Modern Art’s program for people with hearing disabilities, 1984. Additionally he was made a George A. Miller Visiting Scholar at the University of Illinois, 1996 and awarded a Doctorate of Fine Art, Honoris Causa, from the Kansas City Art Institute, 2003. Yenawine was a guest at Yaddo in both 2004 and 2005.
Abbey Williams is a video artist and the Director of Art Matters. Her work has been widely exhibited at (selected) TATE Britain, London; The Hammer Museum, LA; The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid and was included in the 2005 Greater New York exhibition at MoMA PS1. She has had solo exhibitions in New York at The Barbara Walters Gallery at Sarah Lawrence College, Bellwether Gallery and Foxy Production. She has been a visiting artist at The Cooper Union, NYU, CUNY and Harvard. Before arriving at Art Matters she worked as Program Manager for Socrates Sculpture Park, Creative Director of The Rusty Fields Project at The Weeksville Heritage Center and registrar of 80WSE Gallery. She received her BFA form The Cooper Union, her MFA from Bard College and was a participant at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She lives and works in Brooklyn with her sculptor husband, zany son and a bossy puppy.
Hakimah Abdul-Fattah is the Program Associate at Art Matters. Trained in Anthropology, her research explores the connections between contemporary art, material culture, and reparatory justice. She provides research support for the Arts of Africa department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Before joining Art Matters, Hakimah worked in the Education department at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has held positions at the Brooklyn Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Hakimah is an alumna of Bates College and Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.