Sarah Thibault is an artist, writer and curator living in San Francisco. Her artwork has been exhibited in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and abroad including with the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Steve Turner Contemporary, Jack Hanley Gallery and Mark Wolfe Gallery. Her paintings have been featured in The Huffington Post, San Francisco Magazine, SFAQ, The Examiner and 7x7. Thibault curates a monthly lecture series called The Painting Salon and contributes regularly as a writer to SFAQ Online. She holds an MFA from the California College of the Arts, a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA from the University of Wisconsin- Madison.
Donna Napper has worked in the field of contemporary art since 2000, as a gallery owner, curator, and art consultant. For eight years, Napper owned and directed the Los Angeles gallery den contemporary. In 2012, she moved to the Bay Area and became Curator and Director of Public Programs for the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. In addition to Napper curating the ICA’s first solo exhibition for an international artist (featuring Leyla Cardenas from Bogota, Colombia), in 2015 she created ICA Live!, the organizations first ongoing program of participatory and interactive sound and art performances.
She has served as curator and juror for dozens of Bay Area non-profit art organizations, among them are Djerassi Artist Residency Program, Root Division, Verge Center for the Artst, Pacific Art League, Pacific Rim Sculptors, and Silicon Valley Arts Council Artist Laureate Award. She has participated in artist critiques at Stanford University and California College of the Arts, and curated an MFA show for San Jose State University. Napper currently serves on the Executive Committee for ArtTable. In addition to her work as an art consultant, Napper is presently the Director of Sales for the gallery Chandra Cerrito Contemporary.
Allie Haeusslein is the Associate Director at Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco, one of the largest spaces dedicated to photography in the United States. She is involved in all facets of the organization’s operations including exhibitions, publications, and public programs. Her essays and interviews have appeared in publications such as Aperture, ART21 Magazine, and DailyServing, and monographs such as Chris McCaw’s Sunburn and Meghann Riepenhoff’s Littoral Drift.
Avram Finkelstein is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. He is a founding member of the collective responsible for the Silence=Death poster, and of the art collective, Gran Fury, with whom he collaborated on public art commissions for international institutions including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Venice Biennale, ArtForum, MOCA LA, The New Museum, and The Public Art Fund. He is one of 25 artists featured in the upcoming Visual Arts and AIDS Oral History Project for the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, is 2016 Artist in Residence at The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, and he has just completed a book due out in 2017. His work is in the permanent collections of MoMA, The Whitney, The Metropolitan Museum, The New Museum, The Smithsonian, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Victoria and Albert Museum, and he has been interviewed by international publications including The New York Times, Frieze, Artforum, Bomb, Slate, and Interview.
Kim Sajet has been the director of the National Portrait Gallery since April 2013. There she has overseen blockbuster and groundbreaking exhibitions, "Elaine de Kooning: Portraits," "American Cool," "Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction," and commissioned the 6-acre landscape portrait on the National Mall, "Out of Many, One."
Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Sajet was president and CEO of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. She has also held leadership positions with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and two Australian art museums. In Additions, Sajet has written a number of scholarly publications, curated exhibitions and spoken at academic symposia.
Dorothy Moss is associate curator of painting and sculpture at the National Portrait Gallery and director of the triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. She serves as one of the curators of the ongoing “Portraiture Now” series and is currently developing an exhibition on Sylvia Plath. Moss is also co-curator, with senior historian David Ward, of the upcoming exhibitionSweat of their Face: Portraits of American Working People, an examination of portrayals of anonymous workers in the United States from the 18th-century to the present. Moss has held positions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Justin Charles Hoover is a Bay Area based time-based artist and a curator. He is is the son of a Russian/Chinese immigrant and an American Anglo-Saxon mutt. Often his work deals with his cultural inheritance passed down to him after his family's displacement from war, social strife, and tectonic governmental upheavals. As such, language failure, cultural disjuncture and other trans-location issues become recurring motifs expressed through performance, video, installation and curatorial work. With over 12 years of continuous practice, Hoover's curatorial eye comes out of his training as an artist, and specifically as a time-based artist. Justin Hoover currently holds the position of Creative Director of Arts Programming at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture.
Megan McConnell is a Director at Anthony Meier Fine Arts, where she has worked since arriving in San Francisco in 2010. She received her MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University in 2005 and her BS in Business Administration from University of North Carolina in 2003. Prior to joining the gallery, McConnell worked with artists at Gagosian Gallery in New York. In her current role, McConnell represents the gallery at domestic and international art fairs, and works closely with the gallery’s artists to mount exhibitions and advance their careers. She is currently organizing an exhibition with the artist Tavares Strachan opening at Anthony Meier Fine Arts in November 2015.
Kerri Hurtado is a Curator at Artsource Consulting, a full service art consulting company specializing in the development of fine art collections and exhibitions for residential, commercial and public art projects worldwide. Prior to joining Artsource Consulting in 1997, Ms Hurtado worked at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in development. Ms Hurtado is a member of the San Francisco Council of Artadia and has participated on the San Francisco Arts Education Program Advisory Committee. She also has served as President of the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Cinematheque. She has a BA in Art Administration from San Francisco State University where she focused on non-profit art organizations.
Amy Cancelmo received her MA in Queer Art History from San Francisco State University in 2011 and a BFA in painting from Syracuse University in 2004. Her current creative pursuits focus on curatorial practice, research & writing. In her current position as the the Art Programs Director for Root Division, Cancelmo oversees twelve exhibitions and works with over five hundred artists annually. Her most recent independent curatorial project, “Strange Bedfellows,” was a nationally traveling exhibition and catalogue exploring collaborative practice in queer art making. As a curator, Cancelmo is interested in presenting work that addresses current social issues and creates opportunities for dialogue, learning, and critical engagement by all participants.
Julie Lazar is an independent curator and directs ICANetwork.org, an arts consultancy firm whose clients include: American Film Institute, Art Center College of Design, Cornerhouse (UK), Creative Capital, Freewaves, Getty Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, KCET Independent Public Television, Los Angeles' Metro Arts Program, Museum of Contemporary Art-Los Angeles, Montalvo Arts Center, Nasher Sculpture Center, Orange County Museum of Art, San Francisco Art Institute, San José's Cultural Affairs Department, Santa Monica Museum of Art, among others. Julie Lazar served as a founding Curator then as Director of Experimental Programs at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles from 1981-2000. She led development programs in New York at PS 1 Center for Contemporary Art (now MoMA PS 1), The Hudson River Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art. As an independent curator, Lazar commissions new art in all media.
Michael Zheng, a conceptual and performance artist, was born and grew up in China. He studied computer science at Tsinghua University in China and worked in Silicon Valley for ten years as a software designer. Later he left his job to attend San Francisco Art Institute and at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work is influenced by his interest in Ch'an Buddhism's notion of intrinsic nature of all things. He is interested in bringing awareness to the spatial, historical and cultural characteristics of the context, or subject matter. Using interventionist thinking and a conceptual approach infused with sincerity, absurdity and humor, he creates situations that question established positions so that new perspectives can be experienced. His works are characterized by a performative nature and are shown in the form of photographs, video, sculptural installations and site-specific interventions.