We've listened to your feedback and are excited to let you know that we're adding a new section to our newsletter titled ATRecommends! We’d like to share the projects members are working on and what exhibits and events you're excited to attend. To have an event or program featured in the newsletter, send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org with
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RUTH ABRAHAMS, CHAPTER COCHAIR
Meet @ruthabrahamsgraphicdesign. "I founded the design studio Ruth Abrahams Design four years ago. The studio focuses on branding, strategic communications analysis, and comprehensive graphic identity design for arts non-profits, museums, consultants, and advisors. I am loving the transition from Director of Design and Editorial at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to a more broadly engaged practice."
On membership: "I’m on the national board so I spend a lot of time thinking about AT! I am particularly excited about the upcoming Benefit Luncheon in New York where Dr. Johnetta Cole will be delivering the keynote speech. Marion Goodman will receive the 2018 Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Award, presented by Julie Mehretu. I have connected with so many wonderful people through ArtTable, and I look forward to the March 21 MeetAT where I can meet more of you."
A recent art visit: "The Sally Mann exhibition currently @ngadc is a must. It is beautifully installed (my personal passion) and the work is gorgeous, moving and unbelievably powerful. This work is a revelation if you are not familiar with her body of work."
KAYLEIGH BRYANT-GREENWELL, IMMEDIATE PAST CHAPTER COCHAIR
My current role in the art field is at the nexus of art, museums, and social justice. As a museum educator, independent curator and writer, and advisor to both local and national arts groups I lead programs exploring social change impact through art.
Current roles include: education specialist, National Museum of African American History and Culture; Arts Education National Council, Americans for the Arts; Selection Committee, Halcyon Arts Lab; Contributing Strategist, The Empathetic Museum.
On Membership: I have enjoyed expanding ArtTable DC's diversity, equity, and inclusive practices, especially through the launch of the Faith Flanagan Fellowship. ArtTable's mentorship initiatives make me proud to be a member.
Recent Inspiration? I'm currently motivated by the Halcyon Arts Lab and by Stephen Hayes in particular. His work is profound, intricate, and overwhelming. Everything great art should be. Also a Halcyon Fellow, Georgia Saxleby's "To Future Women" at the Phillips Collection is one of the most unique installations I've seen in a while. It's feminist and futurist all in one.
CONCETTA DUNCAN, CHAIR, COMMUNICATIONS
“I oversee the department and all press, marketing and social media for the museum. After years on the agency side in New York, where I worked with clients across the U.S., Europe, Dubai and Hong Kong, it’s a pleasure to be on the inside of an institution such as the @Smithsonian. My first project at the Portrait Gallery was directing the unveiling of the Obama portraits which went viral and lead to record-breaking numbers for both press coverage and attendance. It’s been wonderful and it has been non-stop ever since!”
Current Inspiration: “An Alec Soth photograph called “Home Suite Home” taken in Kissimmee, Florida. There is a little girl standing in the chaos of a disheveled home. It’s quietly arresting and often reminds me to be thankful.”
On Membership: “What I enjoy most about ArtTable is that you can be immersed in the community of a specific chapter and still attend events nationwide. When I moved from New York to D.C. it was great not to skip a beat by attending amazing events in both cities. I look forward to introducing new members to all that ArtTable has to offer as Membership Chair for the Executive Committee this fall.”
CAITLIN BERRY, CHAPTER COCHAIR
“I currently serve as Associate Director of Hemphill Fine Arts (@hemphillfinearts), one of the longest operating contemporary art galleries in DC. I wear many hats, aiding in the advancement of artists and their careers, developing our secondary market program and executing communications initiatives for the gallery, to name a few. I am constantly challenged and rewarded - no day is ever the same!”
On Membership: “The DC chapter of ArtTable is really something special. These women are sharp and forward thinking with amazing depth of character and I am lucky to be able to learn from them!”
Current Inspiration: “I am reading a book called ‘Art and Fear.’ It has given me further insight into the challenges artists face in making work and has helped me examine my own fears as a creative person and arts professional. Fear so often keeps us from doing and being our best, why not turn it into a tool instead of an obstacle?”
Favorite recent exhibition: “The Anselm Kiefer works in the permanent collection of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Incredibly visceral, physically towering, deeply existential works. I would have sat with them for hours if they’d let me!”
JENNIFER RIDDELL, PAST COCHAIR, CURRENT AT-LARGE MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
"I’m currently co-curating an exhibition on how artists and designers, alongside scientists and environmentalists, are creating solutions to ameliorate our impact on the environment and climate change. Stay tuned, I am hoping to bring the project to a venue in DC …"
A typical day at work: "I’m at the National Gallery of Art, where I interpret the collection on different platforms and try to figure out ways for visitors to enjoy, learn about, and experience art in the museum."
On Membership: "ArtTable has been constant in my professional life in DC. I have so much admiration and respect for our members and their accomplishments in the field. Thanks to the Exec. Comm. for your dedication to innovating and growing the DC chapter!
JAYNELLE CLARKE HAZARD, CHAIR, FAITH FLANAGAN FELLOWSHIPS
"I am currently Director of Exhibitions at @workhouseartsCenter. My primary role is to develop and execute contemporary, progressive programming in our five main gallery spaces. While implementing over 30 exhibitions a year, I also lead new, robust initiatives such as our Emerging Artist Program and Contemporary Sculpture Garden.”
On AT Membership: "When you are surrounded by inspirational women and able to participate in such innovative programming, you have no option but to continue learn, grow and stay motivated."
A recent art visit: "I recently visited the Try-Me gallery in Richmond, Virginia and was blown away. It wasn't so much of an exhibit, but more of a space for collectors Pam and Bill Royal to display their collection and educate / engage the community. Works on view were from artists such as Kehinde Wiley, Nick Cave, Amy Sherald, Mickalene Thomas paired with emerging local artists from V.C.U. It was great to see a private collection of this stature executed so well in that particular region."