Elizabeth Shank — President, Treasurer, and Director
Elizabeth Shank is the founder, President and a board member. Ms. Shank earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyon College in 1999. Ms. Shank has been a volunteer at numerous section 501(c)(3) organizations, including the McCormick Boys & Girls Club and Christopher House, as well as at Senn High School. Ms. Shank previously was the director of the Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York City from 2005 to 2010, and an assistant in the archives department at Magnum Photos, also in New York City, from 2000 to 2001.
Patrick Crosby — Secretary and Director
Patrick Crosby is the CEO of Numerotron, Inc., a software company located in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Crosby received his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in 1996.
Mary Anne Talotta — Director
Ms. Talotta is the Director of Individual Giving, Major Gifts at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Formerly, she spent over 8 years working at the Whitney Museum of American Art, most recently holding the position of Director of Major Gifts. Ms. Talotta received her Master of Arts, Visual Arts Administration from New York University in 2003 and her Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University in 1996.
Cara Megan Lewis — Director
Cara Megan Lewis is an artist and curator based in Los Angeles. She is currently in the research and development phase for a burgeoning artist residency program and project space - the WaterTable - that is slated to open in Los Angeles in 2018. Cara has worked in the arts since 2001, having held positions at Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago. Upon receiving her Master's degree in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts in 2007, Lewis co-founded the Kansas City art gallery, Cara y Cabezas Contemporary that was active from 2008 - 2012.
Jesse Wyss — Director
Jesse Wyss is an artist and educator, living and working in Chicago. Ms. Wyss has been teaching for Chicago Public Schools for 12 years and is currently the Lead Visual Art Teacher for the Senn Arts Magnet Program housed within Nicholas Senn High School. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998 and completed her Masters of Art in Art Education from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007.
Aram Han Sifuentes — Director
Aram Han Sifuentes uses a needle and thread as her tools to examine immigration, citizenship, race and craft, drawing on both personal experiences and shared cultural identity. Her work has been exhibited and performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Wing Luke Museum of Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, Washington; Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, Illinois; Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum in Seoul, South Korea; and the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in Asheville, North Carolina. She currently has a solo exhibition at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (September 2016 - April 2017), and is a resident at the Chicago Cultural Center (February 2017 - May 2017).
Aram was a 2014 BOLT Resident and 2015 BOLT Mentor at the Chicago Artists Coalition. She is a 2016 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow and a 2016 3Arts Awardee. She earned her BA in Art and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.