PRESENTERS

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We’ve organized 6 one-hour sessions around a handful of questions. Each session consists of 2 presenters who each speak for 10 minutes on the same topic, followed by a conversation with each other on stage for 25 minutes. Audience Q/A follows.

Dean Dass
UVa McIntire Department of Art,Associate Chair for Studio Art

Dean Dass studied art, philosophy and anthropology at the University of Northern Iowa, B.A.1978; M.F.A. in printmaking from The Tyler School of Art, Temple University., Philadelphia. Since 1985 he has taught drawing, printmaking, book arts, and seminars on contemporary art at the University of Virginia, where he directs the Studio Art programs in the McIntire Department of Art.

Dass has in recent years established a collaborative relationship and exchange with artists from Scandinavia. He has taught in several universities in Finland and curated exhibitions of contemporary Scandinavian art while bringing a number of Finnish artists to UVa.

His own works are held in wide-ranging public collections - from The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Walker Art Center, to The Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskylä, Finland, the National Collection of Poland, Krakow, as well as numerous university collections. Dass lectures widely on his work and on issues related to contemporary practice. In 2002, he was the Keynote Speaker at the Mid-American Print Council Conference at the University of Wyoming.

Adam Wolpa
Calvin College,Associate Professor of Art

Adam Wolpa grew up in Los Angeles, and studied at The University of Virginia, where he earned a BA in Studio Art, and at the University of Iowa, where he earned an MA and an MFA in Printmaking.

He is currently Associate Professor of Art at Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Besides camping and Land Art, Wolpa enjoys bicycling, vegan cooking, fermenting, and taking walks with his canine friend, Koji.

Maggie Guggenheimer
Piedmont Council for the Arts,Executive Director

Maggie Guggenheimer is Executive Director of Piedmont Council for the Arts, the designated arts agency of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of Virginia and an MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University.

Maggie has worked in education at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, communications at The Center for Arts Education in New York City, and museum evaluation for Randi Korn & Associates. Maggie also guest lectures in Arts Administration for the University of Virginia and contributes to Americans for the Arts' local arts agency blog salons and national research efforts.

Piedmont Council for the Arts
Steve Taylor
Second Street GalleryDirector

Steve Tayloris originally from North Yorkshire in England. Following art school in the late 70’s, he spent 22 years in Advertising with Ogilvy & Mather, working in the UK, Europe, Asia and America. Highlights include managing the Ford auto account in the 80’s, and Chairman of the Ogilvy Singapore group in the 90’s. Steve has won numerous advertising awards, both creative and marketing, and was a regular teacher/trainer at various business schools.

Steve moved to Charlottesville in 2001 and resumed his career as an artist and photographer. He was Director of Marketing and Communications (and part of the senior management team) at the Corcoran Gallery and College of Art & Design from 2007 to 2009. He is an associate member of The McGuffey Art Center, and former Board member of Meals on Wheels, Second Street Gallery and the City Center for Contemporary Arts-- all in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is a Freeman of the City of London, and named a well-known band in the late 70’s. At least, he thinks he did. He also once built a car.

Steve joined Second Street Gallery in January 2011 as Director.

Second Street Gallery
Greg Antrim Kelly
The Bridge PAI, Executive Director

Greg Antrim Kelly is an artist and the co-founder and Executive Director of The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, a nonprofit community arts organization in Charlottesville, Virginia.

His studio work consists of a wide range of mediums including illustration, collage, sound, and performance. His work with The Bridge explores the use of the arts as medium for social engagement, community building and personal transformation. He holds degrees, babies and a soft spot for the next generation.

The Bridge PAI
Kate Daughdrill
Artist and Founder of The Garage

Kate Daughdrill is an artist living and working in Detroit. She received a BA in Printmaking and Political and Social Thought from the Universityof Virginia and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Kate is the co-founder of Detroit SOUP, a public dinner that funds micro-grants for creative projects in Detroit, and The Garage, a tiny art space in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is currently working with Mira Burack and the Osborn neighborhood to build and activate the Edible Hut, a community gathering space with a living, edible roof in a public park in Detroit.

Kate has recently initiated projects at Fred Torres Collaborations in Chelsea, Cranbrook Art Museum, and in several garages throughout Detroit. Her work has been written about in the New York Times, NYT's T Magazine, the Toronto Star, and the Huffington Post. Lately she has been enjoying cooking raw dinners with friends, practicing yoga, binding books, and teaching at the College for Creative Studies.

Russell Willis Taylor
National Arts Strategies,President and CEO

Russell Willis Taylor President and CEO of National Arts Strategies since January 2001, has extensive senior experience in strategic business planning, financial analysis and planning, and all areas of operational management.

Educated in England and America, she served as director of development for the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art before returning to England in 1984 at the invitation of the English National Opera (ENO) to establish the Company's first fund-raising department. During this time, she also lectured extensively at graduate programs of arts and business management throughout Britain. From 1997 to 2001, she rejoined the ENO as executive director.

Mrs. Taylor has held a wide range of managerial and Board posts in the commercial and nonprofit sectors including the advertising agency DMBB; head of corporate relations at Stoll Moss; director of The Arts Foundation; special advisor to the Heritage Board, Singapore; chief executive of Year of Opera and Music Theatre (1997); judge for Creative Britons; and lecturer on business issues and arts administration. She received the Garrett Award for an outstanding contribution to the arts in Britain, the only American to be recognized in this way, and served on the boards of A&B (Arts and Business), Cambridge Arts Theatre, Arts Research Digest, and the Society of London Theatre. Currently serving on the advisory boards of The University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, Salzburg Global Seminar and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in Charlottesville, Mrs. Taylor is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Jamie Bennett
National Endowment for the Arts,Chief of Staff

Jamie Bennett is Chief of Staff and Director of Public Affairs at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Previously, Jamie was Chief of Staff at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the Agnes Gund Foundation, and to the President of Columbia University. He also worked in fundraising at The Museum of Modern Art, the New York Philharmonic, and Columbia College.

Before entering the public sector, Jamie served on the boards of the HERE Arts Center, Art 21, and No-Pants Theatre Company; and was a founding co-chair of Studio in a School’s Associates Committee and Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s Foot-in-the-Door Committee.

Howard Singerman
UVa McIntire Department of Art,Department Chair

Howard Singerman is the author of Art Subjects: Making Artists in the American University (1999) and Art History, after Sherrie Levine (2011). He has contributed essays to numerous exhibition catalogues, among them A Forest of Signs: Art in the Crisis of Representation and Public Offerings, exhibitions organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, where Singerman was Museum Editor from 1985 to1988, and the retrospective surveys of California artists Chris Burden, Mike Kelley, and Allen Ruppersberg. His essays and criticism have appeared in a number of journals and magazines including Art in America, Artforum, October, Oxford Art Journal, and Parkett. Currently professor and chair of the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia, Singerman previously taught at Barnard College, the California Institute of the Arts, and UCLA.

Nicholas Wolterstorff
Yale University,Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology

Nicholas Wolterstorff is Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology at Yale University. After teaching for thirty years at Calvin College, he taught at Yale from 1989 until he retired at the end of 2001.

He has been President of the American Philosophical Association (Central Division) and of the Society of Christian Philosophers. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. After concentrating on metaphysics at the beginning of his career (On Universal), he spent a good many years working primarily on aesthetics and philosophy of art (Works and Worlds of Art, Art in Action). He is currently working on another book in philosophy of art that he is tentatively titling The Practices of Art.

Mr. Wolterstorff currently serves as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.

Dan Siedell
M.A. SUNY-Stony Brook, Ph.D. University of Iowa

Daniel A. Siedell is Director of Theological and Cultural Practice at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Before joining the staff at Coral Ridge he enjoyed a fifteen-year career as an art museum curator and art history professor, working with such contemporary artists as Enrique Martínez Celaya, Robyn O’Neil, David Bates, and Chris Ware, among many others. His work argues for the importance of Christian theology for art and culture. He is also the author of the God in the Gallery: A Christian Embrace of Modern Art (Baker Academic 2008) and is at work with Fuller Seminary theologian Willian Dyrness on a study of the impact of Christianity on the development of modern art with InterVarsity Press.

Nicholas Wolterstorff
Yale University,Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology

Nicholas Wolterstorff is Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology at Yale University. After teaching for thirty years at Calvin College, he taught at Yale from 1989 until he retired at the end of 2001.

He has been President of the American Philosophical Association (Central Division) and of the Society of Christian Philosophers. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. After concentrating on metaphysics at the beginning of his career (On Universal), he spent a good many years working primarily on aesthetics and philosophy of art (Works and Worlds of Art, Art in Action). He is currently working on another book in philosophy of art that he is tentatively titling The Practices of Art.

Mr. Wolterstorff currently serves as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.

>Benjamin Wardell
Freelance Artist

Benjamin Wardell began dancing at age ten in Memphis, TN. His professional career began with The Cincinnati Ballet, where he achieved the rank of soloist. From there he joined Alonzo King's LINES Ballet in San Francisco, where he remained for two years. While in San Francisco, Benjamin began to explore photography and videography, as well as the administrative aspects of art management with a non-profit organization named Urban Art Farm.

In 2007 he joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He danced there until September of 2011, when he left to pursue life as a freelance multimedia artist. He is currently a member of Aszure Barton and Artists In New York and Lucky Plush Productions in Chicago, in addition to teaching, photographing, filming, producing and performing all over Chicago.

Isaac Wardell
Bifrost Arts,Director

Isaac Wardell Isaac Wardell is the Creative Director of Bifrost Arts and the Director of Worship at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is a graduate of Covenant College.

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