About The Forum

The New City Arts Initiative presents the New City Arts 2014 Forum.

The New City Arts Forum is a biennial conference that provides challenging content and artistic engagement for the Charlottesville community with a high emphasis on relationship building. New City Arts hosted its inaugural Forum in April 2012 on “Art, City, and Society.”

Our second Forum on "Art, Food, and Community" is scheduled for March 6-8, 2014 at The Haven (112 West Market St) in downtown Charlottesville.

Food is something that our world considers necessary for human existence, whereas art is often seen as a luxury. And yet those who work in either the sectors of food or the arts (whether it be artists and farmers, patrons and chefs, or arts enthusiasts and foodies) seem to be working along parallel lines to address issues that we face in our modern world. The Forum will provide language for the compatibility between these two fields by highlighting overlapping practices of contemporary art and food systems.

Artists, professors, curators, directors, chefs, writers, farmers, and foodies will present on a wide range of topics—Community Supported Art models, land-use art, food-based sculpture, art- and food-oriented social engagement, and everything in-between. We cannot think of a better place to host this conversation, given the rich art and food communities in Charlottesville.

Our conference dinner is a version of CHARLOTTESVILLE SOUP. This SOUP dinner is open to Forum attendees. If you are a Charlottesville artist with a food-related project in mind, please apply for a SOUP grant HERE. The deadline for Soup at The Forum proposals is FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2014.


Gay Beery

As Chef-Owner of A Pimento Catering, Gay enjoys bringing the love she felt in her own family meals growing up to the tables of those she serves today. She has been carrying the banner for locally produced foods since she became the executive chef of A Pimento Catering in 1999. Her vision and enthusiasm have encouraged countless others and she is proud to be part of what she feels is a recent, revolutionary change in food ways. Whether a wedding or a farm-to-table feast, Gay’s meals are creative, culturally diverse celebrations of foods and agri-cultural ideals of the Piedmont.

Jamie Bennett

Jamie Bennett is executive director of ArtPlace America, a consortium of philanthropic foundations, financial institutions, and federal agencies that promotes the inclusion of arts in community development strategies.


Previously, Jamie was Chief of Staff and Director of Public Affairs at the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as Chief of Staff at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the Agnes Gund Foundation, and to the President of Columbia University.  He has 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 and the No-Pants Theatre Company; and was a founding co-chair of Studio in a School’s Associates Committee and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s Foot-in-the-Door Committee.

Cory Bernat

Cory Bernat is an eclectic designer, curator, and educator who has worked with a diverse range of public institutions, including the San Francisco Art Institute, the National Park Service, and the Library of Congress. Her exhibition of war-era food posters at the National Agricultural Library, When Beans Were Bullets, led to her position with the Food and Wine History Project at the National Museum of American History, where she recently co-curated the exhibition, Food: Transforming the American Table, 1950–2000. Cory is currently a collaborator with the Smithsonian Institution's "Age of Plastic" research program and teaching in the Exhibit Design Program at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC.

Lucy F. Collins

Dr. Lucy F. Collins has a PhD in philosophy from Temple University where she focused on aesthetics and the phenomenology of the body. Her research interests are primarily related to questions of clothing and identity, especially in connection to consumerism and sustainability. She teaches courses on ethics, fashion and embodiment, and consumerism at Parsons the New School for Design, LIM College, and The King's College. Dr. Collins’ writing has appeared in The Philosopher’s Magazine, Fashion Theory, Fashion Projects, Vestoj, and Worn Through among others. She has spoken at multiple international conferences, most recently at IAM's Inhabit conference this fall.

Patrick Costello

Patrick Costello is a visual artist and performer whose work incorporates printmaking, installation, gardening, and theater. He holds a BA from UVA, where he was awarded an Aunspaugh Fellowship. Patrick has apprenticed with the Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont and the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. He also co-founded C'ville Foodscapes, a worker-owned small business that designs, installs, and maintains vegetable gardens for folks in Charlottesville, Virginia. His visual art has been shown internationally, including at Space 1026 in Philadelphia, Trance Pop Gallery in Kyoto, and Booklyn Art Gallery in Brooklyn. Most recently, he has been touring with The 7-Person Chair Pyramid High-Wire Act, a two-person play written by Donna Oblongata. The tours have included a show in a bedroom in Huntsville, Alabama, foraging for mangoes in Lake Worth, Florida, and learning how to reinstall a solenoid in Lincoln, Nebraska. Upcoming tours of that play will bring them to New Zealand, Australia, and Europe.

Kate Daughdrill

Kate Daughdrill is an artist who lives and works on Burnside Farm on Detroit’s east side. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Political & Social Thought from the University of Virginia and a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Recent projects include Detroit SOUP, a monthly dinner that funds micro-grants for creative projects in Detroit, and the Edible Hut, a community space with a living, edible roof in a public park in Detroit’s Osborn neighborhood. This past summer, she organized a creative CSA (community-supported agriculture) from her farm that provides shareholders with weekly creative produce such as vegetables, art objects, and prepared items throughout the growing season. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Cranbrook Art Museum, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fred Torres Collaborations, and Kunstverein Wolfsburg. It has been written about in the New York Times, NYT's T Magazine, the Toronto Star, Dwell, Oprah Magazine, and the Huffington Post. Daughdrill is a 2013 Kresge Arts Fellow. She is currently feeling grateful for the rest and pleasure of winter hibernation, for her wood burning stove, and for her two new little goats.

John D'Earth

Trumpeter/composer John D’earth has toured with Bruce Hornsby, Lionel Hampton, and Buddy Rich, and recorded with Miles Davis/Quincy Jones, Tito Puente, and many others. He has written music for Dave Matthews, the Kronos String Quartet, moe (Sony Records,) the Kandinsky Trio, and assorted symphony orchestras. He has performed in Canada, Europe, China, South America, as well as the U.S. and appeared at the Kennedy Center, Radio City Music Hall, Red Rocks, Blues Alley, and many other venues. He is currently the Director of Jazz Performance at UVa.

D'earth's career is documented in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, (Oxford Press) by Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler.

Tosha Grantham

Tosha Grantham earned a B.A. in art history from Georgetown University, and an M.A. in art history from Howard University. She is a PhD Candidate in art history in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her dissertation, Embodiment and Transformation: Medium/Performance/ Ritual in the Art of José Bedia, Sanford Biggers, Arturo Lindsay and Renée Stout examines intersections of artistic practice and spirituality in contemporary art and performance. Grantham was the David C. Driskell Fellow in Museum Studies at the Walters Art Museum (2006), and the Department of Art History and Archaeology Museum Fellow at the Walters Art Museum (2007). She received the Jenny Rhee Fellowship (2006–2011), the Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship (2011), and funding from the Latin American Studies Center/Department of History to attend the 15th Fábrica de Idéais at the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil (2012) and to complete dissertation research on Arturo Lindsay in Panama in February 2013. Grantham was Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA, 2000–2006). She was guest curator of the exhibition, Darkroom: Photography and New Media from South Africa since 1950 (VMFA and the Birmingham Museum of Art, 2010–2011) and co-editor of the catalog (UVA Press 2009). For Darkroom Grantham/VMFA received grants from the Horace Goldsmith Foundation (2004), the National Endowment for the Arts (2006), and the Andy Warhol Foundation (2006). She has been curator at Second Street Gallery since September 2013.

Maggie Guggenheimer

Maggie Guggenheimer is an arts administrator, nonprofit leader, researcher, consultant, and educator based in Charlottesville, VA. Through a decade of post-graduate work in arts and culture, she has focused her skillset development around nonprofit and project management, audience research, marketing, and strategic planning.

Maggie lectures in Arts Marketing at the University of Virginia as an adjunct faculty member and serves on the Board of Directors of Virginians for the Arts, the state arts advocacy organization. She is also part-time Executive Director for Common Ground Healing Arts, a nonprofit wellness center located in the historic Jefferson School City Center. Common Ground is dedicated to making healing arts services accessible to all.

With a proclivity for wearing many hats, Maggie has consulted for UVa’s Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, and the Virginia Film Festival; served on statewide grant review panels for Virginia Commission for the Arts; and guest blogged and led webinars for Americans for the Arts. She recently served as Consultant for Research and Planning for Piedmont Council for the Arts, the local arts agency of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, which she led as Executive Director from 2007-2012. At PCA, she managed the region’s first Arts & Economic Prosperity Study and Charlottesville/Albemarle Cultural Plan, both initiatives she spearheaded. She has a strong interest and background in museums, having worked as an educator or researcher with museum clients including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Denver Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Walters Art Museum, and many others.

Maggie holds a BA in Art History from the University of Virginia and an MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University. She lives in downtown Charlottesville with her husband, stepson, and daughter.

Matt Joslyn

Matt Joslyn is a native of Columbus, Ohio and serves as Executive Director of Live Arts where he oversees fundraising & development, marketing, budgeting & accounting, human resources, strategic planning, and capital campaign management. In his nearly four years in Charlottesville, Matt has twice been named one of the top leaders in the Arts in the community by C-Ville Weekly. He has served as a member of the Create Charlottesville Strategic Plan Steering Committee, and he currently serves as the President of the Board of ASG, Charlottesville's AIDS/HIV Services Group. Matt's theater training and experience has roots in performing, directing, and producing, as well as in arts administration. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Renaissance Performing Arts Association in North Central Ohio, operator of the historic, 1400-seat Renaissance Theatre and the professional Mansfield Symphony. With a budget of $2.5 million, Matt was responsible for season planning, overall operations, capital campaign support, marketing, and all fundraising efforts. Before the Renaissance Matt served as Executive Director of the State Theatre of Ithaca and as Director of Education and Marketing for the Sandusky State Theatre. Other past positions include Exhibit Director for COSI Columbus, Ohio's premiere science museum, and Director of Education for Columbus Children's Theatre. Joslyn has performed in a number of productions as a professional actor at Hertiage Repertory Theater Company at the University of Virginia (most recently as Buffalo Bill in Annie Get Your Gun), The Cleveland Play House, the Beck Center for the Arts, and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. He has taught at a number of companies and schools, including guest lectures at UVA, The Ohio State University, the Cleveland Play House, Ithaca College, Case Western Reserve University, Fort Hayes Performing Arts School, and Columbus Children's Theatre. As a director, he has worked on stages in Cleveland, Chicago, New York, and Michigan, as well as directing both The Producers and A Chorus Line for Live Arts. In addition to his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and master of fine arts degree from Case Western Reserve University, Matt has studied advanced leadership with the Leadership Development Institute at Eckerd College.

Victoria Long

Victoria Long is interested in learning, making, and sharing. Victoria was a 2012-2013 New City Arts Initiative artist-in-residence at the Haven, a day shelter for the homeless and very poor in Central Virginia. She is a facilitator of Charlottesville SOUP, a public dinner series that provides micro-grants for creative projects in Charlottesville. Victoria is also the curator of Surprise, a project that will distribute art prints via bicycle to pedestrians in Charlottesville in January 2014 (with the goal of taking art out of the gallery and into the streets). Previously, she served in AmeriCorps (a national volunteer program).

Tom Madrecki

Tom Madrecki is the self-taught chef and entrepreneur behind two of Washington DC's most talked-about culinary experiences. His minimalist cooking at supper club Chez Le Commis has been heralded in the Washington Post and Washingtonian Magazine, among other publications, and his "parking lot wine bar" Vin De Chez has been called "the District's most interesting new wine venue."

A 2010 graduate of the University of Virginia, Madrecki then temporarily left a job in corporate public affairs to work under Rene Redzepi at Noma in Copenhagen and Inaki Aizpitarte at Le Chateaubriand in Paris. Despite the pop-up nature of his events, Madrecki also was named a "chef to watch" in 2013 by Refinery 29 and First We Feast.

More than just serving haute cuisine in eclectic settings, he strives to curate personal (and shared) experiences around the dinner table, believing that the most important aspect of a meal isn't just what you eat, but how you feel doing it. In his second life, Madrecki manages public relations for a Fortune 50 lobbying office, and in his third (or fourth?), he is president of the Cavalier Daily Alumni Association. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, and he was once a member of the 2006 United States Bowling Congress High School All-American team. Not kidding.

Lee O'Neill

Lee O'Neill owns Radical Roots Community Farm, which is catalyzing positive change by growing high quality, organic vegetables, educating about sustainable agriculture and living this example. We manage an 80+ family CSA and do several local farmer's markets, including the Charlottesville City Markets. We run an 8 month apprenticeship program for young, aspiring farmers and offer tours and classes to the local community. We also homeschool two awesome kids, ages 8 and 6. Radical Roots is a 5 acre farm with 3 acres in annual production and 2 acres in fruit trees and perennials. The farm was started in 2000 and continues to teach everyone, including the farmers, many lessons each year.

Nelson Reveley

Nelson Reveley is a Ph.D. student in the Religious Studies Department at the University of Virginia. He is in the Theology, Ethics, and Culture program, with an emphasis on theological ethics as they relate (respectively) to economics, the environment, food, consumerism, virtue, happiness, and flourishing. Although focused primarily on the Christian tradition and Augustinian conceptions of ordered loves, Nelson has also begun studying Buddhist beliefs and practices regarding joy, suffering, and the formation of desire.

Nelson has helped create and teach a course at Union Presbyterian Seminary on food ethics entitled "Not By Bread Alone: Theology and the Politics of Food." He is also the assistant director of The Summer Institute on Leadership and Public Service in Richmond, Virginia, which is run out of St. Christopher's School and draws together rising high school seniors from around the Richmond area. The Summer Institute centered on issues of engaged citizenship and food ethics in 2013 and will do so again this year.

Nelson holds a M.Div. from Union Presbyterian Seminary, and he is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Jacquelyn Strycker

Jacquelyn Strycker was born in Metuchen, NJ and has lived and worked in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Rome. She has a BA in Visual Arts from Columbia University and an MFA from Tyler School of Art. She has taught at Temple University, Columbia University and the School of Visual Arts, where she is also the Director of Operations for the MFA Art Practice program. Strycker is a core-team member of the participatory arts group FIGMENT. Her projects also include PROGI, a series of art-bingo-pierogi dinners that take place in church halls in her Greenpoint, Brooklyn neighborhood. While a writing fellow for the Arts Policy virtual think tank/ blog Createquity, Strycker wrote “From Palate to Palette: Can Food be Art,” an article that explored the intersection of art, craft, design and cuisine.

Joanna Taft

Taft’s professional history has revolved around using her entrepreneurial skills to build community in diverse settings—government, corporate, non-profit, and grassroots community-based organizations. She began her career as a Management Analyst with a presidentially appointed Board in Washington, DC. Taft relocated to Indiana where she discovered cultural development and found that it was a good match for her personal interest in art, historic neighborhoods, urban areas, and her entrepreneurial abilities. She managed a house museum for Indiana Landmarks, served on several community boards, and became skilled at community building and consensus planning. Later, she enjoyed historic district real estate development as Vice President of both Urban Village and T-Square Development. Most significant accomplishments include: serving as Founding Executive Director of the Harrison Center for the Arts (HCA), a leader in grassroots cultural development; Founder and Board Chair of Herron High School, ranked in the top 5% nationally for academic rigor; and Founder of the Cultural Entrepreneur Initiative. For these endeavors, she has received the Indianapolis Business Journal's Women of Influence Award, is a recipient of two Cultural Vision awards and is a Creative Renewal Fellow. In addition, she is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Program, Class XXXII. She also serves on the boards of Marion County Board of Zoning Appeals (Chair), Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis' Spirit and Place Festival, Indiana Association for Community and Economic Development, Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, and The Oaks Academy. She was a founding board member of the Indianapolis Downtown Artists/Dealers Association.

Russell Willis Taylor

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.

Megan Van Wagoner

Born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Megan Van Wagoner grew up in a community filled with artists, musicians and lots of mid-west practicality. After starting out in engineering, she majored in Ceramics at the Cleveland Institute of Art and completed an MFA in the Mount Royal School at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her focus on mixed media sculpture and installation, along with her background in ceramics, forms the foundation of her current studio practice.

Megan has exhibited extensively in the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-west regions. She regularly gives workshops on ceramic studio techniques and presentations on professional practices for artists. She has also participated in a number of artist residencies around the country.

Megan is the recipient of a 2009 Maryland Arts Council Individual Artist Award. She lives and works in the Baltimore-Washington area. Her studio is in Hyattsville, Maryland at DC Glassworks and Sculpture Studios. She teaches art and design at Montgomery College in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Mathew E. White

Like all of us, Matthew E. White was born into a constructed world. His unfolded out of the mingled sands of Virginia Beach and Manila, the youngest son in a family that raised him barefoot between the blurred racket of that far eastern jungle city and the backyard lightning-bug-hum of a trimmed southern lawn. His first moves, from picking up a basketball to picking up a guitar, were cast in the dual glow of these latitudes. Something between them taught him to love. Something between them taught him to time travel. Here began the lessons of Big Inner.

Joshua J. Yates

Joshua J. Yates is Research Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia and Managing Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

Professor Yates is a cultural and historical sociologist whose work focuses on the question: What does it mean and take for human communities to thrive in the late modern, increasingly global world. He has written on the cultural significance of sustainability as an emerging social ethic, on the changing moral practices and understandings of economic life in American history through the prism of thrift and thriving, and on the imperatives of international humanitarian and human rights organizations as carriers of a distinctive global moral and ethical order.

He is currently working on two projects. The first is a book on the moral dimensions of globalization, entitled: The Problem of the Good World: Reflections on Globalization and Moral Life. The second project is entitled “The Thriving Cities Project,” a multi-year initiative to create a new form of community assessment based on a holistic understanding of “thriving” in 21st century American cities.

Laura Zabel

Laura Zabel is executive director of Springboard for the Arts, an economic and community development agency based in Minnesota. Springboard provides programs that help artists make a living and a life; and programs that help communities tap into the resource that artists provide. Some of Springboard's projects include: Community Supported Art (CSA), which is based on the Community Supported Agriculture model and connects artists directly with patrons; the Artists Access to Healthcare program, which was awarded the 2010 Social Entrepreneur's Cup; and the Irrigate project, a national model for how cities can engage artists to help reframe and address big community challenges. Springboard's programs have been replicated in over 40 communities across the country. Laura was recently named one of the 50 most influential people in the nonprofit arts and received the 2012 Visionary Leader award from the MN Council of Nonprofits. She has been one of Minneapolis Business Journal's 40 Under Forty and Minnesota Monthly’s 12 Minnesotans Who Can See the Future. Laura serves on advisory boards for the Knight Foundation, Twin Cities LISC and the University of Kansas. Laura is also an actor and lives in Minneapolis with her comedy writer husband, Levi Weinhagen, and their 7-year old daughter.



at The Haven

4 - 7 PM: Registration & Check-in

7 - 10:30 PM: Opening Night Events

- Opening Plenary: Jacquelyn Strycker

- Session 1: Contemporary Food History Through ART-ifacts (Cory Bernat and Megan Van Wagoner, Moderated by Tosha Grantham)

- Opening Performance: Matthew E. White and John D'earth


at The Haven (Note: Conference Dinner at The Jefferson Theater)

8:30 AM: Breakfast and Coffee

9:30 - Noon: Morning Sessions

- Session 2: The Ephemeral Nature of Performance and Meals (Gay Beery and Matt Joslyn, Moderated by Jamie Bennett)

- Session 3: The Community Supported Model for Art and Agriculture (Laura Zabel and Lee O'Neill, Moderated by Russell Willis Taylor)

Noon - 2 PM: Lunch on Your Own

2 - 4:30 PM: Afternoon Sessions

- Session 4: Art, Food, and Public Practice (Kate Daughdrill and Patrick Costello, Moderated by Maggie Guggenheimer)

- Session 5: Art and Food Ethics (Lucy F. Collins and Willis Jenkins, Moderated by Joshua J. Yates)

5-7 PM: First Fridays Art Walk

7:30 PM: Charlottesville SOUP at The Jefferson Theater


at The Haven

9 AM: Breakfast and Coffee

9:45 - Noon: Final Sessions

- Session 6: Art, Food, and Hospitality (Joanna Taft and Tom Madrecki, Moderated by Victoria Long)

- Closing Plenary



* Schedule is subject to change


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Regular: $149
Patron: $298
Day Passes:
-Thursday: $50
- Friday All Day: $75
- Saturday: $50

Our ATTENDEE price ($149) is already subsidized, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Our registration cost will cover all sessions, our feature performance, our featured exhibit, and three conference meals. A small additional fee assures you a seat at our conference dinner.

Our PATRON price ($298) allows New City Arts to cover partial scholarships for those in need, in addition to our conference costs.

DAY PASSES are now available. Please note that our conference dinner on Friday night is only open to full conference registrants. If we have available seats remaining at our dinner, we will open up dinner passes to day pass holders on site at the event.

We have a limited number of scholarships available for artists, students, and others in need. APPLY HERE for a scholarship.

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2012 Forum

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In April 2012, New City Arts hosted its first arts forum on "Art, City, and Society" with 175 attendees and 13 presenters. The presenters included National Endowment for the Arts and National Arts Strategies representatives, university professors, arts administrators, and artists. Rich relationships were built, as the weekend culminated at a stunning dinner at Charlottesville's Christ Church—a dinner described by our guests for its beauty as a "wedding reception for the arts."

The 2012 Forum provided challenging sessions that addressed issues facing contemporary artists. Our featured performance and exhibit exposed attendees to new art and ideas in diverse venues through different artistic mediums. The 2012 Forum was a first-of-its-kind conference in Charlottesville, VA, and we anticipate that its 2014 sequel will be equally unique, thought-provoking, and rewarding.

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