PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

May 2000 to present:
Creative Capital Foundation, New York, NY (creative-capital.org)

Director, Programs & Initiatives; Director, Grants & Services; Acting Director, MapFund; Grants Officer

Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services to artists pursuing innovative projects in: Film/Video, Literature, Emerging Fields, Performing and Visual Arts. Since 1999, it has committed more than $29 million in financial and advisory support to 418 projects representing 529 artists. Creative Capital provides each funded project with up to $50,000 in direct funding and career development services valued at $40,000, for a total commitment of up to $90,000 per project.

As Director, Programs & Initiatives (December 2009 - Present):

I initiate, design, and administer programs to benefit current and alumni grantee artists and the foundation as a whole. Develop budgets, marketing strategies, public programming, educational and entrepreneurial initiatives in coordination with exhibitions, special projects, and new programs; Develop partnerships with individuals, businesses and organizations – in the arts and beyond – to support innovative artists. Assess and improve existing artist services programs. Advise a significant subset of grantee artists regarding the realization of their projects, providing strategic insight and connecting them to a wide range of internal and external resources. Oversee the planning, programmatic content, staffing and management of Orientation, Pre-Retreat, and Retreat gatherings. Serve on the organization’s management team and act as a liaison/advisor to the other divisions and ancillary programs of the foundation, including the Development, Communication, Grantmaking divisions, the Professional Development Program, the Multi-Arts Production Fund (MAP Fund), Andy Warhol Arts Writer’s Grant Programs, and the Doris Duke Performing Arts Awards. Help develop, shape, and refine organizational policies. Represent the foundation at networking, outreach, educational and professional gatherings. Supervise staff and consultants as needed to fulfill job duties.

As Director of Grants & Services (January 2004 - December 2009):

I was responsible for administration of the foundation’s system of grantmaking and comprehensive artist services. Allocated grantee funding with an annual budget of $1.2 million; by the end of 2009 I had advised (in varying degrees of engagement) over 400 artists working on 325 funded projects.

As Grants Officer (May 2000 - December 2003):

Managed the grantmaking process for the foundation. Also served two years as acting Director of Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Production Fund (MAP Fund) administered by Creative Capital.

February 1996 - September 1999
Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle, WA (cityofseattle.net/arts)

Curator & Collection Manager

Designed, developed, budgeted, and administered the acquisition, maintenance and conservation of the City of Seattle's Portable Works Public Art Collection. Expanded both the size and scope of this circulating municipal collection of art; curated/organized numerous exhibitions from the collection for both municipal and public spaces; served as project manager for site integrated public art projects.

February 1983 - December 2003
Sean Elwood Fine Arts, New York, NY /Seattle, WA

Owner/Sole Proprietor

I launched SEFA to organize my activities as a print publisher, freelance curator, art writer, consultant, and art dealer - including two years as co-owner/proprietor of the Fuller/Elwood Gallery in Seattle.

December 1986 - November 1990
Centrum Foundation, Seattle/Port Townsend, WA (centrum.org)

Manager of Visual Arts Programs

Administered all aspects of artist residency and print publication programs for this non-profit art organization. Expanded sales and publications program, established archive collection; and added residencies for architects.

September 1980 - November 1986
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Inc, New York, NY (feldmangallery.com)

Director for Special Projects

Initiated and implemented special projects for this internationally recognized commercial art gallery, including publications, installations, performances, as well as participating in the day to day exhibition, promotion & sales of artists represented or published by the gallery.

Other Relevant Professional Experience

Current & Previous Affiliations

Awards

Education

References, a bibliography, lists of curatorial projects and art publications, public presentations, selection panels and donations of artworks to public collections are available upon request.

Selection Panels

Selected Public Presentations (Listed by presenting organization)

Multiple outreach presentations for Creative Capital and The Rockefeller MAP Fund: including presentations to: Art New York, Seattle Arts Commission, Chicago NOVA Art Fair, as well as numerous online informational chat sessions.

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