Sarah Russin, Executive Director (03/14)
Sarah comes to LACE from Otis College of Art and Design, where she served as Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement, and previously as Director of Alumni Relations. She is devoted to the development and support of artists and artistic communities and has a background in corporate and foundation relations, marketing and communications, individual giving, and collaborative partnerships. Before joining Otis in 2002, Sarah oversaw recruitment efforts for Art Center College of Design, where she reviewed thousands of portfolios, and led Art Center’s highly regarded Night and Saturday High Programs. She served on the board of the Barnsdall Park Foundation, where she was instrumental in re-establishing the Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg Feitelson Fellowship for emerging artists. Sarah holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design.
Fiona Ball, Assistant Director (02/15)
Fiona is a nonprofit arts administrator and advocate. Fiona facilitates all internal programming including the communications, grants, membership, and internship programs. Fiona has previously worked at the Hollywood Arts Council as the Programs Coordinator, at the Skirball Cultural Center in the Communications and Marketing department, and at Creative Migration, a non-profit organization dedicated to art, social engagement, and sustainable futures. She served as an Arts for LA ACTIVATE Fellow in Cultural Policy for 2016-17. In her spare time, she co-produces and co-hosts Putting Out, a podcast documenting love and relationship experiences of Los Angeles twenty-somethings. Fiona holds a B.A. in Art History with a minor in Education Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Fiona (at) welcometolace.org
Andrew Freire, Exhibition and Operations Manager (08/16)
Andrew first came to LACE as a production intern, and now runs all facility operations including exhibition installation, inventory management, and art handling. Andrew has previously worked at the Getty Conservation Institute as a video editor, at the Venice Arts Gallery in the education department, and has volunteered for the non-profit organization Ambulante, a mobile documentary film festival interested in community dialogue. Andrew has a painting, sound and installation practice, and recently completed an artist residency at the Guapamacataro Art + Ecology program in Michoacan, Mexico. He holds a BA in Art from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Andrew (at) welcometolace.org
Daniela Lieja Quintanar, Curator (10/16)
Daniela is a Los Angeles-based curator whose research interests include contemporary art and curatorial practices that explore the politics and social issues of everyday life. Presently, she serves as Project Coordinator and Contributing Curatorial Advisor for the forthcoming exhibition and publication Below the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in the 1990s Mexico at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, as part of PST LA/LA. She recently worked with artist Teresa Margolles, as project art coordinator, for her contribution to the Public Art Biennial CURRENT: LA Water. In addition, she was research assistant at the Getty Research Institute’s project Urban Transfer(s): Building the Latin American Metropolis from Independence to the Threshold of Modernism. In 2014, she curated Acciones Territoriales (Territorial Acts) at the Museo Ex Teresa in Mexico City, with two weeks of daily public programming. Lieja’s masters thesis Territories of resistance: the impact of the Zapatista Rebellion on artistic practices in Mexico City, 1994-1995, is the base of her ongoing research into territories of resistance in Latin America via arts and politics. She was the coordinator of the research center at LUGAR_CERO in the Historic Center of Mexico City from 2011-12, an itinerant project that explored the complexity of public space. Concurrently, she was editor of Bunker, arts section for Registro MXmagazine. Lieja holds a B.A. in Ciencias de la Cultura (Cultural Studies) from the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, Mexico City, and a M.A. in Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere from USC.
Daniela (at) welcometolace.org
Mary Cullather, Bookkeeper
Mary is an experimental music composer and multi-media artist who lives in Los Angeles and has worked in music, performance, video, photography, and installation. She has an MFA in Art from CalArts and a BA in Music from University of St. Thomas. Her work has been shown at: DiverseWorks, Huntington Beach Art Center, New Music America, The Orange Show.
Mary (at) welcometolace.org
Carrott, Gallery Dog
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