"Beauty is just kind of an accident. Beauty is just a happenstance. Beauty is the remainders of being a painter."
ART21's small staff is responsible for the creation of the series, as well as the related educational resources, public programs, and new media that reach millions each year.
Susan Sollins, Executive Director
Eve-Laure Moros Ortega, Managing Director
Wesley Miller, Associate Curator
Jessica Hamlin, Director of Educational Initiatives
Joe Fusaro, Senior Education Advisor
Jonathan Munar, Director of Digital Media and Strategy
Nicole J. Caruth, Digital Content Editor
Nick Ravich, Director of Production
Ian Forster, Associate Producer
Diane Vivona, Director of Development
Alexis Patterson, Development Assistant, External Relations
Susan Sollins, Executive Producer and Curator of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century, has been well known in the field of contemporary art for more than 30 years for her innovations in public programming and museum education, and as a curator. In addition to her work for many art institutions as a curator and consultant, Sollins is the co-founder and Executive Director Emerita of Independent Curators International (ICI), a nonprofit organization that develops, organizes, and circulates traveling exhibitions of contemporary art presenting a broad range of recent trends and aesthetic concerns to viewers nationwide and abroad. During her 21-year tenure, ICI's 75 exhibitions featuring more than 1,700 artists were seen at more than 360 institutions and alternative spaces in the US, Europe, Canada, and Mexico. Sollins was formerly the Visual Arts Consultant for Thirteen/WNET's Emmy and Peabody Award-winning arts magazine City Arts; serves on the Boards of the MacDowell Colony and ICI, and has been a panelist for the NEA, NYSCA, and New York's Percent for Art program. Early in her career, Sollins was the Curator of Education (Chief, Museum Programs) at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum, and Curator of its Discovery Gallery, which showcased contemporary art. In her private life, as the wife of the late composer Earle Brown she has been actively involved in the world of contemporary music for many years.
Eve-Laure Moros Ortega, Series Producer of the ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century television series, has worked in film and television for over 15 years on documentaries and independent feature films. Prior to her work on Art in the Twenty-First Century she worked on projects with Oscar-winning directors Deborah Dickson and Bill Fertik, MacArthur Fellow Yvonne Rainer, Amir Naderi, and Curious Pictures, among others. Moros Ortega received a B.A. in Art History and Political Science from Barnard College, where she was awarded honors for her work on postmodern art, and an M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University. She has been a panelist for NYSCA and the NEH, and is also the Producer/Director of Made in Thailand, distributed by Women Make Movies. Made in Thailand, whose funders include the Soros Foundation and Paul Robeson fund, earned a nomination of best documentary short from the International Documentary Association.
Wesley Miller is the Associate Curator at ART21. Miller co-curates the ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century television series (since 2001, with Susan Sollins). He is also co-creator of the ART21 Exclusive series of short form videos (since 2007, with Nick Ravich) and the project ART21 New York Close-Up. Miller attended Sarah Lawrence College (B.A. 2000), Yale University (M.F.A. 2002), the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2002), and the Pilchuck Glass School (2003). Before joining ART21, Miller worked at the Blaffer Gallery and at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Miller has served as a guest lecturer, critic, jurist, and panelist for institutions such as MoMA, The Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University, Artecinema, Penn State, Brooklyn Museum of Art, SUNY Stonybrook, Skowhegan, and the School of Visual Arts, among others.
Jessica Hamlin is an educator who focuses on integrating contemporary visual art and media into K-12 classrooms and developing professional learning communities for educators. She served as the Director of Education for ART21 for 10 years before shifting her focus to directing the ART21 Educators program in 2012. She co-authored the book, Art as History, History as Art: Contemporary Art in the History Classroom (Routledge, 2009) and has published articles in School Arts and Art Education magazine. Jessica also served as the Acting Director of the Art Education program at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University where she also completed her Masters degree. In addition, she has served as an adjunct faculty member and program advisor since 2006. Prior to joining Art21, Jessica worked with museums, galleries, non-profit arts organizations and schools connecting the art of our time to students, teachers and public audiences. These experiences included education programs at the non-profit gallery Art In General, the community-based Saturday Art School at Pratt Institute, and helping to facilitate a comprehensive planning and assessment process with the Boston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs examining school and community-based arts programs in the Boston Public Schools.
Joe Fusaro received his Masters Degree in Education from the City University of New York and his Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Hofstra University. He is an exhibiting artist, educator, and the Visual Arts Chair for the Nyack Public Schools in New York since 2003. Prior to his work in Nyack, he was a teacher and staff developer in the New York City school system for 13 years. Fusaro is currently an adjunct instructor for New York University's Graduate Program in Art and Arts Professions, certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and has led staff development workshops in contemporary art education for the New York State Art Teachers Association and the National Art Education Association over the past eight years. His recent exhibitions include solo shows at the Garnerville Arts Center in New York, Kickstart Gallery in New York City, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. Fusaro also served as the summer artist-in-residence at Massachusetts College during 2005 and 2006.
Jonathan Munar joined ART21 in August 2008, bringing seven years of related experience as the Website Technology Manager at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. As ART21's Director of Digital Media and Strategy, Jonathan manages the ART21 Web and digital media-based presence, initiatives, and strategies, as well as the organization's social media activities. Jonathan is the editor the Art 2.1 column on the ART21 Magazine, which explores the uses of digital technologies by artists, museums, and other relevant organizations and individuals. Jonathan currently serves on the board of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Media & Technology Professional Network and has been a presenter, guest lecturer, and panelist for organizations such as New York University, Baruch College, Art Dealers Association of America, Museums and the Web, and the New York City ArtsTech Meetup. He holds a B.A. in computer science from Fordham University.
Nicole J. Caruth is Digital Content Editor at ART21. Central to her position is editorial and administrative oversight of the ART21 Magazine. Caruth's writing has appeared in ARTnews, Big Red & Shiny, C Magazine, Gastronomica, Nka, Public Art Review, and many other print and web-based publications. She has contributed texts to two books from Phaidon Press; and to exhibition catalogues published by the Studio Museum in Harlem, Joan Mitchell Foundation, CUE Art Foundation, Center for Book Arts, and various galleries. Her other accolades include being selected for the first ever critical studies residency at the Center for Photography at Woodstock; and the David C. Driskell Center Summer Arts Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park. Holding a master’s degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Caruth sometimes organizes contemporary art exhibitions. Her past curatorial projects include Everything Is Not All There Is, Lower East Side Printshop; and Burning Down the House: Building a Feminist Art Collection, Brooklyn Museum.
After graduating from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1997, Nick worked with filmmaker Errol Morris as a researcher, starting a ten-plus year career in documentary film and television production. Since that time, he has worked for various broadcast companies including the Discovery Channel, History Channel, and Comcast. Nick has also worked on a number of award-winning PBS-broadcast arts and culture productions, including Blackside's I'll Make Me a World, and WGBH-TV's Greater Boston Arts. As ART21's Director of Production, Nick directly supervises the pre-producing, field shooting, and posting of ART21's broadcast and web-based video programming; Nick also develops and implements new production workflow models, incorporating recent HD technological advances. Nick lives in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, tries to bike to work everyday, and is very happily married to his wife Sheetal Khanna-Ravich, a textile designer.
Ian Forster joined ART21 in October 2009, first working on ART21 William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible and subsequently Season 6 of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century. In addition to his work on ART21's broadcast programming for PBS, Ian oversees the Web video series ART21 Exclusive and is deeply involved with ART21 New York Close Up. Ian holds a B.S. from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University in television, radio, and film. While enrolled at Syracuse, he worked as a production associate at NBC during the Beijing Summer Olympics and as a production intern at the LOGO channel.
Diane Vivona is Senior Development Officer of ART21. Previous leadership, arts management, and fundraising roles have included: Executive Director, The Field, a service organization for performing artists; Associate Director and affiliated consultant, David Bury & Associates; Development Director, chashama; and Interim Director of Artists Services, Dance Theatre Workshop. She has an M.Litt. in the History of Art from the University of Glasgow, an M.A. in Dance from London City University, and has had an extensive career in dance as a performer, choreographer, and educator.
Alexis Patterson joined ART21 in March 2014. Previously she held the positions of Development Assistant, Major Gifts at The Museum of Modern Art and Membership Sales Assistant at The Samuel P. Harn Museum.
Alexis holds a B.A. from the University of Florida in Creative Photography and Advertising.