"For us, the idea of having a work that has contradictions is very important—when, in affirming something, it includes itself and attacks itself. How can you put together all of these things that have nothing to do with each other? You use glue! Glue can be an idea, a word. You can use an ideological glue."
Tina Kukielski, Executive Director
Maggie Albert, Associate Director of Development and External Relations
Danielle Brock, Office Coordinator
Lindsey Davis, Digital Content Editor
Lolita Fierro, Associate Manager of Development
Ian Forster, Producer
Joe Fusaro, Senior Education Advisor
Jonathan Munar, Director of Digital Media and Strategy
Nick Ravich, Director of Production
Susan Sollins, Founder (In Memoriam)
Tina Kukielski joined Art21 after more than thirteen years as a contemporary art curator. She was a co-curator of the acclaimed 2013 Carnegie International, bringing together 35 established and emerging artists from 19 different countries. During her time at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 2002–2010, she worked to acquire and mount exhibitions by a wide range of celebrated contemporary artists.
As lead curator on the Hillman Photography Initiative at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Kukielski launched a number of digital initiatives and films series. In 2014, Kukielski co-produced a documentary film about Andy Warhol in partnership with artist Cory Arcangel documenting a digital conservation project which brought renewed attention to nearly forgotten artworks that Warhol made on an Amiga personal computer in 1985.
Kukielski is a contributor to Artforum, Mousse Contemporary Art Magazine, and the 2015 anthology on digital art, Mass Effect: Internet Art in the 21st Century. She has been a visiting critic at Columbia, Yale, Princeton, and Carnegie Mellon, and has taught courses in the MFA programs at Parsons School of Design and the University of Hartford. Kukielski has given talks in the cities of Beirut, Chicago, Dubai, Miami, Prague, and at the Art Basel Miami and Frieze art fairs. She received her B.A. in Art History from Boston University and pursued graduate coursework in modern and contemporary art at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Tina Kukielski was appointed as Executive Director by the Art21 Board of Trustees in January 2016 to succeed Susan Sollins, who founded and led the organization for seventeen years.
Maggie Albert joins Art21 after most recently serving the Institutional Development team at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum for the past several years. At the Guggenheim, she managed a portfolio of foundations and government agencies in support of the institution's arts education initiatives, mobile app, and general operating needs. She was also instrumental in organizing the Director's Annual Reception, a high-level event for museum funders, and managed the department's prestigious internship program. Previously, Maggie worked in the performing arts in New York City for the Lark Play Development Center, and served as a Board member for Roots and Wings Theatrical.
Maggie graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2010 with a BA in Economics and while in school worked for local non-profit arts organizations, including the Connecticut Ballet, The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center, and The Children's Museum.
Danielle Brock joined Art21 in August of 2016. She previously worked at Flavorpill and KCD, producing events and video projects for corporate sponsors such as Tommy Hilfiger, Alexander Wang, Persol, ABSOLUT, Microsoft, Canon, and Pepsi. Translating her skills in bringing complex, creative projects to life to an arts context, she is currently pursuing a M.A. in Visual Arts Administration at New York University. Her most recent work with Creative Time and Kinesis Project dance theatre, engages her passion for bringing contemporary art to unique spaces and to a broader public.
Lindsey Davis joined Art21 in November 2015. She previously worked as a writer for the Huffington Post and Artscope Magazine, and as an Editor for the online gallery, Artsia. In the past she's contributed articles to Art Nerd, artcollector magazine, and Artfetch, among others. An advocate for art in the public space, she also runs the art-mapping non-profit, ArtAround.
Lindsey holds a B.A. in Journalism and Art History from New York University, and is working towards an M.S. in the History of Art and Design at Pratt Institute.
Lolita Fierro joined the Art21 team in November 2016. Prior to joining Art21, she managed the membership and fundraising initiatives at ArtTable, Inc., a national organization for women professionals in the arts. She spearheaded various events and programs, including ArtTable's Annual Benefit and Award Ceremony. She was previously at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX supporting the development department. During her time at Chinati, she administered the membership and annual giving programs and worked with the museum staff on the campaign for the execution of the new permanent installation by Robert Irwin. Lolita grew up in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and attended the University of Texas at El Paso where she studied graphic design, marketing, and art history. She began her career at the El Paso International Airport where, among other projects, she managed the Art Windows of El Paso, an exhibition space featuring artists from the United States-Mexico border.
Ian Forster joined Art21 in October 2009, first working on Art21 William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible and subsequently Season 6 and Season 7 of Art21 Art in the Twenty-First Century. In addition to his work on Art21's broadcast programming for PBS, Forster has overseen the online video series Art21 Exclusive since 2012, producing short artist portraits. Forster created the online video series Art21 Artist to Artist in 2013, which has since featured artists in conversation with their peers at international biennials in Italy, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. Prior to joining Art21, Forster was a production associate at NBC Sports during the 2008 Beijing summer Olympics. He has served on the jury for the American Alliance of Museums MUSE Awards and as a judge for the News & Documentary Emmy Awards. Forster has lead workshops and presentations about video production at Museums and the Web, Studio in a School, and the Capital Area School for the Arts. He graduated from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University with a B.S. in Television, Radio, and Film.
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, having previously served as Website Technology Manager at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. As Art21's Director of Digital Media and Strategy, Jonathan oversees the organization's overall digital presence across Web, social media, and related platforms. 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 has served on the board of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Media & Technology Professional Network and has been a presenter, guest lecturer, contributor, and panelist for organizations such as New York University, Baruch College, Art Dealers Association of America, Museum Computer Network, Museums and the Web, the New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Report, and the New York City ArtsTech Meetup. He holds a B.A. in computer science from Fordham University.
After graduating from the Massachusetts College of Art as a painting major in 1997, Nick worked with filmmaker Errol Morris as a researcher, starting a fifteen-plus year career in documentary film and television production. Since that time, he has worked as production coordinator and manager for various broadcast companies including the Discovery Channel, History Channel, and Comcast. Nick has been able to specialize in 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 supervises the pre-producing, field shooting, and posting of Art21's broadcast and web-based video programming; Nick also develops and implements new production workflows, incorporating ever-changing broadcast technologies. As a co-creator and producer of Art21’s online documentary series Art21 New York Close Up, Nick works closely with the collaborating subjects, directing and producing narratively diverse and visually stylish documentary portraits of emerging New York City-based visual artists.
Founder (In Memoriam)
Susan Sollins 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 was 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; served 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 was actively involved in the world of contemporary music for many years.
Sollins founded Art21 in 1997 and served as Executive Director for seventeen years. She was the Executive Producer and Curator through seven seasons of the organization's flagship PBS-broadcast series, Art21 Art in the Twenty-First Century. Sollins passed away in 2014.