Anne Ashbey Pierotti is the Executive Director for the non-profit Ashland Independent Film Festival (www.ashlandfilm.org), a nationally recognized regional festival now in its 11th season, and is a moderator for Creative Good’s The Councils, a peer-to-peer executive networking group. Anne has worked in online marketing for 15+ years, having held the roles of VP Marketing for Blackstone Audio, Inc., VP Internet marketing for multi-channel gourmet gift retailer Harry & David, and Director of Oxygen Media’s flagship site, Oxygen.com, as well as providing independent e-commerce strategy consultation to national retailers. Anne earned a BFA in Documentary Film Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Ashland, OR with her husband and two children.
Michelle Fracaro has worked as an educator in a range of cultural institutions including The Australian War Memorial, Old Parliament House, The National Film and Sound Archive, The National Portrait Gallery, the National Archives of Australia and the Nolan Gallery. In her current role as Program Coordinator in the Learning + Access section of the National Gallery of Australia she has developed a broad range of learning and community programs for all audiences. Michelle is interested in the teaching and learning opportunities presented by the diverse collections of cultural institutions. She holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Canberra, a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Curatorship from the Australian National University and has recently completed a Masters of Liberal Arts in Museums and Collections from the same university.
Kristine Gardner is a freelance marketing professional with over 15 years of experience in the Consumer Packaged Goods, New Media and Publishing industries. A life-long learner and art enthusiast, Kristine became involved in Slow Art Day in 2011. Kristine holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Columbia University and currently resides in Ann Arbor, MI with her husband, two children, and dog, Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Linda Wiggen Kraft works and plays in gardens, garden design, art, mandala art, mandala workshops, flower photography, meditation and sustainability. She first experienced a form of Slow Art through an art historian friend who lead groups to view art very slowly. When Slow Art Day came along, Linda jumped at the chance to be part of this fun and powerful experience. Linda is pleased to be the Slow Art Day co-leader volunteer in St. Louis since 2010. Linda’s work can be seen on her website: www.CreativityForTheSoul.com.
Richard Kramer is a graphic designer and artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Richard has worked with many of the world’s best known digital brands including AOL, Netscape, Yahoo, Cafepress and E-loan. Richard became involved with Slow Art Day on a chance meeting with Phil Terry in 2010 in New York at the Gel conference. He has donated his time and design efforts toward helping get the Slow Art Day logo and website ready for the 2012 event. This will be his first Slow Art Day Experience. More of his work and art can be seen at http://www.rtkramer.com.
Lisa Quiñones is a professional photographer from NYC, living in Belgrade, Serbia for the last 3 years. Her news, portraiture and editorial work has been published in newspapers and magazines world-wide, including in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Business Week, Geo, Stern and Der Spiegel. Her corporate work includes projects for the William T. Grant Foundation, NY Botanical Garden, The Gap, Inc. and Morgan Stanley. She recently had an exhibition of her photographs, Balkan Odyssey, at the Hellenic Foundation for Culture in Belgrade. Her work can be seen at www.lisaquinones.com and www.lisaquinones.photoshelter.com.
Carol Rossi is a museum-goer, yoga practitioner, observer of people, and meditator. In her professional life, Carol leads the research team at Edmunds, helping people find and get a good deal on their next car. She holds master’s degrees in both psychology and dance ethnology, speaks Italian, and loves to visit her family in Italy. She taught yoga at universities and community colleges for 13 years, and for three years co-chaired Positive Yoga, a fundraiser for breast and ovarian cancer research.
Laurie Rufe is director of the Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico. She has a BA degree in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University and a certificate from the Museum Management Institute, UC-Berkeley and the J. Paul Getty Trust. Rufe has been in the museum field since 1973. Currently, she is president of the New Mexico Association of Museums.
Phil Terry is the founder of Slow Art Day. He’s also the CEO of Creative Good, a 15-year old digital redesign and research firm based in New York City. In 2002, he founded the Creative Good’s Councils, a private social network for digital executives. Phil also started and is the chairman of Reading Odyssey, a nonprofit dedicated to reigniting curiosity and lifelong learning. A graduate of the Harvard Business School, Phil is a member of the Young President’s Organization and is on the advisory board of Eden Ice Cider, a wonderful Vermot-based winery, and Stella Service, a New York-based Internet startup.
Hedy Buzan is a painter and printmaker working in Laguna Beach, California. Her work is rich in color nuance and references both the picture plane and the geomorphic forces that shape the natural world. Hedy studied printmaking at University of California, Santa Cruz (BFA) and holds a MFA in Design at The George Washington University. She teaches Drawing, Design, Printmaking and Mixed Media/ Collage courses at Saddleback College. Hedy’s work can be seen at HedyBuzan.com.
Caroline Wingate is a freelance editor living in Birmingham, Alabama. Caroline is retired from The Miami Herald, where she was an editor on the foreign desk. She currently volunteers as a docent at the Birmingham Museum of Art and plays a lot of geezer tennis.