Dimension Reimagined

Meet the Moderator

Kelly Brilliant | Executive Director, The Fenway Alliance

The Fenway Alliance, Inc. is an arts, academic and cultural membership organization that strives to improve the physical, social, economic, and cultural environment of Boston’s Fenway community. Under Kelly’s leadership, The Fenway was designated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as “The Fenway Cultural District.” Kelly founded the following annual events that focuses on art and culture: Opening Our Doors festival, TEDxFenway, and Public By Design. Kelly received a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.A. from Boston University.

Meet the Panelists

Suzan Redgate | Executive Director, Copley Society

Suzan has a Master’s degree in Education with graduate art history studies at Radcliffe. Long devoted to the arts, Suzan was former President of the Board at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset and former President of the Board of Governors at the Copley society of Art. She is a member of the National Arts Club in NYC.

Jacqueline Becker | Fine Art Consultant, Jacqueline Becker Fine Arts Consulting

Her award winning firm has been supplying artwork to residential and commercial clients since 1982. Jacqui holds an MA in Art History and a BA in Journalism from Boston University. She has published articles on art collecting in New England Home, The Boston Globe, Art New England, The Corporate Art Report and Graphics Magazine, and shared her insights with audiences at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, The Copley Society, The Boston Design Center, Fitchburg Art Museum, Boston Architectural College and numerous private venues. Jacqui is past president of the International Furnishings and Design Association New England chapter, and was national director at large 2006-2009. She currently services as IFDA -NE VP of Community Service.

Jacob Kulin | Sculptor, Metalsmith, and Furniture Maker, Kulin Modern

Jacob is an accomplished sculptor, metalsmith and furniture maker. A graduate of Skidmore College, Kulin received an MFA degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Today, he works on private, corporate and public commissions internationally ranging from smaller residential pieces to grand outdoor sculptures for commercial and public spaces. Kulin designs and fabricates unique home furnishings, all of which blend metal, glass, and reclaimed hardwoods. Kulin’s clients range from the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to Palomar Medical Tech. Currently, he’s working on two large public sculptures for the city of Boston, an indoor piece commissioned by MassPort at Logan International Airport and an outdoor piece commissioned by Boston Parks and Recreation Department for Symphony Park in the Fenway neighborhood.

Robert Maloney | Artist and Professor, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Robert completed his Masters of Fine Arts in August of 2014 from Massachusetts College of Art and Design through their interdisciplinary summer low residency MFA program. Robert earned a BFA from MassArt in 1996 through the Illustration department. He has shown at numerous galleries throughout Boston including the Mercury Gallery, C Duell Arts, Copley Society of Art, Fourth Wall Project, 13 Forest and McGladrey Gallery. North Light Books recently profiled Robert in the book Art Revolution: Alternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators as well as The Artists Pulse: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed. Since 2007, Robert has been an adjunct instructor/associate professor in the Illustration department at Massart.

Meet the Exhibiting Artists

Christopher Adams

Christopher Adams was born in Medford, MA, and spent the earlier half his youth in Woburn, MA and the latter half in south central Florid. He returned North for college and received a biology degree and an MD. He now works part-time as a dermatologist, with large amounts of time devoted to making ceramic sculpture. Adams states, "My ceramic work relates intimately to my interests and experiences outside of art. Most of my ceramic works fall into the category of ‘organic abstraction.’ The pieces are influenced by and may suggest a variety of creatures, but none of them represent any specific organism. Instead, the works usually play on biological concepts - speciation, convergence, mimicry - to generate aesthetic novelty.”

Michael Alfano

Michael creates figurative, surrealistic sculpture that goes beyond the literal, adapting classic forms to convey philosophical and abstract ideas. His public sculpture and portraits dot the east coast, including “The Starter” at the starting line of the Boston Marathon. His commissioned portraits include Nobel Peace Laureate Anwar Sadat, Indian Parliament Member O. P. Jindal, and Senator Edward Kennedy, which was displayed in the Senate Offices. Michael’s work can be seen around the globe. The New York Times and the Boston Globe have featured his art, among other publications. Michael first studied sculpting from the model at New York’s Art Students League. He now works in his home studio in Hopkinton, MA.

John Crowley

John’s art has been exhibited in galleries and cultural centers, including Space 200, Fort Point Open Studios, the FPAC Gallery, Space 200, the Fuller Museum, the RHYS Gallery, and most recently the Boston Children’s Museum. His work is in private and corporate collections, including Sandoz Pharmaceutical of New Jersey, Maryland Paper Company, Infoscitex of Massachusetts and Red Bull of Austria. Crowley was born in Boston in 1963. He received a B.A. in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and a Certificate of Illustration from the Art Institute of Boston. In addition, Crowley works as the Curator/Exhibition Coordinator for The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture at City Hall in Boston.

Tim Evans

A member of the Artist Group of Charlestown, Tim Evans is an abstract painter and sculptor who works across a variety of mediums. Most recent works include painted metal sculptures that explore the boundary of shapes and forms. The human face in the abstract form dominates many of the Tim’s works. The artist relies on symbolism to convey a message to the viewer. The artist’s studio is located in Westborough, MA and his works have been displayed at various galleries in the greater Boston area. Tim holds a BA from Boston College and MA from Harvard University.

Marek Jacisin

After fleeing communism in his home country of Czechoslovakia in 1987, Marek was granted asylum in the USA. Always drawn to clay, he took his first ceramics course in 1990 and has spent most of his time since studying and working in ceramics and graphic design. His designs are based on geometrical forms and he finds inspiration in everything around him, from elevator buttons to the terra cotta fragments of Boston's Back Bay. His past exhibits have included the Annual Show and Sale at Harvard University Ceramics Studio , a solo exhibit at Harvard Holyoke Center and more. Marek focuses on public art and recently finished a tile mural project in Palo Alto, CA, and a bas-relief ceramic mural project for Cambridge Hospital.

Connie Kolman

Connie Kolman is a designer and fine artist whose studio is located in Sudbury, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of the Boston Architectural College. Her glass works are one-of-a-kind using a technique she developed over several years. Along with her artisans, she transforms space with her elegant and distinctive glass. She is often commissioned by clients for custom pieces and always welcomes the artistic challenge that accompanies a client’s vision for “something that no one else has”.

Alexander Valdman

Alexander was born in 1956 in Ukraine. In 1974, Alexander was admitted to the Surikov National Academy of Art, School of Graphics, from which he graduated with honors. His studies included various art techniques such as oil painting, gouache, tempera, etching, linocut. Alexander has worked with various publishing houses and made original illustrations and covers for over 120 books and magazines, including the Bible, works of Shakespeare and Agatha Christie, historical novels, nature books, and many others. In addition to his work as an original illustrator, Alexander is a prolific painter with over 500 of his works in private collections across Europe and the US, including the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection at Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, and C.A.S.E. Museum of Contemporary Art.

Steve Wimberg

Steve moved to Boston in 1994 to study at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. After graduating, he rented studio space in Allston for a couple of years and worked on wall mounted ceramic sculptures. Finding it difficult to make a living as an artist, Steve got a 9 to 5 job and took a five year break from ceramics. In 2004, he joined the IT department at Harvard Medical School and discovered the Harvard Office for the Arts Ceramics Program, which is where he creates his work. Steve currently lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife Jane. He says, “I like the immediacy and simplicity of working with clay. All you need are your hands.”

Pao-Fei Yang

Pao-Fei has always been drawn to art and never lost sight of that, even while studying plant pathology in Taiwan. She spent one semester at Syracuse University, which enabled her to move to the US; after, she transferred to the University of Connecticut - finally as an art student! Once her kids were old enough to go to school, she attended the DeCordova Museum School and began to work with clay. It was this artistic medium that helped her regain her life: she had an accident in 1983 which left her unable to focus her eyes for any length of time. While she could no longer draw or paint, she could manipulate clay and found it to be highly relaxing. Pao-Fei has worked under the acclaimed Japanese potter Makoto Yabe.

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