Meet the Moderator
Kelly Brilliant | Executive Director, The Fenway Alliance
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
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 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
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’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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.