Felix Angel is a Colombian-born artist, art director, designer and freelance curator. He received his degree in architecture from the Medellin’s Institute of Fine Arts, where he simultaneously pursued studies in painting, drawing, and ceramics. His work has been exhibited in over 100 international solo exhibitions and is held in the public collections of the Bass Art Museum in Miami, the Detroit Institute of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Art, among others. From 2000 -2011, Angel was the Director of Cultural Center at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC, where he continues to live and work today.
Mary Early is a sculptor working primarily in wood and beeswax. She has a special interest in the materials and techniques of contemporary sculpture and installation art and has exhibited her sculpture both regionally and nationally since 1995. Early serves as the Director of HEMPHILL, a Washington, DC art gallery founded in 1993, with an expertise in exhibition planning, curatorial services, and art collection management. She has worked closely with artist estates and collections to develop long-range exhibition and collection management plans and to place individual works and collections with museum institutions and private collectors.
Lynn Hackney is a well-known entrepreneur and innovator in the Washington, DC multifamily real estate industry. She currently serves as CEO of Urban Pace, the leading condominium sales and marketing firm in the National capital region, with additional offices in New York City and Philadelphia. Urban Pace is now part of The Long & Foster Companies. Lynn is the only woman in the metropolitan area who has a leadership position in her field as owner of a major real estate services firm, residential or commercial. Under her leadership, Urban Pace has been number one in market share in its field for many years, even during the financial downturn, during which Urban Pace experienced record-breaking prices and sales pace. Since Lynn founded Urban Pace in 2001, the company has orchestrated the disposition of more than $1.8 billion of real estate assets comprising more than 6,000 condominiums and townhomes. Lynn also is a Partner in Allyson Capital, a growing firm specializing in equity and debt for residential and commercial real estate transactions. Allyson Capital has offices in Washington, New York, and Miami. Complementing Urban Pace’s full range of services to developers, Allyson Capital provides specialized financing for projects with an average valuation of $30 million each.
Greg Kearley is one of the co-owners of Project 4, a contemporary art gallery with an emphasis on mid-career and emerging artists. He is also one of the principals in the award-winning DC architectural firm, Inscape Studio.
George Koch is a painter, founder of A. Salon, Ltd., founding board member of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, Cultural Development Corporation, Artomatic, Inc., and served four terms as Commissioner of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Paul So is the founder of the Hamiltonian Gallery and the Hamiltonian Artists. He is also a painter, art collector, entrepreneur, and a physics professor at George Mason University.
Janay’ Turner works as the office manager for the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) where she is responsible for accounting and budgeting, human resources, and general office management. Prior to joining NEEF, Janay’ worked as the business manager for the Arts Council of Fairfax County. She holds a Master of Arts in Arts Management from George Mason University. A native Californian, Janay’ pursued her undergraduate education at Howard University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in 2009. Janay’ received many accolades and honors for her scholastic achievements and for her leadership contributions to the Howard University Choir, notably being selected to participate in two international festivals and tours in Russia and China. Having a passion for the arts and giving back to her community, Janay’ started her own business in 2015, Turn2Music LLC, providing private piano lessons and music workshops for people ages 5 and up. Janay’ remains an active member of Emerging Arts Leaders DC, the Washington, D.C. Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, and the National Association for Music Educators.
past board members
Helen Frederick is the founder of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Silver Spring, MD, and is a distinguished print, paper, book arts and electronic media artist. As founder of Pyramid Atlantic in 1981, she has been responsible for the development of the organization into an internationally recognized arts center, organizing cultural exchange programs, exhibitions, and creating print media publications that are represented in museums around the world. She is also a professor in the Department of Art & Visual Technology at George Mason University.
Richard Kamenitzer is at George Mason University, College of Visual & Performing Arts and serves as the Executive Director, International Center for the Management of Arts & Culture; Program Director- Arts Management (Graduate Degree & Certificate; Undergraduate Minor) Associate Professor of Arts Management. In addition, he is the founder and principal of an arts consulting firm called SUCCESSION. Richard is currently President of the Board of the Washington Stage Guild; Chairman of the Finance & Administration Committee of the Arts Council of Fairfax County and Treasurer of the Board of Illume Productions, Inc., a not-for-profit documentary film organization.
Janice Marks is the Director of Development at the American Architectural Foundation. Formerly Director of Development at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design, Janice has been working the DC arts community for more than 25 years.
Mary McCain is the Senior VP of TechVision21 and the founder of Means for Dreams. Prior to affiliating with TechVision21, she served as Director of the Commission on Technology and Adult Learning (2000-2001), a joint initiative of the National Governors’ Association and the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD). Previously, she worked for US Senator Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC).
sarah bright yaneza
Owner of Bright Yaneza & Associates, LLC (BYA), Sarah is a Master’s prepared professional who provides financial and business management solutions to not-for-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area. Sarah has nine years of experience in accounting for not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. Prior to forming BYA in 2008, she was the Director of Finance & Administration for The Washington Chorus and, prior to that position, was the Patron Services Manager for the organization. In 2007, Sarah earned a Master of Arts in Arts Management from George Mason University and earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami.