Hamiltonian Artists is excited to host Professional Development Speaker Series (PDSS) program: Freedoms and Burdens. Join us at the Hamiltonian Gallery, Saturday, October 13th, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Freedoms and Burdens investigate strategies artists use to support themselves in a changing economy, as they pursue fulfilling, meaningful, and sustainable careers of their own design. The panel discussion features Alex Ebstein, a Baltimore based artist and curator, Natalia Nakazawa Assistant Director of EFA Studio Program, artist, and educator, and Henry Thaggert a DC-based philanthropist and collector. Hosted and Organized by Baltimore based artist and educator Amy Boone-McCreesh and Brooklyn based Madeleine Cutrona a visual artist, admin, and educator. 

Alex Ebstein is an artist and curator based in Baltimore, MD. She received her MFA from Towson University in 2015, and her BA in Studio Art from Goucher College in 2007. Recent solo exhibitions include Victori + Mo gallery in Brooklyn, NY, Cuevas Tilleard in New York, NY, Frutta Gallery in Rome, Italy and Kent Place Gallery in Kent, NJ. She has been featured in a number of group exhibitions including shows at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, NY with TheRemix, Greenpoint Terminal Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, Crossing Collective in New York, NY, Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco, CA and Loyal Gallery in Stockholm, Sweden. Her work has received write-ups in the New York Times, FastCo, Self Magazine, Baltimore Beat, City Paper, Beautiful Decay and ArtFCity. In addition to her studio career, Ebstein is the founder and director of three galleries in Baltimore between 2009 and present, Nudashank, Phoebe and Resort. Ebstein is an adjunct faculty member at Maryland Institute College of Art. 

Natalia Nakazawa is an artist, educator, and arts administrator. She is currently the Assistant Director of EFA Studios, a program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, which provides subsidized studio space to over 100 artists in midtown Manhattan. Additionally, she implements educational programming and young artist mentorship for NYC public school students through the Museum of Arts and Design.

Her work has been recently exhibited at The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (New York, NY), Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), SELECT Art Fair (Miami, FL), Gateway Project Spaces (Newark, NJ), The Space for Public Art (New York, NY), Blackburn 20|20 Gallery (New York, NY), Splinters & Logs (Brooklyn, NY), California College of the Arts (San Francisco, CA), PLAySPACE Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Casa de la Ciudad (Oaxaca, Mexico), Queens Museum of Art (Queens, NY), Topaz Arts Inc. (Queens, NY) and ISE Cultural Foundation (Soho, NY). Nakazawa received her BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, an MSEd in general and special middle childhood education from Queens College, and an MFA in studio practice from California College of the Arts.

Henry Thaggert is a collector and art patron in Washington, DC. Mr. Thaggert [or Henry] has served on boards of several arts institutions including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the George Mason University’s School of the Arts, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, the Stamp Gallery at University of Maryland, and the Millennium Arts Salon. He has also served on selection panels for Hamiltonian Gallery, the Arlington Arts Center and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others.