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TransCultural Exchange Advisory Board

TransCultural Exchange's Advisory Board is comprised of leading international curators, artist–in–residency directors and artists. They provide multiple perspectives and a broad range of expertise to ensure the long-term success of TransCultural Exchange.

Ute Meta Bauer Ute Meta Bauer is the Founding Director of the NTU Center for Contemporary Art and a Professor of Art at NTU’s School of Art, Media and Design, Singapore. Prior to these appointments, she served as the founding Director of MIT's new Arts, Culture and Technology (ACT) Program, a merging of the former Center for Advanced Visual Studies and Visual Arts Program. Additionally for more than two decades she has worked as an editor and curator, most notably as the artistic director of the 3rd berlin biennal for contemporary art and as co-curator in the team of Okwui Enwezor for Documenta11. She also has served as a director for various art institutions and as an advisor for a number of high-profile cultural boards, such as the chairwoman of the Art Advisory Board of the Goethe Institutes, as a member of the International Scientific Board of the Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau, and most recently she was nominated as a member of the International Committee of the 3rd Yokohama Triennale 2008.

Maria Hirvi-Ijäs, PhD, is a contemporary art researcher based in Helsinki. Her research areas are exhibition theory and the rhetorics of the art work. Her background is in higher art education, in particular teaching and theory as well as strategic leadership and development, and curating, including at such institutions as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma in Helsinki, the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm and the Finnish National Gallery. Her current research interests include the impact of the development of artistic research on traditional art research as well as the articulation of the artistic thinking within non-academic contemporary art practice. Her forthcoming publication will focus on the renewal of the role of the artist on the Finnish visual art scene.

Jean–Baptiste Joly Jean–Baptiste Joly is the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation Akademie Schloss Solitude, founding Director and Artistic Director of the Akademie. He is also an honorary professor at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Berlin. Quoting Nicholas Tsoutas, Director of Sydney's Artspace, "Akademie Schloss Solitude is a pre-eminent studio residency organization that has not only challenged the very meanings of residencies, cultural exchanges and global mobility – but has challenged and set the very standards and expectations by which residency centers operate."

Johan Pousette Johan Pousette founded the Baltic Art Center, a unique international artist-in-production residency and exhibition program. He served as director there until 2007, and is now curator for contemporary art at the Swedish Traveling Exhibitions. Johan also is appointed by the Swedish government as adviser to the Nordic Ministers of Culture on residencies. His curatorial experience is rich, having worked with artists such as Bill Viola, Alfredo Jaar, Fiona Tan, William Kentridge and Jessica Stockholder. In 2009 he was one of the two curators of Sweden's Gothenburg Biennal.

Margaret Shiu is the founder and director of Taiwan's Bamboo Curtain Studio residency program and Bamboo Culture International's cultural exchange research and facilitation division. She uses these two platforms to advance art and culture as vital components for creating a civil society and global understanding. For the past 17 years, she has worked to discover and support artistic talent by providing artists with the time and space for creative incubation. She also works closely with the Taipei city government on cultural space policies - in particular, creative regeneration - and the promotion of public and private support for international exchange. Additionally, she serves as a regional representative for a number of international organizations, including TransCulture Exchange, Arts Network Asia and the International Network for Culture Diversity.

Caitlin Strokosch, Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities.
Caitlin has been involved in professional arts management for nearly two decades. She has served the Alliance of Artists Communities – an international association of artist residencies – since 2002 and was appointed Executive Director in 2008. During her tenure with the Alliance, she has launched several major initiatives, including the Emerging Program Institute - a bootcamp for those developing new artist residency programs; the Leadership Institute - an intensive leadership training retreat; The Sustainability Project - helping the field of artist residency programs develop organizations that not only survive but thrive; and Residencies for Arab Writers - a collaboration with the Alliance and more than 20 residency programs to support emerging Arab writers. Under her leadership, the Alliance membership has grown by 40%, conference attendance has doubled, and the organization has granted more than $2 million in funds to artists and residency programs.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Caitlin served as General Manager of Bella Voce - an early-music choral ensemble, and as Executive Director of CUBE - a new music group, both in Chicago. Caitlin is a frequent public speaker and has served as a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, The Joyce Foundation, and Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. She serves on the Support for Individual Artists steering committee of Grantmakers in the Arts, as an advisor to Girls Rock! Rhode Island, and on the advisory board of Outpost Journal. Caitlin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in music performance from Columbia College Chicago and a Master’s in musicology from Roosevelt University, where her research focused on music as a tool for building communities of resistance and social dissent.

Maria Tuerlings is the founder and Director of Trans Artists, a leading web resource for artists around the world. In addition, she is the Netherlands’ National Co-ordinator of Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artists, the European residency network and program for young artists; a member of the Advisory Committee DAD-CH, a foundation that promotes cultural exchanges between Switzerland and the Netherlands; board member and President of On-the-Move; and board member of the Thami Mnyele Foundation, which runs a guest studio program for artists from African countries in Amsterdam. This year she is also serving as an advisor to the European Commission on “Improving the conditions for the mobility of artists and other professionals in the culture field.” The Commission’s 2013-2014 theme is “Residencies.” Previously from 2000 -2007, she was the Secretary of the Board of Res Artis, and from 2007 – 2008, the President of the Board of Res Artis.

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TransCultural Exchange Board of Trustees

TransCultural Exchange's Board of Trustees – made up of professionals, including artists – provide a variety of expertise, multiple perspectives and oversight to ensure the long–term viability of TransCultural Exchange.

Lynne Allen is a Professor of Art and Director of the School of Visual Arts at Boston University. Previously she was a Professor of Art at Rutgers University from 1989-2006 and Director of the Brodsky Center (formerly the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper) from 2000-2006 and Associate Director from 1989-2000. Before Rutgers, she was Master Printer and Educational Director at Tamarind Institute. She also has written articles for the serial book The Tamarind Papers, as well as the periodicals GRAPHEON and Contemporary Impressions.
Ms. Allen lectures widely in North America as well as abroad and has curated exhibitions in the United States, as well as Russia, China and toured an exhibition through the Middle East and Africa. She has had artist residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Plains Art Museum, as well as residencies in Canada, Sweden, Belgium, Russia, Jordan, China and South Africa. As an artist, her work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally in over 100 exhibitions, and is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York Public Library, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, the Minneapolis Museum of Art, the Vesteros Kunst Museum (Sweden) and the Victoria & Albert Museum, among others. Her work is featured in Print Now published by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Her honors include two Fulbright Scholarship (USSR 1990, Jordan 2004-05), two Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Grants, a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant, a Whiting Foundation Grant and a Pew Fellowship finalist, among others.

Gordon AmgottGordon L. Amgott, Accountant. <website> Gordon L. Amgott is a Certified Public Bookkeeper with an MBA from Babson College. For over 25 years, Amgott has been the Business Manager for The Country Club. In that capacity, he has helped transform their manual accounting system to a fully computerized one and overseen various national tournaments, improvements to the club's property and computer systems conversions. In addition Amgott is the Treasurer of the Congregation Agudath Achim in Taunton, Massachusetts and runs his own accounting practice Gordon L. Amgott Financial Services, primarily providing tax preparation and bookkeeping services. He also is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Public Accountants, National Society of Accountants, National Association of Tax Professionals and Taunton Chamber of Commerce and American Association of Daily Money Managers.

Mira Bartók Mira Bartók, Literary Consultant.
Mira Bartók is a Chicago-born artist and author of numerous books, including the 2011 New York Times bestselling illustrated memoir, The Memory Palace - winner of the 2011 National Book Critics Award; a picture book anthology of Sami (Lapp) Folktales, Fox Has His Day - Tales and Poems from the Far, Far North; a children's book series on art and cultural traditions, the Ancient and Living Culture Series; a series on Native Americans for beginning readers, the Big World Read-A-Long Series; and a consultant and contributor for My History is American's History - Fifteen Ways to Save America's Stories, an education guidebook and website about family and community history, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the White House. In addition, Ms. Bartók has taught workshops and classes, and has developed public programs on the art, music and oral traditions of world cultures at many institutions, including the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, The Chicago Museum of Science and Technology, St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, the Oriental Museum at the University of Chicago and the Peabody Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology at Harvard University. She has also exhibited her artwork throughout the U.S. and abroad and runs Mira's List,a blog that helps artists find funding and residencies all over the world and North of Radio, a multi-media collaborative.

Thaddeus Beal Thaddeus Beal was formally educated at Yale College and Stanford Law School. He then practiced law in Boston, first as a criminal prosecutor and then as a corporate and securities lawyer for twelve years. He left active practice in 1985 when he withdrew as a senior partner of the Boston law firm, now Nixon, Peabody to attend The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He has continued to work in the legal field in many pro bono capacities, including serving as a hearing officer in matters relating to lawyer misconduct; but he now devotes substantially all of his work life to the practice of art. He has been awarded three Massachusetts Council for the Arts Fellowships. His works are in many collections, including The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and he regularly shows in Boston, Connecticut and New York City. He has served on several charitable boards, and he is currently actively involved as a board member of Discovering Justice, a non-profit dedicated to educating public school students about notions of justice and community involvement, as well as TransCultural Exchange.

Katherine Higgins Katherine Higgins' speciality is contemporary indigenous art with a focus on artistic and cultural exchange through artist residencies. Her graduate degrees are in Pacific Islands Studies and Museum Studies from the University of Hawaii at Ma-noa. Her PhD in Art History entitled “Inspiration and Exchange: Artist Residencies in Oceania” is from the University of Auckland. Since 2002, she has worked closely with artists and arts organizations in the Pacific Islands. Currently, she is the Outreach Director at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawaii at Ma-noa. Previously, she worked in museum education, exhibition design and interpretation both internationally and throughout the United States, including at the Bishop Museum and Christopher Chadbourne & Associates.

Mary Sherman <website>
is an artist, curator and the director of TransCultural Exchange, which she founded in Chicago in 1989. She also teaches at Boston University, Boston College and Northeastern University and, recently, served as the interim Associate Director of MIT's Program in Art, Culture and Technology. Additionally, for two decades, she worked as an art critic for such publications as The Chicago Sun-Times, The Boston Globe and ARTnews. She has received numerous grants and awards, including two Fulbright Senior Specialist Grants (Taipei and Istanbul), and been an artist-in-residence at such institutions as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Taipei Artist Village. Among the shows she's curated, two received awards from the Northeast Chapter of the International Art Critics Association. Her own works, which push the definition of painting into the realm of space and sound, have been shown at numerous institutions, including Taipei's Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing's Central Conservatory, the Boston's Sculptors Gallery and New York's Trans Hudson Gallery.

Joanne Silver who is the New England correspondent for ARTnews magazine, was the art critic for the Boston Herald for 18 years and has written extensively for The Providence Journal, Patriot Ledger, The Concord, New Hampshire Monitor and Albany Times Union.

Tracy Watson Tracy Watson is an art enthusiast who has a keen interest in promoting local and international art. In the last ten years, her career has included a broad range of sales and marketing positions in the financial services and real estate industries with an emphasis on new business development, marketing campaigns and client services. Originally from Atlanta, she received her Bachelor of Business Administration and Management from Kennesaw State University. As part of her board activities, Tracy also serves as the organization’s Director of Public Outreach. In this role, she is responsible for promoting awareness of the organization and participation in its activities.

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TransCultural Exchange Staff

TransCultural Exchange's Staff is made up a group of results–driven individuals, committed to TransCultural Exchange's mission to foster a greater understanding of world cultures through the arts.

Mary Sherman <website>, Executive Director.
Mary Sherman is an artist, curator and the director of TransCultural Exchange, which she founded in Chicago in 1989. She also teaches at Boston University, Boston College and Northeastern University and, recently, served as the interim Associate Director of MIT's Program in Art, Culture and Technology. Additionally, for two decades, she worked as an art critic for such publications as The Chicago Sun-Times, The Boston Globe and ARTnews. She has received numerous grants and awards, including two Fulbright Senior Specialist Grants (Taipei and Istanbul), and been an artist-in-residence at such institutions as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Taipei Artist Village. Among the shows she's curated, two received awards from the Northeast Chapter of the International Art Critics Association. Her own works, which push the definition of painting into the realm of space and sound, have been shown at numerous institutions, including Taipei's Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing's Central Conservatory, the Boston's Sculptors Gallery and New York's Trans Hudson Gallery.

Renate Wagner, TransCultural Exchange gGmbH General Manager.
Renate Wagner is the General Manager of TransCultural Exchange gGmbH, TransCultural Exchange’s European branch, based in Berlin. She also is the project manager for the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, where she has worked since 2003. Additionally, she writes about contemporary art, occasionally teaches at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam and is the personal assistant for Professor Ute Meta Bauer, freelance curator and Dean of the School of Fine Art at London’s Royal College of Art.

Virginia Fretto, Social Media Director.
Virginia Fretto first joined TransCultural Exchange in 2003 as the Assistant to the Director. Since then, she has continued to support TransCultural Exchange in a variety of capacities and now manages the organization's social media content and special projects. Her past experience includes executive assistance for luxury goods and pharmaceutical companies as well as fashion merchandising and retail management. Along with her duties at TransCultural Exchange, she is the owner and designer of Razimus Jewelry, designing her signature handmade fabric jewelry. She holds a B.A. in Fashion Design from theMassachusetts College of Art + Design. 

Tanya Grueneberger, Administrative Intern.
Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Tanya Grueneberger is currently an undergraduate student at Boston University, studying Sculpture and Printmaking. She also volunteers at the arts education programs Student Studio and Children’s Theatre, advocating for the importance of creativity in educating youths at domestic abuse shelters, YMCAs and low-income schools in the Boston area. Her previous work experience includes serving as a Liaison Officer for Volunteer Teachers in Thailand and a kindergarten teacher, specializing in Art and English, at the Thepsnit Kindergarten. Additionally, she helped organize a printmaking project that raised funds for the South African Kopanang Community Trust to benefit those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Rudi Punzo, Webmaster. <website>
Proficient in Web editing softwares, Punzo has worked for over 6 years designing and maintaining websites for visual artists and musicians. Rudi is also a sculptor, sound artist and performer. He is interested in metamorphosis and its symbiotic relationship with artistic transformation - the transformative act of making art out of discarded, abandoned and cast-off refuse. Similarly Punzo teases music out of his marvelously kinetic art works to produce magical sculptural/aural hybrids - wonderfully ever-changing, renewing and surprising and has presented his artworks and performances worldwide.

Siyi Wang, Intern, Graphic Designer.
Siyi Wang is currently a graduate student at Boston University working towards an MFA degree in graphic design. Previously, she worked as an intern for such international design studios and magazines as Swedish Design House, Lowlo Media Magazine and Pillar of Autumn Studio. Her expertise includes brand identity and print, advertising, exhibition, web, motion graphic and product design. In addition, she is a Boston University teaching assistant, working with students on site-specific installations.

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