Board & Staff

Elisa Wouk Almino, Los Angeles, CA

Elisa Wouk Almino is a Brazilian writer, editor, and translator based in Los Angeles. Across her work, she has spotlighted lesser-known artists and focused on stories of home, belonging, and displacement. Elisa is currently a senior editor at Hyperallergic, where she launched its West Coast branch and has since developed a vision for how the publication covers art and culture in Los Angeles. She occasionally edits books, having had the pleasure of editing the first monograph on Alice Trumbull Mason, published by Rizzoli in 2020. She has also enthusiastically mentored several beginner writers, translators, and artists over the years: she teaches art writing and translation classes at UCLA Extension and Catapult, and serves as an adviser for Uncool Artist, an online art program. The recipient of residencies at Tin House, Art Omi, and the Jan Michalski Foundation, Elisa has published her writing in Hyperallergic, the Los Angeles Times, the Paris Review Daily, Literary Hub, NYR Daily, LA Review of Books, and other places. She received a BA in English from Barnard College and an MA in Cultural Reporting & Criticism from New York University.

Cecily Kahn, Friendship, ME

Cecily Kahn is the eldest daughter of Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason. She grew up living in their studios and had a view of the art world from infancy. She is an abstract artist in her own right, and member of the American Abstract Artists since 1996, participating in various panels and exhibitions. She also is a founding member of The Painting Center, an artist- run exhibition space in Chelsea, NYC, since 2001. She currently lives in Maine, is married and has two grown children, and two grandchildren.

Melany Kahn, West Chesterfield, NH

Melany Kahn is the younger daughter of Emily Mason and Wolf Kahn. Melany holds an MSW from Boston College and an MFA from NYU Tisch School. She has worked as a family mediator in VT for many years. She was a founding Board member of the NH Progress Alliance, served as a trustee on the Hilltop Montessori School Board for 6 years and ran the capital campaign to relocate the school in 2007. She resides across the river from Brattleboro with her family of four children and husband Bo Foard and is working on a children’s book about foraging.

Janis Stemmermann, Brooklyn, NY & Sharon, CT

Janis Stemmermann is a visual artist, designer and creative director at Russell Janis, a project space in Brooklyn, New York. Stemmermann’s studio practice takes a craft-based approach, incorporating ceramics, printmaking and textiles while drawing inspiration from themes of the domestic and landscape. In addition to serving as board chair of the Emily Mason and Alice Trumbull Mason Foundation, Janis is a recipient of fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation artist grant and a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig in Ireland. Stemmermann has been based in Brooklyn, New York since 1988 and currently divides her time between Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Sharon, Connecticut.

Millie Kapp, Brooklyn, NY

Millie Kapp is an artist based in Queens, New York. She works primarily in performance and her work incorporates writing, dance and sculpture. Kapp studied studio art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work was largely influenced by her experience living and working in Chicago. In 2012, she relocated to New York City, where she was born and raised, and completed an MA in Performance Studies from NYU. Kapp works for the Abrons Arts Center located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan as the Associate Director of Education, programming arts classes for people of all ages. Other professional experiences include performance-based classes, workshops as well as visiting artist lectures at colleges and universities around the United States.

Nari Ward, New York, NY

Nari Ward is a contemporary artist known for his sculptural installations composed of discarded material found and collected in his neighborhood. Ward re-contextualizes these found objects in thought provoking juxtapositions that create complex, metaphorical meanings to confront social and political issues surrounding race, poverty, and consumer culture. Ward holds a BA from City University of New York, Hunter College (1989), and an MFA from City University of New York, Brooklyn College (1992). Ward’s work is in numerous international public and private collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His recent honors and distinctions include the Fellowship Award, The United States Artists, Chicago (2020) and the Vilcek Prize in Fine Arts, Vilcek Foundation, New York (2017). Nari Ward lives and works in New York City.

Marela Zacarías, Brooklyn, NY & Mexico City, MX

Marela Zacarías is an artist known for creating painted sculptures of undulating forms with the quality of fabric. The sculptures’ surfaces are populated by socially committed geometric abstractions––shapes and patterns born from the artist’s study of the history and specificity of the site of work. Zacarías has held numerous solo exhibitions, both in the US and internationally, including the Brooklyn Museum and Sapar Contemporary in New York, and Galería Alterna in Mexico City. She has received many large-scale permanent site-specific commissions, including NYU Langone Ambulatory Care Center, NY, NY.; Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Seattle, WA; Facebook HQ, Menlo Park, CA; and the American Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico. Her murals can be found in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Connecticut, Ohio, Mexico, and Guatemala. Zacarías’ residencies include the Pilchuck Glass School, MadArt, and Vermont Studio Center. Zacarías received her BA from Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, and her MFA from Hunter College, New York. She is represented by Sapar Contemporary in New York and Galería Alterna in Mexico City, and currently lives between Brooklyn and Mexico City.