Meet the IDSVA Board of Directors. The World-Class Low-Residency PhD in Visual Arts
IDSVA Board of Directors
Paul McDonald | Attorney, Bernstein Shur
Paul McDonald is a Shareholder at Bernstein Shur in Portland, Maine. He is an accomplished litigation strategist and trial lawyer with a deep understanding of how the business world functions. He is a former member of the Muskie Access to Justice Award Dinner Committee and a board member of the Wayside Soup Kitchen and Easter Seals Maine.
Deborah Willis, Ph.D | Professor, Artist, Scholar
Deborah Willis is a contemporary African-American artist, photographer, curator, photographic historian, and author. She is University Professor and Chair of Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She was a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow and Fletcher Fellow, and a 2000 MacArthur Fellow, as well as the 1996 recipient of the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation award. She received her PhD from George Mason University and her MFA from Pratt Institute.
Jonathan Koperniak | Owner, East Financial Management
Jonathan is the owner of a boutique wealth management firm located in Portland, Maine. Hailing from Adams, Massachusetts, Jonathan attended Bowdoin College where he received his A.B. in Government & Legal Studies with a minor in Sociology. In addition to his collegiate studies, he is a Certified Financial Planner™ obtaining his education requirement from NYU.
Ted Coons, Ph.D | Professor
Ted Coons is Professor of Psychology, Cognition & Perception at the Center for Neural Science at New York University (NYU), arriving there in 1965. He is a pioneer in the field of neuroscience and a major contributor to early studies in neuroaesthetics. As an undergraduate, he studied music composition and theory at Colorado College (B.A., 1951) and then—after a stint in the Air Force—again at Yale University (toward an M.A.). There, however, he became interested in what impact the temporal form of a composition has on the feelings of an audience. He soon switched his career goals and ultimately received his Ph.D. in what is now known as systems neuroscience.
Mildred Glimcher | Partner, Pace Galleries, New York
Mildred founded the Pace Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston in 1960 while still in college. Since then, Ms. Glimcher has curated exhibitions and written books and articles about “Happenings,” Jean Dubuffet, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Lucas Samaras, and art in post-war Paris, among other subjects. Ms. Glimcher has a BA in art history from Wellesley College and an MA/ABD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. She was the editor of Adventures in Art: 40 Years at Pace, a monumental work documenting all the exhibitions at the Pace Gallery from 1960 to 2000.
Margot Kelley, Ph.D | Artist, Scholar
Margot Kelley, educator, artist and advocate, is a former interim director and faculty member of IDSVA and a founding trustee for the K2 Family Foundation, an organization committed to promoting science-based art projects, increased access to education, and creative approaches to environmental sustainability. She earned her PhD in American Literature from Indiana University and her MFA in Media and Performing Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Laura Fecych Sprague | Independent Museum Curator
Laura has served as consulting curator of decorative arts for the Bowdoin College Museum of Art since 1989. A scholar of the decorative arts and cultural history, she has published extensively, including the landmark work Agreeable Situations: Society, Commerce and Art in Southern Maine, 1780-1830. In 2007 she completed a research fellowship on Maine furniture at the Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Museum and Library. Laura has served as board member to organizations ranging from the American Ceramic Circle to Victoria Mansion and the Maine Historical Society.
Ben Devine | Private Equity Investor, Devine Capital, LLC
Ben is a founding partner at the commercial real estate firm Great Island Development in Boston, Massachusetts and is a private equity investor at Devine Capital LLC. As Portland, Maine native, he went on to receive his A.B. from Bowdoin College (1983); his J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law (1987); and his MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government Harvard University (2010). He currently serves on several boards throughout the state of Maine.