Sarah Harrison Smith is a writer and editor with a long career in media. Most recently, she worked as Editorial Director for Books and Kindle at Amazon. Before moving to Baltimore in 2014, she spent 12 years at the New York Times, where her roles included Managing Editor of The New York Times Magazine. She is the author of many articles and reviews, as well as ”The Fact Checker’s Bible,” a guide to magazine research, which reflects her early career at The New Yorker. She now teaches in the Center for Leadership Education at Johns Hopkins University.
Dorit Yaron is a curator, a museum professional, a grant writer and an art historian. Since 2004, she has served as the Deputy Director of the David C. Driskell Center for Study of African American Art at the University Maryland, College Park.
She received her MA in American Art, specializing in African American art, from the University of Maryland.
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 a 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
John Rajchman is a philosopher and a professor of Art History at Columbia University, where he has taught for the last 25 years. During this period he has taken part in many new critical debates as the art world became increasingly globalized, mediatized and digitalized. His books, writings, and catalogue essays in philosophy, art and architecture have been translated into many languages, and he has taught and lectured in many countries. He received his BA from Yale, and his PhD in philosophy from Columbia University.