Art Omi Directory
Ruth Adams (she/her)
Ruth Adams is Executive Director of Art Omi in Ghent, NY, where she provides leadership for the multi-faceted contemporary arts center's 120-acre Sculpture and Architecture Park and Gallery, international artist residencies, arts events, and education programming. Together with a Board of Trustees and Program Advisory Boards, totaling 90 people from the arts and business communities, Adams is dedicated to Art Omi’s vitality and sustainability, with a current focus on reputation building, destination creation, exemplary visitor services, internationalism, equity, inclusivity, and programming excellence.
Gavin Berger (he/him)
Gavin Berger has over 20 years of successful experience as a top producer, programmer, strategist, innovator, marketer, fundraiser, and executive in the entertainment and cultural worlds. Gavin has been a powerful force in growing world-class venues from his unprecedented successes at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to his achievements at BerkleeNYC, the Kimmel Center, Meadowlands Xanadu, Big Apple Circus, and the Walton Arts Center. Gavin has been instrumental in generating substantial revenue and designing unique and popular concepts. His diverse experience includes all phases of artistic vision and conceptualization, strategic planning, and construction for top entertainment and cultural programs as revenue-generating components of large-scale real estate projects. Gavin specializes in creating new revenue streams, cultivating alliances, and designing groundbreaking programs. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Vermont Center for Emerging Technology (VCET), the Ancram Opera House, Homegrown National Park as well as the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada. He has previously served on the boards of the Rubin Museum, Page 73, and Keigwin & Company. He has his BS in International Business and Marketing from the University of Vermont. He attended Columbia University working towards his MPA in Urban Economics.
Caroline Nelson (she/her)
Caroline Nelson was born and raised in West Virginia and received degrees in art history from Wake Forest University and the Courtauld Institute of Art. Although her formal studies primarily focused on British painting and printmaking of the 18th and 19th centuries, she has continued to cultivate a broader interest in modern and contemporary art through stints at a handful of arts organizations across the East Coast. In addition to her interest in art, Caroline is a passionate advocate for mental health and enjoys cooking, photography, pilates and exploring new (and familiar) places.
Sculpture & Architecture Park
Julia van den Hout (she/her)
Architecture Curator and Residency Program Director
Julia van den Hout is an architecture curator and editor, based in Brooklyn. In addition to her position as Curator and Program Director of Art Omi: Architecture, she is the principal of Original Copy, an editorial, curatorial, and communications studio which she founded in 2014; she also teaches at Pratt Institute’s Graduate School of Architecture. Julia was previously the Press Director at Steven Holl Architects, and founding editor of CLOG, an international publication that critically explores one topic at a time from as many perspectives as possible.
Sara O'Keeffe (she/they)
Senior Curator of the Sculpture & Architecture Park
Sara O’Keeffe is Art Omi's Senior Curator of the Sculpture & Architecture Park. Prior to joining Art Omi, Sara served as Nancy E. Meinig Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 2019-2022. There, she organized From the Limitations of Now (2021), an exhibition developed with community partners inspired by a speech that Oklahoma-born author Ralph Ellison delivered in his home state about art’s role in addressing histories that have been suppressed in Oklahoma and across the country. From 2013-2019, O’Keeffe was at the New Museum in New York as Assistant and Associate Curator, where she co-curated Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon (2017) with Johanna Burton and Natalie Bell, a group exhibition that investigated gender’s place in contemporary art and culture, and was on the curatorial team for the Triennial: Surround Audience (2015) with Lauren Cornell and Ryan Trecartin. In 2016, O’Keeffe organized the Museum’s first youth summit, Scamming the Patriarchy, developed by an emerging generation of artists, writers, and activists, including BUFU, Brujas, Discwoman, and members of House of Ladosha. She has contributed to ArtReview, CURA, Mousse, Osmos Magazine, Topical Cream, and catalogues including the Triennial: Surround Audience, Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, and La Biennale di Venezia 2019: May You Live in Interesting Times. Before joining the New Museum, O’Keeffe worked in the Curatorial Department at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York from 2011-2013.
Nicole Hayes (she/her)
Curator and Project Manager
Nicole Hayes is a curator who utilizes art to deepen human connection by amplifying diverse voices, and augmenting visitor engagement. Nicole joined Art Omi as Curator in 2014 and has curated exhibitions and events with Allison Saar, Iran do Espitrito Santo, Nicole Cherubini, Liliana Porter and David Shrigley among others. Before moving upstate, Nicole lived in New York City and managed the studio of internationally acclaimed abstract painter Sean Scully. Nicole began her career at the groundbreaking not-for-profit cultural center, Exit Art. Nicole currently lives in the tiny hamlet of Omi, NY with her children and dog. She enjoys watching the seasons change on her daily walks at Art Omi. Nicole has a BFA in Ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design and maintains an active studio pottery practice.
Kelsey Sloane (she/her)
Kelsey Sloane has been with Art Omi since 2018, and in her current role of Assistant Curator since 2021. Kelsey earned her MA in Museum Management and Exhibitions Specialization from Western Colorado University in 2020, after receiving undergraduate degrees in both art history and arts management from Purchase College in 2016. Her art historical focuses include Modernism and the Russian avant-garde. In addition to her curatorial support within Art Omi's robust exhibitions program, Kelsey is a published arts writer. Most recently, her article “Art Markets without Art, Art without Objects” in the Garage Journal discussed the ever-increasing liquid and experiential consumption of art, seen especially throughout the pandemic. Kelsey is passionate about art accessibility and advocacy, her historic hometown of Troy, New York, 20th-century lyric poetry, environmental justice, and her two charismatic cats.
Jordan Rosenow (she/they)
Preparator, Sculpture and Architecture Park
Jordan Rosenow is the Preparator of the Art and Architecture Park. Jordan is a queer and non-binary visual artist and carpenter from Minnesota. Often working in large-scale outdoor sculpture, Jordan is investigating an overlap between sculpture, architecture, and dance. By activating motion or vulnerabilities in durable building and construction materials, Jordan questions their function and also the systems they build. You can view their work at jordanrosenow.com.
Pam Poquette (she/her)
Visitor Services and Administrative Manager
Pam Poquette is the Visitor Services & Administrative Manager at Art Omi. Originally from the Hudson Valley, Pam has lived in Albany, NY, for the last decade, aside from a year in Richmond VA. From 2016-2018, she worked seasonally in Visitor Services at Art Omi during the summer, while earning her MFA in studio art from the University of Albany, SUNY. In 2018 Pam received a year-long arts administration fellowship at Union College's Mandeville Gallery. In addition to her work in arts administration, she is an artist and educator. You can see her work here. When she's not at Art Omi or in the studio, she loves to read and be outdoors.
Alexandra Cimmino (she/her)
Assistant Visitor Services Manager
Alexandra (Alex) Cimmino is the Assistant Visitor Services Manager at Art Omi. She was born and raised in Albany, New York, and still resides there today. Alex earned her B.S. from the University of Oneonta, SUNY in Digital and Studio Art, where she served as the Fall 2019 Gallery Intern. She was also a member of her college radio station WONY 90.9 FM, and was involved in their Public Relations department. Alex has contributed design and editorial work to campus art zines and literary magazines, such as The Mutt and Art & Scope. In her free time, Alex enjoys attending concerts, going to the local movie theater, and outdoor activities. She loves dogs and is very happy to be working at Art Omi, where the dog spotting is superb.
James Scott (he/his)
Visitor Services and Development Associate
James Scott is a Visitor Services Associate at Art Omi. James is a visual artist who uses found objects and images in collages made using copy machines and printers. He lives and works in the Hudson Valley and graduated from Hudson Valley Community College in 2018 with his associates in Fine Arts. There he was elected Vice President of the Student Art League, and worked as head editor on the zine produced by the Fine Arts department. While on campus, he also worked at the Teaching Gallery. Since graduating, James has also been working at a local gallery in Kinderhook. In his free time he enjoys traveling, hopping between museums and amusement parks.
Eliza Ulmer (she/her)
Visitor Services Associate
Eliza Ulmer is a Visitor Services Associate at Art Omi. She was raised in Spencertown, NY and received her BFA from SUNY Plattsburgh in Painting, Ceramics and Art History in 2017. She received her MFA from Maine College of Art and Design in 2021. Her art practice varies but includes oil painting, and plein air, functional and sculptural ceramics. You can see her work at Elizajoanart.com. Eliza is an avid reader and writer who loves spending time outdoors. She adores animals of all kinds and currently lives with her partner and cat in her hometown of Spencertown.
Ngwe Pyu (she/her)
Visitor Services Associate
Ngwe Hnin Pyu was born in Myanmar, moved to New York in 2003, and is currently living in Albany, NY. She received an AA degree from Hudson Valley Community College in 2019, and continued her education at SUNY Oswego where she received a Bachelor's Degree in studio art in 2021. During her time in Oswego, she enjoyed painting and doing studio work and also pursued museum studies. Ngwe mostly paints in oil, including landscapes, nature, and flowers. She would like to work at a museum in New York City or any other big city as a curator or art director. Another dream is to teach art back home in Myanmar or Thailand. Ngwe enjoys going out with her friends, playing soccer, and traveling to new places to experience different cultures and their foods.
Ava Pina (she/her)
Visitor Services Associate
Ava is originally from New York City and now resides in Catskill, NY. She earned her BS in Advertising and Marketing Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2021. Ava has a performance background in modern dance and now expresses her creativity through writing. Her most recent work explores modern dance as an emotional language to express grief. In her free time, Ava enjoys practicing yoga, birdwatching, and quality time with her two cats.
Albina Cook (she/they)
Visitor Services Associate
Albina Cook is a Visitor Services Associate at Art Omi. She lives and works in Albany, NY. She received her BFA in painting from SUNY New Paltz and is working on her painting MFA from the University at Albany. She makes large, emotional, abstract skyscape installations using various media such as: oil paint, encaustics, crayon wax, and yarn. Her work has been shown in New Paltz, Ghent, and Troy, NY. When she’s not in the studio she is learning, teaching, spending time with family, walking in nature with her dog Bonzo, and taking sky pictures.
Art Omi: Education
Sasha Sicurella (she/her)
Director, Art Omi: Education
Sasha Sicurella is a Canadian-born arts education specialist, photographer, and filmmaker who has worked with Art Omi: Education since its inception in 2005. She has taught art to students ages 1-100 in a variety of schools and educational settings. Sasha is the founding director of the I AM: Projects, a non-profit organization that works globally to provide opportunities for children and youth to explore identity through art. The projects have reached individuals in 25 countries across 5 continents and the work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally at museums and art centers in Tel Aviv, Milan, Mumbai, Addis Ababa, Bratislava, Ulan Bator, Sao Paulo, Sarajevo, Çanakkale, Lisbon, and the in United States. She is a contributing partner of kahani magazine for girls, a content coordinator for Girl Rising and a member of The International Society for Education Through Art (InSEA). Sasha holds a BFA from the University of British Columbia and an MFA from New York University. As a believer that access to the arts can transform communities, she is passionate about supporting the next generation of makers, creators, thinkers, and dreamers.
Christine Flood (she/her)
Assistant Director, Art Omi: Education
Christine Flood has been the Assistant Director of Education at Art Omi since 2011. She received her B.F.A. in oil painting with a minor in Art History from SUNY Albany and went on to obtain her M.S. in Art Ed. from the College of Saint Rose. Christine has taught art to all age ranges not only at Art Omi but in surrounding schools and community centers throughout the Capital Region and the Hudson Valley. Her passion for arts education is fueled by the notion that understanding art is a vital tool in the teaching of multiple disciplines as well as her belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to express themselves creatively. Christine was born in Northern California but has been a resident of Ghent, NY since 1997 and lives with her partner, Ben, her three daughters, Zoey, Stella and Bonnie and her cat, Freya.
Grace Lang (she/her)
Grace Lang (she/her) is the Educational Assistant at Art Omi, as well as a multimedia artist, focused on telling stories of triumph. She holds a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design and a BA in literary studies from Eugene Lang College. Grace is also currently working towards a Masters in Educational Psychology at the College of St. Rose. She has participated in artist residencies in China, Germany, and the U.S and is an active member of the Youth Affinity Leadership Group at the Art Therapy Project in New York City. Other than making art, both on her own and with kids, Grace likes reading, cooking, and snowboarding. View her artwork at grooseling.com.
Miquael Williams (she/her)
Miquael (pronounced My-Kell) Williams is an art historian based in the Hudson Valley whose research commonly explores cross-cultural, geographical, and temporal relationships. While taking an expansive approach to the study of art history—and commonly incorporating her interests in Greek and Roman visual culture, as well as modern and contemporary art—her research is most often concerned with diasporic artists from the Caribbean. She is an alumna of SUNY New Paltz, where she graduated Magna cum laude with a B.A. in Art History, and more recently of NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts, where she received her master’s degree in the History of Art and Archaeology. Her M.A. thesis, “Give me your reverence and your love: Belkis Ayón’s syncretic icons and the remaking of the Stations of the Cross,” closely examined the work of Cuban printmaker Belkis Ayón and the artist’s 1995 exhibition in Breinig, Germany. Miquael has previously worked at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art and Dia: Beacon, and held a summer internship at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She recently completed a yearlong internship in the Department of Drawings and Prints, at The Museum of Modern Art, where she provided support for several rotational installations of collection works (including a series of monotype prints by Edgar Heap-of-Birds), as well as for the exhibitions, The Modern Window: Derrick Adams and Projects: Kahlil Robert Irving.
Claudia Cannizzaro (she/her)
Residency Program Director, Art Omi: Artists
Claudia Cannizzaro is an arts administrator with over twenty years of experience working in not-for-profit organizations. She was born in Sicily during The Years of Lead—a critical political moment in the seventies which shaped her view of the world and the importance of social justice—with subsequent years in Rome. There she studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and had her first few exhibitions. This was followed by a move to New York City, where she stayed for two decades pursuing a career as an artist while employed at well-respected arts nonprofits and starting a family. Cannizzaro has been leading the visual artists’ residency at Art Omi since 2008, proudly guiding the program through growth and changes fueled by a never ending passion for the mission, the place, and international artists invited to the annual summer residency. Co-founder and director of Akrai Residency in her native Sicily, she undertook this experiment—connecting a small isolated community in inland Sicily with a select group of international creative professionals—from 2013 to 2018. Currently living in the Sicilian countryside, Cannizzaro is curating a series of events in collaboration with her husband, Turi Scalora, a chef and performance artist, on the topic of Art and Food, and is always open to engaging in creative endeavors.
Christopher Morgan (he/him)
Residency Program Director, Art Omi: Dance
Christopher K. Morgan has directed Art Omi: Dance since 2006, shaping its unique approach to cross cultural collaboration and peer-to-peer mentorship. His Native Hawaiian ancestry and a wide-ranging dance career that moved him to San Diego, Munich, Washington DC, New York, Dublin, London, and Hawai'i - all influence his work. He is Vice President of Programming at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (the MACC), curating dozens of music, dance, and theater performances each year, overseeing the Schaefer International Gallery, and a robust arts education program that serves thousands of Hawai'i youth, adults, and arts educators. From 2017-2021 he served as Executive Artistic Director of Dance Place in Washington, D.C. stewarding the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact by maintaining Dance Place’s entire 23 person staff with no layoffs or furloughs and continuing to pay artists. Christopher founded dance company Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, in 2011; the same year Dance Magazine profiled him as one of six breakout choreographers in the United States. His choreographic work has received support from Creative Capital, New England Foundation for the Arts, Dance USA, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and Western Arts Alliance. Nominated by President Joseph R. Biden and confirmed by Congress, Christopher serves on the National Council on the Arts. He lives in Makawao, Hawai'i with his husband, opera director Kyle Lang.
Jeffrey Lependorf (he/him)
Residency Program Director, Art Omi: Music
Musician and visual artist Jeffrey Lependorf received his doctorate and masters in music composition from Columbia University and his undergraduate degree from Oberlin Conservatory. A composer of operas and chamber music, he is also a certified master of the traditional Japanese shakuhachi flute, and has performed and had his music performed around the world—literally: a recording of his "Night Pond" for solo shakuhachi once traveled around the globe aboard the Russian space station Mir. His “Masterpieces of Western Music (The Modern Scholar)” audio course can be found at audible.com, and some of his recordings can be found on iTunes and Amazon.com. He also serves as Executive Director of The Flow Chart Foundation. More info at: www.jeffreylependorf.com.
DW Gibson (he/him)
Residency Program Director, Art Omi: Writers
DW Gibson is most recently the author of 14 Miles: Building the Border Wall. His previous books include the awarding-winning The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the Twenty-First Century and Not Working: People Talk About Losing a Job and Finding Their Way in Today’s Changing Economy. He shared a National Magazine Award for his work on “This is the Story of One Block in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn” for New York magazine. His work has also appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Nation, among other publications. Gibson’s radio work includes co-hosting the podcast “There Goes the Neighborhood,” guest hosting various news programs for WNYC, and reading original essays for Live From Here as well as NPR’s All Things Considered.
Rita Soares-Kern (she/her)
Residency Chef (Writers and Architecture)
Rita Soares-Kern was born in the Azores, Portugal, and immigrated to Montreal at a very young age. Rita grew up in a multi-ethnic community, which initiated her curiosity in the diversity of taste. As a self-taught chef, she brings 25 years of culinary experience to Art Omi. Rita has served as chef-in-residence for Art Omi: Writers residency since 2003, and for the Art Omi: Architecture residency since its inception. Rita worked for ten years with the previous Carlucci Catering Co. where she cooked for large events, weddings, fundraisers, and family parties in Columbia County. She also created an in-home private chef service called the Wooden Spoon - Global Cuisine. Prior to immigrating to the USA, she worked for several years at McGill University's language department, and studied at Concordia University Studio Art.
Jeremy Adams (he/him)
Jeremy Adams joined Art Omi in September 2019. Before that he was the Executive Director of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild from 2014 until August 2019, where he oversaw an artist’s residency program situated on 250 acres in the Catskill Mountains. Previously he was Executive Director at CUE Art Foundation in NYC, where he served for ten years. Before being at CUE, Jeremy was the Assistant Director of Pamela Auchincloss Arts Management Services and managed the Pamela Auchincloss Gallery in New York City for ten years. Jeremy received an Honors B.A. from Winchester School of Art and an M.F.A in painting from Pratt Institute, New York in 1991. He lives in Rhinebeck with his wife. They have two kids, two cats, and two dogs, so are never outnumbered by another species.
Nancy Welsh (she/her)
Nancy Welsh is a digital artist and communications professional, originally from the South Shore of Massachusetts and now living in Albany, NY. It's hard to say how she got from there to here, but there were stops in Oberlin, OH, Paris, France, and the Turks & Caicos Islands related to a B.A. in French and Environmental Studies, and then some time in Boston, MA for a M.S. in Coastal and Ocean Science. A NOAA Fellowship sent Nancy to Albany, NY in 1997, from whence she very much planned to again depart, and then didn't. After two decades of 75% civil service and 25% maternity leave, Nancy decided to return to school (again) to explore her life-long love of the arts. In 2019 she graduated from the Digital Media Program at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY. In addition to serving as Communications Director for Art Omi, Nancy also sometimes works on graphic design, web, photography, and art projects (nwelshdesign.com). There is a husband, a daughter, a dog, and a cat, who arrived in that order. For fun, Nancy likes to drink wine and box, but not at the same time.
Katherine Bishop (she/they)
Katherine (Katie) Bishop is a lens-based artist originally from Saratoga Springs, New York, and holds a BFA in Photography from Pratt Institute. While there she worked as a Gallery Exhibitions Attendant, studied abroad in Berlin, and contributed to the Institute’s student-run newspaper. Katie fell in love with the nature New York has to offer after moving back upstate, and their work explores dynamics between the landscape and photographing oneself. They use analog mediums such as pinhole cameras and cyanotypes to create their work, and enjoy experimenting with photographic processes. When she’s not photographing, Katie loves to spend time with her family, practice yoga, and cook.
Keith Moore (he/him)
Facilities Director Keith Moore has been a musician for 30 years, and a recording studio producer for 20 years. His past work, including at French Institute Alliance Française, provided extensive experience in live events and theatre, which informs his work at Art Omi.
Facilities Staff Member