Art Omi Directory


Ruth Adams (she/her)
Co-Executive Director
director@artomi.org

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)
Co-Executive Director
gberger@artomi.org

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)
Executive Assistant
cnelson@artomi.org

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
jvandenhout@artomi.org

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. 

Nicole Hayes (she/her)
Curator and Project Manager
nhayes@artomi.org

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, Liliane 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)
Curatorial Assistant
ksloane@artomi.org

Kelsey Sloane has been with Art Omi since 2018, and in her current role of Curatorial Assistant since 2019. 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.

Pam Poquette (she/her)
Visitor Services and Administrative Manager
ppoquette@artomi.org

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)
Visitor Services Associate
acimmino@artomi.org

Alexandra (Alex) Cimmino is a Visitor Services Associate at Art Omi. She was born and raised in Albany, New York, and still resides there today. After working as a docent at a local Hudson Valley area gallery in Summer 2019, Alex decided in her last semester of college that she would like to pursue a career working alongside artists and curators in a museum or gallery setting, and put a pause on creating her own art. Alexandra earned her B.S. from the University of Oneonta, SUNY in digital and Studio art, where she served as the Fall 2019 gallery intern. Alex has contributed design and editorial work to college literary magazines and fine art zines, such as The Mutt and Art & Scope. She was also a member of her college radio station WONY 90.9 FM, and worked in their public relations department. In her free time, Alex enjoys attending concerts, going to the local movie theater (she works at one too), and hiking. She loves dogs and is very happy to be working at Art Omi, where the dog spotting is superb.

Eliza Ulmer (she/her)
Visitor Services Associate
eulmer@artomi.org

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.

Jordan Rosenow (she/they)
Preparator, Sculpture and Architecture Park
jrosenow@artomi.org

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

Art Omi: Education

Sasha Sicurella (she/her)
Director, Art Omi: Education
ssicurella@artomi.org

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
cflood@artomi.org

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)
Teaching Artist
glang@artomi.org

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.

Residency Programs

Miquael Williams
Residency Manager
mwilliams@artomi.org

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
ccannizzaro@artomi.org

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
cmorgan@artomi.org

Christopher K. Morgan has directed Art Omi: Dance since 2006, shaping its unique approach to cross cultural collaboration and peer-to-peer artist mentorship. He is the Artistic Director of contemporary dance company Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (CKM&A), and the Executive Artistic Director of Dance Place, a 38-year-old dance venue and school in Washington, D.C. Christopher founded CKM&A in 2011; the same year Dance Magazine profiled him as one of six breakout choreographers in the United States. Said to be "charming and poignant" by The New York Times, his work has been presented in 18 countries on 5 continents and has addressed issues including sexuality, gender identity, race, climate change, and water conservation. At Dance Place, he oversees the curation of over 40 weekends of performances by national and international choreographers annually; a school for youth and adults, youth enrichment programs and continues Dance Place’s leadership in creative placemaking.

Christopher’s Native Hawaiian ancestry and a diverse, international modern dance career that moved him to Munich, Washington DC, New York, Dublin and London, all influence his work. In demand as a speaker, panelist and grants reviewer for his informed and balanced perspective, Morgan has recently been at the forefront of national and international discussions on cultural appropriation and equity. He regularly adjudicates for the American College Dance Festival and has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council and McKnight Foundation among others. Recent awards include a 2014 NPN Creation Fund Award, a 2014 National Dance Project (NDP) award from NEFA, being named one of the top 100 Creatives in the U.S. by Origin Magazine in 2015, the 2015 Montgomery County Executive's Award for Outstanding Artist, a 2017 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, and has been named an inaugural 2018 Native Launchpad Artist by the Western Arts Alliance. He resides in Washington, DC with his husband, opera director Kyle Lang.

Jeffrey Lependorf (he/him)
Residency Program Director, Art Omi: Music
musicians@artomi.org

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
writers@artomi.org

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.

Carol Frederick) (she/her)
Deputy Director, Art Omi: Writers
cfrederick@artomi.org

As deputy director of the Art Omi: Writers residency, Carol Frederick hosts international authors and translators. She lives in Columbia County with her husband, Ross Willows. Carol and Ross have been involved with Art Omi since its inception as board members, volunteers and consultants.



Rita Soares-Kern (she/her)
Residency Chef (Writers and Architecture)
rsoares-kern@artomi.org

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.

Development

Jeremy Adams (he/him)
Development Director
jadams@artomi.org

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.

Katya Harris (she/her)
Development Manager
kharris@artomi.org

Katya Harris is the Development Manager at Art Omi. After receiving her MFA from East Carolina University School of Art and Design, Katya was excited to move back to her home state and begin working in the vibrant arts community of upstate New York. She is also an artist (katyaharris.com), and a teaching artist with IS183 Art School of the Berkshires. Katya lives in Troy, NY with her wife and two cats. When not creating or working, you can probably find her climbing a mountain, running along a quiet back road, or tending to a garden.

Communications

Jessica Puglisi (she/her)
Communications Director
jpuglisi@artomi.org

Hailing from the Connecticut shoreline, Jessica Puglisi has lived in the upper Hudson Valley and Catskills since 2000. Ever in search of a good story, her personal and professional work has centered around the arts and communication in various manifestations. Prior to Art Omi, Jess managed a bookstore and bar, where she expanded operations to include a DIY music venue. This experience informed her work at Wave Farm, a media-arts organization which hosts an artist-in-residency program, community radio station, and regrant partnership with NYSCA. She also previously served as managing editor for Fence, a literary magazine and publisher. Outside of working hours, Jess spends her time reading, writing, hiking, fishing, paddling, knitting, and watching the light change.

Nancy Welsh (she/her)
Communications Coordinator
nwelsh@artomi.org

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 Coordinator for Art Omi, Nancy also works freelance 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.

Operations

Keith Moore (he/him)
Facilities Director
facilities@artomi.org

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.

Angela Robins (she/her)
Facilities Staff Member
arobins@artomi.org

Angela Robins is a woodworker and educator, and has worked at nonprofits in Minnesota and Maine that focus on passing on traditional craft skills in community-oriented environments. She’s excited to now be a part of the art world at Art Omi, while plugging away at woodworking and repair projects with the facilities crew. In her own practice, she teaches Scandinavian and Japanese inspired woodturning and carving, as well as creates bowls and vessels out of freshly cut wood. You can see what she’s up to at www.angelarobins.com.

Hayley O'Brien
Facilities Staff Member
hobrien@artomi.org


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