Team

Staff
Amanda Choo Quan, Communications + Membership Manager
Courtney Fink, Director
Hannah Grossman, Convening Manager
Nat May, Bookkeeper
Stephanie Sherman, Web Project Lead

Council
Dana Bishop-Root, Transformazium (Braddock, PA)
Elizabeth Chodos, Ox-bow School of Art (Saugatuck, MI)
Matthew Fluharty, Art of the Rural (Winona, MN)
Anne Focke (Seattle, WA)
Deana Haggag, United States Artists (Chicago, IL)
sharon maidenberg, Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA)
Nat May, Hewnoaks Artist Colony (Portland, ME)
James McAnally, The Luminary and Temporary Review (St. Louis, MO)
Cameron Shaw, Pelican Bomb (New Orleans, LA)
Stephanie Sherman, (London, UK)
Aurora Tang, Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) (Los Angeles, CA)
Martha Wilson, Franklin Furnace (New York, NY)

Founding Members
Kenny Bailey, DSFSI (Boston, MA)
Shana Berger, Coleman Center for the Arts (York, AL)
Chris Cook, formerly @ Cannonball (Miami, FL)
Kate Hackman, formerly @ Charlotte Street Foundation (Kansas City, MO)
Ben Heywood, formerly @ Soap Factory (Seattle, WA)
Kristin Kennedy, PICA (Portland, OR)
Jori Ketten, 186 Carpenter (Providence, RI)
Colin Kloecker, Works Progress Studio (Minneapolis, MN)
Sharon Maidenberg, Headlands Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA)
Shanai Matteson, Works Progress (Minneapolis, MN)
James McAnalley The Luminary Center for the Arts (St Louis, MO)
Jonathan Middleton, OR Gallery (Vancouver, VA)
Maia Murphy, formerly @ Recess (New York, NY)
Lane Relyea, Northwestern U (Chicago, IL)
Victoria Reis, Transformer (Washington, D.C.)
Stephanie Sherman, (London, UK)
Bob Snead, Antenna (New Orleans, LA)
Shannon Stratton, formerly @ Threwalls (Chicago, IL)
Sarah Wagner, formerly @ dflux (Detroit, MI)
Martha Wilson, Franklin Furnace (New York, NY)
Nancy Zastudil, formerly @ PLAND (Albuqurque, NM)

Common Field Co-Founders 
Elizabeth Chodos, Ox-bow School of Art (Saugatuck, MI)
Courtney Fink, (Formerly @ Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA)
Nat May, (Formerly @ SPACE Gallery (Portland, ME)
Abigail Satinsky, (Formerly @ Threewalls, Chicago, IL)
Shannon Stratton (Formerly @ Threwalls, Chicago, IL)

Common Field Website
Colin Kloecker, Works Progress Studio (Minneapolis, MN) (project)
Triplo, Minneapolis (development)
Mike Haeg, Minneapolis (design)

 

Common Field Staff Bios 

Courtney Fink is an arts organizer and curator based in Los Angeles, CA. She is the director and co-founder of Common Field. From 2002-2015 she was the executive director of Southern Exposure in San Francisco. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Seed Fund. She has held positions at California College of the Arts and Capp Street Project in San Francisco. For 23 years, she has been dedicated to supporting artists, and by extension, experimental organizations that are focused on artists.

Hannah Grossman is a researcher, independent curator, and arts administrator based in Los Angeles. She has worked at ONE Gay and Lesbian Archives, at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and continues to work with Amelia Jones as the assistant curator on a forthcoming Ron Athey retrospective.  She serves as the Convening Manager at Common Field. 

Amanda Choo Quan is a Trinidadian/Jamaican writer, poet and organizer based in Los Angeles. A graduate of CalArts' MFA in Creative Writing, she's been Truman Capote, Callaloo, Juniper, and Cropper Foundation fellows, also earning the University of the West Indies' Brodber-Pollard prize. She's self-published (prolifically, via Facebook), and has appeared in Callaloo.

Stephanie Sherman is an arts director, organizer, curator, writer and collaborator. 

Common Field Council Bios 

Dana Bishop-Root, Transformazium (Braddock, PA}
Dana Bishop-Root is a member of Transformazium, an artist collaborative based in North Braddock, Pennsylvania, where Bishop-Root, Ruthie Stringer, and Leslie Stem moved from Brooklyn in 2007 to pursue their shared interests in community agriculture, political and cultural activism, youth development, and education. Since 2009, the Braddock Carnegie Library Association has partnered with Transformazium to develop and coordinate new creative learning programs and build relationships with cultural institutions. These programs include the Neighborhood Print Shop, a fully operational screen-printing studio where residents of Braddock can learn to make prints for creative or entrepreneurial purposes, and the Resident Artist in Residence program, which has provided studio space and public engagement opportunities for established artists with ties to Braddock, including Tony Buba, LaToya Ruby Frazier, and Jim Kidd. Bishop-Root also has a long-term collaboration with General Sisters, a neighborhood corner store, installation, idea, structure, studio, exchange, living architecture, meeting place, kitchen, and garden, facilitated with Ginger Brooks Takahashi.

Elizabeth Chodos, Ox-Bow, school of art and artists’ residency (Saugatuck, MI)
Elizabeth Chodos is interested in creative and enterprising arts administration projects and practices, and moonlights as a creative writer and independent curator. Chodos received a Dual Masters degree from the departments of Art History, Theory and Criticism, and Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her Bachelors of Arts in Creative Writing, from Sarah Lawrence College. She is currently the Executive and Creative Director at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, and was formerly Executive Director and Board member at threewalls in Chicago. She is co-founder of Common Field, a national alliance of and advocacy group for artist-centered visual arts platforms and their producers. 

Matthew Fluharty, Art of the Rural (Winona, MN)
Matthew Fluharty is an artist, writer, and researcher currently splitting his time between Winona, Minnesota, Saint Louis and points along the Mississippi River. Matthew is the Executive Director of Art of the Rural, facilitator of its Middle Landscape projects, and a member of the M12 collective. He serves on the Council for Common Field, the Board of Directors for the Wormfarm Institute, and is currently a Research Fellow in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Matthew’s poetry and essays have been widely published in the US and abroad and are present within the field-establishing publication A Decade of Country Hits: Art on the Rural Frontier (Jam Sam, 2014). His collaborations with M12 on the Equine Anthology project have recently been featured at the Santa Fe Art Institute, and his multidisciplinary collaboration with Jesse Vogler in the American Bottom region of the Mississippi River was recently the subject of an exhibition at Central Features in Albuquerque. 

Anne Focke (Seattle, WA)
Anne Focke is intentionally a generalist, and a matchmaker, writer, and creator of both short-lived and long-lasting enterprises, projects, conversations, and events. Some she has left or closed down on purpose. She works with words, ideas, and almost always in concert with others. She always has new things on her mind. She was the first executive director of Grantmakers in the Arts (1999-2008) and co-editor of its journal, the GIA Reader (1991-2009). She has led or helped instigate the start-up of nonprofit, for-profit, and informal enterprises including the Community Democracy Workshop (2009-14); What’s Up?, an informal monthly conversation with artist Carolyn Law (2002-13); Arts Wire, an early national online network for the arts (1990-95); Artist Trust, a nonprofit organization supporting Washington state artists (1986); Artech, a for-profit art-handling company (1978), and and/or, an artists’ organization (1974-84). The Anne Focke Gallery in Seattle’s City Hall acknowledges her contributions to the city, where she has lived for over 40 years.

Deana Haggag, United States Artists (Chicago, IL)
Deana Haggag has been the Executive Director of The Contemporary, a nomadic and non-collecting art museum based in Baltimore, MD, since the spring of 2013. Prior to her work with the museum, she was the Curator-in-Residence at Gallery CA, which is also located in Baltimore, MD in the City Arts building—home to over 90 artists. In addition to her work at The Contemporary, Deana lectures extensively, consults on various public art initiatives, contributes to cultural publications, and teaches at institutions such as Towson University and Johns Hopkins University. She is on the board of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and council of Common Field, and has served as a member of the Affiliates Board for the Museums and Society Program at Johns Hopkins University and StageOne/FANS council at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Deana was named “10 People to Watch Under 30” by the Baltimore Sun in 2013 and a “Young Cultural Innovator” by the Salzburg Global Forum in 2015. She received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA from Rutgers University in Art History and Philosophy.

sharon maidenberg, Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA)
Executive director Sharon Maidenberg has been an active member of the Bay Area nonprofit arts community for more than ten years. She has focused on working with contemporary artists and the local arts community and on ensuring the long-term health and sustainability of nonprofit organizations. Appointed Headlands' executive director in March 2010, Maidenberg joined Headlands' staff as associate director in March 2007, following successful terms at some of San Francisco's most notable contemporary arts organizations, including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, San Francisco Art Institute, and New Langton Arts, among others.

Nat May, Hewnoaks Artist Colony (Portland, ME)
Nat May is a co-founder of the Hewnoaks Artist Colony, a rustic retreat located in Western Maine that encourages emerging and mid-career artists by offering time and space to work on their practice. From 2004-2016 he was the Executive Director of SPACE Gallery in Portland, Maine, a nonprofit art space, studio building and grantmaking organization. He was a co-founder of the Bakery Photo Collective, a not-for-profit darkroom and digital photo lab. He has served on the boards of the Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance, Portland's Downtown District, and Creative Portland. He has served as a juror and grant reviewer for organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, The Maine Arts Commission, the Monhegan Residency, and Creative Capital. Nat is a founding member of Common Field.

James McAnally, The Luminary and Temporary Review (St. Louis, MO)
James McAnally is an artist, curator and critic who has served as a founder and Executive Director of The Luminary, an incubator for new ideas in the arts based in St. Louis, MO, as well as the Executive Editor and co-founder of Temporary Art Review, a national platform for contemporary art criticism that focuses on artist-run and alternative spaces. In his artistic practice, he works as a part of the collaborative US English. He has exhibited, written and lectured widely for venues such as the Walker Art Center, Queens Museum, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation with Ballroom Marfa, Kadist Art Foundation, Gwangju Biennial (with INCA Seattle), Cannonball, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Kansas City Art Institute, Transformer, Washington University in St. Louis, Moore College of Art and Design and University of Missouri - Columbia, and has served as a Visual Arts panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. McAnally is a 2015 recipient of the Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for Short-Form Writing.

Cameron Shaw, Pelican Bomb (New Orleans, LA)
Cameron Shaw is a writer, editor, and the Executive Director of Pelican Bomb in New Orleans. Her work at Pelican Bomb centers on developing platforms for diverse voices, particularly through publishing and exhibition making, that expand the ways individuals and communities interact with contemporary art. Her own writing frequently engages with the legacy of African-American art and image practices since 1960, and has been widely published including in The New York Times, Art in America, and BOMB Magazine, as well as in books on Chris Ofili, Nick Cave, Tameka Norris, and other artists. Shaw was awarded a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for Short-Form Writing in 2009 and was selected as a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Writing Fellow in 2015. 

Aurora Tang, Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) (Los Angeles, CA)
Aurora Tang is a Los Angeles-based researcher and curator, with a focus on contemporary place-based practices.  Since 2009 she has been Program Manager at the Center for Land Use Interpretation, a non-profit research and education organization dedicated to the increase and diffusion of knowledge about how our nation’s lands are apportioned, utilized, and perceived.  From 2011-2015 she served as Managing Director of High Desert Test Sites, where she organized multi-site projects in the California high desert, as well as in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.

Martha Wilson, Franklin Furnace (New York, NY)
Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist who during the past four decades has created innovative photographic and performance works that explore her female subjectivity through role-playing and “invasions” of other people’s personae.  In 1976 she founded Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space in New York that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artists’ books, installation and performance art, video and art online.