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As Executive Director of Brooklyn Arts Council, Charlotte Cohen designs, implements, and furthers the strategic agenda, leadership, and vision of Brooklyn’s foremost nonprofit cultural organization supporting artists.
Prior to 2015, she served as Fine Arts Officer at the U.S. General Services Administration and oversaw the federal government’s Fine Arts Collection in the Northeast and Caribbean region, working with newly commissioned artists and managing the historic collection in public buildings.
Previously, she was Director of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs’ Percent for Art Program managing the commissioning and installation of dozens of public art projects across the five boroughs. She also served as Project Director at the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Service, and Program Director and Curator at Maryland Art Place, a contemporary art center in Baltimore, Maryland.
A third-generation Brooklynite, Charlotte is deeply committed to promoting and expanding access to the arts. She has lectured internationally. She has been a faculty member at New York University and the School of Visual Arts, and has served on the boards of local, national, and international cultural non-profit organizations including CEC ArtsLink, Hester Street, Proteus Gowanus, and the Public Art Network Journal.
Daniela Kostova is an interdisciplinary artist working with photography, installation, video, and performance. Her practice addresses issues of geography and cultural representation, the production and crossing of socio-cultural borders, and the uneasy process of translation and communication.
In 2019, Daniela’s piece “Future Dreaming” wrapped the Ringturm building in Vienna, Austria in one of the biggest public art displays in Europe. In 2016, she had her first solo show in NYC as A.I.R. Gallery Fellow and was a resident at the Center for Art and Urbanism (ZK/U), Berlin. Her work is exhibited at venues such as Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NY), Queens Museum of Art (NY), Kunsthalle Wien (Austria), Institute for Contemporary Art (Sofia), Centre d’art Contemporain (Geneva), Antakya Biennale (Turkey), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, (Torino), Kunsthalle Fridericianum (Kassel), and many others. Daniela’s work is reviewed in New York Times, Brooklyn Rail, FlashArt, Art in America and is featured at Open Art Files, Artqol, Artfare, and Artsy.
Daniela currently serves as the Director of Curatorial Projects at Radiator Gallery, Artist Mentor at NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Program, and Trustee of CEC ArtsLink.
Jane is the owner of Jane Lombard Gallery with a focus on socio-political art. She serves on the Boards of the Vera List Center for Arts & Politics at the New School in NYC and Protocinema in Istanbul, Turkey. Jane joined the Board of CEC ArtsLink in 1972.
Clyde E. Rankin III is a member of Baker McKenzie North America Transactional Practice Group based in the New York office and is Chair of the North America Projects Practice. Mr. Rankin is fluent in French. He has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America from 2006 – 2021 and is highlighted in Legal 500 US 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2017-2021 for his work as an advisor to sponsors in project finance and renewable energy. He has also been named a New York Metro Super Lawyer from 2014-2021. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie in 2005, Mr. Rankin served as the ninth chairman of Coudert Brothers LLP.
Amei Wallach is a filmmaker, art critic, journalist, and author. Her documentaries about artists include Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and the Tangerine (2008), Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here (2013), and Taking Venice: The Rauschenberg Factor. Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, Smithsonian, Vanity Fair, Art in America, and numerous other publications. Ms. Wallach served as president of the U.S. Section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA/USA) in 2000 – 2005.
Photo by Grace Roselli
Lilly Wei is a New York-based independent curator, writer, journalist and critic whose area of interest is global contemporary art, in particular emerging art and artists, writing frequently on international exhibitions and biennials. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications world-wide and she is a longtime contributor to Art in America, a contributing editor at ARTnews, and a former contributing editor at Art Asia Pacific in the United States. The author of numerous catalogues and monographs, she has curated exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia. Her most recent curatorial project is Without Borders: The Paintings of Brian Maguire at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington D.C. Wei lectures frequently on critical and curatorial practices and sits on the board of several not-for-profit art organizations. She has an MA in art history from Columbia University, New York.