Pyramid Atlantic is pleased to announce the addition of five new members to its Board of Directors: David Evans, Jenny Freestone, Brian Hurtt, Matt Richardson, and Peter S. Siegel. In its first meeting of the new fiscal year, the board elected Chase DeForest as President, Bronwyn King as Vice President, and Jenny Freestone as Secretary.
The 15-member governing body is responsible for assuring that the 38-year old nonprofit arts organization has sound and ethical governance and financial management. It also helps ensure that Pyramid has the resources to advance its mission of fostering the creative disciplines of papermaking, printmaking, and book arts within a collaborative community; equipping, educating and exhibiting in its historic Hyattsville home.
“I am excited to work with this new board,” says Kate Taylor Davis, Executive Director. “Each of them brings deep community knowledge, a passion for art and creative places, and the desire to see this incredible organization increase its capacity to tackle an ambitious and sustainable future.”
MORE ABOUT THE BOARD MEMBERS
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With his dreams of being an artist tempered by his father’s advice for practicality, Allan created the consulting firm Akman Associates, Inc. in 1976, to serve the federal government. The firm specialized in developing policies to assess the impact of new equipment on soldiers, sailors, and airmen. Not to be entirely dissuaded from his art, throughout his career Allan worked on many art projects, including painting, graphics, and paper cutting. In June of 2009, he closed his business and made his way to Pyramid Atlantic to get started in screenprinting. He has been adjusting his dreams to the “reality of the squeegee” ever since.
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Rush is a painter living and working in Prince George’s County. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cooper Union in 2009 and a Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting/printmaking from Yale University in 2012. He has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally, including solo shows at Scaramouche Gallery and The Cooper Union in New York City, and group shows at the G. R.
N’ Namdi Gallery in Detroit, MoCADA in Brooklyn, The Reginald Ingraham Gallery in Los Angeles, Motus Fort and Koki Arts in Tokyo, Bowie State University, and Yale University.
Tamara is a Re/Max Realtor on the Dixie Meadows Team. The Dixie Meadows Team is a deeply rooted local real estate team with over 42 years in the business which, has been hyper local, focusing on the neighborhoods of Hyattsville, Riverdale, University Park and College Park. Tamara is also a licensed architect with over 15 years in the design field including positions in firms in Paris, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. She is a supporter of the local arts and extremely passionate about building the artistic reputation of the Route One corridor. She is married to a French social activist and author and is the mother of two young boys.
Michael is a nationally recognized and collected artist who has been actively painting in Washington, D.C.
for over 16 years. Michael also promotes and creates opportunities for artists. He is Co-founder of the arts space Caos on F; Principal of Arts Enterprises LLC, a D.C. real estate company that offers an array of services to the arts community; and Executive Director for Diverse Markets Management LLC, which manages outdoor market festivals such as the Downtown Holiday Market and the Flea Market at Eastern Market. He serves on the boards of the Downtown Artists Coalition (DAC) and Eastern Market Main Street. Michael has a BFA from the University of Maryland, with an emphasis on painting, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He lives and maintains a studio on Capitol Hill.
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Martha is a grant and proposal consultant with the goal of helping nonprofits reach their funding and research potential. She has experience with the NIH peer review process, grant writing and funding readiness analysis for biomedical, behavioral and population sciences, funding close-out reports, ethics consulting & mediation, federal project management and program implementation, professional education curriculum development, and board development. Martha is also a collage artist who enjoys working with her collage group at Pyramid Atlantic.
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Chase has worked in arts administration for over 25 years. Highlights include managing gallery relations for renowned artist Dale Chihuly in Seattle and bringing to fruition the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver. In addition, Chase has maintained a creative practice designing and building both custom furniture and currently, cowboy boots (and other random things!). She holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.
David is a visual storyteller, photographer, video producer and creative director with extensive experience in issues-oriented, impact-driven documentary content. As a fine artist, David exhibits with the D.C.-based encaustic collective Washington Wax Works. Working with the Mandy and David Team at Compass Real Estate, David specializes in helping buyers find their place in the world. He has signed on as a preferred real estate referral for Colibri Life, a non-profit organization devoted to assisting women with life issues during and after divorce. Born in Hyattsville, Evans now resides in northeast D.C., with his husband Sangkyun Shon.
After moving to Takoma Park, MD in 1996 from her native England, Jenny studied stone lithography at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. She also learned photogravure processes at Pyramid Atlantic in 2004. Jenny exhibits her prints both within the U.S. and internationally, with work exhibited in Turkey, Taiwan, Bulgaria, Italy, United Kingdom and New Zealand. She previously served on Pyramid’s board member during the leadership of founder Helen Frederick and her successor Jose Dominguez. Currently Jenny is heading up the project of archiving and cataloguing Pyramid’s art collection.
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Nancy Hanlon is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a CPA in the State of Maryland. She spent her early career at non-profit organizations funded by government grants and contracts. Over the last thirty-five years she has worked in the telecommunications industry, first at MCI and later at various capital venture backed start-ups. In 1993, she co-founded Merchant Link, a leading provider of cloud-based payment gateway and data security solutions. The company was sold in 1996 and is now held by JP Morgan Chase. She continues to advise the finance and accounting departments of Merchant Link on a part-time basis.
Brian Hurtt is a Prince George’s County native who believes in the power of art, design and technology to improve lives and make our communities strong and vibrant. Over the past 16 years, Brian has helped Symplicity, an education technology company, grow from start-up to medium sized business with more than 1,400 clients in 20 countries. As Senior Director of Design and User Experience at Symplicity, Brian leads a team of designers and developers whose primary focus is to help students prepare for their career and succeed in the job market.
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Bronwyn lives and works in Hyattsville, MD. When she isn’t painting, she is curating and exhibiting local artists at Studio SoHy which she co-founded in 2015. She also organizes special events that help promote the wonderfully unique businesses that call the SoHy area of Hyattsville home. Bronwyn also coordinates events for Polka Dot Park and, with a group of local Hyattsville residents, has created HyFest, Hyattsville’s first music festival. Bronwyn received her BA from Kenyon College and studied graphic design at La Scuola D’Arte e Disegno in Florence, Italy; drawing at the SF Academy of Art and SFAI; and textile design at Philadelphia University.
Adam serves as Director for the Department of the Environment for Prince George’s County. Since his assignment in October 2012, the agency has launched aggressive initiatives to tackle blight, enhance property standards enforcement, pilot a public-private partnership to enhance local business participation in the County’s urban retrofit stormwater program, generate more renewable energy and increase community participation in sustainability programs. Adam resides in Hyattsville, and plays guitar with his band Blue Plains.
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Angela is an expert in branding, marketing, and community/grassroots efforts. Her company, Favorite
Daughter, specializes in business development and marketing strategy for small, locally focused businesses. She also teaches a Hospitality & Tourism course at Elizabeth Seton High School. Angela’s corporate experience includes being Vice President of Marketing for EDENS Realty and Executive Director of Marketing and Customer Experience for Whole Foods Market. For fun, Angela spends time searching the best food and retail experiences in the D.C. area or wandering hiking trails with her dog — The Drake.
Matt Richardson is a co-founder and owner of Indigo Ink Digital Printing Inc., a full-service print shop located in Columbia, Md. Matt, along with his wife, Liz Richardson, and a business partner, Rob Harrison, launched Indigo Ink in 2003, believing this new company could better serve quality driven clients. Indigo
Ink employs 14 dedicated team members with over $2.3M in annual revenue. Matt is a graduate of University of Maryland University College. He enjoys rock climbing, skiing, and mountain biking. It is his love for the outdoors that has been a driving force for Indigo Ink’s dedication to making both their business practices and print production techniques as environmentally sustainable as possible. Matt currently lives in Catonsville, MD with his wife, dog and two cats.
Peter S. Siegel
Peter is the Chief Executive Officer for Landex Development, LLC a Maryland based real estate development company specializing in public-private partnerships. Founded in 1983, Landex has developed and financed over 7,500 apartments of market rate and affordable rental and for sale housing in mixed-use communities totaling more than $1 billion. Landex has built several communities in local arts districts and is currently developing two large mixed-use communities (Studio 3807 and Artisan at 4100) in the Gateway Arts District in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Mr. Siegel earned his BS at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and is MBA at George Washington University.