Andreas Beroutsos and his wife, Abby Hirschhorn, are passionate researchers and collectors of American and international contemporary art. Their interests range from painting to sculpture, and from photography to video and installation art. Outside of work and family, Andreas dedicates his time visiting artist studios, galleries showcasing emerging and established artists, and discussing museum exhibitions with curators.
Andreas and Abby are active supporters of the Arts more broadly and have served as Trustees of the Sculpture Center in New York City, the Lincoln Center Theater, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and on the Director’s Council and Conservation Committee of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Andreas, a professional private equity investor, was born in Athens, Greece, moved to the United States almost 30 years ago, and lives with his family in Manhattan. He was educated at Harvard University and currently serves as the President of the Harvard Club of New York. His pro bono work has included the World Economic Forum and the City of New York. In his extensive travels, he has been a true fan of the art and culture of the South and Southeast. He is delighted to be associated with ArtFields early in its history!
Project Director, Smithsonian Institution
Project Director S. Marquette Folley is a social and cultural historian and exhibition developer. She came to the Smithsonian Institution in 1983 as a Fellow to work on the National Museum of American History (NMAH) exhibition, Field to Factory: Afro-American Migration 1915-1940. Later, Folley joined the curatorial staff in the Musical History division of NMAH, and worked to increase and broaden the jazz holdings of the museum. Currently, Folley is a Project Director at the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).
At SITES, she was co-curator and co-creator of the exhibition and book titled, Seeing Jazz, and exhibition developer and project director for the traveling exhibition Elvis at 21. Her most recent work includes American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print, William H. Johnson: An American Modern and Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight, and Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey.
Ruba Katrib is Curator at SculptureCenter in Long Island City, New York, and was previously Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami. Her recent exhibitions include A Disagreeable Object (2012), on the legacy of surrealism, and Better Homes (2013), which addressed domesticity in contemporary art, as well as the first comprehensive solo museum exhibitions of Cory Arcangel (2010) and Claire Fontaine (2010). Her writing has appeared in several periodicals including Artforum, Kaleidoscope, and Mousse Magazine. New publications include New Methods (MOCA, 2013), on independent artist initiatives throughout Latin America, and Inquiries Into Contemporary Sculpture – Where is Production? (co-editor) from Black Dog Press, London, 2013.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Juan Logan was raised in Belmont, NC, to where he now returns. Logan’s artworks address subjects relevant to the American experience. At once abstract and representational, his paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, and videos address the interconnections of race, place, and power. They make visible how hierarchical relations and social stereotypes shape individuals, institutions, and the material and mental landscapes of contemporary life.
He has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has participated in over three hundred solo and group exhibitions. Logan’s works can be found in private, corporate, and public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Gibbes Museum of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Zimmerli Museum of Art, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Tweed Museum of Art.
Logan’s awards include fellowships from the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, the Carolina Postdoctoral Scholars Fellowship, and the Phillip Morris Companies. Logan received an M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
Michael Rooks joined the High as the Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art in January 2010. Prior to the High, Rooks served as the Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions and Artist Relations at Haunch of Venison, a contemporary art gallery in New York. Rooks has also held curator positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, and at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. He received both a Master of Arts degree in modern art history, theory and criticism (1995) and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (1988) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. At MCA, Rooks organized “Roy Lichtenstein: Interiors,” a posthumous survey focusing on Lichtenstein’s late work; “War: What is it Good For,” the first museum response to the Iraq war; and “H. C. Westermann,” a traveling retrosopective of this highly influential but underappreciated artist. He has lectured on postwar and contemporary art at museums and university campuses in the United States, most recently at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum.
In addition, Rooks has conducted public interviews with contemporary artists including Gilbert & George, Yoshitomo Nara and Art Spiegelman for audiences in Chicago and Honolulu. Besides authoring and contributing to four monographs on H. C. Westermann, most recently in a catalog published by David Zwirner Gallery, Rooks has written about the work of Roy Lichtenstein and is co-author of the exhibition catalogue “Situation Comedy: Humor in Recent Art,” a group show that Rooks co-curated for Independent Curators International (iCI).
Painter Jill Hooper is from North Carolina and New York, where she was born in 1970. Hooper showed a fondness for drawing and draftsmanship at a young age. She worked under D. Jeffrey Mims for an extended period in North Carolina as well as in Florence, Italy, studying still life, portraiture, and the figure. She also studied at Universite de Haute Bretagne in Rennes, France where she learned printmaking. Hooper studied portraiture with a focus on the sight-size traditions with Charles Cecil in Florence. In 2006, she participated in the apprentice program under Benjamin Long VI at the League of the Carolinas, as well as assisted him with the Crossnore fresco in mountains of North Carolina.
Hooper’s exposure to classical realism and to the academic figurative style transformed her work and persona. As her training became her own singular task, she traveled to the deserts of Utah and the museums of London and Vienna, drawing and painting from life and Old Master examples.
Hooper’s work has exhibited in France, England, and throughout the southeastern United States. She is permanently collected in three museums, including the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston where she is the youngest living artist to ever be collected. Her work can also be found in numerous private collections. In 2007, her self-portrait Pugnis et Calcibus was in the BP portrait exhibit touring through the United Kingdom and hung in London’s National Portrait Gallery. Hooper presented a show of new work at the Greenville County Museum of Art in 2010 and will have a solo exhibition at the Gibbes Museum of Art in 2012. Hooper’s time in Charleston is divided between painting and teaching at Lavender Hill studios in London where she is the current artist in residence.
Artistic Director, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
Stuart Horodner is Artistic Director of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. He has held positions as visual arts curator at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR (2001–2004); director of the Bucknell University Art Gallery, Lewisburg, PA (1998–2001); and was co-owner of the Horodner Romley Gallery, New York, NY (1992–1996). He founded and co-directed the Affair at the Jupiter Hotel, an annual art fair in Portland (2004–2007). Horodner has contributed to journals and magazines, including Art Issues, Art Lies, Art on Paper, Bomb, Dazed & Confused, Sculpture and Surface. He has served in an advisory capacity to organizations including Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, Creative Capital, Hallie Ford Family Foundation and The MacDowell Colony. He received his BFA from The Cooper Union, New York, NY, and his MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
Chief Curator, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Mark Scala is the founding chief curator at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, an encyclopedic exhibition facility in Nashville, Tennessee. He oversees the curatorial and registrarial management of staff-generated and loan exhibitions from all time periods, both nationally and internationally. Scala’s most significant exhibitions have focused on the representation of the body in contemporary art. These have included Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination (2012), an international survey that explores the symbolism of the hybrid body as inspired by sources ranging from folklore and science fiction to recent advances in genetic engineering, prosthetics, and other aspects of anatomical and psychological adaptation; and Paint Made Flesh (2009) an international survey of figure painting in the U.S., Germany, and Britain since World War II. Earlier group exhibitions include Whispering Wind: Recent Chinese Photography. Scala has also organized solo exhibitions on an international array of emerging and mid-career artists, including Gregory Barsamian, U-Ram Choe, Angelo Filomeno, Mike Hoolboom, Simen Johan, Tokihiro Sato, Ana Maria Tavares, and Camille Utterback.
Before coming to the Frist Center, Scala was curator at the Art Museum of Western Virginia, where he worked for ten years. He received his MA in art history in 1988 and MFA in painting in 1979, both from Virginia Commonwealth University. From 2008-2013, he held the position of senior guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University, teaching the course Sources of Contemporary Art. He has been a member of AAMC since its inception, and currently serves on the Membership Committee.
Renée Stout grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and received her B.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1980 where her focus was on painting. Upon moving to Washington, D.C. in 1985, she began to explore the spiritual roots of her African American heritage through her work and eventually became the first American artist to exhibit in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. Inspired by the African Diaspora, historical and current world events, as well as everyday life in her DC neighborhood, she now employs a variety of media, including painting, drawing, mixed media sculpture, photography and installation in an attempt to create works that encourage the viewer to reflect on and in some cases, to laugh at ourselves and the absurdities of life. She has been the recipient of awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Bader Fund, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation and the Gottleib Foundation. She was also the recipient of the Driskell Prize, awarded by the High Museum of Art and the Sondheim Award. Stout’s work can be found in many museum and private collections, nationally and internationally.
Director of Collections & Exhibitions, The Mint Museum
Kristen Watts is the Director of Collections & Exhibitions for The Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has more than fifteen years of museum experience in exhibition development and management, stakeholder management and donor cultivation, collections stewardship, grants management, publications, and public speaking. A magna cum laude graduate of the College of Charleston, she also holds a Master of Arts in Applied History and Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina at Columbia.