June 17, 2019

SPACES Names 4 New Board Members

SPACES Names 4 New Board Members
The SPACES Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointment of four new members during a June 10th meeting. This initial batch of appointees under the leadership of Board President John C. Williams is the first step toward fulfilling the governance objectives determined during our strategic planning process last year. “We are thrilled with these four new members and the diverse experience and expertise they bring to the board. Responding to the feedback we gained from the strategic planning process, these individuals—in cooperation with our current members—will dramatically help further our renew focus on governance,” said Williams.

The following new appointees have contributed greatly to the programming and operations of SPACES in recent years:

Steve Cencula is the founder and principal of FORM, a creative services firm that focuses on arts and culture and nonprofit organizations in the region. Steve and his team launched the newly designed SPACES website, garnering impressive increases in page views, mobile and social media traffic, and session duration over the last six months. Steve attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and currently sits on its Board of Directors.

Bill Gagliano is a partner at Ulmer and represented SPACES during the 2016 acquisition of our new home and helped us navigate property taxation matters. Bill has served on local and national boards of The Red Cross, including roles on the national board as vice-chairman, executive committee member, and governance committee chair. Bill currently serves on Gordon Square Arts District’s Board of Directors.

Julia Christensen is a writer, multidisciplinary artist, and Associate Professor of Integrated Media at Oberlin College. She is currently collaborating with scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab to envision long-term space mission concepts that transcend contemporary cycles of technological obsolescence. Julia has earned numerous prestigious awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, LACMA Art + Tech Lab Fellowship, Creative Capital Fellowship, and MacDowell Fellowship. She served on the committee for SPACES’ 2017 grand opening; participated in the 2017 SPACES group exhibition, The First 100+ Days; and exhibited a solo project in 2018, Waiting for a Break, which tracked the health of Lake Erie.

Key Jo Lee is a doctoral candidate in the History of Art and African American Studies departments at Yale University and is currently Assistant Director of Academic Outreach at Cleveland Museum of Art. Her research interests include histories and theories of photography, American visual and material culture, performance studies, and contemporary African American and transnational art. Key Jo participated in the selection process for SPACES’ 2020 residency and exhibition program.

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