John is a master printer at the Powerhouse Arts Print Program. He has been a printmaker for over 18 years and has been working in the art world for over two decades. His career began at a paper restoration studio in Manhattan and this work evolved into his love for printmaking. He studied graphic design at the New School. John’s personal work combines photography and printmaking on different mediums including wood panels, as well as, works on paper adding texture to suggest the same life as the wood panels.
Senior Director of Operations
Steve brings over a decade of experience in arts institutions to Powerhouse Arts, most recently serving as the Associate Director of Museum Operations at the Rubin Museum of Art. He previously worked as the Operations Manager at Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), where he was responsible for managing the completion of a new theater construction project and restructuring operations, and at Dixon Place in a variety of different roles. He is a regular contributor to Live Design, a magazine exploring the convergence of entertainment design and technology.
Associate Director of Development
As a fundraising professional, Afton has successfully led teams in Chicago and New York through annual philanthropic initiatives generating upwards of $1 plus million dollars in contributed revenue respectively. As an arts administrator, Afton understands the importance of building and maintaining strong relationships with philanthropist of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds. Before joining the team, Afton worked as Director of Individual Giving at The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, IL and interim Development Officer consultant with non-profit performing arts organization throughout New York City. Afton is a classically trained musician holding a BA and MM in Music, Vocal Performance from Westminster Choir College.
Print Shop Director
Luther is the Master Printer and Director of the Powerhouse Arts Print Program. Luther teaches printmaking at Parsons School of Design and The Cooper Union. He was the co-founder of Forth Estate, a fine art publisher focused on producing limited editions with emerging artists, and from 1999-2016 he was the Master Printer and Director of Axelle Editions, a fine art print atelier specializing in screen printing that produced over 300 editions a year with more than 100 artists.
Master Printer + Textile Fabricator
Nellie is a master printer and textile fabricator, splitting her time at Powerhouse between the Print and Textile Programs. She earned her B.A. in Russian from Grinnell College and interned at the Obraztsov puppetry theater in Moscow, Russia. She began her career as a costumer, building hats for Sesame St. Live and full body puppets for Jim Henson Productions. In 2002 Nellie began working as a silkscreen printer and continued to work as a stitcher making custom clothing, wedding dresses, and collaborative artworks that involve large scale draping, appliqué, and embroidery. She also enjoys paper-crafting, and painting miniatures and botanical landscapes.
As Powerhouse Arts’ Office Manager, Atiya manages the Powerhouse office and the administrative needs of the organization. Prior to joining Powerhouse, she worked at Medgar Evers College in the Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library archiving the Special Collections. She also worked as the administrative assistant to the Managing Director at St. Vincent Services, and the Executive Receptionist at Rockefeller Group Business Centers. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Medgar Evers College.
Leslie Diuguid is a printmaker at Powerhouse Arts Print Program. She has an inquisitive eye for detail that has been sharpened by printing dozens of editions and leading printmaking workshops around New York City. Her art practice is formulated around curation and production as the master printer behind Du-Good Press, her fine art printing platform. She received her B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute in printmaking.
With over two decades of experience working at the intersection of the arts, architecture, and urban planning, Katie has developed cultural programs and cross-sector partnerships with a variety of arts, culture and civic organizations. Appointed the founding Executive Director of Powerhouse Arts in 2014, Katie is spearheading the development of the organization. Katie previously served as the Director of Special Projects at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) from 2011 to 2014. She was the Chief of Staff at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Director of Planning and Development at the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, where she oversaw the planning and development of the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District. Katie holds B.A. in Architecture from Yale University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.
Director of Fabrication + Production
Art Domantay joined Powerhouse in June 2019 to serve as Director of Fabrication & Production, after assisting The Shed, as Sr Exhibitions Producer, with the opening of their inaugural shows: Reich Richter Pärt, and Trisha Donnelly’s untitled work. For the past 18 years, Art directed his own fabrication and installation consultancy for New York artists and institutions, implementing numerous large-scale installations for Creative Time, Public Art Fund, and MoMA PS1. Project artists include: Taryn Simon, Mike Nelson, Kara Walker, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Reid Farrington, and Anne Hamilton. In Los Angeles, Art worked closely with the J. Paul Getty Museum, MoCA, Hammer Museum, Lannan Foundation, and the Norton Museum. Art’s favorite foods are chocolate ice-cream, and rice.
Dennis has worked as a Fine Art Screen Printer for 17 years and is currently master printer at Powerhouse Arts Print Program. His work can be found in Museums and galleries worldwide and has received the SGIA Golden Image Award. He has studied at The Parsons's School of Design, The University of Pennsylvania and is the current President of the Brooklyn Bird Club where he leads weekly migration walks for the public.
Brooklyn-born art enthusiast and creator, Shayna has been working in not-for-profit finance and accounting since 2008. As the Financial Manager for Powerhouse, she is able to bridge her experiences in different non-profit environments with her passion for facilitating opportunities and resources for artists and creatives. Shayna co-founded and works with the Prep in Arts Initiative; an alumni group formed to extend knowledge and provide experiences to the larger Prep for Prep community. She also ran a grassroots organization serving emerging artists and anticipating their needs.
Chris is a master printer at the Print Program. He has been working as a printer in New York for over 15 years, and collaborates with artists in all types of media to execute their visions. He studied print making at Columbia College in Chicago. In addition to print making, Chris’ own art practice includes collage and stipple.
KELSEY KNIGHT MOHR
Lead Textile Fabricator
Kelsey has been working collaboratively for over 14 years with both emerging and established artists to realize multimedia artworks for small galleries and major institutions. She has been involved in diverse projects including costumes for trapeze, life-sized replicas of movie sets realized in soft materials, inflatable robots, and finely pleated hand-dyed linen. A Barnard alumnae, she maintains her own sculptural studio practice and sells a small line of handmade furniture with her husband.
Director of Workshops
An artist, educator, and administrator, Phoenix brings a distinct mastery of material studies and fabrication to her role as Director of Workshops at Powerhouse. She previously directed the Parsons Donghia Materials Library at the Parsons School of Design, and facilitated the building implementation of the Parsons Making Center as the Coordinator of Academic Resources, implementing dynamic programming and resources with a focus on fabrication for the New School. Phoenix holds a B.F.A. in Photography from Savannah College of Art and an M.F.A. in Photography from Parsons School of Design.
Senior Director of Finance + Administration
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As Senior Director of Finance and Administration for Powerhouse Arts, Jessica manages and oversees the fiscal stewardship of the organization. Prior to joining Powerhouse, she developed facilities for schools serving low-income communities at Civic Builders, a non-profit real estate developer. She was also a co-founder and Vice President of Asante Partners, a small investment-banking firm, and sole proprietor of a business making silent super 8 films. She holds a B.A. in architecture from Yale University.
ANGÉLICA MARIA MILLÁN
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As the Communications Associate, Angélica is responsible for supporting marketing and communications initiatives at Powerhouse. She previously worked as the Alumni Relations Coordinator at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and was the Curatorial Fellow for Public Engagement at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in Portland, Oregon. She co-founded cvllejerx, a fashion, poetry, and performance art collective and holds an M.F.A. in Visual Studies from PNCA. In her artistic practice she experiments with fabrics and garments to address social injustices that affect Latinas in the home.
Special Projects Associate
Ben is the Special Projects Associate at Powerhouse. He plays a crucial role in assisting the Executive Director and leadership team with institutional advancement as well as development of the organization’s partnership and donor base. Prior to joining Powerhouse, Ben received his B.A. in Anthropology at Reed College. He has had rich professional experiences across the Tech, Digital Media and the Arts fields. In his free time, Ben loves to paint murals, document New York's vibrant street culture, and doesn’t mind getting dirty while exploring the often-overlooked nooks, crannies, and crevices of this vast concrete jungle.
Senior Director of Collaborative Production
Gina brings over 15 years of experience in project management and operations to her role as Senior Director of Collaborative Production. She is responsible for managing and overseeing the collaborative production programs across print, textiles, wood, metal, and ceramics. Before joining the team, Gina was Director of Operations for Opening Ceremony and VP of Operations for BDDW, and more recently Deputy Director at Saipua. She also co-founded a gallery, retail and restaurant space called L’Usine with two locations in Vietnam. Gina holds a B.A. with a double major in Economics and Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.
Senior Director of Education, Employment & Public Engagement
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Bringing two decades of experience as an arts educator to her role of Director of Education, Employment and Public Engagement, Anika develops Powerhouse Arts’ programming and innovative partnership, helping to facilitate arts learning experiences for diverse audiences. Before joining the team, Anika worked as the Director of the Art Center at 92Y and as the Director of In-School Programs for City Lore. She studied anthropology and visual arts at Brown, and received her Ed.M from Harvard.
Senior Textile Fabricator
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Andrea has worked in the expansive field of textiles for the past decade and is particularly interested in the cultural narratives embedded in our materials. As a fabricator she has been a collaborator and an accidental student of artists, both trained and untrained, in New York City and beyond. She would like to dedicate this space to those whose extraordinary mentorship she could not be without.
Kiah is a fabricator with the Powerhouse Arts Textile Program. She has been working in fine art and textile construction for nearly 10 years, with expertise in stitching, sustainable fibers, garment and costume construction, mold making, and multi-media sculpture. Before joining the Powerhouse Arts team, Kiah was an independent fabricator for multiple artists, as well as a costume designer and special effects artist for film and television. She studied fine art and photography at Bard College.
Senior Director of Strategic Planning
Kristen has worked in arts and urban planning for over a decade. In her role at Powerhouse, she oversees a number of strategic initiatives, including workshop development, external affairs, people-operations. Before joining the team, she worked as a project manager at Larisa Ortiz Associates on economic and community development projects around the country. She is also the co-founder of the pet accessory brand, Shed Brooklyn. She has a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and a degree in Urban Studies from the New School.
Youth Programs Manager
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Bringing over a decade of experience as an artist, educator, and administrator to her role as the Youth Programs Manager, Jenn collaborates to support the growth of Powerhouse Arts' programming that serves local youths ages 14-21. Before joining the team, Jenn managed over 80 arts education partnerships with public schools and Community Based Organizations at Marquis Studios, and served as the Youth Education Program Manager with the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). She studied studio art and social practice at Hanover College and received her MA from NYU.
DANA WOOD ZINSSER
Dana is a visual artist living in Brooklyn, New York. After receiving her B.F.A. with a concentration in printmaking from Pratt Institute in 2011 Dana has worked in many high profile artist studios and print shops. Dana brings her expertise in screen printing, intaglio and lithography to the Powerhouse team.