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Meet The Team

Caledonia Curry (Swoon)

Caledonia Curry (Swoon)

FOUNDER + CHAIR

Caledonia Curry (Swoon)

Caledonia Curry (Swoon)

FOUNDER + CHAIR

Callie is a classically trained visual artist and printmaker who has spent the last 15 years exploring the relationship between people and their built environment. Her first interventions in the urban landscape took the form of wheat-pasting portraits to the walls of cities around the world, a project that is still evolving. Alongside her place-based work, she has a studio practice of drawing, printmaking, architectural sculpture and installations. Callie’s work has been collected and shown internationally at galleries and museums, including the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and the Sao Paolo Museum of Art.

Kasseem Dean (Swizz Beatz)

Kasseem Dean (Swizz Beatz)

Board Member

Kasseem Dean (Swizz Beatz)

Kasseem Dean (Swizz Beatz)

Board Member

With over 14 years of creating music for some of the biggest musicians in music history, Swizz has contributed to the sale over 320 million records in just the US alone, working with the likes of Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, DMX, Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Kanye West, and Bono to name a few.  Along with working with some of the biggest names in music, film veteran Oliver Stone tapped Swizz to lend his expertise to the score for the classic movie Any Given Sunday.

When not creating music, Swizz is an avid art collector and painter and in 2014 he launched The Dean Collection to showcase the work of artists from around the world whose work he admires.  He is also a philanthropist who is involved in many charities and was recently named as the first Global Ambassador for New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation.

Zahra Sherzad

Zahra Sherzad

Chair

Zahra Sherzad

Zahra Sherzad

Chair

Zahra Sherzad has been involved in the contemporary art world for years and has a passion for philanthropy. She has served on the board and fund-raised for The Noguchi Museum, School Of Hope, Art For Tibet in addition to various non-profits, . 

She has independently curated and produced a number of art shows, working alongside a slew of graffiti artists, musicians, dj’s, filmmakers and creatives that have gone on to define street culture as a whole. She is a currently an executive producer for the Street Heroines Film, a documentary project featuring female street artists from all over the world. Zahra is mother to three young girls and still finds time to paddle board competitively around the world. 

 

Jane Golden

Jane Golden

Board Member

Jane Golden

Jane Golden

Board Member

As Founder and Executive Director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Jane has overseen its growth from a small city agency into the nation's largest mural program and a model for community development across the country and around the globe.  Under Golden’s direction, the Mural Arts Program has created over 3,800 landmark works of public art through innovative collaborations with communities, grassroots organizations, city agencies, schools and philanthropies.  Golden has received numerous awards for her expertise and accomplishments, including the Philadelphia Award, the Girl Scouts Take the Lead Award, the Moore College of Art Visionary Woman Award, an Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship, and a Governor’s Award for Innovation in the Arts from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

 Karmimadeebora McMillan

Karmimadeebora McMillan

Director of Finance and Operations

 Karmimadeebora McMillan

Karmimadeebora McMillan

Director of Finance and Operations

Currently the Project Manager at Swoon Studio, Karmimadeebora has 15 years experience in arts non-profit management. She has worked for the McColl Center for Visual Art and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in finance and development. 

Trained as a fine artist, Mima has an AFA of fine Arts from Peace Collage, BA in Visual Art from Fayetteville State University and a MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In addition to her practice as a painter, she has also performed with her mentor Magdalena Campos-Pons at the Guggenhiem Museum in New York, Queens Museum New York, and Havana, Cuba Biennale 15.

Karmimadeebora is a part-time faculty member at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Sandra Powell

Sandra Powell

Board Member

Sandra Powell

Sandra Powell

Board Member

Sandra Powell is an art collector, curator and street art patron living in Melbourne, Australia.  Along with her husband, Andrew King, she has established herself as a voice for the often under-represented street art community on both a local and International level.  One of Sandra’s major strengths is connecting grass roots artistic projects with the traditional fine art world including collectors, galleries and museums.  On her home turf, she has helped nurture a thriving street art community toward global recognition and is well-respected by artists and the artistic community as a project facilitator.  A long-time benefactor of Swoon’s artworks, exhibitions and charity projects, Sandra has an intimate knowledge of the scope and sociopolitical reach of her artwork.

Anthony Spiegel

Anthony Spiegel

Board Member

Anthony Spiegel

Anthony Spiegel

Board Member

Anthony Spiegel is an entrepreneur who has vast experience implementing strategic marketing and brand initiatives for fast-growing private, public and start-up companies.  With a passion for innovation and creative talent, he provides strategic guidance on mergers/acquisitions in the apparel/lifestyle and gaming industries.  Most recently, he lent his expertise to the Las Vegas-based music, food and art festival Life Is Beautiful, where he was responsible for a robust art program, retail/merchandise and was a member f a small team responsible for strategic partnerships and sponsorship sales

Mr. Spiegel was formerly the Founder and CEO of Buddha Brand, a contemporary natural products company best known for international distributed Buddha Balm lip balm which he co-branded with all MGM Resorts International properties (e.g. Bellagio and Mirage), Wynn Las Vegas, Red Mango, Jamba Juice, Absolut Vodka, the Kardashian DASH stores and internationally acclaimed DJ Steve Aoki.

Sallyann Kluz

Sallyann Kluz

Board Member

Sallyann Kluz

Sallyann Kluz

Board Member

Sallyann Kluz is a Pittsburgh-based architect and urban designer with over 15 years of practice in the region. Her practice of architecture, urban design, and design education has been focused primarily on works in the public realm, including public libraries, streetscapes, public art, and neighborhood development strategies.

Sallyann is the Associate Director of the Office of Public Art (OPA), which provides technical assistance and educational programs about public art in the Pittsburgh region. In her role at OPA, Sallyann is focused on providing technical assistance to artists and clients, and expanding the role of artists in community development and civic design. Prior to joining the Office of Public Art, she was an associate and project architect with Loysen + Kreuthmeier Architects (1998 – 2013), and served as an urban design, planning, and facilitation consultant in the Pittsburgh region.

Natalie Kates

Natalie Kates

Events Coordinator

Natalie Kates

Natalie Kates

Events Coordinator

Style Curator Inc.’s founder Natalie Kates is a curator, collector and event producer based in New York City.  An early supporter of street art, Natalie has established herself as a leader in discovering and promoting emerging artists. She has curated numerous exhibitions and site-specific art installations, developed close relations with artists, galleries and museums and produced art events for both corporate and non-profit clients, including the GrandLife Hotels, ArtWalk NY (Coalition for the Homeless), Housing Works, Galeria Melissa, Scope Foundation, Slideluck and Juice Press, among others. She is a contributing art editor to VAGA and The Unlimited magazines. Natalie’s work and persona have been profiled in Vogue’s style.com, Harper’s Bazaar Brazil, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Art Forum, Artnet.com, Paper Magazine, StyleLikeU, BlackBook and BrooklynStreetArt.com

Katie Johnson

Katie Johnson

Project DIrector, Braddock Tiles

Katie Johnson

Katie Johnson

Project DIrector, Braddock Tiles

Project Director, Braddock Tiles.  Katie Johnson is a Pittsburgh-based artist and curator. She has over 15 years of experience as a ceramicist– working as a potter in North Carolina, studying sculpture at the University of North Carolina and then coming to Braddock Tiles to work as a tile maker and studio facilitator for the Braddock Carnegie Library. She has worked with a number or arts organizations in the past, and currently manages Robert Morris University’s art collection and designs programming to deepen community involvement in the arts.

KT Tierney

KT Tierney

Head Ceramicist & Designer, Braddock Tiles

KT Tierney

KT Tierney

Head Ceramicist & Designer, Braddock Tiles

KT Tierney is head ceramicist for Braddock Tiles.  KT is a ninth generation Pennsylvanian who has lived and worked in North Braddock since 2011.  KT manages the bathhouse studio in the historic Braddock Carnegie Library. 

Molly Krause

Molly Krause

Communications Director

Molly Krause

Molly Krause

Communications Director

Molly Krause, founder and principal of Molly Krause Communications, is a New York-based communications strategist for arts, culture, and lifestyle clients. Her ongoing clientele includes museums, galleries, emerging and mid-career artists, art fairs, cultural galas, foundations and philanthropies, luxury goods, and more. Projects range from comprehensive institutional counsel to concentrated press campaigns for individual exhibitions, launches, and events. In Summer 2016, Molly was profiled in Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art as "one of the ambitious women spearheading an alternative movement in art-specialized PR." In addition to the Heliotrope Foundation, Molly works with Swoon Studio.

 

Molly's intimate tie to the Heliotrope Foundation comes from her grandfather's roots in Braddock, PA, home of Heliotrope's Braddock Tiles community-building initiative. Her grandfather's family settled in Braddock as merchants after facing cultural persecution in Hungary. Born in 1918, Seymoure Krause took a self-motivated path, borrowing 25-cent loans from relatives to pay his way through medical school. Through a 70-year career that spanned to the grandchildren of his original patients, Dr. Krause was a legendary Pittsburgh-area cardiologist who retired in 2012 at the ripe age of 94. He was a true mensch and Molly is proud to honor his memory through her strategic development and communications initiatives for the Heliotrope Foundation.