Melissa Lo Member
Melissa Lo is a historian of early modern science, medicine, and visual culture. She is finishing a book about the pictures with which Descartes transformed seventeenth-century natural philosophy. She has published articles in the Journal of the History of Ideas, thresholds, FlashArt, and LA Weekly. Her research has received funding from the Fulbright Program, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Council on Library and Information Research. She is a founding faculty member of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Program in History and Philosophy of Medicine and teaches as a Liberal Arts Instructor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Beth Pickens Treasurer
Elizabeth Pickens is a Los Angeles-based consultant for artists and arts organizations. She provides career consultation, grant writing, fundraising, as well as financial, project and strategic planning services for clients throughout the US. She earned an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2007. Before relocating to Los Angeles in 2014, she was based in San Francisco where she served as Senior Program Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Managing Director of both RADAR Productions and the Queer Cultural Center. She specializes in supporting queer and trans artists, women, and artists of color. She is also the founder of the now-defunct San Francisco Food Adventure Club which gained notoriety for eating a human placenta two ways. After the 2016 election, she responded to artists’ fears and anxieties by producing a tool-kit pamphlet called Making Art During Fascism. Her book Your Art Will Save Your LIfe will be published by Feminist Press in February 2018. www.bethpickens.com
Joy Silverman Member
Joy Silverman has been presenting and producing cultural programs for over thirty-five years. She was Director of Programs and Special Events for the Washington Project for the Arts in Washington, DC; the first Executive Director of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE); founder of OnrampArts; and Co-Founder and Director of the National Campaign for Freedom of Expression (NCFE). She has served on numerous advisory, grant-making and exhibition selection panels in addition to continuing to work as a consultant to non-profit organizations and independent philanthropies. Currently, she is producing the documentary “Wednesdays in Mississippi”, an untold story of women in the Civil Rights Movement. She is also serves on the Board of Directors for the Watershed Collaborative, the developer of an innovative curriculum which enhances critical thinking through communal discussion of visual art, science, and literature.
Irene Tsatsos Chair
Irene Tsatsos is currently the Director of Exhibition Programs / Chief Curator at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA a position she has held since 2010. With a background as a visual artist, she is an artist-centered curator with a practice oriented toward artistic collaboration and production. Originally from the Chicago area, she moved to Los Angeles in 1997 to serve as the director/curator of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), a position she held until 2005. Prior to LACE, she worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York where she coordinated the 1997 Biennial. She regularly serve as a panelist or advisor to foundations and art agencies on various funding initiatives, served as a co-curator of Current:LA/Water, the public art biennial of the City of Los Angeles inaugurated in 2016. She currently teaches in the Center for the Management of the Creative Industries at Claremont Graduate School.
Sarah Williams Secretary
Sarah uses her formidable processing power to keep WCCW’s administration, programming, business dealings, and external projects running smoothly. Her passion for creating systems to support inclusive, malleable platforms for creatives of all stripes to present work and build communities keeps her energized as she tackles the infinite library of spreadsheets it takes to run the organization. Sarah graduated from the Masters in Public Art Studies program at USC and studied Art History at UC Santa Cruz before that. She has also been a Project Manger at ForYourArt since 2007, serves on Arts for LA’s Programming Advisory Committee, and co-founded the Art Book Review. In her spare time she likes building stuff, playing basketball, and thinking about horses.
Jamillah James Member
Jamillah James is Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA). Previously, she was Assistant Curator at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and organized exhibitions and programs for Art + Practice in Leimert Park. James has held curatorial positions at the Studio Museum in Harlem and Queens Museum, and has independently organized exhibitions, performances, and screenings throughout the US and Canada since 2004.
James’s writings have been included in Artforum and the International Review of African American Art, in addition to exhibition catalogues for the ICA LA, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York; and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, among others. She is an adjunct professor in the Graduate Art Department at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and regularly lectures on curating, contemporary art, and professional development.
Esti Giordani Member
Esti Giordani is a writer and producer living and working in Los Angeles. Esti is a writer on Jill Soloway’s I Love Dick, as well as a producer on the first three seasons of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning series, Transparent. Esti served as Co-Executive Producer and a writer on the Webby Award-winning series, The Skinny – an official 2016 Sundance Film Festival Selection – and as a Supervising Producer on the Emmy-nominated web series, This Is Me. Esti is also the co-author of Latino Stats: Hispanic Americans by the Numbers (The New Press, 2015). When not noodling around on a keyboard, Esti can be found inhaling burritos and admiring chihuahuas on the Instagram.
Alexandra Grant Member
Alexandra Grant is a Los Angeles-based artist who uses language, literature and exchanges with writers as the basis for her work in painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. Grant’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), among other museums and galleries. She has collaborated with artists and writers including philosopher and playwright Hélène Cixous, hypertext pioneer Michael Joyce, and actor and writer Keanu Reeves. Grant is also recognized for her philanthropic grantLOVE project, which produces and sells original artworks and editions to benefit artist projects and arts non-profits.
Kate Johnston Member
Kate is the producer and distributor of the public communications of the WCCW. She believes that typography is step one in a system of care: to communicate pertinent information clearly and comfortably is her form of activism. She organizes systems of information, corrals content, develops names and themes for events & programs, and creates the center’s visual language & graphic messaging. She started developing graphic languages for utopian collectives during her tenure in the MFA Graphic Design program at CalArts and hasn’t really stopped since. She also holds a BA in Classics from Pitzer College, runs a freelance design practice, teaches in the graphic design program at Otis, and occasionally makes a magazine about pants. Kate can often be found organizing even the minutiae on the shelves around the center, an activity she apparently finds meditative.