About Us

Board of Directors


Officers

Steven Reily

Stephen Reily (Chair), Founder and CEO, Vibrant Nation, and Chairman and CEO, IMC Licensing (Kentucky)
Stephen is an attorney, businessperson, social entrepreneur and collector. After clerking for the U.S. Supreme Court and practicing law, he co-founded an agency that develops innovative products for some of America’s best-known brands. As Managing Director and Chairman at IMC he saw his clients ignoring some of their best customers and founded Vibrant Nation, the leading online community for women over 45 and a marketing partner for companies trying to reach them. As a social entrepreneur he saw the need to fill market gaps in the local food economy and founded Seed Capital Kentucky, a non-profit focused on building a sustainable future for Louisville’s food economy and the farmers of Kentucky. He chairs the Greater Louisville Project, a leading community indicators project, and served for 10 years on the board of the Speed Art Museum. He and his wife, Emily Bingham, an historian and author, collect photography and contemporary art and support social and cultural initiatives in Louisville and beyond.


Colleen Jennings-Roggensack

Colleen Jennings-Roggensack (Vice Chair), Executive Director, ASU Gammage (Arizona)
A performing arts presenter for more than 30 years, Colleen Jennings-Roggensack also has extensive experience as an arts advocate, serving as a Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts and on many grantmaking and advisory panels nationwide. She is a founding board member of Creative Capital and a founding member of Major University Presenters. She serves as an advisor to the National Theater Project (sponsored by the New England Foundation for the Arts), the Hermitage Artist Retreat and Women of Color in the Arts. She also serves on The Broadway League’s Board of Governors, Executive Committee, Diversity Committee, Labor Committee, Legislative Committee and Road/Labor Subcommittee.


Annie Han

Annie Han (Secretary), Artist and architect, 2005 Awardee (Washington)
Korean born Annie Han is a co-founder of the two person art and architecture collaborative, Lead Pencil Studio. Annie works in ceramic, photography, video, drawing, installation and large-scale outdoor sculpture. Her work has been exhibited broadly throughout the US, Europe and Asia with over 16 solo exhibitions and 23 group shows. She is a recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture, Architecture League of NY Emerging Voice, and Van Alen Institute New York Prize. Her permanent sculpture for the US border crossing, Non-Sign II received an American for the Arts Year in Review Award and an Honor Award from the GSA. Recently her work was featured on the cover of both the National Endowment for the Arts journal as well as ARCHITECT (the American Institute of Architects periodical).


Lyda Kuth

Lyda Kuth (Treasurer), Director, LEF Foundation (Massachusetts)
Lyda Kuth is a founding board member and current director of the LEF Foundation, a private foundation that supports the creation and presentation of new work in the contemporary arts. She was recognized by the Massachusetts Cultural Council with the prestigious Commonwealth Award and honored by Women in Film and Video New England with the Image Award for Vision and Excellence in the media arts. In addition to her philanthropic work, she is an independent film producer.


Members

Sunny Bates

Sunny Bates, Connector (New York)
Sunny operates wherever executives, thinkers, artists, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs, educators, and philanthropists connect and collide around the globe. Her medium is people, her expertise human network development. An author, serial entrepreneur, mentor and advisor, her client roster has included some of the world’s most prominent organizations, from GE, TED and Credit Suisse to MTV, the National Academy of Sciences, Techstars and Kickstarter, of which she is a founding board member. Sunny’s approach to unleashing potential is unique: it puts people, network building, and management at the center of growth and possibility.


Jane Brown, President, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation (Baltimore)
Deeply committed to advancing social and economic justice, Jane Brown works to understand and craft solutions to the deep divides that plague our cities, our nation, and the world. As president of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, she created the Ruby’s Artist Grants program (in honor of Ruby Lerner), sustained support to local arts start-ups, and established the Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation to develop 60,000 square feet of new arts space in Baltimore City: Motor House and Open Works, two spaces that give priority support to local artists and social entrepreneurs of color.


Michelle Coffey, Executive Director, Lambent Foundation (New York)
Michelle Coffey designs, implements and furthers the strategic agenda, leadership and vision of Lambent Foundation. Prior to the creation of the Lambent Foundation, she was the Director of the Starry Night Fund and Senior Philanthropic Advisor at Tides Foundation. With a global lens, her areas of focus have included human rights, women and girls, criminal justice reform, arts and culture, and HIV/AIDS.

 


Suzy Delvalle

Suzy Delvalle (ex officio), President & Executive Director, Creative Capital (New York)
Suzy Delvalle is the President & Executive Director of Creative Capital. Delvalle is the former Executive Director of the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling. As leader of the Museum's development process, Delvalle oversaw all aspects, including physical, administrative, and programmatic; established partnerships with a wide range of NYC organizations for initial Museum programming; raised both capital and operating support; and built a robust Board of Trustees and Advisory Board. Previously, Delvalle served as Director of External Affairs at El Museo del Barrio in New York, where she secured the museum's first major city, state and federal funding including over $35 million in capital support and a three-year, $2 million capacity-building grant.


Suzy Delvalle

Hasan Elahi, Artist, 2006 Awardee (Portland)
Hasan Elahi works with issues in surveillance, privacy, migration, citizenship, technology, and the challenges of borders. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as SITE Santa Fe, Centre Georges Pompidou, Sundance Film Festival, and at the Venice Biennale. Elahi has spoken to audiences as diverse as the Tate Modern, and presented to broadly diverse institutional audiences, including: the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, International Association of Privacy Professionals, TED Global, and the World Economic Forum. His work is frequently covered in the media and has appeared on Al Jazeera, Fox News, and on The Colbert Report. In addition to the Creative Capital Award in 2006, his awards include grants from the Art Matters Foundation in 2011, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2016. In 2014, he was Artist-in-Residence at Shangri-La/Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and in 2009, Resident Faculty at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He is currently Associate Professor of Art at University of Maryland.


Ronald Feldman

Ronald Feldman Co-Director, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts (New York)
Ronald Feldman is the Co-Director of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. In 1993, he was appointed by President Clinton to the National Council on the Arts, where he served for five years. His board affiliations include People for the American Way, Exit Art, the Research Center for Arts and Culture at Columbia University, and the Art Dealers Association of America.

 


Bill Foulkes

Bill Foulkes, Professor of Industrial Design at RISD (Rhode Island)
Bill Foulkes is a strategic planning and marketing consultant, entrepreneur, and currently a faculty member at the Rhode Island School of Design. The course he created, Design and Entrepreneurial Thinking, introduces artists and designers to business concepts and enhances their abilities to bring their ideas to reality. Bill was the Executive Director of the Center for Design and Business at RISD from 2006 to 2008. He has over twenty years of experience in strategic planning, people development, marketing, and finance in both high-tech and consumer companies.

 


Archibald Gillies

Archibald L. Gillies, emeritus (Maine)
Archibald Gillies was the president of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts from 1990 to 2001. In his role at the Foundation, Gillies spearheaded the conception and founding of Creative Capital. Prior to this, he was president of the World Policy Institute and of the John Hay Whitney Foundation from 1969 to 1979. He currently lives in Isleboro, Maine and is on the boards of Islesboro Islands Trust, an environmental group, and Islesboro Affordable Property, a housing organization.


Lisa Heller, Senior Vice President, HBO Documentaries (New York)
Lisa Heller develops, programs and promotes a wide range of documentary films for Home Box Office. She came to HBO in 2000 from the critically acclaimed PBS series P.O.V., where, as Executive Producer, she oversaw programming and all related broadcast activities. Prior to P.O.V., she worked in development and public affairs at Channel 13/WNET in New York City and Wisconsin Public Television in Madison, WI.

 


Lewis Hyde

Lewis Hyde, Writer (Massachusetts/Ohio)
Lewis Hyde, a MacArthur Fellow and former Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing at Harvard University, currently teaches in the English Department at Kenyon College. He divides his time between Ohio and Cambridge, MA, where he is a faculty associate at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He is the author of The Gift (1983), Trickster Makes This World (1998) and Common as Air (2010), in addition to poetry, translations, essays and criticism.


Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater, Detour Filmproduction (Texas)
Richard Linklater is the writer/director of over 17 films, including Fast Food Nation, Dazed & Confused, School of Rock and Waking Life. He also serves as Artistic Director of the Austin Film Society, founded in 1985 to showcase films from around the world not typically shown in Austin. The Austin Film Society has given out over $1,000,000 in grants to Texas filmmakers, and was the first recipient of the National Honoree Award from the Directors Guild of America in recognition of its support of the arts.


Penny Lane

Penny Lane, Artist, 2012 Awardee (Hubbardsville, NY)
Penny Lane has recently enjoyed a great deal of success with her Creative Capital supported film NUTS! after it won a Special Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival (where it was acquired by Amazon) and was featured at the Rotterdam Film Festival in the Netherlands. She was recently admitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and has a regular column called "Notes on Real Life" for Filmmaker Magazine. Penny’s documentaries and video essays focus on lesser-known histories as a means of reconsidering issues of today. She is an associate professor of video art at Colgate University.


Deborah Rappaport

Deborah Rappaport, President, Rappaport Family Foundation, and CEO, Skyline Public Works, LLC (California)
Penny Lane (2012 Awardee, Hubbardsville NY) has recently enjoyed a great deal of success with her Creative Capital supported film NUTS! after it won a Special Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival (where it was acquired by Amazon) and was featured at the Rotterdam Film Festival in the Netherlands. She was recently admitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and has a regular column called "Notes on Real Life" for Filmmaker Magazine. Penny’s documentaries and video essays focus on lesser-known histories as a means of reconsidering issues of today. She is an associate professor of video art at Colgate University.


James Schamus

James Schamus, CEO, Focus Features (New York)
James Schamus is an award-winning screenwriter (The Ice Storm) and producer (Brokeback Mountain). He was formerly CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production, financing and worldwide distribution company whose films have included Lost in TranslationMilkEternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindThe Pianist,Coraline and The Kids Are All Right. He is also Professor of Professional Practice in Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he teaches film history and theory. He is the author of Carl Theodor Dreyer's Gertrud: The Moving Word, published by the University of Washington Press. He earned his BA, MA and PhD in English from UC Berkeley.


Jeffrey Soros

Jeffrey Soros, President, Considered Entertainment (California)
Jeffrey Soros is the President of Considered Entertainment, a film production and financing company. Considered’s inaugural production, A Small Act (HBO films), debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for an Emmy and was awarded the Humanitas Prize for Best Documentary. Considered’s next production, Basmati Blues, starring Brie Larson and Donald Sutherland, will debut in 2014. Soros serves as President on the boards of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. He is also a trustee of The Screenwriters Colony.


Eve Steele & Peter Gelles

Eve Steele & Peter Gelles, International Attorney; Designer/Architect/Developer (California)
Peter Gelles is a U.K.-born and educated international business and real estate attorney. Eve Steele is an industrial designer, architect and real estate developer. They are married and are residents of Los Angeles. Mr. Gelles has served as President of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Monica Museum of Art, as Chairman of the Board of the American Chamber Symphony Orchestra, and as a Board member of the Ojai Music Festival. Professionally, Peter is Chair of InterCounsel, a network of independent international law firms, and has served as Chair of a number of American Bar Association committees, as an Adviser to the ABA’s Committee on Transnational Legal Practice, and as Chair of the California State Bar's International Law Section and L.A. County Bar's Real Property Section. For many years, he has been listed in Martindale Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers (So. California and Corporate Counsel editions). Eve Steele is the former Founding Chair of LAXART and a former Board member of REDCAT and UCLA Live. Eve worked with MacArthur Prize-winning artist Mark Bradford on the design and installation of his Mithra ark project for Prospect 1, New Orleans, and the design of his L.A. studio. In addition to their board memberships, Peter and Eve are contemporary art collectors and supporters of contemporary music, visual, and performing arts and a variety of arts-related nonprofit organizations.


Catharine R. Stimpson

Catharine R. Stimpson, University Professor and Dean Emerita, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University (New York)
Prior to joining NYU, Catharine R. Stimpson served as Director of the Fellows Program at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and as University Professor and Dean of the Graduate School at Rutgers. She is a member of the board of directors of several educational and cultural organizations and was the president of both the Modern Language Association and the Association of Graduate Schools.


Joel Wachs

Joel Wachs (ex-officio), President, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (New York)
Prior to joining The Andy Warhol Foundation in 2001, Joel Wachs had a career as a tax attorney and was a long-time member and President of the Los Angeles City Council. He has served on the boards of a variety of arts organizations, most notably the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, where he was Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees.


Paige West

Paige West, Founder, Mixed Greens (New York)
Paige West considers herself an all around contemporary art addict. She studied the business of art at Christie's Education and NYU Arts Administration programs and has since promoted and supported artists by curating a major private collection comprised of more than 3,000 works by emerging and contemporary artists, producing documentaries on artists Salvatore Scarpitta and Vik Muniz (Worst Possible Illusion: The Curiosity Cabinet of Vik Muniz), and starting Mixed Greens, a company that sells original contemporary art both online and in its New York gallery. She is also the author of The Art of Buying Art: An Insider's Guide to Collecting Contemporary Art.


Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson, Artist (New York)
Fred Wilson is a conceptual artist whose work explores the relationship between museums, individual works of art and collections of other kinds. Wilson is a 1999 MacArthur Fellow and represented the United States at the 2003 Venice Biennale. His work can be found in several public collections, including The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Tate Modern in London, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art.


William K. Bowes, Jr.

In memoriam: William K. Bowes, Jr., Founding Partner, U.S. Venture Partners (California)
We were saddened to learn of the passing of William K. Bowes, Jr. in late December. A giant in the venture capital field, Bill Bowes was a founding partner of U.S. Venture Partners, a prominent Silicon Valley firm. He was also a founding member of the Creative Capital board of directors. Click here to read our full memoriam of Bill Bowes.

 

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