Meet the Curators 2022
Owner and curator at Ivy Brown Gallery, NYC
Ivy Brown Gallery was founded in 2001 as a result of 9/11 and her commitment to opening doors in her community. The Gallery represents and exhibits contemporary art of all mediums. Dedicated to supporting emerging and established artists, Ivy Brown takes her experience from the commercial arts world and brings it to the fine arts arena. The gallery also curates exhibitions throughout New York City. Ivy’s commitment to art and the critical part it plays in our humanity is the grounding force behind the gallery.
Executive Director at Pen + Brush, NYC
Dawn Delikat is the Executive Director at Pen + Brush. She has been with the institution since 2008. In 2015, Pen + Brush moved from its original location in Greenwich Village and re-launched in its current, expanded location in the Flatiron District. Delikat worked alongside Janice Sands to turn Pen + Brush’s historic mission into a strategic 21st century program. Delikat has co-curated numerous acclaimed exhibitions at Pen + Brush, such as Lola Flash: 1986 – Present, which received reviews in the New York Times and various world-renowned arts publications.
Ms. Delikat has facilitated and curated numerous critically acclaimed exhibitions with artists. Her experience includes managing Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, operating Ultra Violet’s studio in Chelsea, installing exhibitions at the Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ and working as an exhibition facilitator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She holds a graduate degree in art history with a concentration in museum studies from City College of New York and undergraduate degrees in both art history and visual arts with a focus on painting.
Ms. Delikat was an adjunct professor in the fine art department at Union County College in Cranford, NJ where she has juried and curated several exhibitions at the college’s gallery. She has also served as a juror for The Morris Museum’s Cache of Kinetic Art, 2018; Melissa Wolf Fine Arts online exhibition Virtual Perspective, 2012; and the Northwest Area Arts Council’s 24th National Art Show, Women’s Works, 2011.
Parker Daley Garcia
Art Director, Co-Curator at Pen + Brush, NYC
Parker Daley is the Art Director and Co-Curator for Pen + Brush. She believes in the power of art and, at the end of the day, she believes in living a life that makes an impact, that changes some small part of the world for the better. She views New York City as a religion, rather than a place. For more than a decade, Daley Garcia has studied art, specifically modern and contemporary art, and its role in shaping our world. She has studied art history, criticism, and museology, having received degrees from Ithaca College, Syracuse University, and the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France. Daley Garcia has been working at Pen + Brush since 2015 as part of the team responsible for the institution’s relaunch and programming.
Daley Garcia has held numerous coveted positions in the art world, including those at prestigious art fairs such as NADA and SPRING/ BREAK in New York City. She has also taught coursework for The History of Modern Art:1850 – Present, at Syracuse University after being awarded a Teaching Assistantship for academic merit. For the past five years Daley Garcia has worked, alongside Dawn Delikat, to facilitate and curate acclaimed exhibitions at Pen + Brush, such as Lola Flash: 1986 – Present, which received reviews in the New York Times and various world-renowned arts publications.
Kristine Go and Michael Aguirre
Owners and curators of MK Apothecary, NJ
We believe creative expression is what brings communities together and fosters innovation. We are trained artists who have studied, practiced and made careers in the art & design world. Michael & Kristine both wanted to have a space where they could do what they love and share it with the world. The dream has always been to live and work in an arts space and have others enjoy and cultivate creative expression.
Originally from California, Michael Aguirre is a Fine Artist who specializes in oil paintings. He was trained and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. Michael’s work can be found in public and private art collections across the United States. Currently, he resides in New Jersey and is the owner of MK Apothecary.
My artwork is a mirror of the world to show people what they might be missing. I encourage viewers to explore my work as a commentary on their surroundings, taking with them a greater respect for everyday life.”
Kristine Go is a trained multi-faceted artist based in New Jersey. Since graduating in 2000, from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA with a BFA in Fine Arts focused on Fashion & Textile Design, Kristine works in the apparel and home industries consulting, concepting and designing through her design studio, Pattern Curator.
“My life’s purpose is to inspire others to live in extraordinary greatness so that together we can create a beautiful world filled with endless possibilities. I am obsessed with the phenomena of elements and situations coming together in its own way to create something great – it can be energetic, circumstantial or in a work of art. I explore and experiment with different dyes and mediums to cause natural and chemical reactions on canvas and wood to create each piece of art. It is in the unexpected synergy or clash where I get the most inspired.”
Director/Curator of Prime Gallery in Jersey City
As a lifelong resident of Jersey City, Maria Kosdan’s knowledge of the Hudson County area and neighboring counties is unparalleled. By fusing the worlds of art and real estate, Maria Kosdan possesses a rare ability to bridge art, investment, purchasing, and staging for developers, buyers and sellers. Her approach is tailored and personalized for each client through her broad understanding and network of relationships
Independent curator and art critic, founder of Antecedent Projects NYC
Audra Lambert (New York, NY) is an Independent Curator raised in South Louisiana and based in New York City since 2005. Lambert serves as Gallery Director, Amos Eno Gallery, and has worked for eight years as an Independent Curator producing exhibitions at the Yeshiva University Museum, Radiator Gallery, and Fountain House Gallery, among others. She has produced exhibitions in cooperation with New York City Parks Dept, Art in Odd Places, FIGMENT NYC and more. Lambert is Curator-in-Residence at The Yard, Williamsburg Bridge (since 2019) and Editor-in-Chief, ANTE mag + curatorial (since 2014.) She is a founding member of the Ninth Street Collective, a woman-run artist consulting team, and a co-founder of alt_break, a community-based grassroots initiative bringing artists in service of social justice efforts. Her thesis centered on issues relating to Queer and BIPOC issues of Heresies Mag: a second-wave Feminist magazine based in NYC during the 1970s-80s. She lives and works in Brooklyn.
Curator and Chair of Exhibitions at Center of Contemporary Art
Wes Sherman has been an artist for nearly 30 years. His most recent solo exhibition was with K. James Gallery, and a Summer 2021 artists exhibition at Kirk Hopper Gallery in Dallas, TX. His 45 solo exhibitions include a show at Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton and at Johnson and Johnson’s Global Headquarters Gallery. He has been in hundreds of group exhibitions. He is the Curator and Chair of Exhibitions at the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, where he had dedicated many volunteer hours to showcasing New Jersey art and artists. He has been a frequent visiting artist at universities and schools and is regularly asked to lead art programs for organizations and clubs. Throughout the pandemic he has led online presentations serving Rutgers Global international students. An adjunct professor, Sherman teaches at William Paterson University and Raritan Valley Community College. In 2003, he helped launch the Zimmerli Art Museum’s summer art camps for children and has been teaching camps annually since its beginning. He received his MFA at Rutgers University, where he studied with his mentor Tom Nozkowski.
Director of Benjamin J. Dineen III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
Michelle Vitale is currently the Director of the Benjamin J. Dineen III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery at Hudson County Community College. Additionally, Vitale is the Director of Cultural Affairs for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Hudson County is a culturally rich region in the New York metropolitan area and Vitale focuses both her roles at the College to serve its immediate community needs. Her exhibitions and programs have been featured in the New York Times, Jersey City Times, Verizon Fios, NJ.com, among others. She also works as the artist Woolpunk. Her art champions social change and has been most recently featured by BravinLee Programs, Fashion Institute of Technology, World Trade Center, and Montclair Art Museum.
Independent curator and Executive Director of Harlem ArtCrawl
Ulysses Williams is a native of Jersey City, NY and currently resides in Harlem, NYC. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Saint Peter’s College which is currently known as Saint Peter’s University. Upon Graduation held several positions at Saint Peter’ College including the position of Director of The Institute for the Advancement of Urban Education (IAUE) where he managed federally funded grant programs that provided academic programs for elementary students, college preparatory classes for high students and distance learning courses for adults returning to college to complete their college requirements.
He left academia to join the fashion and entertainment industry as an Account Executive for a multi-line showroom in New York City’s Garment District where he represented high end women’s wear designers as well as management positions for luxury brands such as Shanghai Tang, Stephane Kelian, Jimmy Choo and Seven for All Mankind.
Ulysses Williams is the Executive Director of ArtCrawl Harlem, a non-profit educational arts organization that supports and promotes Harlem’s rich visual arts history and community with an annual art exhibition. Under his leadership ArtCrawl Harlem has been awarded Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) and Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone grants, granted space on Governors Island, NYC to host Boundaries & Connections Artists Residency Program for NYC based emerging and professional artists and has continues to curate group exhibitions showcasing local artists. He also serves on the Executive Board of The Gatekeepers Collective(TGC) a resiliency group for Same Gender Loving (SGL) Black men a group that recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance with an art installation of banners across 125th street honoring the legacy of Black cultural icons of the period. The banners were designed by noted Artist, Jonathan Key.