The Steering Committee is composed of artist advocates from around the United States who are committed to social justice and racial equity.
Rhinold Lamar Ponder, Co-Chair
Rhinold, the founder of Art Against Racism, is a visual artist, writer and lawyer based in Princeton, NJ. His critically acclaimed exhibit “The Rise and Fail of the N-Word” at the Kehler Liddell Gallery (2018) in New Haven was funded by the William Casper Graustein Memorial Fund after it premiered at Princeton University. In July 2019, he served as the first International Artist-in-Residence at ARK in Kigamboni Tanzania, while an apprentice to renowned Makonde female Tanzanian sculptor Mwandale “Big Mama” Mwanyekwa. He co-edited, with his wife, Michele Tuck-Ponder, two well received compilations of sermons, published by Crown, entitled Wisdom of the Word: Faith and Wisdom of the Word: Love.
Judith K. Brodsky, Co-Chair
Judith, a printmaker/artist, is Distinguished Professor Emerita, Rutgers University, founder of the Brodsky Center, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, co-founder of the Rutgers Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities and The Feminist Art Project. As a curator her exhibitions include The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (2012). She is a past national president of ArtTable, the College Art Association, the Women’s Caucus for Art, former board chair of the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Kimberly’s work has been shown in over 100 exhibitions, including the American Craft Museum, Smithsonian Institution, International Sculpture Center, University of Michigan, and Manchester Craftsman’s Guild. Camp’s workshops/residencies include the Baltimore Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Longwood Gardens, and Indiana University, Pennsylvania. She has been featured in Essence, Nouvel Objet, New York Times, FiberArts,National Geographic World, Village Voice and Smithsonian.
She was president and CEO of the Barnes Foundation, founding director of the Smithsonian Experimental Gallery, president and CEO of the Charles Wright Museum, and director of the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center. Currently, she is president of Galerie Marie in NJ, and serves as curator for A New View Camden, adjunct faculty at Drexel University and Rutgers University.
Ilene is a writer, arts activist, artist, filmmaker and curator. Her short stories have been published in more than a dozen literary journals and anthologies, and hundreds of her art reviews, features and essays have appeared at Hyperallergic, Philadelphia Public Media, Huffington Post, Sculpture Magazine and other media. Her short documentaries on art movements of central NJ have been featured at the New Jersey Film Festival, Nassau Film Festival, Trenton Film Festival and elsewhere.
Cynthia is a documentary shorts writer, videographer, producer and multi-media artist. As a social justice advocate and educator, Cynthia founded the non-profit performing and visual arts school Cultural Arts in Progress! that focused on fine arts and cultural arts education in diverse cultures. She mentored clients of Trenton Area Soup Kitchen to create a collaborative national award-winning video addressing hunger and collaborated with homeless clients at HomeFront NJ to create fine art and coordinate annual fund-raising art exhibitions.
Cynthia has participated in seven solo exhibitions and over 60 group exhibitions regionally and internationally and has twice received artists residencies at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and a contemporary painting residency at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. A current MFA candidate in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College in NYC, she serves as Chief Videographer for Memorial.Monument.Movement.
Mary Oestereicher Hamill
Mary is a pioneer of participatory photo-based art regarding social issues. Her consistent focus on the needs of marginalized people proceeds from a career in educational reform, work that helped lead to a set of U.S. legislation (PL94-142). She served as Senior Research Scientist in the New York Mental Health system, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Brooklyn College, and Associate Professor of Psychology and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Babson College. She earned the Ph.D., Columbia University; M.Phil., University of Sussex, England; and A.B., University of Michigan. Mary has a Diploma from the Museum School in Boston and the Traveling Scholar Award. A founding Resident Scholar at Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center, she has most recently been curating political art for Princeton University.
She codirects the Cambodian War Widows Project, which developed from her service as Public Affairs Officer on the hospital ship USNS Mercy.
Isabel is an artist living in Kingston NY, where she has a painting studio. She also serves as the Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives in Diversity and Inclusion at Rutgers University in NY.
Prior to Rutgers, Isabel was a museum exhibitions curator and education curator in New York City. She was an Associate Analyst in the Museum Program at the New York State Council in the Arts. Nazario holds an M.F.A. and a B.A., both from Queens College, CUNY, having graduated magna cum laude with a focus in art history and the fine arts. As a visual artist, she has had several exhibitions including a 2020 show of her work in Kingston NY. She is a Board member of the Museo del Barrio in NYC and is a member of the Advisory Board at the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz, NY.
Nancy Lewis Shell
Nancy is a Leeway Foundation award winning artist. She received the Transformation Award 2015-2016, Art and Change Award 2012-2013 and several grants. Nancy finds strength from her lived experiences as a senior, minority, disabled, female self -taught and emerging artist. Her work centers on the themes of women, history and freedom and has been shown at the Barnes Foundation, Moore College of Art, Fleisher Art Memorial, and Paul Roberson Center Princeton, NJ. She also teaches and has won many accolades for her work in the community and the healing nature of art
British artist Andre Veloux has shown across the country including Scope Art Miami. He was recently one of 20 international artists contributing to the iClapFor projection project recognizing key workers during COVID-19. In addition to his artworks, before the emergence of COVID-19 he was working on a series of live art events, the first having been held at Princeton University in 2018 centered on the theme of consent.
The focus of his work is a feminist, gender equality and women’s rights project, which explores the way women are viewed and society’s expectations of them. He is represented by the Krause Gallery, New York City, his third solo show at the gallery being in October 2019. His feminist work is defined artistically within the parameters of modern feminism and gender exploration, including exploration of the human form. His work is in private collections worldwide and has been installed in public spaces as well as many group shows. Andre resides in Princeton, NJ with his wife and daughter.