Curatorial Team

Executive Director & Chief Curator

SAVONA BAILEY-MCCLAIN currently lives and works in New York City. She is an independent curator, producer and preservation advocate. The range of McClain’s practice has included sculpture, drawings, performance, sound, and mixed media. McClain is the Executive Director and Chief Curator for The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. a fourteen year old public art organization and curatorial collective serving neighborhoods around the City. Her public art installations have been seen in the New York Times, Art Daily, Artnet Magazine, Los Angeles Times, DNAinfo, among others. McClain strives for a soulful, meaningful connection with the public and the “arts”. It simply has to be approachable as far as she is concerned. McClain has installed at Times Square, DUMBO, Soho, NoLita, Williamsburg, Governors Island, Queens, Greater Harlem (East, Central and West), Chelsea this past fall and now the Bronx. McClain has a liberal arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

LINDA GRIGGS has exhibited work at the Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Vox Populi/American Fine Arts, 80 Washington Square East Galleries, the Wustum Museum, Carolyn J. Roy Gallery, the Leubsdorf Gallery – Hunter College, Cuchifritos, the NY Public Library, Office of the Manhattan Borough President, Albany International Airport Gallery, the Matzo files, Bullet Space, Gahlberg Gallery – College of Du Page and at galleries in PA, TN, OH, VA, CT and NM. Her 1994 Solo Exhibition at Carolyn J. Roy Gallery was reviewed favorably in Cover Magazine by Jeanne C. Wilkinson and listed in the New York Times. Catalog, Therese Lichtenstein. She has been awarded fellowships at the MacDowell and Millay Colonies for the Arts, the AAI Rotating Studio Program and grants from Change, Inc and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Griggs has an MFA Hunter College, BFA Virginia Commonwealth University.

LISA BANNER worked in publishing and the contemporary art world in California before completing her Ph.D. at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. After serving as Samuel H. Kress Curatorial Fellow at the Hispanic Society of America, she was a resident fellow at the National Gallery of Canada.  She currently teaches at SUNY Purchase. Banner has published about old masters and contemporary art, and also works as an independent curator. Representative exhibitions include “The Spanish Manner: Drawings from Ribera to Goya,” at the Frick Collection; “Light Matter” examining light, energy and physics, and “Vital Signs” probing questions of identity with photography, video and installations.


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