DVAA's New Team and Board Members!

DVAA is pleased to announce our growing internal team of enthusiastic artists who are dedicated to the community that we have fostered since our organization’s conception in 1931. We have big plans for 2018, and the respective positions of “Marketing & Membership Coordinator” and “Exhibition Coordinator & Technician” will play an integral part in making our lofty goals a reality with our Executive Director, Jarrod Markman’s, steadfast guidance. This restructured manner in which we will be providing assistance and programming to our community of artists, art appreciators, and neighbors will keep things organized and smooth in the years to come! Join us in welcoming Dawn Kramlich and Bryant Girsch to the Da Vinci Art Alliance team, as well as several new board members whose innovative minds are imperative to our growth! We couldn't be more excited! 
    See all of the newbies' bios below:

Dawn Kramlich, Membership & Marketing Coordinator                          www.dawnkramlich.com dawn@davinciartalliance.org
     Originally from Texas, Dawn has been living and working in Philadelphia since 2009, and is an artist, writer, professor, people-person, and dog mom. She received her MFA in Studio Art from Moore College of Art & Design. Alongside her work with DVAA, Dawn teaches courses at Muhlenberg College and Penn State University Abington College, maintains her own active studio art practice (text-based artwork examining the subjective in the Information Age), writes freelance assisting artists with CVs and Artist Statements, and creates freelance design projects for various clients, including Philadelphia’s new Logan Hotel. Dawn has shown her text-based art widely from Ireland to California, most recent and notable of which was her inclusion in a 4-person show at the Philadelphia Art Alliance in early 2017. 

Bryant Girsch, Exhibitions Coordinator & Technician                                www.bryantgirsch.com
     Bryant Girsch is an artist and Midwest transplant currently based in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Tyler School of Art with a Masters in Painting and a Temple University Rome alumni. His artwork explores the intersection of painting and digital technology. Moreover, he has been published in New American Painting and Not Random Art critical review and exhibited both domestically and abroad. In addition to DVAA, he also works in architectural restoration throughout the greater Philadelphia region.

New Board Members:
James Gaddy, Treasurer
     James Gaddy, PAFA’s Executive Vice-President of Human Resources and Administration, is responsible for developing and directing PAFA’s human resource policies and activities, such as employment, compensation, employee relations, benefits administration, training, and development. He serves as PAFA’s Title IX Coordinator, and is also responsible for PAFA’s customer services goals through the management of the Visitor Services, Groups Tours, and Security departments.  Gaddy has also been instrumental in diversifying PAFA’s revenue streams through the museum store, the café, and venue rentals.  In addition, he manages PAFA’s relationship with our exclusive caterers, Technology partners and other key partnerships such as Blick Art Supply and Mural Arts’ Tour Office.
     Gaddy received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Performance Management from Immaculata University and a Master’s in Organizational Development and Leadership at Saint Joseph’s University.  He currently serves as a board members for the Independence Business Alliance and Da Vinci Art Alliance.

Jonathan Cohn
     Jonathan Cohn is a Philadelphia-based glass artist whose work includes aquarium sculptures and functional decor inspired by nature. In 2006, he began studying glass blowing at Hot Soup, a glass blowing studio in Old City, Philadelphia.  Through years of independent study and apprenticeship under several notable glass masters, Jonathan cultivated his affinity for glass working. What initially began as a hobby quickly developed into a passion, and over time, became a successful business venture, through which he completed custom orders from Juicy Couture and Instyle Magazine, as well as created the series, “Glass Reefs,” in collaboration with an aquarium supply and maintenance company based in Wilmington, DE, among many other projects.

Mark Conti
     Born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs, he graduated from Germantown Academy in 1971. Went on to graduate from Juniata College in 1975 with a BA.  He started photography seriously in college and continued to work freelance for a time after graduation. In 1978 he joined a technical sales company owned by his Father! He has worked in and managed the same business successfully for over 40 years and expanded It both in personnel and scope significantly over the years. He has served on several industry councils and boards and on the board of the former Philadelphia Chapter of the Victorian Society in America (for 10 years). He also currently supports The Crossing Choir www.crossingchoir.com and 11th Hour Theater www.11thhourtheatrecompany.org.

Edna M. Davis
     Edna M. Davis is a photographer and a past owner/director of Tyme Gallery, an eclectic fine arts gallery located in Havertown, PA, founded in 1997.  Six months after opening, Tyme Gallery received the honor of Reader’s Choice, as “Best Art Gallery”, in Main Line Today Magazine, due to Davis’ presence and hard work. She and Tyme Gallery are almost one in the same. Tyme Gallery also received the accolades of “People’s Picks” in the News of Delaware County and a “Community Service Award” through Fleet Bank.
      Davis supported her husband through Harvard Law School, started her family, and then returned to college, received her degree in social science, and eventually worked as a child protective services worker. Davis supervised the intake unit for Montgomery County Office of Children & Youth for over six years. With the experience of viewing society’s problems from the inside, combined with her perspective of the inner self and her unique eye of the body from outside in (due to experience as an x-ray technician), she pursued what is now her passion, photography.  
     After developing her photographic creativity, her work has been published through The Fels Fund and shown in solo shows at Representative Dwight Evans’ office and L&M Tapestries in Philadelphia. Some of her collectors include Reverend Herbert Lusk, retired Eagles running back, and the late Ambassador Thomas Foligetta. In 2005, Davis was given the opportunity to curate an exhibition at the Venezuelan Embassy in New York and later exhibit there herself.  

Jenn Hallgren
     Jenn is an award winning graphic designer and fine artist. In 2009, she launched Hallgren Creative — with a focus on helping locally-owned businesses and not-for-profit organizations create a vision and voice that connects with their audience. Select clients include Friends of the Free Library, A Second Chance, ProMedia Group, Temple University, the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, and the Museum Council of Greater Philadelphia.
     An award winning oil painter, Jenn earned full scholarships to study art at the Chautauqua Institute (Chautauqua, New York) and to study art & art history at Webster University (Vienna, Austria). Recent shows include the Athenaeum of Philadelphia’s 200th Anniversary Art Exhibition: Historic Buildings, and The Art of the Flower at the Philadelphia Sketch Club. Jenn has a BFA (Painting, Minor in Art History) from Wright State University (2000), an MBA (Marketing Strategy) from Temple University (2011), and a Certificate (Principles of Fundraising) from Villanova University/Association of Fundraising Professionals (2012).

Ah Young Kim
Young serves as the Manager of School Visits at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and has experience in museum education dating back over 15 years.  As a Manager of School Visits at PMA, she oversees the development of teaching resources, coordination of community outreach, and school group learning experiences for the Museum’s Education department. BFA Parsons School of Design. MFA Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. MA in Museum Education, University of the Arts.

Sandra Koberlein
     For the last 10 years, Sandra Koberlein has been the visual arts educator at Clearview Regional High School District; Mullica Hill, NJ. She received her undergrad from Rowan University and recently completed her Masters in Art Education from University of the Arts (her thesis was on Leonardo Da Vinci). She has been a DVAA member for over a year and also serves on our Exhibitions Committee.

Daniel Villarreal
     Daniel Villarreal is an artist and biomedical scientist. Daniel grew up an artistic family in San Diego, California.  He started drawing at the age of six, and at the age of eight, began helping his father paint murals around the city. This experience cemented his long-life passion for creating art and supporting the arts. When he is not working in his art studio, he is on a creative quest to cure cancer. Daniel received his undergrad degree from the University of California, Davis and received his Ph.D in Gene Therapy and Vaccines (Cell and Molecular Biology) from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, he is a Principal Scientist for a cancer immunotherapy company, working on developing the next generation of effective cancer immunotherapies. He published numerous scientific articles, and patented several scientific inventions. Additionally, he is engaging with the Philadelphia art scene: supporting art foundations and collecting art.

See the entire DVAA Board of Directors here: http://www.davinciartalliance.org/board/