Jarrod Markman, Executive Director
Jarrod has shepherded the resurgence of DVAA since 2015, building a strong community of creatives, leaders and volunteers. He is interested in the intersection of community building, art making and business management. He spent 4 Festivals at FringeArts managing the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and has been producing theatre with Simpatico Theatre for 6 years. He is a Colorado native, Bella Vista resident, dog dad and graduate of the University of the Arts. Contact Jarrod for information about how to best support DVAA's mission to build community for creatives in Philadelphia.
Bryant Girsch, Exhibitions and Programming Director
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. He is the former Exhibitions Manager at InLiquid.
Dawn Kramlich, Marketing Coordinator
Dawn has been living and working in Philadelphia since 2009. She earned her MFA in Studio Art from Moore College of Art & Design. Alongside her marketing and membership work with DVAA, Dawn teaches courses at Muhlenberg College and Penn State University's Abington College, maintains her own active studio art practice (text-based artwork examining the subjective in the Information Age), writes freelance and assists artists with CVs and Artist Statements, and creates freelance design projects for various clients throughout Philadelphia, including the Logan Hotel. Dawn has shown her text-based art widely from Ireland to California, such as her inclusion in a 4-person show of installation art at the Philadelphia Art Alliance in early 2017. Dawn is passionate about building artistic community and celebrating fellow artists’ successes!
Donghee Amy Oh - Administrative and Exhibitions Assistant
Amy Oh is a graduate from Tyler School of Art where she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing. Born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Amy creates works that reflect her background as a multicultural individual. In addition to working at DVAA, Amy is currently working as an artist assistant.
Tristan Kravitz - Exhibitions Intern
Tristan Kravitz is a visual artist and musician based in Philadelphia, working primarily in ink, watercolor, and marker. Drawing from their experience as queer and non-binary and their academic background in Classics, their images combine contemporary and ancient symbolism to address internal and interpersonal narratives of gender and sexuality. Tristan has been creating art for Washington West Project, part of Mazzoni Center, since 2016. In 2017, their work was selected for the Emerging LGBTQ Artists exhibition at the William Way Center. Tristan has been a member of DVAA since Fall 2017
Rain Jorge - Exhibitions Intern
New Jersey native and University of the Arts graduate, Demi Jorge, works as a carpenter in center city specializing in fabrication, historical restoration and residential renovation. This plant parent creates art that incorporates the metaphorical aspects within nature and haunting surrealism.
Candace Hebert - Membership and Development Intern
Candace Herbert is a native New Yorker raised in Philadelphia and a Saint Joseph’s University alumna. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Arts Administration and a minor in Museum Leadership at Drexel University. Besides her interning at DVAA, Candace volunteers/interns for various other Philadelphia-based organizations. She is a passionate advocate for arts and culture and is determined to support the Philadelphia and the global arts communities.
Nicole O’Malley - Membership and Development Intern
Nicole O’Malley recently moved to the area from Indiana, and received her BFA in Sculpture and a BA in Psychology from Indiana University Bloomington. After graduating, she was an intern artist in residence at Franconcia Sculpture Park in Shafer, MN. She split her time working for the sculpture park and creating artwork that would be installed within the park and exhibited in shows in Minneapolis. Along with interning at DVAA, Nicole works at the Brandywine River Museum of Art.