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.
Danielle Degon - Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
Danielle Degon is an interdisciplinary artist and arts administrator living and working in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia with a degree in Sculpture and now makes art out of her studio in Port Richmond.
Danielle uses her art-work to comment on, throw off, and mimic industrialized forms of production. Through large-scale installations, writings, and curating, she challenges neoliberalism and investigates its effects on psychology, biography, sociality, and the art-making process.
Danielle is a curatorial member at Automat Collective, an Exhibitions Committee member at Da Vinci Art Alliance, and is on the Steering Committee for Philadelphia Sculptors.
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
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.
Jillian Buxton - Exhibitions Intern
A native Oklahoman, Jillian moved to Philadelphia to pursue a career in curation. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma in 2018 with a degree in Letters and French. She has worked in the arts since she was 15 years old as a dance instructor, and has loved working in the arts and cultural field ever since. She recently returned from France where she taught English. She is excited to begin her career in artistic institutions in Philadelphia, and looks forward to supporting the DVAA.
Jasper West - Exhibitions Intern
Jasper West is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where he received a B.A. in Studio Art, who recently moved back to his hometown of Philadelphia. He is an artist who works primarily with oil paints, whose recent works have often involved combining text with image. Through his paintings and in other mediums he seeks to reinvigorate relationships with ‘materiality’, materialize vigorous relationality, and interfere with oppressive systems of control. He recently showed work as part of a group exhibition at The Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art.