This year, we welcomed new staff members Solana Chehtman, Ariana Hall, Jessica Pepe, and Stephanie Pearl Travers, and said farewell to long-time team members Marley Lewis, Kay Takeda, Alexandra Tagami Vargo, Kendra C. Thompson, Suzi Villiger, and Heather Whitehead. We brought on a new board member, Danyelle Means, and will be adding additional members in 2023. We look forward to the perspectives they will bring to our work.
As the impact of the pandemic has waned, we have had the perspective to think about what we have learned and what staffing structure works best for us moving into the future. Early last year, we reconsidered our artist programs structure and are proud to have Toccarra A. H. Thomas, Director of the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, and Solana Chehtman, our New York-based Director of Artist Programs, jointly leading the support to artists. Going into 2023, we will be looking at capacity building for our Joan Mitchell Legacy department, given the increasing interest and scholarly enthusiasm for Mitchell’s work.
Closing out this year, we are also remembering the Joan Mitchell community members who passed away in 2022: emeritus board member Dan Bergman, estate planning workbook contributor Margaret Rose Vendryes, and artists Miriam Beerman, Colin Chase, Jim Denomie, Beverly Kimble Davis, and Freddy Rodríguez—all of whom were cherished members of our community.
Finally, we hope you will join us in offering thanks to the hard work of our board and staff. Thank you all for believing in the impact an artist’s legacy can have. We look forward to sharing more updates as we enter 2023—a year that marks the Foundation’s 30th anniversary.
Wishing all a creative and hopeful year to come!