Since founding the citywide arts festival Around the Coyote in the 90s, Elizabeth Burke-Dain has transformed and elevated some of Chicago’s most celebrated cultural brands such as Poetry Foundation & POETRY magazine, the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago’s gallery programs, the Garfield Park Conservatory, and many more. She is an influencer and specialist in taking organizations and individuals to the next level with strategic and targeted messaging and by engaging distinguished branding and design agencies such as Pentagram Design and Michael Bierut. Burke-Dain has a proven track record of reinvigorating mission-based organizations with innovative programming, media partnerships, advertising campaigns, communications planning, and creative content development that successfully resonates with potential audiences.
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Browne Goodwin began collecting art in the 1970s, and has been a champion of emerging artists across the country, specifically in Texas, LA, and Chicago.
Vice President, Board of Directors
Bert Green is the director of Bert Green Fine Art gallery in Chicago. He has lived in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Bert Green Fine Art focuses on fine art marketing, sales and curation, with an emphasis on art’s role, impact and interaction with trends in urban economic development and revitalization, technology and culture. The gallery represents and exhibits emerging and mid-career artists, and works with specialty print houses to produce unusual and rare limited edition lithographs, letterpress, and photographic prints.
Ryan LaFollette’s background is in non-profit administration and urban affairs. He has previously worked for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency. Currently, LaFollette is the Assistant Director of the American Library Association. With a steadfast appreciation for art, LaFollette has long been a supporter and collector. His collection includes many prints by artists from Spudnik Press.
President, Board of Directors
Bianca is founder of Marks on Canvas, a Chicago-based boutique agency that specializes in strategic creative content, marketing media, project management and public relations for clients engaged in the arts, including: visual artists, galleries, art fairs, organizations and creative spaces. She’s an arts enthusiast with 12+ years of proven expertise driving brand awareness through compelling campaigns and multi-channel communications that integrate social media, content creation, public relations material, advertising, media, and team collaboration.
Notable clients include visual artist Amanda Williams. She’s collaborated on projects with art institutions and publications including: The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Arts Club Chicago, EXPO Chicago, Monique Meloche gallery, The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine. She is a guest speaker for the 2017-2018 FIELD/WORK Residency at Chicago Artists Coalition on the subject of Marketing Strategies for Artists, the 2018 US Pavilion Venice Biennale Communications and PR liaison to Amanda Williams and Andres Hernandez and President of the Board of Directors for Chicago-based arts organization, Spudnik Press Cooperative. She resides in Chicago, IL.
Board of Directors
Starting in the late 80’s as an American folk art dealer, Aron Packer built his early career focusing on outsider and self taught artists. Also exhibiting unusual objects such as sideshow banners, tattoo drawings, and wild looking magic tricks, his early venue was an apartment gallery, and he became known for a broad yet unusual vision. He added contemporary art and established his first public gallery in 1992 in Wicker Park, joining an alternative gallery scene that included Beret International, Ten in One, and Oscar Friedl Gallery. As business forces changed over the past 25+ years, Packer migrated to locations in River North and the West Loop, continuing to expand his notable group of artists. In 2015 he closed Packer Schopf Gallery on West Lake Street after nearly a decade of ambitious shows. Currently Aron Packer Projects has a permanent pop-up space in the offices of the Chicago Gallery News through 2018 which is open 5 days a week. The Gallery lives on!