Katarina Wong is the ARAD Program Manager. She brings a wide-range of arts experience to the job, including teaching studio art at the University of Iowa and Sarah Lawrence College and launching her art consultancy MADE in 2014, which seeks to help new collectors discover emerging contemporary artists. Prior to MADE, Katarina was the director of community and curatorial engagement and in-house curator at Edelman, the global communications agency. In addition, Katarina is a practicing artist and Co-founder of the artist collective +1+1. She is also on the Advisory Board of NURTUREart, a Bushwick-based non-profit dedicated to supporting artists and public school art programs. She has an MFA from the University of Maryland, a Master of Theological Studies in Buddhism from the Harvard Divinity School, and Bachelor's degree from St. John's College, Annapolis, MD.
Isabella Rivera is currently pursuing her Master's in Arts Administration at Teachers College and is ARAD's Social Media Coordinator. She recently graduated from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez with a B.B.A. in Marketing and a Minor in Fine Arts. She also studied at UMass Amherst and Cornell University. Her passions lie in contemporary and feminist art, photography, and nonprofit work. Last year, her volunteer experience at the Museum of Art at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez (MUSA)—as well as her aunt Carmen Fishler Ruiz—inspired her to further explore the art field as a career path, which she says "happily brought her to ARAD.
Jessie is an MA candidate in the History of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a dual degree in Studio Art and Art History. She spent the last five years after college teaching art and working in museums in Ireland, upstate New York, Iceland, and California. Upon completion of her current degree, she hopes to earn a teaching credential or a Masters in Art Education to pursue her passion to teach high school level art. Jessie also has her own studio practice in weaving and natural dye.
Lonnie Woods IIIProfessional Development Coordinator
Lonnie is a student affairs practitioner specializing in career development within the visual and performing arts and arts professions. Lonnie brings 10 plus years of art student advising experience to the Professional Development Coordinator role. Lonnie has held professional roles at The Maryland Institute College Of Art, Pratt Institute, The George Washington University and most recently, New York University (NYU). Lonnie also serves as a Teaching Artist for the Brooklyn Academy Of Music's Education Department. Lonnie received a B.S. in Fine Art Photography from Towson University and holds a M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from NYU.