Sarah Bouchard is a professional artist, writer and curator. She is Co-Director and Curator at the Corey Daniels Gallery in Wells, Maine. Bouchard initiated an unprecedented Artist-in-Residence program at the Masonic Temple, in downtown Portland, Maine, and served as the inaugural Artist from 2010 through 2017. She has an MFA in Sculpture and Installation from the Maine College of Art, a BA in Writing from The Johns Hopkins University, and a BA in Studio Art from the University of Maine at Farmington. She has extensive experience in non-profit management, curation, collection development, and arts administration. She has worked closely with the Carlo Pittore collection for the past ten years, placing Pittore’s work in dozens of institutional and private collections. Bouchard is a passionate advocate for artists’ rights.
Claire Turlo is a photographer, writer and naturalist who has lived in the State of Maine for over fifty years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from the University of Maine, Farmington with a minor in Creative Non-fiction Writing. She has extensive experience in nonprofit incorporation, copywriting, editing, and office organization. Turlo lived off the grid for over a decade in Bowdoinham, Maine, during which time she was intimately connected with the community that surrounded the late artist Carlo Pittore. Turlo contributes articles for The Bollard, an alternative news and arts monthly in Portland, Maine. She is also a mail art aficionado.
Kent Gordon is the co-founder and Vice President of Caine, Farber & Gordon, a computer software company that created the first compilers for the Intel microprocessors and a program design language, PDL. His most significant scientific contribution is the discovery of the crystal structure of the zeolite paulingite. As a personal database research project, Gordon is creating a very complete archive of all of his possessions, present and past. He served as a board member of the Union of Maine Visual Artists, and is currently a member of the board of the SPACE gallery, in Portland, Maine. Gordon was a longtime friend of the late artist Carlo Pittore and has been an active member of the Maine arts scene for over twenty-five years.
Richard Bryant is a managing partner of 8 Square, Inc., a fiscal consulting firm based in New York City that has served the not-for-profit community since 2004. Born and reared in the State of Maine, Bryant resides in Weehawken, New Jersey with his wife Cheryl (an accomplished visual artist). Bryant pursues artistry through music. His band, the Buckstops, can be found haunting the bars of New York City on typical Saturday nights.
Bryant has over twenty years of experience in not-for-profit management. He has worked closely with senior management and board directors of organizations that include The Osborne Association, The Correctional Association of New York, The New York Asian Women’s Center, The Fund for Social Change, and The New York Women’s Foundation, providing fiscal and human resource management, as well as other advisory services.
mp Warming is an IAM Co-Founder and international artist who consults the board of directors from Berlin, Germany. Warming's projects communicate forward-thinking ideas within fine art for renowned architectural spaces. The American Museum of Natural History, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, and the US Department of Fish and Game have collaborated on her projects. Warming's art has been in exhibition at the 2009 Venice Biennale détournement and is in permanent collections at the Nabokov Museum in St. Petersburg and Foster + Partners’ Library at the Freie Universität Berlin. Currently she is working with scientists at Naturkundemuseum in Berlin.
David Tobis, Ph.D. has been a friend of Carlo Pittore since they were in middle school together. David was the first chairman of the Carlo Pittore Foundation.
He began his career as a social activist in Mississippi in 1965, rebuilding a burned church and then returning as a civil rights worker. He spent the next decade as an anti-war activist, traveling to North Vietnam in 1968 as part of the first student delegation to visit that country. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Guatemala in 1966-67 and co-edited the book published by NACLA, Guatemala: And So Victory is Born, Even in the Bitterest Hour. He was a Revson Fellow at Columbia University, a distinction given to individuals who have worked to improve New York City.
Tobis is a sociologist who has worked to reform child welfare in New York, the United States and internationally for almost four decades. He founded and was executive director of the Child Welfare Fund and the Fund for Social Change. Beginning in 1991 he worked as a consultant to UNICEF and the World Bank to prevent children, the disabled and the elderly from being placed in long-term residential institutions in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He is a founder and senior partner of Maestral International, a non-profit organization that works to promote the well-being of vulnerable children and families throughout the world. He recently worked in Nigeria and Mexico and is now working in Lebanon to strengthen their child protection systems.
His recent book, From Pariahs to Partners: How Parents and Their Allies Changed New York City’s Child Welfare System, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. He graduated from Williams College and received a Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University.