About: Advisory Council

The Advisory Council of the Brodsky Center at PAFA plays a vital role in the existence of the Center. Advisory Council members support the Brodsky Center in its outreach and fundraising efforts and through the substantial expertise of its members. In tandem with all of PAFA's staff and Board of Trustees, the primary scope of the Advisory Council is to represent the Brodsky Center to audiences, to network on its behalf, and to advise in areas where the Center needs strengthening and development.

Bryan P. Baugh, MD
Judith K. Brodsky
Diane Burko
Victor Davson
Dr. Gustav W. Friedrich, Chair
Ofelia Garcia
Leonard Moss, MD
Elizabeth A. Napier
Isabel Nazario
James Nixon
Dr. Ferris Olin
Cynthia H. Veloric
Tina Wells

Bryan P. Baugh, MD - back to top

Bryan P. Baugh, MD is the Global Medical Affairs Leader in Infectious Diseases & Vaccines at Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies of Johnson & Johnson. He is primarily responsible for leading the clinical-commercial optimization of product development and life cycle management strategies and plans within the HIV/Sexually Transmitted Infections & Vaccines Therapeutic Areas. Bryan also leads the Global Medical Affairs Team, partners closely with regional stakeholders and manages the publication plans for his therapeutic areas.

Prior to his current role, Bryan was the US Medical Director for PREZISTA, an HIV Protease Inhibitor, used to treat HIV and SIRTURO, the first TB therapy in 40 years and the first approved medicine to treat multi-drug resistant TB at Janssen Therapeutics, the Infectious Diseases franchise of Johnson & Johnson. As Medical Director, Bryan was primarily responsible supported the implementation of clinical affairs strategies for PREZITA and SITURO in the US and globally.

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Bryan was employed by Roche Pharmaceuticals as a Virology HIV Medical Liaison. His territory included Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In this role he helped coordinate and support investigator-initiated studies and provided HIV background and training to Roche internal and external audiences. Prior to that, Bryan was the Director of HIV Services and a Staff Physician at the Max Robinson Center of the Whitman Walker Clinic in Washington DC. At Whitman Walker Bryan provided care to a large number of HIV-infected patients and implemented a number of new patient care initiatives including a walk-in Men's STD clinic.

Bryan earned his medical degree from The Medical College of Ohio at Toledo. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine in Washington DC at the Washington Hospital Center. He earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Chemistry at The Howard University in Washington, DC. Bryan is an active member of several J&J affinity groups. He is an active member of the Board of Directors for Life Ties Inc., and currently serves as the current Board President. Bryan also serves on the board for the National Medical Foundation and The Brodsky Center. He also has served on the Board of the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation.

Diane Burko - back to top

Diane Burko is a visual artist whose art focuses on monumental geological phenomena. To that end, she has investigated locations on the ground, underwater and in the air from open-door helicopters and planes with cameras, drones and sketchpads. Traveling from the temperate zones of America to Western Europe, from rain forests to glaciers, from active volcanoes and to coral reefs below the equator, her art merges a vision that is at once panoramic, intimate and sometimes provocative.

For over a decade her practice has been situated at the intersection of art and science embracing issues of climate change, starting with glacial melt and sea level rise to currently concentrating on our ocean's coral reef ecosystems. She believes she can contribute to the public dialogue by learning from researchers in the field, bearing witness to the actual phenomenon and then processing that knowledge visually. "I see myself as a subversive artist, creating compelling images which in turn inform the public of the dire threats facing our planet."

Born in Brooklyn, Burko graduated Skidmore College with a B.S. in art history and painting. She earned an MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania. Burko was a professor at Community College of Philadelphia until 2000, also teaching at Princeton University, ASU, and PAFA. In 1974, she founded FOCUS: Philadelphia Focuses on Women in the Visual Arts. From 1976 to 2012 she was represented by the Locks Gallery in Philadelphia. She is now represented by the Cindy Lisica in Houston. In 1989, the Lila Wallace Foundation awarded her a six-month residency in Giverny, France. In 1993, she had a residency at the Rockefeller Study and Conference Center in Bellagio. Robert Rosenblum, who first took an interest in Burko's work in 1976, wrote the accompanying catalog essay for her 1994 exhibition, Luci ed Ombra di Bellagio. In 1996, Burko won a $200,000 Public Art Commission for three monumental canvases installed in the Marriott Hotel in Philadelphia. In 2000, a $50,000 Leeway prize funded a project on Volcanoes, enabling her to travel to Hawaii, Italy and Iceland. Carter Ratcliff contributed an essay for the 2001 Volcano Catalog. In 2011, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the WCA/CAA. In 2013, she participated in the Arctic Circle residency to Svalbard, supported by a grant from the Independence Foundation. She has also traveled to the Antarctic as an "educator" for the non-profit, Students on Ice organization.

Public engagement is integral to her practice - she appears on panels and colloquium on art and science, speaks to school children, think tanks, Conservancy groups and professional conferences such as the AGU and GSA and at the Academy of Natural Sciences, as well as at INSTAAR where she is an affiliate. In 2017 she gave talks at the International Cryosphere Conference in Wellington NZ, Victoria University, the Sydney and Queensland Schools of Art in Australia and the Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland. In 2018 she delivered lectures at the University of Toronto, UCLA, The Michener Museum and participated on panels at Rowan University's School of Earth & Environment and the College Art Association meetings in LA.

The exhibition Endangered: from Glaciers to Reefs is currently featured at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC through January 31, 2019.

Victor L. Davson - back to top

Victor L. Davson is a visual artist and founding director of Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, in Newark, New Jersey. Davson was born in Georgetown, the capital of what was then British Guiana. Since immigrating to the United States, he has received a BFA degree from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York; established himself in his practice as an artist; co-founded Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art; and served as its director for 33 years. He is a graduate of The Getty Museum Management Institute, studied organizational development at Babson School of Entrepreneurial Management and completed graduate work in non-profit management at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

In June of 2016, Davson stepped down as executive director of Aljira and currently co-directs Express Newark, an initiative of Rutgers University-Newark. Described as a Third Space, Express Newark is conceptualized as an incubator and interdisciplinary learning space where artists and community residents collaborate, experiment, and innovate in partnership with Rutgers University-Newark faculty, staff, and students. Housed in a 50,000 square foot space in the newly renovated Hahne and Co. building in downtown Newark, Express Newark opened in January 2017. Reporting to Rutgers-Newark Chancellor, Nancy Cantor, Davson is the primary liaison between the University and the community. Additionally, along with his co-director, who represents the University, he is charged with managing Express Newark's operations and programming.

As executive director of Aljira, Davson led a vital hub for creative excellence in Newark's downtown arts district for over three decades. Highlights in the organization's history include: the founding of Emerge, a professional development program for visual artists; the co-founding, with artist Cicely Cottingham, of Aljira Design-a graphic design studio that for 18 years earned revenue to support the organization's exhibitions and programs; an invitation to organize the United States' representation at the IV Biennale International de Pintura in Ecuador; a major award from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, becoming one of only eight institutions nationwide selected to participate in the second year of the foundation's stabilization initiative for small to midsize organizations; and designation as a Major Arts Institution by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts for fifteen years consecutive years.

In 2017-2018, Davson was a member of the creative team for the Fairmont Art Wall-a major public art project in Newark, New Jersey-led by internationally renowned architectural firm, Adjaye Associates. Davson and artist Danny Simmons had oversight for the completion of projects by fourteen ethnically and racially diverse male and female artists for the 48,000 square foot, 30-foot-high Wall.

Davson has been honored by the Newark Arts Council and the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions for his work as a visual artist and his leadership in the arts. He received a leadership award from Prudential Foundation for his contribution to the Newark community and was one of 15 non-profit leaders in the arts, nationwide, selected to participate in Leadership 2000, a program of arts and economic development training for outstanding community leaders, sponsored by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, and administered by faculty of the Harvard Business School.

Davson is currently a trustee of Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He is a past trustee of Art Pride New Jersey and has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. In 2016 he received the Ryan Award for Commitment and Leadership in the City of Newark at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Spotlight Gala.

Dr. Gustav W. Friedrich - back to top

(Gus) was born in Nebraska and grew up in Minnesota (Lake Wobegon). He started his formal education in a one-room school taught by his mother with one other student in his class, received pre-ministerial training at Concordia Academy (1959) and Concordia Junior College (1961), and earned a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota (1964) and an M.A. (1967) and Ph.D. with honors (1968) from the University of Kansas. He was a tenured faculty member at Purdue University (1968-1977), the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1977-1982), and the University of Oklahoma (1982-1998) before coming to Rutgers University as a Distinguished Professor of Communication and Dean of the School of Communication and Information in New Brunswick (1998-2011). His academic discipline is communication with a specialization in instructional communication, an area of the discipline he helped establish, and applied communication. He is past president of the National Communication Association (1988-1989).

His wife of over forty years, Erena Rae, was a feminist printmaker trained by a student of Mauricio Lasansky, John Talleur. She introduced Gus to the world of art and together they began collecting prints, their first purchase one by Peter Paone. While at the University of Oklahoma, Gus began to share his love of art as a docent at the Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art. He is currently a docent at Rutgers' Jane Voorhess Zimmerli Museum of Art. After Erena Rae died of lung cancer Gus married feminist Betty Turock whose husband Frank also died of lung cancer. They share a love of family, travel, opera, art, and music. Betty is a retired Rutgers Professor & Dean and Past President of the American Library Association. The walls of their home in Highland Park display many pieces produced at the Brodsky Center.

Ofelia Garcia - back to top

Ofelia Garcia is a resident of Philadelphia; she retired in 2010 as Professor of Art at William Paterson University, where she served as Dean of the College of the Arts and Communication from 1997. Previous posts include the presidencies of Rosemont College and of the Atlanta College of Art, and the directorship of The Print Center in Philadelphia. Earlier she was faculty and administrator at Boston College and Newton College, and faculty critic at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She holds a BA from Manhattanville College and an MFA from Tufts University/Boston Museum School, with postgraduate work at Duke University. She has lectured widely on fine prints as well as on higher education, and has juried numerous national art competitions and print exhibitions. She is chair emerita of the Jersey City Museum board. Other earlier non-profit service includes the boards of Haverford College, Manhattanville College, the American Council on Education, the College Art Association, co-Chair of the Mayor's Commission for Women (Philadelphia), as national president of the Women's Caucus for Art, among others.

Currently she serves on the Library and Archives Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; on the Art Committee of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority ('percent for the arts program'), and on the Art Education committee of Woodmere Art Museum. She continues to serve on the New Jersey State Arts Council, to which she was appointed in 2007, elected Chair for a term in 2011. During her tenure on the NJSCA, she has served on multiple committees (Grants, Executive, Public Value, and Arts Education, as well as on the Search Committee for the Council Executive Director in 2011). She is an avid collector of works on paper.

Elizabeth A. Napier - back to top

Elizabeth A. Napier is an independent art researcher and project and collections manager specializing in prints and drawings. Prior to her most recent professional activities focusing on contemporary print and paper projects, she had nearly 28 years of experience working with a NY-based private art dealer of old master, nineteenth and twentieth century, European and American prints and drawings. There she primarily produced numerous exhibitions and exhibition materials, digitally and in print, and was responsible for comprehensive gallery management. Since then she has been a consultant for individuals and non-profit institutions.

Presently she is directing the production of a digital catalogue raisonné of Auguste Lepère, a 19th century French printmaker, including all digital artwork record and image management. The foundation of the catalogue is comprised from two private collections, the largest private holdings of the artist in the world. In addition, having been contracted by the New Jersey State Museum, she continues to research the history and artistic output of the Brodsky Center for a future exhibition at the museum.

Napier completed her graduate work in art history at the Gallatin Division and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. Her professional affiliations include serving as former board member of Bucks AIR, a non-profit organization that sponsors visual and performing artists residencies in underserved schools.

Jim Nixon - back to top

Jim Nixon is President and CEO of Community Council Health Systems, which is a behavioral health and education services organization with behavioral health offices in West Philadelphia and Center City and provides educational services to area public and charter schools. Community Council has approximately 250 employees and provides services to more than 3,500 individuals. He and his wife have three grown children, and are avid art collectors with a collection primarily centered around emerging women of color, for the purpose of youth education.

Dr. Ferris Olin - back to top

Dr. Ferris Olin is a Distinguished Professor Emerita at Rutgers University, where she was the co-founder and co-director (with Judith K. Brodsky) of Rutgers Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, and The Feminist Art Project, an international collaboration to make visible the impact of women on the cultural landscape. She also established the Miriam Schapiro Archives on Women Artists at Rutgers as well as the Margery Somers Foster Center, a research center focused on documenting women's leadership in the public arena, and served as Associate Director of the Institute for Research on Women and the Executive Officer of the Laurie New Jersey Chair in Women's Studies; and earlier, Director of the Art Library. She was curator of the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series at Rutgers from 1995-2006 and later (with Judith K. Brodsky) from 2006-2013. The Series the oldest exhibition space in the US showing work by emerging and established contemporary women artists, founded in 1971 by Joan Snyder. With Brodsky, Olin created the Women Artists Archive National Directory (WAAND), funded initially by the Getty Foundation, a digital directory of archives where the papers of women artists active in the US since 1945 are located.

Among the exhibitions she and Brodsky curated in recent years are a 50-year retrospective of Faith Ringgold's work, A Declaration of Independence: 50 Years of Art by Faith Ringgold; and How American Women Artists Invented Postmodernism, 1970-1975 and many one-woman shows. In 2012-2013, Olin and Brodsky presented the work of 25 visual artists from the Middle East and its Diaspora in Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society, and authored a monograph of the same title (DAP). The exhibition was one of 14 exhibitions and 55 programs, showcasing women writers, filmmakers and performers from the region, mounted at Rutgers and Princeton Universities, Institute for Advanced Study, local arts councils and public libraries. Olin has also curated other exhibitions of material culture and written about New Jersey women's history, teaching and pedagogy, art librarianship, and museum studies.

Selected other recent publications include "Stepping out of the beaten path: Feminism and the Visual Arts," SIGNS, A Journal of Women in Culture and Society (2008); Eccentric Bodies: The Body as Site for the Imprint of Age, Race, and Identity, 2007 exhibition catalogue, (Mason Gross School of the Arts Galleries, Rutgers University both with co-author Brodsky); a co-authored chapter on the College Art Association's governance and diversity in The Eye, the College Art Association (2011); and "Institutional Activism: Documenting Contemporary Women Artists in the United States," Art Libraries Journal 32 (2007). She and Brodsky are co-authors of a book of case studies on women's leadership in the arts published by Rutgers University Press in 2018, Junctures in Women's Leadership: The Arts.

Olin has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations and was Vice-President of the College Art Association and Treasurer of the Women's Project of New Jersey. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of AIR Gallery and SoHo 20 Gallery as well as the Feminist Theory Archives at Brown University. Ferris Olin is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the Women's Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award and the College Art Association Committee on Women's Annual Recognition Award (now known as Distinguished Feminist Award).

Cynthia Haveson Veloric - back to top

Cynthia Haveson Veloric is a published art historian, free-lance lecturer, and research assistant in the American Art Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She worked in the curatorial department at PAFA in the 1980s, where she developed an expertise in prints and works on paper. Other career highlights include conducting oral history interviews of Philadelphia artists for Smithsonian Archives of American Art, teaching art history at several local colleges, and serving on the Advisory Council at the Main Line Art Center. She is currently curating a show of paintings, prints, and photographs of Philadelphia artist Diane Burko, which addresses the crisis of climate change.

Tina Wells - back to top

Tina Wells is the CEO and founder of Buzz Marketing Group, a marketing agency that creates strategies for clients within the beauty, entertainment, fashion, financial, and lifestyle sectors. For more than two decades, Tina has connected thousands of influencers and consumers to brand clients. Since founding her company, she's developed and managed 30,000 "buzzSpotters" and 7,000 "momSpotters" --influencer and research networks for her clients that include Dell, The Oprah Winfrey Network, and American Eagle Outfitters.

Tina sits on the board of the Young Entrepreneurs Council, the United Nations Foundation's Global Entrepreneurs Council (emeritus), and the Council of Emeritus Directors of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association. She currently chairs the Programs, Marketing, and Business Development committee of The Franklin Institute where she also serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She is a member of the 2017 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute and the Academic Director (Practicum) of Wharton's Leadership in the Business World program at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2018, Wells also joined the board of THINX.

Her list of honors includes The Girl Scouts' Woman of Distinction, Cosmopolitan's Fun Fearless Phenom Award, Essence's 40 Under 40, Billboard's 30 Under 30, Inc's 30 Under 30, and Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business.

Wells is the author of the best-selling tween fiction series Mackenzie Blue and the marketing handbook Chasing Youth Culture And Getting It Right. Wells' writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, The Journal of the American College of Radiology, Inc, Black Enterprise, MediaPost, and Retail Merchandiser Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @tinacwells or visit her website at tinawells.com.

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