Meet the 2018 ArtSite Panelists
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, ADÈLE EISENSTEIN is an independent curator, writer, arts administrator, who emigrated to Budapest in 1990. She completed studies at the University of Rochester, University of Paris – Sorbonne, New School – Parsons School of Design, and School of Visual Arts. In Budapest, she worked for the Balázs Béla Studio and Toldi Cinema; then at the Soros Center for Contemporary Arts – Budapest; C3: Center for Culture & Communication (1995-2005). She was a co-founder of two alternative art spaces, where she worked especially with public art projects. She was founding editor of Central European contemporary art journal: Praesens (2002-05); served on the editorial board at the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest (2005-07) Her numerous curated shows include the large-scale group show, donumenta 2010 – Hungary: Liberation Formula, throughout the city of Regensburg (D); the Art-in-Fusion project, of foreign artists in Hungary (2012-14); Out of the Museum and into the Street, for the Austrian Steirischer Herbst 2013. All of these included works and performances in public space. Eisenstein returned to Queens in 2014, coming to love Jackson Heights. She first worked with Alma on Dobbin and Queensborough Community College Art Gallery as researcher, registrar, curatorial assistant on a retrospective exhibition and catalogue, and transformation of a private collection into a public one. She commissioned-curated the site-specific project Traces and Tides of the Seaport, featuring the work of Portuguese artist Filipe Cortez, in the South Street Seaport in 2016. She recently worked with Earth Celebrations on its Ecological City project in Lower Manhattan (2016-18), as well as with Rockaway-based artist Christopher Saucedo on his Flood Brothers show for the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Eisenstein was recently appointed Program Director & Curator at NARS: New York Art Residency & Studios Foundation. She has also enjoyed a renewed immersion in Queens and its talented performing artists, as one of the inaugural Artist Commissioning Program Producers for the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) in 2017-18. Eisenstein has written, translated and edited numerous books and catalogues, and hundreds of articles. She is a former Chair and Board member of Amnesty International Hungary. Eisenstein has written, translated and edited numerous books and catalogues, and hundreds of articles.
Kendal Henry is an artist and curator who lives in New York City and specializes in the field of public art for over twenty-five years. He illustrates that public art can be used as a tool for social engagement, civic pride and economic development through the projects and programs he’s initiated in the US, Europe, Russia, Asia, Central Asia, Papua New Guinea, Australia and the Caribbean. He’s currently the Director of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program and an adjunct professor at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. He is a guest lecturer at various universities and educational institutions including the Abbey Mural Workshop at the National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts; Rhode Island School of Design Senior Studio; and Pratt Institute’s Arts and Cultural Management Program. Kendal served as the Director of Culture and Economic Development for the City of Newburgh, NY where he created the region’s first Percent for Art Program. Prior to that post he was Manager of Arts Programs at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Arts for Transit for eleven years. During this time, he has overseen the commissioning, fabrication and installation of MTA’s permanent art projects, served as a member of the MTA’s in-house design team, and produced temporary exhibitions in Grand Central Terminal. Previous to this experience he served as a Project Manager at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs’ Percent for Art Program and was elected to serve two 3-year terms on the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Council.
Jennifer Lantzas is the Deputy Director of Public Art at NYC Parks. She works with a diverse group of artists, community groups, arts organizations, and government agencies to bring experimental and traditional public art to parks in New York City’s five boroughs. She has managed over 325 temporary public art installations and organized 50 exhibitions for the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. Jennifer has her MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University and a BA in Art History from the University of Maryland. She has been a resident of Queens for over a decade and lives in Jackson Heights.
Leslie A. Ramos is the Executive Director of the 82nd Street Partnership, Business Improvement District (BID) serving the diverse communities of Jackson Heights and Elmhurst in Queens. Her career has been devoted to fostering economic growth and advocating for inclusion and understanding of underrepresented communities in the City’s economic development programs and policies. At the Partnership, Ms. Ramos has created cultural sensitive programs that highlight the community’s identity while helping the business grow and adapt to a rapidly changing business environment. Prior to joining the 82nd Street Partnership, she held various positions within the City of New York, including overseeing all of NYC’s economic development agencies and programs while at the Mayor’s Office of Management, leading the Mayor’s Office of Industrial and Manufacturing Business, and servicing as Assistant Commissioner for Finance at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Her community work includes serving on the boards of the NYC’s BID Association and AllCare Provider Services, Inc., an early education and case management agency in the Bronx. Leslie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master’s Degree in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Valerie Stevens is a Jamaica Avenue enthusiast who enjoys creating positive relationships with people at all levels. She received her B.A. in Communications from the College of New Rochelle and began working with the Jamaica Center Business Improvement Association, Inc. in March of 2011, as an Administrative Assistant. In that role, Valerie drew from the tools she received from school in Marketing, Public Relations, and Public Speaking and was promoted to Director of Business Services and Operations, where she utilizes those skills, and leverages social media as a platform for community outreach to promote Downtown Jamaica, a major transportation, tourism and technology hub in Southeast Queens. In addition to closely working with the businesses on Jamaica Avenue, she is an entrepreneur herself – as founder of ValleyGirl Jewelry, she enjoys encouraging women to purchase and wear her affordable, fashionable, unique and authentic jewelry. Valerie is a Jamaica, Queens’s resident for over 30 years.
Brendez Wineglass, a dedicated millennial leader in the events industry, is a native New Yorker and graduate of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & Performing Arts “FAME School” where she graduated with an advanced regents diploma and Dance Honors, as a result of her time spent under the tutelage of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico, and Edge School of the Arts to name a few. She moved on to complete a Bachelor of Science from Howard University. Wineglass, is presently the Project Manager of Jamaica Is Arts Alliance, an Arts & Culture Collaborative focused on facilitating opportunities for Artists at ALL Creative levels. She also participates as an Artist Commissioning Producer, as a part of the Queens Council on the Arts, Artists Commissioning Program for 2018. In addition to her role as consulting Director of Brand Integration for B.Dot - Integrated Branding Agency, she continues to serve on several boards including Community Mediation Services of NY, the executive board of the Howard University Alumni Club of Greater New York and Blacks in Public Relations Society of NY, she is a member of influencer organizations including BWOI (Black Women of Influence), Black Tech Women, ColorComm, Silicon Harlem, and Startups Illustrated. She has been a leading speaker and expert in the areas of arts advocacy, entrepreneurship, leadership & development, healthcare, community engagement, social media, technology, and community advocacy, seeking to continue a legacy of giving back to younger generations.
Margot Yale is a curator and art historian based in Queens. She is the Assistant for Collection and Exhibition Technologies at the Museum of Modern Art, as well as a PopRally committee member at the Museum. She currently serves as an Art Producer for the Artist Commissioning Program at the Queens Council on the Arts, where she has participated in selecting and supporting four performing artists developing new works for Queens, with an emphasis on premiering works in Jackson Heights and Jamaica. Her earliest experience working in the arts was assisting an artist with maintaining and advocating for one of the artist’s collaborative public projects. Since then, she has assisted with exhibitions and curatorial projects at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Princeton University Art Museum, and the National Museum of American Jewish History. In 2016, Yale curated "Populist Printmaking: Works from the WPA Graphic Arts Division" and co-curated "Willem de Kooning: Drawn and Painted" at the Princeton University Art Museum. She is committed to the accessibility of the arts and her work focuses on expanding the American art-historical canon and examining the effects of the arts and cultural policy on civil society. Born and raised in Queens, she maintains a longstanding commitment to the borough’s arts and cultural landscape. Yale holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Princeton University in art history and American Studies.