Who We Are
- Maya Gomez, Artists in Education Program Director
- Valerie Imus, Exhibitions and Projects Program Director
- Patricia Maloney, Executive Director
- Lisa Martin, Communications and Outreach Director
- Vreni Michelini-Castillo, Development Fellow
- Nicholas Wylie, Associate Director
Board of Directors
- Rebecca Camacho, President
- Abner Nolan, Vice President
- Julie Wagne, Treasurer
- Gay Outlaw, Secretary
- Nicole Avril
- Zach Klein
- Máire Walsh
- Jenifer K. Wofford
- Kimberley Acebo Arteche
- Ryanaustin Dennis
- Mik Gaspay
- Valerie Imus
- Bessma Khalaf
- Patricia Maloney
- José Navarrete
- Marcela Pardo Ariza
- Lauren Marie Taylor
- Sophia Wang
- Raquel Baldocchi
- Mary Bennett
- Mike Blockstein
- Rena Bransten
- Amy Charles
- Kitt Condrey-Miller
- Mary Conrad
- Nilus De Matran
- Barbara Eaton
- Courtney Fink
- Stephen Galloway
- Ed Gilbert
- Jim Goldberg
- Rebecca Goldfarb
- Laura Goldstein
- Janet Hunter
- David Lawrence
- David Rees
- Robin Strawbridge
- Valerie Wade
- James Watts
- John Weber
- Tracy Wheeler
- Thet Shein Win
- Jon Winet
- Carman Gaines – Curatorial
- Amanda Seigel – Monster Drawing Rally
- Carly Terreson – Artists in Education
- Laura Weinthal – Monster Drawing Rally
Maya Gomez, Artists in Education Program Director
Maya Gomez is an artist educator. She received her BA in Dance and Art History from UC Santa Barbara, and her Ed.M. in Arts in Education from Harvard University. As a child Maya grew up dancing with The Wooden Floor, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to empowering low-income youth through dance, academic, and family programs. She has spent her career working with youth in alternative education. As an undergraduate, she served as an intern at the Bower's Kidseum, developing curriculum for current exhibitions. Maya worked under a 21st Century Grant at the Orange County Department of Education as a site coordinator to support students as they transitioned back into public schools. From 2007-2014, she worked at the Bay Area non-profit Making Waves Education Program as an administrator, educator and mentor. While at Making Waves she was introduced to Southern Exposure and developed partnerships with several Bay Area non-profit organizations as well as colleges and universities. Most recently, Maya served as a Graduate Student Teacher with the Harvard Art Museums.
Valerie Imus, Projects & Exhibitions Program Director
Valerie Imus has organized numerous projects for Southern Exposure, including How to Move a Mountain, White Hot Lamp Black and Hopeless and Otherwise. Formerly, she was the Exhibitions Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Curatorial Associate at the CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art. She has also organized projects at the Oakland Museum of California and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and written for Art Practical and Stretcher. She is a collaborative member of the collectives The Citizens Laboratory and OPENrestaurant and holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Patricia Maloney, Executive Director
Patricia Maloney was the founding editor and director of Art Practical, and the publisher of the international online art journal Daily Serving. She has been an Associate Professor in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts and is a senior correspondent and producer for the weekly contemporary art podcast Bad at Sports. Maloney has written for Artforum, ArtChronika, the Brooklyn Rail, Meatpaper, and SFMOMA’s Open Space, as well as for numerous exhibition catalogues. She has organized programs with a broad range of arts organizations, including 826 Valencia, UC Berkeley’s Arts Research Center, Art LA Contemporary, Cannonball, the Charlotte Street Foundation, Gray Area Foundation, Kadist Art Foundation, the Lab, Southern Exposure, and SFMOMA. With Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, she created the YBCA Artist Residency Program in 2013 and with the Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium, she created the ACAC Writing Fellowship in 2012. Between 2000 and 2012, she held curatorial positions at Ampersand International Arts in San Francisco; the MATRIX Program of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum; and the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo, Japan. From 1999 to 2002, she was a Program Associate for the International Program at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. She holds her MA in Theory and History of Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Lisa Martin, Communications & Outreach Director
Lisa Martin is an arts administrator and artist with interests spanning site-specific, new media and social practice art, as well as heritage, history and memory processes. She received her BA from Bryn Mawr College and her MA in Curatorial Studies from Stockholm University, and has an extensive background in arts administration and exhibition management in the Bay Area, at Kala Art Institute and the FOR-SITE Foundation.
Vreni Michelini-Castillo, Development Fellow
Vreni Michelini Castillo is a multidisciplinary teacher, cultural producer and organizer originally from Mexico. She holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA from UC Berkeley. Her current multimedia work deals with decolonial living, traditional Mexican Medicine, Indigenous spirituality, queerness, migrant empowerment and the reconstruction of the womyn temple. She focuses on community enrichment through her music as CHHOTI MAA and through the work of her two collectives Aguas Migrantes and BrujaLyfe. Vreni has been a teaching artist for 10 years, she previously worked with SOEX’s Contemporary Classrooms and Youth Advisory Board. Vreni is currently teaching at California College of the Arts.
Nicholas Wylie, Associate Director
Wylie is an artist, organizer, and educator based in San Francisco. He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, did post-baccalaureate work in Art History at Northwestern University, and received an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2006 he co-founded Harold Arts, a Chicago-based non-profit arts organization with a residency in Ohio, and was its co-director until early 2010. He then co-founded ACRE (Artists' Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions), a 501(c)3 with a residency in rural Wisconsin and an exhibitions program in Chicago. Wylie served as director of ACRE until joining its Board of Directors in 2015. Before leaving Chicago, he was Artistic Director at Mana Contemporary Chicago, a large art center in the Pilsen neighborhood. He has worked as an educator in fine arts at SAIC, University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of St Francis. His various artistic projects have haunted galleries in Chicago and beyond for the past ten years.
Rebecca Camacho, President
Rebecca has worked in the San Francisco arts community for nearly twenty years. Beginning her career as an intern at the Capp Street Project, she joined Anthony Meier Fine Arts in 1998 where she is now Senior Director. Nurturing artists through the varying steps of their careers, from emerging to international recognition, is her primary focus.
Born and raised in the East Bay, Rebecca now resides in Alameda with her husband, their four young children and extremely energetic dog. She is an avid cook and admirer of vintage homes; Rebecca and her husband spend much time restoring their 1927 abode. Rebecca frequently looks at complicated tasks and figures, 'I can do that.' This mindset also contributes to Rebecca's strong belief that, when really pressed, tape can fix most everything.
Abner Nolan, Vice President
Abner Nolan is a San Francisco based artist, curator and educator. For the past 16 years he has been deeply involved with the local artist community and with Southern Exposure in particular – as an exhibiting artist, as a member of the curatorial committee and as an enthusiastic supporter. His work and public projects have been exhibited nationally and throughout the Bay Area including at the Yerba Buena Center For the Arts, Wattis Institute and SF Camerawork. Nolan is a senior adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts and also works as a collections manager for the Fisher Family Collection.
Julie Wagne, Treasurer
Julie Wagne is an art enthusiast and entrepreneur with financial expertise in fundamental credit analysis, financial statements, modeling, forecasting, industry analysis, and risk. She has over 15 years of international and domestic experience spanning tech, banking, education, art, and retail, and is multi-lingual in French and Fulani (African dialect). She received her BA in Art History from The Colorado College and her MBA from the executive MBA program at San Francisco State University. Julie works at Square in the Risk department, as well as being the co-founder of Petel, a socially innovative company benefitting education in West Africa.
Gay Outlaw, Secretary
Artist Gay Outlaw works in sculpture with a unique palette of materials, ranging from the traditional to the ephemeral. She draws upon her immediate environment as well as her personal history to explore forms with a strong sense of pattern and play. She was the recipient of the SFMOMA SECA award in 1998 and is represented by Gallery Paule Anglim. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is included in many museum collections.
Outlaw has lived most of her adult life in San Francisco and, although her Southern upbringing remains a strong influence, she figures at this point she is more from San Francisco than anywhere else. She served on the board of Capp Street Project in the mid-1990s and on the board of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. She lives and works in the city with her husband and two children.
Nicole Avril, Board Member
As Project Director with the Capital Partnerships Division of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, Nicole leads the City’s effort on the design and rehabilitation of the Geneva Car Barn and Power House, a historic landmark which will provide arts-related training for under-served youth as well as serve as a vibrant arts and culture center for the residents in San Francisco’s southeastern neighborhoods.
Nicole has also served as Director of External Relations for UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design, and as the first Executive Director of Gen Art San Francisco, whose mission was to support emerging artists and cultivate new arts audiences. Nicole was a Trustee of the Headlands Center for the Arts for seven years, four of which were on the Executive Committee. She also created a business plan for the Mexican Museum and was a Founding Board Member for Out-of-Site: Center for Arts Education, a visual arts, architecture and performing arts program for public high school students. She holds an MBA with a focus on arts management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, an MA in Art History from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Art History from Cornell University.
Zach Klein, Board Member
Zach Klein is an entrepreneur who cofounded and designed Vimeo – one of the largest creative communities in the world. Zach is currently the CEO of DIY, a service to help kids learn any skill. He was a faculty member for the MFA program in Interaction Design at the School of Visual Arts. He founded a 55-acre nature preserve in Upstate New York that hosts the Beaver Brook School, an annual happening to teach building construction skills to novices.
Jenifer K Wofford, Board Member
Jenifer K Wofford is a San Francisco artist and educator whose multidisciplinary work plays with notions of hybridity, authenticity and global culture, often with a humorous bent. Born in San Francisco, Wofford was raised in Hong Kong, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and the Bay Area. She received her BFA from SFAI and her MFA from UC Berkeley. She is senior adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco and UC Berkeley, president of Wofflehouse, and CFO of Manananggoogle. Wofford has been part of the SoEx community for over twenty years, in roles ranging from teacher to exhibiting and performing artist as well as semi-regular auction ham(host).