Peter’s first night in Portland, back in October 2006, was spent at SPACE, where Wolf Eyes melted his face and destroyed his ears. He remarkably still had enough hearing to join the event staff as a sound engineer in August 2010. He joined the staff upstairs in the office as music programmer in 2014. As a drummer, he has played more than 600 shows across North America, Europe, and Asia over the the past decade, with bands such as Family Planning, Mehetable, Woodpainting, Villages of Spaces, Names Divine, Ora Cogan, Lina Tullgren, Jacob Augustine, Lisa/Liza, Lady Lamb, The Casco Bay Tummlers, and many more. He runs a small record label, Pretty Purgatory. His favorite color is purple.
Jocelyn is a queer human who uses she/her pronouns. As an INFJ, she uses her intuitive and feeling powers as a way to intrinsically navigate the world. Originally from Downeast Maine, land belonging to the Passamaquoddy Tribe, Jocelyn loves to travel and has been to many different places that have stirred her soul. Jocelyn is also an artist, performer, writer and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Gender and Cultural Studies at Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts. Jocelyn wrote and performed a piece titled The Unkindest Cut which was in PortFringe 2019 and she authors/manages the website Getting to Know Jane Doe. Along with being a fastidious office manager at SPACE, Jocelyn’s work also includes normalizing gender pronouns in professional spaces, as was part of her previous role as Visitor and Member Experience Supervisor at the Portland Museum of Art. Jocelyn loves dogs and babies and music. Jocelyn lives with her partner, Dean, in the West End. Hopefully they will adopt a dog soon.
Elizabeth is the Visual Arts Programmer at SPACE where she curates exhibitions, administers the Kindling Fund Grant and runs a residency program dedicated to highlighting the contributions of queer artists and artists of color. From 2014 – 2016, Spavento co-curated ALL RISE, a temporary, multi-disciplinary public art program that took place on an acre of vacant land in downtown Seattle. Previous curatorial projects include exhibitions with Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Open Source Gallery, and Interstitial. She is the Co-Founder of Border Patrol, a curatorial collective and exhibition space that explores the intersection of contemporary art and corporate aesthetics.
Johnson is an interdisciplinary curator, artist, community radio DJ, and writer from Philadelphia who is deeply invested in underrepresented voices and alternative art histories. Before coming to SPACE she was a curator at the Michener Art Museum and previously held positions at Vox Populi, Locks Gallery, the Penn Museum, Blind Spot magazine, and WPRB 103.3FM. She was an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania and Interlochen Center for the Arts, and has been a visiting artist and critic at colleges nationwide. In 2016, Johnson was awarded a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in support of her independent project Making/Breaking the Binary: Women, Art & Technology (1968-85). Artforum magazine proposed the exhibition would “ultimately aid in bringing about the end of gender determinism and difference in the arts and sciences in large” and Hyperallergic said “this rigorous exhibition uses art to critique the stereotype that men and technology go hand in hand.” The 2014 project, Thomas Chimes: The Body in Spirals was nominated for Best Exhibition in a Commercial Space Nationally by the International Association of Art Critics. In 2017, Kelsey was a Fellow at the Flaherty Film Seminar. When she’s not working or getting outside she’s passionate about volunteering for Planned Parenthood and serves on the Executive Committee of Sierra Club Maine. (Illustration by Annie Mok)
Ian P. Hundt is an engineer, producer and musician with a varied background in studio, live and compositional sound. He moved to Portland in 2014 and quickly found his way to SPACE. On his first shift, he had one of the most powerful musical experiences of his life working with Tal National, and he has loved SPACE deeply ever since. Ian began his engineering career with a degree in Electroacoustics at Concordia University in Montreal, and has since worked in Nashville, TN, for several years with a focus on analog recording. He became SPACE’s Production Manager in 2017, and is thrilled to be working in Portland’s music scene. He is married to visual artist Amelia Garretson-Persans with whom he frequently collaborates. When not working at live shows, Ian can be found tinkering in his basement studio, playing piano or making dinner.
Lia Wilson is an arts writer and arts administrator. A Chicago native, she moved to Maine in 2015 to plant roots after years living in Brooklyn, San Francisco, and Santa Fe. Wilson has a background managing academic departments in art schools, first for California College of the Arts’ Architecture Division and later for Pratt Institute’s Art and Design Education Department. More recently she was the Communications Manager at the Portland Museum of Art during the institution’s Your Museum, Reimagined initiative, a multi-year revamp project dedicated to expanding access to the museum’s campus and collection. Wilson’s writing practice is focused on elevating contemporary artists that examine the complexities of identity, visibility, and representation. Her research interests include the expanded field of Outsider Art and Self-Taught Art and the evolution of critical discourse surrounding artists with mental illnesses. She has a MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts and a BFA in Printmaking from College of Santa Fe. She currently lives in Portland with her partner and young son.
Geneviève (GV) Beaudoin is a musician, writer, music curator, and arts administrator. Raised in a bilingual household in Maine, she went on to study at New York University and The Conservatory van Amsterdam. After several years working in theater in New York, she returned to Portland in 2016 where she quickly found herself among audiences at SPACE (… the rest is history). Driven by the Didion belief that “we tell ourselves stories in order to live,” her freelance career has varied from curating music series and pop-up performances to magazine writing and developing new media in the health and sciences. With her band, Dead Gowns, GV released the 2018 EP, new spine, and regularly tours around the northeast. A recent pet owner, she aspires to be like the greats – a friend to all dogs.