Who We Are
Gibson Fay-LeBlanc is a writer, teacher, and nonprofit leader. His first collection of poems, Death of a Ventriloquist (UNT Press, 2012), won the Vassar Miller Prize, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was featured by Poets & Writers as one of a dozen debut collections to watch. He directed The Telling Room for five years and, more recently, has directed programs at Hewnoaks Artist Colony and been the president of the board at the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. He serves as Portland’s Poet Laureate and lives in the city with his wife and two sons.
Jon Courtney, CO-Founder + Screenings Programmer
Jon has a twenty-year history in public events presenting beginning with The Black-Eyed Susan, a live music venue in Daytona Beach, Florida and later as a founding member and events programmer at The Werehouse (neé The Wherehouse), a live/work/perform collective space in Winston-Salem, NC. He relocated to Portland in 2001 and co-founded SPACE Gallery in 2002. He daylights as a carpenter and timber framer and grows a variety of food and weeds with his wife, daughter and superlative dog Charlie at their pseudo-homestead in Cape Elizabeth.
IAN P. HUNDT, PRODUCTION MANAGER
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.
GENEVIEVE JOHNSON, MEMBERSHIP + COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Genevieve has engaged the intersecting realms of visual arts, culinary arts, and education since 2008. Her personal art practice often features food as a catalyst for bigger conversations and building deeper relationships. Genevieve has collaborated on multi-sensory projects with Hinge/Works and Alexis Iammarino. She has volunteered with SPACE Gallery since 2013.
PETER MCLAUGHLIN, MUSIC PROGRAMMER
Peter's first night in Portland 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 2010. He began his life in music programming at Bowdoin College, where he booked such acts as Broken Social Scene, Deerhunter, and Dr. Dog for the radio station's annual concerts. He continues to do significant booking for his own bands, and has played more than 400 shows across the U.S. and Canada over the the past five years, with bands such as Yairms, Family Planning, The Milkman's Union, Jacob Augustine, Lisa/Liza, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, and The Casco Bay Tummlers. He runs a small record label, Pretty Purgatory. He won first prize in the beard competition at Portland Facial Hair Fest. His favorite color is purple.
MARTHA SCHNEE, outreach coordinator
Martha Schnee is an arts educator, maker, and community builder. She's originally from the Boston area, but moved to Portland in 2015 after graduating from Bates College. She has an honors B.A. in American Cultural Studies, for which she combined a variety of courses in Anthropology, Women and Gender Studies, African-American Studies and Studio Art. She's spent the last two years working at the Portland Museum of Art as the Teen Programs Assistant, at the Art Department as an Artist Mentor, and as a co-coordinator of the Front Street Study Center in the Front Street public housing neighborhood. She is also a trained Direct Support Professional, STEAM educator, artist, and museum educator and combines these skills to create accessible, dynamic arts programming focused on social justice and critical pedagogy. When she’s not working, she loves riding her bike, swimming, taking care of her plants, listening to tons of podcasts, innovating new ways to eat peanut butter, and exploring.
ELIZABETH SPAVENTO, VISUAL ARTS PROGRAMMER
As a curator and human being, Elizabeth Spavento is interested in equity, particularly as it relates to issues of race and gender, the untapped potential of space, altered states of consciousness and unstructured time. Her practice seeks the fringe as a way to push back against hegemony, and her work tends to favor alternative spaces and community-driven practices. She has curated exhibitions for Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, OR and Open Source Gallery in New York, NY in addition to exhibiting her own work in Buffalo, NY. Spavento's largest project, ALL RISE, was a two-year long series of temporary public artworks punctuated by performance, video and music on a 90,000 sq. ft. gravel lot in downtown Seattle. In 2015, it was recognized as one of 38 outstanding public art projects in the country by Americans for the Arts Public Art Network. She and her partner, Jared Haug run Border Patrol, a contemporary art space that investigates the intersection between contemporary art and corporate aesthetics.
ADAM STOCKMAN, EVENTS PROGRAMMER
Adam's experience as the visual art curator at Ragtag Cinema in Columbia, MO, as well as years of volunteering at the True/False Film Festival led him to begin volunteering at SPACE shortly after moving to Portland from Columbia in 2010. He has been the Events Manager since 2011. When he's not spending late nights at SPACE he is usually painting or drawing. See Adam's website here.
KOREN SULLIVAN, OFFICE MANAGER
A metalsmith and unabashed YA fiction-lover, Koren began her work at SPACE as an intern in 2015. Now she's managing the office-y goings-on... and occasionally baking cookies for starving artists. When not at SPACE, Koren can often be found working in her studio, gardening, listening to her vinyl collection (Green Day, Jim Croce, The Rolling Stones, My Morning Jacket...) or spending time at home with her family and their pet menagerie, which includes two dogs, a lizard, two guinea pigs, and (on occasion) some sea monkeys. You can check out Koren's website here.
Board of Directors:
YEMAYA ST. CLAIR » President
Board of Advisors:
Mark Bessire, Portland Museum of Art
Event Staff: ORONDE CRUGER, Jon Donnell, IAN HUNDT, GREG JAMIE, SARA KANE, MATT MALONEY, NOAH PERWIN, BOBBIE PIRRUCCELLO.
SPACE Gallery was founded in 2002 by Jon Courtney and Todd Bernard.
SPACE relies on a wide net of friends and volunteers. There are many more people involved with the operations of SPACE, and we regret that we can not list them all.