WHO WE ARE

 

KELSEY HALLIDAY JOHNSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 

Kelsey Halliday Johnson is an interdisciplinary curator, artist, and writer from Philadelphia who is deeply invested in underrepresented voices and alternative art histories. She has previously held positions at the Michener Art Museum, Locks Gallery, Vox Populi, the Penn Museum, Blind Spot, WPRB 103.3FM, and has taught photography and digital arts at the University of Pennsylvania and Interlochen Center for the Arts. In 2016, Johnson was awarded a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in support of Making/Breaking the Binary: Women, Art & Technology (1968-85), an independent curatorial project surveying female new media artists at the dawn of the information age. Her 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. When she's not busy cooking up projects or volunteering, Kelsey enjoys the outdoors, reading, board games, swimming, and trying new things. 

Email: director@space538.org

 

 

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.

Email: jon@space538.org
 

 

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.

Email: production@space538.org

 

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.

Email: genevieve@space538.org

 

 

 

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 YairmsFamily PlanningThe Milkman's UnionJacob AugustineLisa/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.

Email: peter@space538.org

 

 

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.

Email: elizabeth@space538.org

 

 

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.

Email: adam@space538.org  

 

 

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.

Email: koren@space538.org

 

 

 

 

 

HENRY WOLYNIEC, BUILDING MANAGER 

Henry Wolyniec is a visual artist that lives and works in Portland. He received his BFA from Parsons School of Design in NYC and his General Studies Degree from Columbia University. Additionally, he teaches workshops in public and private schools, non-profit organizations, and colleges in New England. See his work online here

Email: henry@spacestudios.org

 

 

 

 

 

 


our amazing EVENT STAFF: catherine buxton, ORONDE CRUGER, Sierra d'amours, JON DONNELL, GREG JAMIE, MATT MALONEY, BOBBIE PIRRUCCELLO, nate pronovost.


 

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.

 

Board of Directors:

YEMAYA ST. CLAIR » President
JESSICA TOMLINSON » Vice President, 
MAINE COLLEGE OF ART
Cyrus Hagge » Treasurer
Project Management, Inc.
ANNIE LEAHY » Secretary

Emily Bruce, LL Bean
Kent Gordon
Winky Lewis, Laura Lewis Photography
Donna McNeil

Chris Robinson, Morgan Stanley
Desi Van Til, Rusticator Pictures

Board of Advisors:

Mark BessirePortland Museum of Art
Christopher CampbellChristopher Campbell Architecture
John ColemanVIA
Betsy Evans HuntTodd Webb Photographs
Alison HildrethArtist
Andy Graham, Designtex
Ruby LernerCreative Capital
Bob LudwigGateway Mastering
Joe MaloneMalone Commercial Brokers
Alice SpencerArtist
David WilsonTrue/False Film Fest
Carol VarneyBay Area Video Coalition

 

                                          

 
 

SPACE is a nonprofit organization that supports contemporary arts projects, champions artists, and encourages an open exchange of ideas.

Gallery hours:
Wed. through Sat., 12 - 6 PM
or by chance or appointment

538 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101

 

SpaceGalleryBlog

September 26, 2017
  Somewhere there’s this Tom Waits interview where he says something to the effect of: If you’ve got two guys, and they both can do all the same things and do them equally well, then you’ve got one too many guys. This is kinda how I feel about a lot of traditional musical forms. What more can really be demonstrated within the strictures of the 12-bar blues? Of the verse-chorus-verse pop song? Of the infinite noodle of bluegrass? Don’t we already have enough of these kinds of songs?