Carla L. Peterson

Carla L. Peterson is professor emerita in the Department of English, University of Maryland.  Her field of expertise is nineteenth-century African American literature, history, and culture.  She has published numerous essays and two books: “Doers of the Word”: African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North, 1830-1880 (Oxford, 1995) and Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City (Yale, 2011), which was awarded the … Continue reading Carla L. Peterson

Helen Frederick

Helen Frederick is recognized as a distinguished artist, curator, educator, coordinator of international projects, and as founder of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, a center for contemporary printmaking, hand papermaking and the art of the book. Frederick is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Art at George Mason University. Her work has been exhibited at the The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University, Dieu Donné Gallery … Continue reading Helen Frederick

Annie Groer

Longtime Washington Post, and Orlando Sentinel reporter and columnist Annie Groer writes widely about politics, popular culture, design and aging. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Tico Times (Costa Rico), More, Town & Country and The New Republic. She is actively involved with Aging Solo, an early-stage, multi-platform startup aimed at reducing isolation among the nation’s 25 million childless, spouse-less Baby Boomers. A presidential debate panelist … Continue reading Annie Groer

Ashley Dugdale

Ashley Dugdale of Missoula, Montana is in the constant pursuit of perfection fully aware the most she can attain is excellence. Bouncing from her home state of Montana to go to Johnson & Wales University in Denver, skipping to the beaches of Miami and currently laying down some roots in Washington, D.C. she has always been in the business of taking care of people and organizing … Continue reading Ashley Dugdale

Nia Nyamwea

Nia Nyamweya is a Kenyan-American, intersectional feminist organizer and activist. She graduated with a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies and minor in French from Towson University. As a grassroots organizer, she focused on building worker-owned cooperatives in Washington, DC and is passionate about healing through yoga. Nia currently works in philanthropy and has worked for the Institute for Policy Studies, ONE DC and the … Continue reading Nia Nyamwea

Nikki Brugnoli

NIKKI BRUGNOLI was born in 1981 in Pittsburgh, PA. She is an artist, educator, and curator. Nikki received her BFA from Seton Hill University (2004) and her MFA from The Ohio State University (2007) and serves on the faculty at George Mason University where she is the Assistant Graduate Programs Coordinator and Graduate Advisor in the School of Art. In addition, she helps coordinate Visual … Continue reading Nikki Brugnoli

Vivienne M. Lassman

Vivienne M. Lassman is an independent art curator who has organized museum exhibitions internationally with the Take Me to the River artists in Pretoria, South Africa and Montevideo, Uruguay. Other projects include the Bicentennial of the The Octagon Museum, the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center with an exhibition of Romanian artist Noche Crist and the Mexican Cultural Institute DC in Washington, DC. with artist Anamario Hernandez. As … Continue reading Vivienne M. Lassman

Annette Polan

Annette Polan is an internationally known portrait artist living in Washington DC. She has photographed and painted the official portraits of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and other leaders of industry and government.  Former Chair of the Painting Department at the Corcoran College of Art, Ms. Polan is Professor Emerita at the Corcoran College of Art + Design at George Washington University and Principal of Insight … Continue reading Annette Polan

Christina Girardi

Christina Girardi is a visual artist and arts manager in the Washington, DC area. She graduated Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana with a dual degree in Art History and Italian, and earned a Master’s Degree in Arts Management from American University in Washington, DC. An overarching goal as an artist and arts manager for Christina is to communicate the value of observing and … Continue reading Christina Girardi