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Gary van Wyk, Executive Director

completed graduate degrees in law, fine arts, and art history in South Africa. Active in the anti-apartheid Resistance Art Movement, he was exiled to Zimbabwe in 1986. He completed a Ph.D. in Art History at Columbia Univ., NY, as a Fulbright Scholar, and received a Rockefeller Award for his African research. His African Painted Houses was a NY Times Book Review top architectural book for 1998, and Apartheid: Calibrations of Color received a Notable Book Award from the African Studies Association. He has curated numerous critically acclaimed exhibitions, including Shangaa: Art of Tanzania (2013). His most recent book is Pop Art: 50 Works of Art You Should Know.


András Böröcz, Program Director

(MFA, Hungarian Academy of Fine Art, Budapest, 1983) is an artist working in sculpture, drawing, installation, performance and book art. In Budapest, he was a member of Indigo, the core group of Hungarian underground artists and thinkers during the 1970s and ‘80s. Böröcz’s work addresses identity issues, including the boundaries between objects and works of art, often using everyday materials. Böröcz frequently collaborates with musicians, architects, and book artists. He has exhibited extensively in Europe, the US and in Africa, and is included in several institutional and private collections internationally. He founded 2B Galéria in Budapest.


Lisa Brittan, Board President

completed studies in Fine Arts, Art History, and Sociology in Johannesburg. A film and TV director, her work has been shown in the US, Europe, and Africa, and won numerous awards. Her 52' film on South African music, We've Got the Power, won first prize for music documentaries in Cannes at the 1993 Midem International Visual Music Awards. Les Signes Sacrés/Sacred Signs (1996), premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in Lille, France, and screened at the Guggenheim Museum and other venues. In 1997, she founded Axis Gallery, which New York Times critic Holland Cotter described as having "made New York history by integrating African art, old and new, into the fabric of the contemporary Chelsea gallery scene.”


Robbin Ami Silverberg, Board Vice President

also serves on the boards of the Center for Book Arts, Brooklyn, and The Ampersand Foundation, New York & Johannesburg, which supports NYC residencies for South African artists. She is founding Director of Dobbin Mill / Dobbin Books in Greenpoint, dedicated to the teaching and production of handmade paper and artists’ books, which she makes herself and in collaboration with others. An Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute, NYC, she has exhibited and taught extensively internationally. Her artwork is in many permanent collections, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest, and Yale University's Art of the Book Collection.




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