Bob Gilson, Director Emeritus, 92Y School of the Arts


With over 25 years’ experience at 92nd Street Y, Bob Gilson was named Director of the 92nd Street Y School of the Arts in 1993. In 2014, Bob was named Director Emeritus.

Bob is a formally trained photographer who has exhibited and published both photographs and articles in Europe and North America. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Vermont Council on the Arts. He is a member of the Society of Photographic Education, as well as the College Art Association. Bob has served on advisory panels for the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has taught and lectured extensively at Skidmore College, the Rochester Institute of Technology, the State University of New York at Brockport and elsewhere.

Bob received a BS in English from Castleton State College and an MA in photography from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Allison Valchuis, Director, 92Y Art Center


Allison Valchuis is a sculptor and educator with over ten years of experience in community arts education. Allison joined the 92Y Art Center staff in 2010. Prior to her 92Y career, Allison worked with the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to bring design-thinking to the classroom across the country through professional development programs for educators, teen programs, and curriculum development. She also served as an Americorps*VISTA at Rhode Island School of Design’s free teen portfolio prep and outreach program Project Open Door where she organized community partnerships and developed college readiness programs.

She received her BFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design and has been awarded residencies and scholarships at RISD’s European Honors Program in Rome, Italy, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME, Ox-Bow, School of Arts and Artists Residencies in Saugatuck, MI, and Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, MT.


Katie Shulman, Manager, After-school and Evening Programs


Katie Shulman has been living and working in New York City since graduating with a BFA from the University of Michigan in 2010. She has been involved in arts education as both an administrator and instructor, facilitating programs for people of all ages.

Before joining the administrative staff in the Art Center, Katie worked at the Jewish Community Center as an assistant to the Director of the Art Studios Department, and as the curriculum coordinator for the JCC’s free Saturday art programs. She has also taught mixed media and printmaking classes at various institutions in Brooklyn, and has been a Scholastic Art and Writing Award judge since 2011.

She maintains an active and interdisciplinary studio practice using collage and printmaking techniques to create works influenced by collected biological images.


Simone Isham-Booker, Art Center Programs Coordinator


Simone graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a BA in Studio Arts. Studying a variety of mediums, Simone mainly concentrates on acrylic and watercolor painting. The North Carolina native moved to New York City soon after graduation. Over her collegiate career she had a number of intensive internships, scholastic awards and strong community service involvement. In addition to the 92Y, she is working directly with the founder of ARTDEX, a start-up internet art company.

Simone considers art as a personal reflection of identity. The major themes she works with are Feminism and Racism, which are very important to her as an African American Woman. The artists which she most admires not only have phenomenal talent, they also have the ability to present their view unfiltered and unapologetic. Simone wants her work to be colorful, interesting to look at, but also seen as a statement. She wants to make art to have a purpose that is beyond the surface.