Bob Gilson, Director, 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 and currently also serves as the Art Center Director.

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.

Anika Selhorst, Director, 92Y Art Center

 

Anika Selhorst is pleased to be joining 92Y as its Art Center Director. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Anika moved to New York City in 2000 to pursue a life in the arts. Her career has been dedicated to joining communities and institutions to provide diverse audiences with high quality arts experiences. Prior to joining 92Y, she directed City Lore’s in-school program, a nationally recognized model for integrating social studies, arts and community resources in NYC public schools. She is also an adjunct lecturer at The City College of New York. A visual artist, Anika holds a master’s degree in Arts in Education from Harvard University, and received her undergraduate degree from Brown University. Anika lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Joseph, and daughter, Ruba.

 


Allison Valchuis, Manager, Daytime Programs

 

Allison Valchuis is a sculptor and educator with over eight years experience in community arts education. Her work explores process, material, weight and balance through various ceramic practices, drawing and a love of good craftsmanship. She has been awarded residencies at 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 and shown work in New York, Rhode Island and Italy.

Prior to joining 92Y, Allison worked with the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to implement professional development programs for K-12 educators on how to integrate design thinking in the classroom and teen programs to introduce youth to design careers. 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. Allison first joined the 92Y Art Center staff in 2010 as the Assistant Administrator and Ceramics Technician and now holds the position of Manager of Daytime Programs. In addition, she is a ceramics faculty member specializing in mold making, slip casting, and sculpture and pottery programs for children. She received her BFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design.

 


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.







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