ARCAthens

Our Mission 

ARCAthens’ mission is to provide opportunity and support to Visual Artists, Curators, and Scholars to further their research to focus on bridging international dialogue, cooperation, and understanding.

 

Our Vision

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to hosting visual artists and curators from all parts of the world to live and create in Athens, Greece, and the Bronx, New York —thereby facilitating a diverse influx of expression, production, and learning.

Our Values

ARCAthens offers creative platforms for the lively exchange of ideas, values, and the expression of our humanity. We join all the voices denouncing racism, injustice, and inequality; and commit to these values in our programs, our organization’s structure, and our workplace environment.

Our Mission is realized through our programs:

Our ARCAthens Virtual Residency provides financial and institutional support to promote our Fellows and encourage a new dialogue through our multiple digital platforms. Our Fellows are selected through nomination and invitation.

(Due to Covid 19, the following two programs are currently being rescheduled for 2021)

Our Visual Art and Curatorial Residency Fellowships provide fully-funded live/work spaces that allow artists, curators, and scholars to be immersed in—and consequently respond to—the ongoing cultural renaissance taking place in Athens. Our Fellows are selected through nomination and invitation. An open application process is under consideration, please check back for further information.

Our ARCAthens Residency at EPI is a partnership with Lafayette College extending opportunities to our Fellows for a printmaking residency at the Experimental Printmaking Institute. Fellowships are awarded on an invitational basis.

Coming in 2020- 2021

Our ARCAthens Mentorship Program provides targeted care, guidance, and opportunities to emerging artists, curators, and scholars.

Our NYC/BX Research Fellowship provides Greek scholars, visual artists, and curators the fully-funded live/work opportunity to be immersed in the cultural capital of the world, New York City, in our headquarters in the Bronx.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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George Negroponte
PRESIDENT
George Negroponte is Director Emeritus of The Drawing Center, where his involvement has spanned three decades. He was Co-Chairman of The Board (1997-2002) and was appointed the first President of the institution in 2002. Mr. Negroponte is a fundraising consultant to several non-profit organizations in NYC. He has taught painting and drawing at The Studio School, Parsons School of Design, The School of Visual Arts and Princeton University. He has organized several shows and written on many contemporary artists. He studied art at Yale University with Bernard Chaet and William Bailey. Since 1980 he has had 18 one-person shows at numerous galleries: Brooke Alexander Gallery, John Good, Jason McCoy Inc., Kouros Gallery in New York City, and P37 and Skoufa Gallery in Athens, Greece. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions at galleries and museums around the world including The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He has been reviewed by every major art periodical including The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, The New Yorker, ARTnews and The New Criterion.
Dan Cameron
SECRETARY
Independent curator, art writer, and educator Dan Cameron is known for founding Prospect New Orleans, an organization he ran from 2006-2011 — a period when he was also Director of Visual Arts for New Orleans’ Contemporary Arts Center. As a writer, he has numerous publications to his credit, has lectured at museums and art events around the world, served as Senior Curator at The New Museum in New York from 1995-2006, and as Artistic Director for the 8th Istanbul Biennial in 2003, Co-Curator of the 10th Taipei Biennial in 2006, and Curator of the 2016 Bienal de Cuenca in Ecuador. In 2018 he founded Open Spaces in Kansas City. Cameron has taught on the MFA faculties of Columbia University, NYU, and School of Visual Arts.
Zesty Meyers
TREASURER
Born in Providence, RI, Zesty Meyers is the co-founder of R & Company, the groundbreaking design gallery in New York City that contributed to renewed global interest in collectable design and now-iconic designers such as Verner Panton, Wendell Castle, and Greta Magnusson Grossman. Prior to R & Company, Meyers formed B Team, a radical installation and performance art group that integrated craft, fine art and performance and served as an inspiration for a deeper interaction and dialogue between art forms.
Alicia Glekas Everett

Alicia Glekas Everett is an attorney in New York City. She leads the business affairs team for the literary agents at William Morris Endeavor (WME), advising agents on intellectual property matters and contract negotiations on behalf of WME’s clients. Prior, Everett was Acting Associate General Counsel for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Corporate Transactions Counsel at NBC, where she handled corporate legal matters for NBC News and the NBC-affiliated television stations.  Everett began her legal career as a corporate lawyer at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Everett graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was on the American Criminal Law Review. She earned her undergraduate degree in French Literature from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar.  She grew up in Washington, DC, where her extended Greek-American family still resides. Everett is passionate about all areas of the arts.

William A. Fagaly
During his 50-year tenure with New Orleans Museum of Art, Fagaly has organized over 90 art exhibitions. As guest curator, he has produced a variety of exhibitions for other institutions—including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, and the Museum of American Folk Art (MAFA) in New York City. In 1976, he co-founded the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. A founding board member of Prospect New Orleans, Fagaly is also board member of Newcomb Art Museum, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts high school (NOCCA), Congo Square Preservation Society and A Studio in the Woods, an artists residency program in New Orleans.
Allison M. Glenn

Allison M. Glenn is the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, where she focuses on public art exhibitions and the Artist Residency program. Prior to working at Crystal Bridges, Glenn was the Manager of Publications and Curatorial Associate for Prospect New Orleans’ international art triennial Prospect.4. Her writing has been featured in numerous exhibition publications, including those produced by The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Prospect New Orleans, the California African American Museum, University at Buffalo Art Galleries, and The Studio Museum in Harlem. She has contributed to HyperallergicART21 MagazinePelican Bomb’s Art Review, and Newcity, amongst others.

Roda Plakogiannis
Dr. Roda Plakogiannis is an associate professor of pharmacy practice at the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy since 2002. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and traditional Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Dr. Plakogiannis has presented on a national level in addition to local seminars. She has published numerous manuscripts and chapters in her field of expertise. She has been invited to serve as a consultant at the Aegerion and Amarin Lipid Pharmaceuticals Advisory Board meetings, to name a few. Dr. Plakogiannis currently practices at NYU Langone Medical Center and rounds with the Heart Failure Team at NYU to address medication related issues in hopes to decrease hospital readmissions. Dr. Plakogiannis also serves as the Adverse Drug Reactions Section Editor for the Journal of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Plakogiannis is a big supporter of the arts, and is involved in New York City Greek-American cultural organizations.
Alexia Valentina Sheinman

Alexia Valentina Sheinman is the Director of Branding and Communications at Pembrooke & Ives, and also the founder of her own interior design practice, Alexia Valentina LLC. Her passion for the arts has led to her involvement in both Concert Artists Guild and Storm King Art Center, and she is a co-founder of Roadmaps Festival, an annual artistic, humanitarian and cultural event that explores a current crisis through film, music, performance and discussion. Alexia was born and raised in New York to a Greek-Cypriot mother and a British father. She studied in Greece, the United Kingdom and New York, graduating with a BSc in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Bristol and an MFA in Interior Design from Parsons The New School for Design. Alexia currently lives in downtown Manhattan and is working on a hotel development in Greece.

Hume Steyer

Hume R. Steyer is a partner at Seward & Kissel LLP and the head of the firm’s Trusts & Estates and Charitable Organizations Group. He has practiced law since 1978. Hume is a member of the boards of the Lucretius Foundation, the Open Space Institute, Storm King Art Center, and the Black Rock Forest Preserve where he is currently the co-Chair of the Black Rock Forest Consortium.

Yerassimos Yannopoulos

Yerassimos Yannopoulos is leading the tax practice of Zepos & Yannopoulos in Athens, Greece. He focuses on tax planning for multi-national personal, active business and investment activities, with a particular emphasis on tax structuring for Greek and non-Greek business owners and investors. He has lectured at the Athens School of Economics on International Tax Law (Post-Graduate program on Taxation) from 2003 to 2011 and is recognized “Leading Individual” by Chambers & Partners Europe and by Legal 500 EMEA. Yerassimos has served on the Greek Advisory Board of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and also serves on the Board of the Benaki Museum, Athens.

STAFF
Aristides Logothetis
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Born in Athens, Aristides is a visual artist who has attended several residencies and exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bronx Museum, and Duke University among others. In addition, he has curated several landmark exhibitions; founded and directed Gallery Schmallery in Boston; worked as consultant and instructor in university programs; and founded the Young Artists Placement Program in New York City public schools.
Iris Plaitakis
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

A visual artist and museum educator with an academic background in archaeology, Iris has worked at the Tate Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Acropolis Museum and the Lalaounis Jewelry Museum. Since 2009 she has also taught art history on-site for U.S. university study-abroad programs in Athens. She was a founding member and co-director of the artist-run non-profit Lo and Behold, a platform for contemporary art activities in Greece and abroad.

Maggie Lam
MEDIA CONSULTANT
Embodying over fifteen years of experience, Maggie traverses the ever-evolving landscape of mass media from print to web to social. In 2012, seeking to advance integration between multi-media platforms and artists, she co-founded design collective Say&See. Since then, Maggie has concentrated on branding and marketing for companies with growing needs in reaching international targets.
Clayton Campbell
ARTIST RESIDENCY ADVISOR

With 35 years of experience in the Non-Profit field, Clayton Campbell is working with ARCAthens on strategic planning and development. Between 1995-2010 Clayton was the Co-Executive Director of the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica where he organized over 300 artist residencies from 25 countries. He was the first Director of the Joan Mitchell Center in 2011 and is a former President of Res Artis and Trustee of the Alliance of Artist Communities. As founder of Clayton Campbell Consulting, he has designed and implemented residency programs for the Rockefeller Bellagio Center, the Cleveland Foundation, the Rasmuson Foundation, United States Artists, Otis College of Art and Design, and the Little Tokyo Service Center. He is an Evaluator for the Center for the Art of Performance, UCLA. In 2003 the French Government presented him with the distinction of Chevalier, Order of Arts and Letters for his international work with art and culture.

Tiffany Apostolou
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Tiffany Apostolou is a Master’s graduate from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University where she approached art and design through a cross-temporal and interdisciplinary lens that informs her work in the cultural sector. With a background in architecture, she maps connections between Contemporary and past artistic practices, particularly Byzantine, focusing on the shared spatial perceptions generated for viewers within designed spaces.
Having lived and studied in both Europe and the United States, Tiffany has worked with galleries and artists in New York and Greece as a researcher, writer, and curator. She has also worked on projects
within the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Drawing Center where her experiences combined curatorial research and practice with community outreach and communications strategy development.

Eleni Papaioannou
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Eleni has studied Cultural Management at Hellenic Open University. Her master’s thesis is on artist residencies specializing in the Athenian context. She has been involved in various cultural projects since 2015 and has collaborated with cultural institutions such as Neon Organization, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, and documenta14. Eleni currently lives and works in Athens.

Earnie Polanco
INTERN

A native New Yorker, born in the Bronx, Earnie hopes to be a curator in the future. In May 2018, Earnie graduated from Bronx Community College and is now attending Hunter College.

ADVISORY COUNCIL
Yorgo Alexopoulos

Yorgo Alexopoulos creates time-based media artworks, paintings, and installations. He has presented solo exhibitions at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York, Cristin Tierney, New York, and most recently at the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA. Permanent public installations include in the Langham Hotel, Chicago, originally designed by Mies van der Rohe for IBM, the Cosmopolitan Hotel’s lobby in Las Vegas (both commissioned by Art Production Fund); and in the sky-lobby of the Norman Foster-designed Bow Building in Calgary, Canada. Based in Los Angeles, Alexopoulos is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and spends his time between Los Angeles, New York, and Athens.

Chryssa Avrami

Cultural producer Chryssa Avrami has worked in numerous projects for theater, cinema, and television. Avrami was responsible for Public Relations at the Ministry of Culture and Sport for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. She was a founding member of the Sinthesis Media Company organizing cultural events, social actions and educational programs through the production and public promotion of major events in Greece. Avrami is also producer and presenter at “Hellenic Public Radio Cosmosfm 91.5” in New York City.

Pedro Barbeito
Pedro Barbeito has exhibited his work internationally for the past 17 years. Solo exhibition venues include Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York, Parra-Romero Gallery in Madrid, 101/Exhibit in LA, and Galerie Richard in Paris. He has participated in group exhibits at the Rose Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem, The Netherlands, The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, Salon 94 Gallery in NY, ACME Gallery in LA and Whitechapel Gallery in London among others. His work is in major collections through the world. Barbeito is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Lafayette College where he is also the Director of the Experimental Printmaking Institute.
Kate Gilmore
Kate Gilmore has participated in the 2010 Whitney Biennial and the 2011 Moscow Biennial, in addition to solo exhibitions at institutions such as The Everson Museum, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, MoCA Cleveland, and Public Art Fund. She has been the recipient of ArtPrize’s Art Juried Award, the Rauschenberg Residency Award, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, among others. Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. Gilmore is an Associate Professor of Art and Design at Purchase College, SUNY, Purchase, NY.
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Sozita Goudouna

Dr. Sozita Goudouna is a curator, adjunct professor at CUNY and the author of “Beckett’s Breath,” published by Edinburgh University Press released in the US by Oxford University Press. She is head of operations at Raymond Pettibon Studio and she is producing a multi-media project on Raymond Pettibon at the New Museum for Performa Biennial Consortium 2019. Sozita has taught at New York University as the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial fellow at Performa NY and has curated projects for Documenta 14, Onassis Foundation NYC, EMST among other institutions and museums. She served as the director of the European funded Art Residency in Athens and curated solo exhibitions by Lynda Benglis, Martin Creed, Santiago Sierra, Marina Abramovic among other artists. She holds a PhD from the University of London and has studied Visual Arts, Philosophy, Theatre, Directing in London [BA, MA Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) & Kings College London]. She was elected as Treasurer of the Board of Directors at International Association of Art Critics AICA Hellas and as Member of the Board of Directors at the Hellenic Centre of the International Theatre Institute Unesco.

Anthony D. Meyers

Anthony D. Meyers brings over 20 years of expertise in grants management, program management and evaluation, fund development, advocacy, and audience development. He is currently an Arts Program Specialist with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and has served as an arts administrator for a number of nonprofit cultural organizations across the New York tri-state area. He started Leading ChangeMakers in 2018, a social venture that utilizes education and interventions to achieve racial equity in nonprofit arts leadership and establish a more inclusive cultural sector. Anthony is currently completing an M.S. degree in Organizational Change Management and post-masters Certificate in Leadership and Change at The New School.

Kalliopi Minioudaki
Kalliopi Minioudaki is an art historian who works as independent scholar, critic and curator in New York and Athens. She holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU and her writings have appeared in several publications and exhibition catalogues including the Rose Art Museum, the Tate Modern, and the Grand Palais. Recent projects include the exhibition and catalogue Carolee Schneemann: Infinity Kisses,The Merchant House, Amsterdam. She was also co-curator of the international video art surveys at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens 2015 and 2016, as well as the performance art program at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, 2017.
Georgia Siampalioti
Georgia Siampalioti has worked in philanthropy and cultural programs/events planning for over 20 years in New York, São Paulo and Athens. Major arts organizations she has worked with include New York City Ballet, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the American Symphony Orchestra and the Foundation for Hellenic Culture. During her diverse positions, she was charged with raising funds and creating the corresponding giving & stewardship programs. Upon her graduation from the University of Athens with a BA in Archaeology and Art History, she pursued graduate studies at the Arts Administration Program of Columbia University.
Hakan Topal

Hakan Topal is an artist living and working in Brooklyn. He co-founded xurban_collective (2000-12) and exhibited extensively in institutions such as the 8th and 9th Istanbul Biennials; apexart, New York; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), Vienna; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe; MoMA PS1; Platform, Istanbul, the 9th Gwangju Biennial and ICP Museum, New York. Topal represented Turkey in various international exhibitions including the 49th Venice Biennial Turkish Pavilion. He is currently an Assistant Professor of New Media and Art + Design at Purchase College, SUNY.

Jannis Varelas

Jannis Varelas lives and works between Athens, Los Angeles and Vienna and is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, and the Athens School of Fine Arts. Selected solo shows include: Gallery Krinzinger, Vienna, The Breeder, Athens, Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati, and Kunsthalle Athena, among others. He has exhibited in group shows in the  DESTE Foundation, Benaki Museum, Saatchi Gallery, Palais de Tokyo, the New Museum,  Kunsthalle Wien, and the New Orleans Biennial Prospect 1, among others. His work can be found in the Saatchi Collection, London; the Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens; the Zabludowicz Collection, London; The Onassis Foundation Collection, New York and The Hort Family Collection, New York.

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