Event | Art Portfolio Review

Event | Art Portfolio Review

Attention visual artists with connections to Brownsville and East New York! Get professional feedback on your work on June 10, 2017.

No Longer Empty’s Art Portfolio Review invites visual artists with connections to Brownsville and East New York to share their work with arts experts for professional feedback in 20-minute, one-on-one sessions. Teen artists: we want to see your work, too!

Sign up for appointments with experienced professionals in the field, including Felicity Hogan, Director of NYFA Learning. Artists may select sessions with up to three reviewers.

This opportunity is FREE, with advanced registration recommended. Walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis, and are not guaranteed a time-slot.

Title: Art Portfolio Review
Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Three Black Cats Cafe, 3 Belmont Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212
RSVP: Read the bios below, and follow this Eventbrite link to register with the professional(s) of your choice during the time slot you prefer. 
Questions: Email [email protected]

Artist Guidelines:
Artists should have a connection to Brownsville or East New York. This includes those who have lived, worked, or spent significant time in the area, have family ties, or have done project work in Brownsville or East New York.

Work may be shown in any format you choose. You are encouraged to bring your own device(s) if presenting work digitally. A few laptops and iPads will be on hand if needed, and there is Wi-Fi on site.

Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your first session for Check-In. Late arrivals will not be guaranteed a review.


Catherine Green, Founder/Executive Director, ARTs East New York
Established in 2009, ARTs East New York (AENY) serves a growing, diverse community of residents and is the only community-based organization in East New York providing access to the arts as a tool for social and economic change. Funded by National Endowment for the Arts and developed with community participation, AENY’s ReNew Lots Market and Artist Incubator initiative has been internationally-recognized for its approach to development by transforming vacant lots into public spaces using shipping containers to provide local artists free studio space, and neighborhood entrepreneurs low-cost storefront opportunities. Green sits on the board of BMS Brownsville Family Health Center; co-chairs East Brooklyn Arts and Cultural Alliance (EBACA); is a steering committee member of Coalition for the Advancement of ENY and Cypress Hills; and is a member of the NYC Cultural Plan Advisory Committee. She is the mother of 3 budding artists, and is committed to providing access to arts and equity to children and residents within East New York.

Sara Guerrero, Director of Education & Public Engagement, No Longer Empty
Guerrero is a curator and researcher of art and critical pedagogy who designs projects at the intersection of the fields of education, sociology, ethnography, art history, and community organizing. She is completing a doctorate in art theory at the Research Center for Transnational Art, Identity, and Nation (TrAIN) at University of the Arts London. Guerrero piloted Art & Literacy, a multidisciplinary and multilingual public art education program with immigrant communities that’s now in its 10th year with New New Yorkers at the Queens Museum in collaboration with Queens Public Library. She founded a permanent seminar for Latin American Art Theory at University of the Arts London (which continues) and has curated exhibitions on Poblano communities in New York and practice-based doctoral work by artists from around the world.

Rachel Gugelberger, Curator & Director NLE Lab, No Longer Empty 
Gugelberger is co-founder of [email protected], a series of process-oriented conversations that focus on a single work, text, curatorial premise, or proposition. Her independent curatorial projects have focused on information science, data, and art: Once Upon a Time, There Was the End at Center for Book Arts, NY; Data Deluge at Ballroom Marfa, TX; and Library Science at Artspace, CT. She has served as co-director of Sara Meltzer Gallery and curator at Exit Art, where she organized the cultural center’s final exhibition Every Exit Is an Entrance: 30 Years of Exit Art. Publications include monographs, exhibition catalog essays, and contributions to Unfinished Memories: 30 Years of Exit Art (Steidl, 2016) and Art Galleries International: Post-War to Post-Millennium (Dumont Literatur/Kunst Verlag, 2009). Gugelberger received a MA degree in Curatorial Studies in Contemporary Art and Culture from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Felicity Hogan, Director of NYFA Learning, New York Foundation for the Arts
Born in the United Kingdom, Hogan was originally trained as an artist. Since residing in the United States, she expanded her skills to arts administration and curating, with over 20 years experience in commercial, alternative, and non-profit spaces. As Director of NYFA Learning, she provides and oversees professional development programs for artists and arts administrators in all disciplines. Hogan is committed to fostering community and supporting the arts through numerous activities at institutions in New York and nationwide, including her presence on advisory boards at EFA Project Space and Culture Push. She participated in Coro NY’s Immigrant Civic Leadership Program and previously participated in the NAMAC’s Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations across the United States.

Albert Nkulu Kakudji, Chief Operating Officer, Made in Brownsville
Kakudji is dedicated to empowering underprivileged inner city youth and under-funded emerging artists who are in need of essential resources to become successful. In 2016, he launched Kakudji Fine Arts as a vehicle to marry his many years in financial services with his patronage of the arts. With strong ties in Paris, Belgium, South Africa, and New York, Kakudji’s goal is to enhance the cultural competency of business professionals while providing emerging fine artists with global exposure to emerging, private, and institutional art collectors. He has sat on committees for Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, Children’s Storefront, African Leadership Academy, and the Starlight Foundation, and has worked for Merrill Lynch, Lazard, American Express, and Legg Mason. Raised in Brooklyn, Kakudji is of Congolese descent and is the youngest of five siblings. He currently lives in New York City with his daughter and enjoys winter sports, African dance, and passive securities trading.

Carol Stakenas, Executive Director, No Longer Empty
Stakenas has 20 years of experience dedicated to art and curatorial practices in the public sphere, which includes serving as the Executive Director of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) and Deputy Director/Curator of Creative Time in New York. Most recently, she was curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs and was a faculty member in the graduate program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Akili Tommasino, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art
An advocate of emerging artists and scholar of the twentieth-century avant-garde, Akili has organized and collaborated on numerous exhibition projects at institutions including the Centre Pompidou – Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, and National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. He is completing a Ph.D. in History of Art and Architecture through Harvard University, where he earned his MA and BA degrees. Akili’s dissertation examines the machine aesthetic of French artist Fernand Léger (1881-1955). A Brooklyn native and current resident, he is chairman and co-founder of an arts initiative which, under the aegis of New York City-based gifted education program Prep for Prep, creates opportunities for young people from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. Akili is the curator of 2017 MoMA exhibition Projects 107: Lone Wolf Recital Corps.


This program is sponsored by Three Black Cats Cafe and New York Foundation for the Arts. Sign up here to receive NYFA’s monthly newsletter with updates on programs and opportunities for visual artists.

Image: Doctor’s Hours in Spanish, Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, March 2017. Photo Credit: NYFA

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