Curtis Wilhelm, Chair
Curtis joined the Board is 2015 and has been a supporter of the San Francisco art community for over 14 years. He and his husband, Michael Glover, have been collecting art for over 30 years, with a focus on fostering new talent. They moved to San Francisco when Curtis was recruited by Electronic Arts, from Dallas where he worked for Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo. Curtis is currently the Vice President of Real Estate, Facilities and Corporate Service at Electronic Arts, a global leader in interactive entertainment software. He is highly focused on creating workspaces that foster collaboration and provide inspiration. Curtis is active in numerous Bay Area philanthropic causes such as San Francisco AIDS Walk, San Mateo Rebuilding Together, San Mateo Heart Walk, and Breast Cancer Walk. He served for six years on the Board of The New Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and for four of those years was the Board Chair. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management from the University of North Dakota and an MBA from the University of Dallas.
Matt McKinley, Vice-chair
Matt was Chief Curator at ARTworkSF Gallery prior to creating his own consulting business, McKinley Art Solutions. He has been an invited speaker for the Small Business Association of San Francisco, consultant for the exhibit, "Reversing Vandalism" sponsored by The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, juror for 7th and 8th Altered Barbie exhibits and the Fairfield Visual Arts Association's 45th Juried Exhibit (in 2008), panelist on contemporary abstraction by artists of color at 40 Acres Art Gallery in Sacramento. Currently, Matt is a working member of the Bay Area Model's Guild and Curatorial Associate with BorderZone Arts, an international non-profit art and program organization, and a member of the board at ArtSpan since 2011. Matt has also concepted, curated, juried, and designed exhibits for the Queer Cultural Center, SOMArts Cultural Center, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Asian American Women Artists Association, San Francisco Sex Information and Lambda Legal, The San Francisco Artists' Resource Center, Project Open Hand, and San Francisco Women Artists Gallery. He joined ArtSpan's Board in 2011.
Jay R. Shah, CPA, treasurer
Jay R. Shah is principal of California Accounting Center, CPAs and owner/broker of California Accounting Center, Inc. He has a degree in finance and accounting from the University of California, Berkeley. After graduation, Jay gained his experience with one of the largest international accounting and consulting firms at the time. Currently, in addition to serving his clients, Jay serves as Vice Chair Board of Trustees at Blue Bear Music school at Fort Mason in San Francisco, CA. Blue Bear has rocked with 30,000 students since its inception and has 3500 students/yr in its programs. Jay is an accomplished guitar player who enjoys performing live and serving the music community through charitable work.
ROBO GERSON, Secretary
Robo, a local architect and San Francisco native, joined the ArtSpan Board in 2016. Educated at City College of San Francisco, he's built a career based on multi-disciplinary pursuits. Experience as an amateur mechanic, photographer, gardener, builder, and disc jockey, his hobbies inform his work in architecture in some tangible way. Having grown up in San Francisco, he's seen the City grow through many eras: the death of disco, the 80's, and two dot-com booms. He joins the ArtSpan Board to help ensure the vibrancy and the future of the artistic lifeblood of the City he loves.
Noah joined the ArtSpan Board in 2016. He has been an entrepreneur and involved in the arts for two decades. He founded Red Truck Gallery in New Orleans, LA, and annually curates a section of the LA Art Show, which he has dubbed Littletopia. Noah has exhibited in world-renown art fairs and has placed artwork in museums and important collections around the world. His businesses have been nationally acclaimed for their excellence in originality and branding. He currently is the director of Heron Arts in San Francisco.
Ethan James Appleby
Ethan joined the ArtSpan Board in 2014. His involvement with ArtSpan began when he first attended SF Open Studios in 2012. Ethan is the founder of Vango, an online art marketplace that connects independent artists with new patrons. As a young adult, Ethan was always bothered by his friends who had generic posters hanging on their walls, more as placeholders than actual art they liked. Ethan launched Vango to change the way we discover art. Prior to Vango, Ethan was a design-thinking coach that helped to transform culture in organizations and countries throughout the world. Ethan has a BA in Psychology and Economics from the University of Virginia.
Deborah joined the Board in 2014 and has been a longtime supporter of ArtSpan. She is a technology industry leader, with 30+ years experience in marketing and brand management, global sales, consumer and B2B business development, and partnerships. Deborah was most recently chief marketing officer at Intel Corp., a role she held for 6+ years. After 27 years at Intel, she left earlier this year to pursue her dream of working with young, disruptive companies, who have set out to change the world using technology as a force for the greater good. She and her husband, John Galvin, are devoted art supporters, with a wide and eclectic collection of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, and photography from the Bay Area and the Northwest.
Brian joined the Board in 2017 after many years of supporting ArtSpan’s efforts. He has attended Open Studios since the early 1990s and has become an avid collector of local art. He has hosted ArtSpan Collector tours and was an active member of our Auction Committee in 2017. Brian received a BA in History from Grinnell College and a law degree from the University of San Francisco and has specialized in consumer class-action antitrust and securities litigation. He currently works as a discovery consultant.
Cynthia Farner, MD
Cynthia Farner, MD has been a practicing Obstetrician and Gynecologist in San Francisco since 1990, after training in New York City and trying academic medicine in Burlington, Vermont. Since moving here she has spent many hours attending Open Studios and local galleries, adding to her art collection and enjoying the chance to get to know local artists
Andre joined the Board in 2014. His involvement with ArtSpan began when he first attended SF Open Studios in 2011. Andre is the founding partner at Silicon Legal Strategy, the premier boutique law firm providing targeted, bottom-line-oriented advice to technology startups, innovative entrepreneurs, and seasoned investors. Prior to starting Silicon Legal, Andre worked for Orrick's Emerging Companies Group in Silicon Valley, Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago, and the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. Andre received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Michigan. Andre was recently named one of the top 20 Lawyers in California under the age of 40 by the Daily Journal.
Christopher J. Gilbert, Ph.d.
Chris joined the Board in 2015. He comes to ArtSpan with nearly 15 years of experience in the medical device industry where he has served in a variety of executive roles and on several corporate boards. Chris was also an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company in New York, Boston, and San Francisco, where he served clients on organizational, operational, and commercial issues often associated with corporate mergers or acquisitions. Chris first came to the Bay Area to pursue a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds a BS in Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University. Now residing in San Francisco, Chris has been collecting art for 20+ years.
William Gilmartin III
William began his Board service in 2011. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he has over 30 years of experience in Construction Management. He is involved in many real estate investments throughout the Bay Area as well as South America and has an evolving art collection. William is also the Founder and Creator of Art Space 712, which strives to cultivate a following for local and emerging artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. Not only does it host a personal collection of art with pieces from African, Oceanic, North and South American influences, but it allows new artists to showcase their most recent art through public exhibitions.
Sejal Hall, Ph.D.
Sejal joined the ArtSpan Board in 2017. Although she is a native Texan and will quickly remind anyone of that fact, Sejal is happy to call San Francisco home and became an active supporter of the local art scene when she moved here in 2010. She currently leads multiple projects developing therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases at Denali Therapeutics and has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with degrees from MIT and UC Santa Barbara.
Audrey is working artist and a native San Franciscan. Her photography has appeared in exhibitions and publications around the world, as well as locales from hair salons to shoe shops around the Bay Area. Her background is in theater, so she is always looking at how a work relates to the audience. She is excited by the power of art to spark conversation and build bridges between people who might not otherwise connect. This makes the inclusive mission of ArtSpan a great fit for her efforts. She is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and Northwestern University. She has participated in SF Open Studios since 2000 and has served on the SF Open Studios Committee for several years, currently as Co-chair. She joined the Board in 2014.
Joen has served on the Board since 2013 and now acts as the Executive Director of ArtSpan. In addition to regularly attending SF Open Studios as a patron since 1994, Joen has been affiliated with ArtSpan as an artist participant herself in 2003, and as a host of her husband, Paul Madonna's SF Open Studio event since 2004. With over 10 years experience as a Business Manager and Creative Agent, Joen is adept at project management, targeting and closing sales, public relations, and relationship management. She advises professional artists and other creatives on increasing audience exposure, creating business systems, applying for grants, and event coordination. She brokers licensing agreements and contract negotiations with corporations, organizations, and government institutions. Joen graduated from UC Berkeley with an honors degree in Cultural Geography, where she learned to blend her love for urban evolution and human culture with travel, and the exploration of emerging art. Beyond regularly participating in San Francisco's lively art scene, Joen visits museums, galleries, and alternative art spaces globally to help inform her best art business practices locally.
Greta joined the ArtSpan Board in 2018. She currently serves as Chief Campus Counsel for UCSF and Associate General Counsel for the University of California. She joined the University’s in-house legal staff in 2005 after many years in private legal practice in San Francisco, primarily representing colleges and universities. She is also a long-time ArtSpan artist member and supporter, attending her first ArtSpan event in 1989. She and her husband Manu have worked collaboratively on their photography since 1994 and have shown their work as part of ArtSpan Open Studios since 1999. They have contributed to the ArtSpan Auction and volunteered their time to ArtSpan efforts for many years. Most recently, Greta has served on the Open Studios Committee for the last three years.
Jane was born in Indiana and a graduate of Purdue University, where she received a BA in interior design. After graduation, she practiced interior design in Indiana, Ohio & San Francisco Bay area. After 15 years of practice, she moved into textile sales for two San Francisco based textile companies: Deepa Textiles and Luna Textiles. Combining her 30 years of design and sales experience, she launched her own company in 2010. Jane Steel+Co is an independent sales representative firm based in San Francisco, representing cutting-edge textiles and furniture manufacturers for corporate interiors. Jane sold her firm in 2017 and is now focusing on her own personal interests, including art and serving the design community.