Pictured above, from left: Jennifer Mullen, Audrey Heller, Allison Snopek, Dianne Hoffman, Joen Madonna & Lea Troeh

Joen Madonna, Executive Director

Joen joined ArtSpan staff in 2014 as the Interim Executive Director and has served on the Board since 2013. 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.

Allison Snopek, Program Director

Allison joined ArtSpan in 2013 as the SF Open Studios Program Coordinator, and now works as the Programs Manager overseeing ArtSpan programing, including: SF Open Studios, Youth Open Studios, Artist Professional Development, Artist Networking, Exhibitions, Public Engagement, and Art in Neighborhoods. As a practicing oil painter and arts enthusiast, Allison has been involved with various projects and local arts organizations. She is a cooperative member at City Art Gallery and has worked as a  teaching artist with Leap Arts in Education and SF Arts Ed. She has also worked as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Red Poppy Art House and a Membership Services Assistant for the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. In her free time, Allison can be found riding her bicycle, running through the park to Ocean Beach, or painting in her backyard studio. Originally from the Midwest, Allison has a BA in Fine Arts and Spanish Studies from the University of Minnesota.

Dianne Hoffman, Program & Administration Assistant

Dianne joined ArtSpan as an Artist Member in 2013 actively participating in ArtSpan’s workshops, mixers, annual Fall Open Studios and juried Spring auction.  In 2016 she became ArtSpan’s Programs Assistant. Dianne's 20 years of administrative support and customer service experience are ideally coupled with her first-hand understanding and relationship to the San Francisco arts community, enabling her with valuable perspective.  She also serves on ArtSpan’s Open Studios Committee and is involved with its Mentorship program.  As a collage and assemblage artist, Dianne maintains an abundant workspace at Arc Studios and Gallery in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco. She is also an exhibiting member of City Art Cooperative Gallery.  When she’s not in her studio preparing for an upcoming show, scavenging the beach and flea markets for unusual objects to turn into art materials, or assisting with the needs of her ArtSpan team, she is seeking out creative inspiration by attending galleries, museums, concerts, performances, and innovative events wherever they present themselves. 

GABRIEL ASCANIO, Programs Assistant

Gabriel joined ArtSpan in 2016 as the Programs and Communications Assistant. He graduated from California College of the Arts summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Architecture. At CCA he focused on urban planning and activating public space. Gabriel assists to coordinate ArtSpan's Art-in-Neighborhoods program. He seeks to activate underutilized public spaces through the arts to provide new opportunities for social interaction that improve public and private value. Prior to ArtSpan he worked at FR-EE in Mexico City. He became more interested in urban activation while working as an Urban Analyst and in Business Development at Off The Grid. In his free time he is off making candy, meditating, surfing and traveling.