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.
VANESSA WILSON, PROGRAM MANAGER
Vanessa Wilson is an arts professional passionate about breaking down the rhetoric of art speak and making art accessible to all communities. Her interest in the arts has driven her to pursue a number of collaborations and projects across the globe, covering a wide spectrum of experience both in “fine” and unconventional art spaces. In addition to working with brick-and-mortar institutions, Vanessa continues to experiment with alternative modes of engagement, education, and sales, exploring the boundaries faced by bringing the arts online, on social media, and on podcasts. At the core of her pursuits is a personal drive to bring underserved communities and artists into the spotlight. Outside of ArtSpan, Vanessa produces State of the Art Podcast and co-manages @art on Instagram.
Dianne Hoffman, Program 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. Her twenty years of administrative support and customer service experience are ideally coupled with Dianne's 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. 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.
Lee Tulchin, membership & outreach associate
Lee joined ArtSpan in January of 2018 as an Arts Administration and Events intern during her final semester at University of California, Berkeley where she received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Art Practice. During her time at UC Berkeley, Lee was able to study abroad twice in Brighton, UK and Aix-en-Provence France, where she followed Cézanne’s footsteps and painted Montagne Sainte Victoire too many times to count. Currently, Lee assists with systems & data management, the ArtLover Membership program and development, and our Outreach Committee which has allowed her to further explore her love of the arts and the San Francisco arts community. When she is not in the office or attending ArtSpan events she’s most likely drawing, painting, visiting San Francisco galleries or strolling the streets of Berkeley
Shane Izykowski, Art-in-Neighborhoods Coordinator
Shane moved to the Bay Area in 2015 from Pennsylvania and has worn many hats over the course of his professional career including photographer, videographer, graphic designer, set designer, lead artist for Madame Tussauds SF Wax Museum and Museum Preparator at the SFO Museum. He was a resident artist in ArtSpan's Journal Building program from 2015 to 2018 and also served on our Open Studios Committee for two years. Shane now works as our Art-In-Neighborhoods coordinator, curating and installing shows of ArtSpan artists' work at sites throughout the city. Shane also keeps up his own art practice, concentrating on Dark Art oil paintings and sculptures, at his Pacific Felt Factory studio in the Mission. Between creating and working with ArtSpan he somehow finds time to host the Drawing From Experience Podcast, dedicated to helping artists stay inspired and practice proper business techniques.
AUDREY GRAFF, SF OPEN STUDIOS PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Audrey joined ArtSpan as an intern in the fall of 2018 after receiving her Bachelors in Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her studies covered a wide range of disciplines, but primarily focused on printmaking, painting, and drawing. Also, during her undergraduate studies, Audrey was fortunate enough to travel, explore, and study art throughout Europe as well as India. In her new role at ArtSpan, she assists with registration, promotion, and event support for SF Open Studios. If Audrey is not at ArtSpan, she is most likely working at her studio in Oakland, drinking coffee, or traveling to SF for an event or art show.