Eric Forstmann, President
A lifelong artist, Eric studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston under the tutelage of Barnett Rubenstein and Henry Schwartz. In addition to his many solo exhibitions, he has had five one-man shows at the The Butler Institute of American Art; The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; The Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science; and the Mattatuck Museum of Waterbury, Connecticut. Eric was featured at the Norman Rockwell Museum in the exhibition Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World, and in Naples Collects at the Naples Museum of Art. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, American Art Collector, among many other publications. Eric Forstmann’s work is proudly held in many public and private collections. The artist lives in Sharon, CT and works in Torrington, CT.
Sally Van Doren, Vice President
A poet and artist, Sally is the author of Promise (LSU Press), Possessive and Sex at Noon Taxes which received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her poetry has appeared in national and international publications, such as The New Republic, Poetry Ireland Review and Poetry London, been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and featured by The Writer’s Almanac on NPR, The Poetry Foundation and American Life in Poetry. Since 2006, she has added one line a day to her ongoing poem, “The Sense Series” which she performed as a multi-media installation at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Sally has served as news director for KTRC Radio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, press secretary to the mayor of Santa Fe and Director of the Santa Fe Arts Commission. She publicly and virtually exhibits her visual art and photography.
Joe Gitterman, Secretary
Joe is an American sculptor. Born in New York, Joe attended the Dalton School and Westminster School, University of Virginia and Columbia University. He continued his studies at the New School, The Art Students League and the Pratt Institute. Joe’s 30-year career on Wall Street included private banking internships in London, Cologne and Paris and brokerage training in Brussels and New York. Joe started sculpting as a hobby in 1969 yet it wasn’t until he retired from Wall Street that he dedicated himself to the full-time pursuit of making art.
Since his first exhibition at a local Connecticut gallery in 2011, Joe’s career has catapulted. He has received commissions from Robert Couturier, Norwegian Cruise Lines, The Riverside Building in London, the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston, and the Robert A.M. Stern-designed Arris building in Washington, D.C., among others. Joe’s sculptures are in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States, Europe and Australia.
Christopher E. Wilson, Treasurer Senior Partner, Stonehill Capital Management, LLC
Chris is a senior partner at Stonehill Capital Management, an investment firm specializing in distressed situations. As a senior partner of the firm for over 25 years, Chris helped build the company from a two-person firm with less than $100 million of capital to its current state managing approximately $3 billion, with approximately 20 employees. Stonehill has an impressive long-term performance record, in the great majority of years a top performer among peers. Chris is also the founder and trustee of the Wilson Sheehan Foundation, which is dedicated to increasing opportunity for underserved communities. Chris began his career in GE Capital’s Corporate Finance Group, and then spent five years at a private equity firm before joining Stonehill. Chris serves on the board of several private companies within the Stonehill portfolio, several philanthropic organizations, and has in the past served on the board of WCI Communities, a NYSE publicly traded company. Chris graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1985 with a B.A. in Government, and a broad course-load in business.
Judith McElhone Founder & Executive Director, Five Points
Under Judy’s leadership, FPG has grown from a small temporary storefront gallery to an arts organization that includes 3 beautifully renovated exhibition gallery spaces, a community pop-up gallery (The Annex), the Five Points Hartford Art School / University of Hartford Launchpad, and as of June 2020, the acquisition of the former UConn Torrington campus that will be converted into a world-class art center. An exhibiting professional artist and a Connecticut Visual Arts Fellow recipient, McElhone holds and AS, BF and MFA, taught at the University of Hartford and was an adjunct instructor of art at Northwestern Connecticut Community College for over 20 years. She was honored as NCCC Alumna in 2003, received the University of Hartford Alumni Association’s 2014 Anchor Award, and in 2019 was selected as an Arts Hero by the Connecticut Office of the Arts. She has also been named one of the 50 Most Influential People in Litchfield County by Litchfield Magazine.
Mark Cavagnero Principal, Mark Cavagnero Associates, Architects
Mark Cavagnero, FAIA, founded Mark Cavagnero Associates in 1993, after he left the New York office of Edward Larrabee Barnes Associates. Since that time, the design-centered practice has grown to a staff of 60+ to serve clients internationally, without losing focus on its strong social commitment to generating a body of award-winning, public serving projects. His work embodies a timeless quality, visible in a broad range of renovation and new construction work for various building types from education, museums, civic buildings, theaters, and residential buildings. Throughout his career, Mark has deliberately developed and honed his talent for preservation. Adhering to this philosophy by carefully investigating the cultural roots and social patterns of each place, his design approach always considers its context. Mark is a socially and environmentally conscious architect, with a significant contribution to the context and quality of civic life. His projects are known for careful attention to balanced natural light through all parts of the building, in support of activities and wellness of the occupants. His approach is often modest, in finding the balance between character, form, and richness of materiality. Mark Cavagnero Associates’ approach in design has garnered the firm more than 100 awards from international, national, state, and local organizations.
Mark Malaspina Partner, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey’s Business Services Group
Mark Malaspina, a partner in Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey’s Business Services Group, has performed a wide variety of legal services for clients in business, industry and government. Mark is a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA), one of eight Connecticut lawyers with a CLSA Fellowship. CLSA Fellowships are offered by invitation only, and are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in construction law and closely related specialties, as well as superior ethical reputation.
In addition to construction matters, recent representative experience includes corporate and commercial matters, mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate acquisitions, commercial real estate development and finance, municipal development projects, electric power generation projects including green energy, electric transmission projects, wastewater treatment projects, water system projects and brownfield redevelopment projects.
Mark has provided legal services to numerous state and local governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, as well as legal services to a large U.S. utility for over 35 years.
Mark earned his BA from Fairfield University and JD from Yale Law School.
Ricardo Reyes Edith Dale Monson Gallery Curator and Director. Dean’s Office for Art, Hartford Art School
Rico oversees the activities of the Joseloff and Silpe Galleries, the Kaman Print Study Center, and the Art on Campus program at the University of Hartford.
RIco is an artist, a curator, and a cultural theorist. His art employs the idioms of performance, video, and installation while addressing issues of ethnicity, sexuality, global politics, and capitalist exploitation. His curating is focused on contemporary art from diasporic Filipino communities; mega-exhibitions and art fairs; photography and cultural regeneration, and has curated exhibitions at UCLA Fowler Museum; SF MOMA Artist Gallery; University of the Pacific Reynolds Gallery; Thacher Gallery at the University of San Francisco; Queer Cultural Center; Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center; SoMA Arts Center; and Michaela Gallery, Remy’s at Temple Gallery, Los Angeles; Puro Arte Gallery and Performance Space, Los Angeles.
Rico received his BA in Sculpture from UC Berkeley and his MFA in New Genres from UCLA, and his PhD from the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has served on the board of Five Points since 2019.
Anna McKeithen Webersen
Anna has been practicing art since receiving a BFA from the University of Georgia in 1985. Following nearly two decades of professional life as a graphic designer, sales executive, and decorative painter, she transitioned to her own creative pursuits. Her paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in numerous juried and group shows, including at the Five Points Gallery and the Annex. Currently Anna is working on a varied series of abstract mixed media paintings. When not in the studio, Anna devotes her time to her family and supporting education and the arts in and around her West Hartford community. Her associations include the West Hartford Public Schools, Hartford Art School Endowment Board, Hartford Golf Club, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Asylum Hill Congregational Church, and West Hartford Art League.
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