Advisory Board

WEAD Advisory Board  2014  

WEAD Board Facilitator: Lorna Stevens

Jane Ingram Allen
Archana Horsting
Barbara Kossy
Robin Lasser
Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen
Vickie Jo Sowell
Krista Van Tassel

WEAD Advisory Board Biographical Information

Jane Ingram Allen, originally from Alabama and living in Taiwan from 2004-2012, is an artist, independent curator and arts writer. She writes regularly for SCULPTURE and other art magazines. Jane has received awards to do artist in residency projects in the USA, the Philippines, Japan, Nepal, Brazil, China, Taiwan and Bali, Indonesia. Jane came to Taiwan in January 2004 with a Fulbright Scholar research grant to do her hand papermaking and environmental art with Taiwan’s natural materials. After two years on the Fulbright grant, she continued her work in Taiwan as an independent artist. In 2006 she founded the Guandu International Outdoor Sculpture Festival at Guandu Nature Park in Taipei, and curated this project from 2006 through 2009. In 2010 she initiated the Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project and continues to curate this project each year. Jane is now based in Santa Rosa, California, and continues to exhibit her art around

Archana Horsting is Executive Director and co-founder of Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California an urban residency. Established in 1974, Kala has been providing professional studio facilities to artists working in all forms of printmaking, photography, book arts, installation, and digital media by offering access to traditional and digital image-making equipment. The institute serves as a meeting ground where artists from the San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of the world can work together and exchange ideas. Archana has been a Visiting Artist at UC Santa Cruz and Mills College, has served as a Site Visitor for the National Endowment of the Arts, and a panelist for the California Arts Council. She has been the juror of numerous print exhibitions, including Los Angeles Printmakers Society 19th National Exhibition, PRINTED at Cabrillo College, and International Print Exhibition at University of Alberta. 2013-2014

Barbara Kossy is an artist, writer, and environmentalist who lives on the Coastside south of San Francisco and leads sea kayaking trips on Italian islands. On the board of directors of the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District, she also serves on the San Mateo County Weed Management Area Committee. She was an artist-in-residence at Kala, and has a photo of the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in the collection of the Oakland Museum of California. Her interests include ocean kayaking, sustainable tourism, sewing with recycled fabric, bird watching, and native plants. She has an M.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago, and certification in Integrated Wasted Management from San Francisco State. 2014

Robin Lasser is an artist residing in Oakland, California. She is currently a Professor of Art at San Jose State University. Lasser produces photographs, video, site-specific installations and public art dealing with socially and culturally significant imagery and themes. Lasser often works in a collaborative mode with other artists, writers, students, public agencies, community organizations, and international coalitions to produce public art and promote public dialogue. Lasser is currently working on a collaborative project with Adrienne Pao titled Dress Tents, Nomadic Wearable Architecture that conflates public art, fashion, performance art, and photography. Lasser exhibits her work nationally and internationally and her work has been published in numerous books and periodicals. 2014

Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen, a San Francisco native, is an independent consultant for artists, small institutions, and budding collectors. With a BFA in Fine Art and Commercial Photography, she is also an artist, writer, curator, and Founder/Director of A Simple Collective. Former Marketing Director of Catharine Clark Gallery, Rhiannon has over fifteen years experience in the commercial art world, gaining a wide skill-set that ranges from marketing and management to installation and sales. She has worke d as a design and brand consultant for artists and small businesses, spent her early days as a performer and creative consultant for Bay Area folkloric performance companies, and she continually works to promote access and independence in the arts.2014

Vickie Jo Sowell has been an active exhibiting sculptor in the Bay Area for over twenty years, with an extensive legacy of fine arts and public arts projects. Respect for the Earth and environmental themes often run through her work. The founder and coordinator for Big Daddy’s Complete Rejuvenating Community Garden, she is a Master Gardener whose involvement with urban community gardening serves as an anchor of her artwork. 2014

Krista Van Tassel leads team member engagement for Wells Fargo’s environmental initiatives. In this role, she leads 75 Green Teams, employee-led volunteer groups promoting environmental practices within the company and local communities through education, outreach and volunteerism. Van Tassel’s work aligns closely with Wells Fargo’s vision to encourage responsible practices and the integration of environmental policies and processes into company operations. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2009, Van Tassel worked in a variety of sustainability and marketing positions in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors. Van Tassel earned her MBA in International Business at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. 2014