People

MAP BOARD of DIRECTORS

Mary Greene, President

Director of Outreach for KERA Public Broadcasting, Dallas, Texas

Mary Greene has worked for Public Broadcasting for over 30 years including work for the Children's Television Workshop, which produces the Sesame Street program and coordinates the Preschool Educational Program (PEP), is a national program for child care professionals, preschool children and families which combines viewing the Sesame Street show with activities that reinforce the show's concepts and goals. Ms. Greene has also served as the owner of Mary Greene and Associates from 1982 to 1988. In this capacity, she served as a consultant to numerous organizations including the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, the Baylor College of Medicine's Parenting Project and the Colorado State Department of Education. Additionally, she served on the Advisory Board for The National Institute for Literacy during the Clinton Administration, as the Director of Special Events for the White House Conference for Children and Youth during the Carter Administration, as Project Planner for Southern Methodist University, as Director of Education for the Urban League of Greater Dallas, as Education Director of the United Methodist Church's Dallas Inner City Parish and as Director of the Casa View Methodist Weekday Church School. Ms. Greene has served on numerous boards and committees including the ACLU, the Black Artist Association. AVANCE,  Texas Association for Infant Mental Health and the League of Latin American Citizens.

Janeil Engelstad, Vice-President, Founding Director

Erik Engelstad, Treasurer

Director of Finance, Chef'n Corporation, Seattle Washington

Pamela Miller, Secretary, Dallas, Texas

Certified Professional Coach, Owner Lead2Success, Owner / Partner zakti LLC, former Vice-President of Alterations, Tailoring, Customized Fashion and Fur Services, Neiman Marcus. Foe six years Pamela served as Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Lillstreet Learning Center, an arts education organization based in Chicago. She has a B.S. in Photography awith a minor in Printmaking from Sam Houston State University in Texas. 

MAP AMBASSADORS AT LARGE

Gail Sachson

Art Consultant, former Vice-Chair City of Dallss Cultural Affairs Comission, owner of Ask Me About Art!

Gray Vogelmann DDS

Chicago, Illinois,Collector, Arts Patron, World Traveler and Lover of Life, Gray Vogelmann has suported the arts and arts organizatons in Chicago and abroad for over two decades. He has volunteered, in various capacities, for arts organizations throughout the United States, owned and operated an art gallery and served on the Committee of The Jeff Awards - Celebrating Excellence in Chicago Theater.

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MAP PERSONNEL

Janeil Engelstad, Founding Director

Working in partnership with artists, community organizations, foundations, universities and government agencies Janeil Engelstad has produced multi-form projects that have addressed concerns such as homelessness, youth and gang violence, and ecology. Her process for this work involves embedding herself in communities, extensive research, and building coalitions between universities, government agencies, NGOs, and others. These projects often create a place for individuals and groups who do not have access to art making opportunities or a voice in the media to express their identity, experiences and points of view.

She has received project support from The Boeing Company, Neiman Marcus, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Central European Foundation, Eller Media, Chicago Public Art Group, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Polaroid Corporation and others. Guns + Violence, a project that she co-produced with New York City based graphic design firm World Studio, was selected for the prestigious “ID Forty” award, an annual listing of leading innovators in design by ID: The Magazine of International Design.

In 2006 Janeil was a Fulbright Scholar at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her experience in Slovakia inspired her to create Voices From the Center, an oral history project that includes interviews with artists, students, villagers, business people and former dissidents from Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. The material from this project has been presented in exhibitions and discussions throughout Central Europe and the United States and is housed on the interactive web site, www.voicesfromthecenter.net.

Janeil has taught and lectured at universities throughout North America. She is an affiliated artist at The Social Practice Arts Resource Center (SPARC) at University of California, Santa Cruz. fosters knowledge exchange and project building between artists, scientists, the public and others with a vision towards active social and environmental change. Working across disciplines, SPARC aims to engender and support collaborations and projects that have a local, national or international impact on the public sphere.Her work has been featured in such media outlets as Art News, Metropolis, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and NBC Nightly News.  She has a MFA in photography from a joint program between New York University and the International Center of Photography and BAs in English and Political Science from the University of Washington, Seattle. 

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Oto Hudec, Associate Director

Multi-media artist Oto Hudec was born in Kosice, Slovakia and he created his recent work in USA, Portugal and Slovakia. His paintings, drawings and prints explore both personal and social themes. He also creates video and work for public spaces about immigration, refugees and the impact of globalization on the environment. In 2007, his project “Million Stars Hotel” explored various ways of documenting a Moroccan landscape and its people in the Atlas Mountains through large scale painting, documentary video and sketches. In 2007 he realized first of his concerts for landscapes, when he performed “Concert for the Great Cold Valley” for 7000 feet mountains covered by snow. Interventions in public spaces, which combined painting and performance, include “The Skier” in Porto, Portugal and “The Night” in Valencia, Spain (both in 2008). He has also realized the wall pieces for public spaces “Regatta de Blanc” in London and “Re-cycled Memory”, a contribution to the project, “Voices From the Center” installed in three Slovak cities. His participation in “Bienal Mercosul” in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2009) included the video “Drawing for Filó” which addresses social themes and questions the truthfulness of human memory. In October 2009, as a member of Van Driver group prepared “Home” a street art intervention bringing ecological facts and home energy saving tips to Porto citizens. In the fall of 2009, he also produced his second solo exhibition “Paradise in State of Emergency” in KubikGallery, Porto (2009). In 2010, his wall piece portraying traditionally dressed African woman on skis was installed in Cova da Moura in Lisbon, a neighbourhood of mostly Cabo Verde immigrants. In 2011 he prepared large scale drawings portraying globalized world market to cover the walls of gallery Miscellanea in Barcelona, Spain (solo exhibition “Traffic Jam). A life size car Skoda 100L made out of plywood together with serie of aquarells and interviews, was an attempt to discover family history for the exhibition “Voices from the Center” in threewalls gallery in Chicago. His project in development, “The Price of Water” has been explored during a one month residency in Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, USA.

Oto Hudec graduated as Master of Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia where he is currently puursuing his Ph.D He is member of creative team of “Make Art with Purpose”, an international platform for art that creates change.

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Delany Smith, Creative Assisant

Delaney Smith is a visual artist working primarily with paper and bookmaking to create sculptures and interactive books. With a focus on aligning process and inherent qualities of material, she explores the ideas of accumulation, transformation, and duality. Her interactive books develop as the viewer alters the pages, creating a unique story of marks and questioning expectations of how one should approach a book.

 

Delaney received her BFA in Graphic Communications from the University of Southern Mississippi and her MFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas. Her work has selected for Materials Hard and Soft and is part of the permanent collection at Texas Women’s State University. She is currently an artist-in-residence at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.


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Kat Burkett, Production Assistant

Kat Burkett is a visual artist working primarily with ceramics to create both sculptural and functional forms. Her work revolves around themes of innocence through the depiction of animal subject matter. Kat is a Senior at the University of North Texas where she is currently completing her BFA in Ceramics. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received the Merit Scholarship.

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INTERN

Camille Ritchie

 

Camille Ritchie is a senior at the University of North Texas where she is working towards a BA in Interdisciplinary Design with a minor in Anthropology. She has traveled throughout most of the US, which has given her an insightful understanding about nature, culture and the importance of cohesiveness between the two. Her art ranges between abstract paintings, realistic drawings, simplistic graphic design, making jewelry, and experimenting with fibers. When Camille graduates in the spring of 2014, she aspires to work for a non- profit organization that promotes environmental sustainability.