Crafting a Life in the Arts Panelists

Past CALA Panelists


Kristen Collins '93, Art History/French - Keynote Speaker
Associate Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts - Getty Museum

Kristen Collins is Associate Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the Getty Museum. Over the past twelve years, she has curated and supervised ten exhibitions from the permanent collection and has co-curated two international loan exhibitions, Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister and Icons from Sinai, one of the top attended exhibitions in the Getty’s history. Driving all of her museum work is a passion for the interaction between the art object, the viewer and the spaces in which they come together. A recurring theme in both exhibitions and scholarship has been a focus on materiality and the intersections between art history and conservation. Her dissertation explored images of the Virgin in Ottonian Germany but her work in recent years has come to focus on medieval England. She is currently editing papers from her recent symposium, Seeing and Reading in Twelfth-Century England, for publication. Having organized panels with scholars, popular authors, contemporary artists and local religious communities, she designs programs that engage a variety of audiences. She holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, an M.A. from Williams College and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, all in art history. Despite a lifelong fear of sharks (instilled by Steven Spielberg but cemented by John Singleton Copley and Brook Watson), she has in recent years become an avid surfer.

Zhanina Boyadzhieva '10, Architectural Studies
Architectural Designer - Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects; Instructor - Boston Architectural College

Zhanina is an architectural designer at Leers & Weinzapfel Associates in Boston and an instructor at Boston Architectural College. She holds a Master in Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design (2014) and Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College (2010). She was recently invited to give a TEDx talk in Bulgaria on her thesis work at the GSD entitled "Collective Individuality: Reconstructing the Public Realm." Her passion is the relationship between architecture, cities and social behavior. In the past, she has collaborated with CultureNOW (Boston, New York, Los Angeles) and interned at Rocker-Lange Architects (Boston, USA), and Kokkinou+Kourkoulas (Athens, Greece).

Anna B. Boatwright '07, Major: Mathematics, Minor: Art History
Corporate Relations Associate - Brooklyn Museum

In her role at the Brooklyn Museum, Anna Boatwright oversees the Museum’s relationships with corporate donors, including exhibition sponsors and corporate members. Anna previously worked in similar departments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, and National Museum of Women in the Arts. After graduating from Mount Holyoke with a major in Mathematics and minor in Art History, Anna pursued a path in academic mathematics and eventually took a job as an actuarial analyst for a pension consulting firm in Washington DC. During this time, she began volunteering as a trained docent with the Corcoran Gallery of Art, an experience that became the foundation of her passion for working in art museums. After several years of deliberation and exploration, she made the decision to fully enter the museum field and has been undoubtedly thrilled with the choice ever since. Anna completed a MA in Museum Studies at Georgetown University and after completing this degree relocated to New York City. Her current work draws on many varied skills such as writing, critical thinking, strategic planning, organization, relationship building, and communications.

Maia Cruz Palileo '01, Studio Art/Spanish
Artist and Educator - Joan Mitchell Foundation

Maia Cruz Palileo is a multi-disciplinary artist. She received a BA in Studio Art from Mount Holyoke College and an MFA in Sculpture from Brooklyn College, CUNY. Among her group exhibitions are those at ArtGate Gallery, Aljira, Bronx River Art Center, CUE Art Foundation, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, International Studio & Curatorial Program, and Wave Hill. Her work has been featured in Contemporary Art Philippines. She is a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, and the Astraea Visual Arts Fund Award. Maia has been a resident at the Millay Colony for the Arts and NARS Foundation. She is currently a studio resident at Chashama’s Workspace Program at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Most recently, Maia was awarded the Keyholder Residency at the Lower East Side Print Shop and was selected as a Fellow in Visual Arts with the Queer/Art/Mentorship Program for the 2014-15 cycle. She has taught at Brooklyn College, CUNY, Rutgers University, Newark, The Laundromat Project, and Smack Mellon. Maia currently teaches painting and sculpture with the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

Alexis Zaccarello-Grimes '10, Dance
Choreographer and Dancer

Alexis Zaccarello is a Brooklyn-based (Texas-born) contemporary choreographer and dancer. She is interested in the space between choreographed material and improvisation – an investigation rooted in the body as a vessel for experiences and how the history impacts performative choices and inherently shifting thumbprints upon highly scored work. Her investigations ask performers trained within dance’s intense power structures to move through the aesthetic limitations printed into the body, such that the individual experiences within the historical trajectories of dance serve as integral layers within the work’s fabric. She is engaged in the process of creating her first evening length work, CURRENT WORK.

Alexis has spent much of her life studying codified forms of dance in various institutions – The Boston Conservatory, Interlochen Arts Academy, Mount Holyoke College - and most recently with Christine Wright. She is interested in where dance is going, where it has been, and how the audience relates to (or doesn’t) the work.

Alexis received a degree from Mount Holyoke College (2010) studying Dance and Anthropology. Alexis was a 2012 Emerging Artist In Residence at The Field’s FAR Space NYC and is currently a 2015 Artist in Residence at the Center for Performance Research (CPR) Brooklyn. Alexis has shown work at Movement Research at the Judson Church, CPR, Chez Bushwick, Dance New Amsterdam, Indian Mountain Arts Residency, Eden’s Expressway, and other non-venues around NYC/Brooklyn.

Amy Glynn '92, American Studies/English
Lecturer on Poetry and Natural History; Feature Writer and Assistant Editor - Paste Magazine

Amy Glynn's poetry and nonfiction appear widely in journals and anthologies including The Best American Poetry 2010 and 2012. Her poetry collection "A Modern Herbal" was released by Measure Press in 2013. She has been Mona van Duyn Scholar at the Sweanee Writers' Conference and a James Merrill House Fellow, and was the inaugural recipient of Poetry Northwest's Carolyn Kizer Award. An at-large lecturer on poetry and natural history, she is currently a feature writer and Assistant Editor for Paste Magazine. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her two daughters.

Kayti Burt '09, Film Studies/English
Pop Culture Blogger & Podcaster; Editor and Columnist - Go Girl Travel Network

Kayti Burt is a freelance pop culture blogger with a particular interest in television and fandom culture. When not covering Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries for TV fan destination site, she writes about British and international television for KQED Pop and does recaps for The Televixen and Head Over Feels. Other ventures include More Than Memes, a bi-weekly pop culture podcast; her role as editor and columnist at the Go Girl Travel Network; and her annual participation in the ATX Television Festival.

Fay Gartenberg '11, Film Studies/Nexus Art & Society
Assistant Engineer, KidZone TV

Since completing her undergraduate degree, Fay Gartenberg has held the position of Project Coordinator in the Media Services Department of TransPerfect Translations, a global translation and business services company in New York City. She then moved to Kolkata, India on a Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistantship. Fay taught at Loreto Day School Sealdah, an all-girls grade school with a progressive inclusion initiative that provides English-medium education to impoverished children which contributes to a diverse student body representing many different social, financial and religious backgrounds. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Fay spent her fellowship researching conceptions and practices of media literacy education within the Kolkata school system and in local youth and community-based projects and implementing her findings in the classroom. Fay currently works at New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) in Manhattan as a Waiver Service Provider for NAC’s New York State Medicaid Waiver program, Bridges to Health (B2H). B2H is designed to decrease the risk of placement failure and improve overall outcomes for special-needs children and families in the child welfare system. Fay is also Assistant Engineer at KidZone TV, a state of the art, interactive production and internal broadcast studio within Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital. KidZone TV produces live programming for pediatric patients and families throughout the medical center. Fay’s professional aspiration is to integrate media art into her service for others. She will begin a graduate degree in Clinical Social Work and Expressive Arts Therapy next fall.

Lindsay Pope '07, Music
Director of Choral Activities and Lecturer in Music - Mount Holyoke College

Lindsay Pope is the Director of Choral Activities and Lecturer in Music at Mount Holyoke College, where she conducts the Glee Club, Chorale, and Chamber Singers.

Ms. Pope completed her graduate studies at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. While at Westminster, Ms. Pope served as the Graduate Assistant Conductor of Kantorei, Westminster's early music ensemble, and Chapel Choir , the first year curriculum chorus. She has also served as the Assistant Conductor of the New Jersey Chamber Singers, Conductor of the Providence Place Bel Canto Chorus, and the Choral Assistant for the Mount Holyoke choral ensembles under Kimberly Dunn Adams.

While at Westminster, she participated in numerous performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, including a concert performance of El Niño with the Orchestra of St. Luke's conducted by John Adams, Gustav Mahler'sSymphony No. 3 with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert, Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas, and Johannes Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Dresden Staatskapelle and Daniel Harding. With Westminster Choir, Ms. Pope participated in tours to California and Florida, as well as two terms as the choir-in-residence at the Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. At the Spoleto Festival she performed in the opera choruses of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and the American premiere of Heinrich Rihm's Proserpina.

As a mezzo-soprano soloist, Ms. Pope was recently featured as the alto soloist in Bach's Mass in b minor with Joe Miller and the Westminster Chamber Choir. At the Spoleto Festival, she was the alto soloist in Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra conducted by Joseph Flummerfelt. She also loves to participate in outreach concerts at retirement communities and historical societies with her musically inclined family. She is a voice student of Lindsey Christiansen and Elizabeth Vrenios.

Anna Driftmier '12, Major: Classics, Minor: Theatre
Freelance Designer; MA Candidate in Performance Design & Practice - Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

After graduating from Mount Holyoke, Anna moved to London to pursue a career in designing for performance. She completed a Diploma in Design Realisation and Technical Theatre from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in the summer of 2014 and is now working on a MA in Performance Design & Practice at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Alongside her studies she continues to work as a freelance designer and assistant designer around London and the UK.

She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a Major in Classics and a Minor in Theatre, where she received the Margaret Davis Stitt Prize for Excellence in Theatre.

Design credits include: Arrhythmia (Goldsmiths University), Grim the Musical (Untold Theatre Company), East O’ the Sun West O’ the Moon (workshOpera), Transfigured Night (re-form productions), video-mapping and sculpture installation (Barbican Centre), Shakespeare’s Cymbeline (Free Range Productions), Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical (Cape Rep Theatre), The Wendy Chronicles (Mount Holyoke College), Uncommon Women and Others (Mount Holyoke College), and The Conference of the Birds& (Theatre Paradok).



Sabina Murray ’89 - Keynote Speaker
Novelist and Screenwriter; Professor of English, MFA Writing Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Laura Cruickshank '75 - Architecture
Master Planner and Chief University Architect, University of Connecticut
Julia Sienkewicz '01 - Art History
Assistant Professor of Art History, Duquesne University
Ingrid Schaffner '83 - Art Museum
Chief Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
Rachel Hammerman '04 - Art Studio
Visual Artist, Boston, MA
Hanna Pylväinen '07 - Creative Writing
Novelist, Brooklyn, NY
Christiana Axelson ' 03 - Dance
Dancer, Choreographer, and Dance Teacher, Brooklyn, NY
Sarah Dorman '06 - Film
Freelance Digital Project Manager, NYC
Jennifer Kyker '02 - Music
Assistant Professor of Music at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, NY
Deb Guston '81 - Theatre Arts
Director and Lawyer, NJ


Astrid Baumgardner, JD, PCC ’73 - Keynote Speaker
Arts Career and Life Coach, Lawyer, and Lecturer; Head of Career Strategies, Yale School of Music

Celia Liu ‘88 - Architecture
Senior Designer, Fairfax and Sammons, NYC

Anne Stephenson ’00 - Art History
Communications Specialist, Efficiency Maine, Augusta, ME

Bethany Hankes ‘08 - Art History, Art Studio Minor
Fine Art Photographer; P rogram Assistant, Harvard Law College, Boston, MA

Michelle Yun ’96 – Art Museum
Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Asia Society Museum, NYC

Cathi Hanauer – Creative Writing
Author, Novelist, Journalist, Editor, Northampton, MA

Marya Wethers ’97 - Dance
Program Manager, New York Live Arts; Solo Artist & Freelance Dancer, NYC

Lee Tae Cobb ’10 - Film
Freelance Digital Project Manager, NYC

Susan Daniels ’79 – Theatre Arts
Chair of Theatre Arts, Mount Holyoke College


Sara Mast ’90 - Keynote Speaker
Executive Producer of MTV’s hit reality show “The Hills”

Architectural Studies
Kira Eisenzopf
Binu Tulachan

Art History

Lisa Strong ‘88 Manager of Curatorial Affairs, Corcoran Gallery
April Strickland ’02 Documentary filmmaker, PhD candidate in Anthropology, NYU

Art Museum
Amy K. Driscoll '94 Assistant Curator of Education, Hood Museum, Dartmouth College
Jacqueline Finnegan '08 Registrar, JP Morgan Chase Art Collection

Film Studies
Hannah Scarritt-Selman
Claudia Calhoun '05 PhD candidate in American Studies and Film Studies, Yale University

Theatre Arts
Emily Wolf '00 Professional stage manager and freelance theatrical technician
Diana Pho '07 Graduate student in Performance Studiess at NYU
Biz Wells '06 Development Manager, About Face Theatre


Jane Hammond '72 - Keynote Speaker
New York Artist, Painter, and Printmaker

Art Studio
Paola Di Tolla '09 - Media and Performance Artist

Creative Writing
Sarah Twombly FP '08 - Language Institute of Massachusetts and Esquire Magazine
Cathi Hanauer - Novelist

Merli Guerra '09 - Dancer and Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Luminarium Dance
Kimberleigh A Holman '09 - Choreographer and& Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Luminarium Dance
Anne Lewis '09 - Dancer

Roseanna Bragdon Cyr '06 - ;Music Therapist and Mental Health Counselor
Noe Carmichael '00 - Singer, Songwriter, DJ
Karen Scarano Bell '85 - Professional Singer and Voice teacher at Milton Academy