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Meet Our Team

Art Bridges staff are here to help you create the best possible project for your museum and community.

Team members

  • Ashley Holland

    Assistant Curator

    Ashley grew up going to museums, so she knows the importance of exposure to art on young minds and enjoys working with the Art Bridges team and museum partners to promote “access for all.” She loves all the works in the Art Bridges collection, but her favorite is Grandmother Gestating Father and the Washita River Runs Ribbon-Like by Kiowa-Caddo artist, T.C. Cannon. She enjoys spending time at home reading with her husband, Ryan, and their fur kids JJ, Lola, and Nala. Most of Ashley’s bucket list is travel related, but she recently crossed “swimming with manatees” off that list.

    ashley holland art bridges
  • Brittany Vernon

    Learning & Engagement Manager

    Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Brittany enjoys working with the collaborative and supportive Art Bridges team. She loves to visit historic house museums and finds the connections between the former residents of the home and the objects they acquired fascinating. Her favorite work in the Art Bridges collection is I Refuse to Be Invisible by Njideka Akunyili Crosby. Brittany loves to travel and hopes to visit every continent on the planet (she’s already checked South America, Europe and Australia off the list). When she’s not at work, you can find her playing board games with her family and friends or experimenting in the kitchen to create the perfect weekend brunch.

    Brittany Vernon Art Bridges
  • Chris Guerra

    Traveling Exhibitions Manager

    Christian “Chris” Guerra (she/ her/ hers) is an activist, librarian, and historian all of which have shaped her as an arts administrator. Her passion for social justice, belief in public service, & skill in making connections motivate her practice. She is most driven when she is working to prioritizing cultural equity & acting as the liaison to partners, communities, & artists. Chris is a graduate of The University of Texas as a fellow & a scholar with the Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence. She earned her MLS with a focus on Archives & Cultural Institutions from Simmons College. She is a NALAC Leadership Fellow promoting & cultivating the BIPOC arts field. She is an AFTA Public Art Network board member collaborating with other art administrators nationally to strengthen the field.

    Chris Guerra
  • Colin Carmichael

    Web Content Manager

    Colin grew up in San Jose, California, playing drums, collecting music and working in record stores (he owned one full time for eight years). His interest in art began through a passion for collecting records and the album artwork of everyone from Derek Riggs to Reid Miles. His favorite work in the Art Bridges collection is Joseph Stella’s Tree of My Life. Colin and his wife, Kat, have two sons, Grant and Will. Outside of work, he enjoys watching his son play baseball, listening to music, family vacations, and building computers.

    Colin Carmichael
  • Desiree Dixon

    Traveling Exhibitions Specialist

    Desiree grew up in rural southern Missouri. Art Bridges’ mission to expand access to American art means so much to her because she didn’t have easy access to major art museums. Desiree believes art can be a powerful catalyst for change. Working with the Art Bridges team is one way she hopes to make a positive impact on the world. Her favorite work in the Art Bridges collection is Sonic Border by Guillermo Galindo. Outside of work, Desiree enjoys learning things like Spanish and computer programming as well as creating things like music and art. 

    Desiree Dixon Art Bridges
  • Desiree (Desi) Garnier

    Administrator

    Desi is from El Dorado, Arkansas, where she began her love of art and photography through her mother’s documentary lens. As a mother, art educator, artist and former tiny-town resident, she is dedicated to the Art Bridges mission of expanding access to art for everyone. It’s no surprise that one artist Desi most admires is Ruth Asawa. Some of her favorite works from the Art Bridges Collection are the Stuart Davis and Keith Haring. Desi shares her life with four children, two cats and Abe, the best dog ever. She is a huge fan of live music and loves traveling, attempted gardening, and cooking elaborate meals for her family. She is currently learning the Ukulele.

    Desi Garnier
  • Jamie Grandinetti

    Traveling Exhibitions Manager

    Jamie hails from Kansas City, Missouri, where she fell in love with the Nelson-Atkins museum and its “magical” sculpture garden. An anthropologist by training, she cares deeply about issues of access and inclusivity. She and her husband Carl have two young children and a 125 pound gentle-giant malamute dog. Jamie likes to scuba dive, snorkel, sail, cycle, run, and learn hip hop dance choreography via YouTube videos. She’s also a voracious reader and is currently working her way through all of Agatha Christie’s books.

    Jamie Grandinetti
  • Jennifer De Martino

    Head of Collections Management, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

    Jennifer’s educational background is in history. She believes that history comes off the page through art and artifacts and chose a museum path because she wanted to help preserve those objects. She was part of the team that opened Crystal Bridges in 2011, and is proud to be working with the Art Bridges team, removing barriers to sharing great art. She’s always interested in Italian American artists and cites the “stunning, complex” work by Joseph Stella, Tree of My Life, as her favorite in the Art Bridges collection. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys reading, cooking, and playing with her kids.

    Jennifer DeMartino
  • Kristi Beckwith Dane

    Program Officer & Manager of Administration

    Kristi is from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The daughter of teacher parents, Kristi remembers summers spent driving around the U.S., stopping at every large and small museum, historic house, landmark, and historical marker. She believes that art, cultural knowledge and experiences are for everyone, and are a powerful conduit for understanding, unlocking emotion, and expressing humanity. One of her favorite works in the Art Bridges collection is Brenda P by Barkley L. Hendricks. Kristi lives with her spouse, toddler, cats Daphne and Munchkin, and dog Reginald. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, traveling, nature, and vegetable gardening. She is a fledgling basket weaver and is currently learning her native Caddo language.

    Kristi Beckwith Dane Art Bridges
  • Margi Conrads

    Director of Curatorial Affairs and Strategic Art Initiatives at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

    Margi Conrads is from the Washington, D.C. area, and fell in love with art and art history in college. Art Bridges’ mission is near and dear to her because it expands access to art and helps institutions reach their aspirational goals. She says picking a favorite from the Art Bridges collection is like picking a favorite child, but these days she’s inspired by Judy Chicago’s Big Blue Pink and Glenn Ligon’s Untitled (I Am Somebody). Margi moonlights as a yoga teacher and enjoys hiking, biking, reading, traveling, and music.

    Margi Conrads Art Bridges
  • Mary Wiggins

    Administrative Assistant

    Mary is from Detroit, Michigan, and will forever love and appreciate the Detroit Institute of Arts in her home state. A former first grade teacher, she found fulfillment in work that focuses on the education of others. She believes art has the capacity to do the same for people by provoking introspection and awareness of others simultaneously, and is excited to work for an organization that pursues such a mission. Mary enjoys cooking, entertaining, reading, traveling, trying new restaurants, and being outdoors in whatever way she can.

    Mary Wiggins
  • Megan Valentine

    Registrar

    Megan grew up in Searcy, Arkansas, and came to art through a passion for Greek and Egyptian art and history. That quickly became a desire to foster interest and appreciation in others through working in art and museums. She is excited to help make incredible works of art and exhibitions available to many who may never have had access to them. Megan loves all the works in the Art Bridges collection, but she particularly enjoys Moving Stillness: Mount Rainier, 1979 by Bill Viola. Megan recently returned to Arkansas after six years as the curator and registrar at the Alexandria Museum of Art in Louisiana. When she’s not working, Megan likes to bake new desserts, read, and travel.

    Megan Valentine
  • Paul Provost

    Chief Executive Officer

    Paul launched his career as a curator at the New-York Historical Society before moving to Christie’s to become its director of American art and eventually, deputy chairman. As leader of the Art Bridges team Paul is excited to be working with such talented people who are so committed to what they do. Paul loves American art and culture; growing up he was always fascinated by architecture and all types of paintings, drawings, and sculpture. He believes wholeheartedly in the transformational power of art to change lives, as it did his, and he’s dedicated to advancing Art Bridges’ mission so the same thing can happen for others. His favorite work in the Art Bridges collection is Alphabets by Jasper Johns. In his spare time Paul and his partner Pepe work in their garden which includes lots of native plants and an apple orchard.

    Paul Provost
  • Shelly Roman

    Cohort Coordinator

    Shelly Roman is from Chicago and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area. One of her favorite local arts organizations is the de Young museum, with its outstanding collection, special exhibitions, and sculpture garden. Her work with the Terra Foundation for American Art (which started in 1996) brought her to Art Bridges, where she enjoys being part of a dynamic effort to increase access to art nationwide. Untitled (Black and White Variation of “Pochade”) by Stuart Davis is her current favorite in the Art Bridges collection. Outside of work, Shelly enjoys taking road trips with her family, which always include stops at local museums and coffee houses.

    Shelly Roman
  • Stephanie Strasnick

    Community Manager

    Stephanie began her career at ARTnews, where she helped launch the magazine’s social media channels. From there, she went on to develop social strategies for dozens of arts organizations, all the while contributing to various art and design publications. As a digital marketing specialist, Stephanie gravitates toward experiential artworks, and for this reason she especially appreciates Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ “Untitled” (L.A.) from the Art Bridges collection. When she’s not scrolling through Instagram, Stephanie is spending quality time with her pug, playing piano, or training for her next marathon.

    Stephanie Strasnick
  • Tracy Cude

    Chief Financial Officer

    Tracy was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. A proud graduate of Little Rock Central High and the University of Arkansas, she loves the Ozarks and can’t imagine living anywhere else. She loved visiting Arkansas Arts Center as a child and has fond memories of browsing the galleries with her mom and sharing chicken salad plates in the café. Tracy loves launching new projects like Art Bridges – seeing a vision come to life and the lives impacted by that vision. She lives with her husband Jeff, and enjoys hiking, biking, reading, and yoga and hopes to someday take her boys to Europe. 

    Tracy Cude
  • Whitney Scullawl

    Collections Assistant, Crystal Bridges Museum of Art

    Whitney is from Bentonville, Arkansas. She believes art makes the world accessible, and is proud to work with a foundation that provides that access across the country. Growing up, she didn’t have access to a museum, and enjoys helping kids (like herself) who want to see all the art and beauty in the world but don’t have the ability or privilege to travel to do so. Her favorite work in the collection is Edward Steichen’s In Exaltation of Flowers. Her current office mate and golden retriever’s name is Barklay.

    Whitney Scullawl

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