Rosie Gordon-Wallace, founder, director and lead curator for Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI) is a recognized arts advocate and community leader with over 25 years of experience. She has created key relationships with a multitude of artists and art organizations worldwide such as Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation and ReadyTex Art Gallery, and has served on several prominent non-profit boards. Her experiences with DVCAI are enhanced by her community work, which accelerates careers and advocates for arts funding. She is an active member of the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Fund for African-American Art and is a frequent panelist for funder Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, National Young Arts Foundation and Florida Department of Cultural Affairs. Her awards include The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center Third Annual Calabash Amadlozi Visual Arts Award, International Businesswoman of the Year, and being named one of South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Professionals of 2007. She is the current Art Consultant for the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, Art of Black Miami initiative.
Sanjit Sethi , M.F.A, M.A., is an accomplished arts administrator skilled in facilitating partnerships and recognized for his commitment to interdisciplinary work. He has displayed a rare sensitivity to connecting with communities and promoting art for the greater good. Sethi served as Director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University from 2015 to 2019. In his insightful description of the upcoming exhibit Inter | Sectionality: Diaspora Art from the Creole City, he states that “Artists have always been at the forefront of cultural and institutional critique and these artists are no exception to that. They produce work intended to make us think; it can sometimes make us feel uncomfortable, but it provides searing commentary on the way the world operates. Two of the Corcoran’s key goals are to exhibit work that deals with subjects and complex issues that are often hidden, unseen or overlooked, and to provide an opportunity for viewers to come away with a deeper understanding about their place within these complex systems.” Selected as incoming President of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Sethi will continue to engage students, community, and support the next generation of artists.