Board of Directors
• Rose Limanni, President is the Associate Director of Development at The Old North Foundation of Boston where she manages all aspects of development and is currently leading a $11 million capital campaign to restore the Old North Church and it’s campus. She has been in the fundraising field for five years, formerly working at Historic New England, Trustees of Reservations, and the MassArt. Having learned about Big Red & Shiny during her time at MassArt, she was happy to lend her support to an organization that means so much in Boston. She is a graduate of the Harvard Extension School’s Museum Studies program and received her BA in Liberal Arts for St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland.
• Emily Glaser, Secretary is an artist and writer who grew up drawing, sewing, crocheting, reading, and taking apart gadgets. While pursuing a Master of Liberal Studies in Arts Administration she worked at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, assisting photography curators with exhibition and event planning. In 2011 she moved to Massachusetts and coordinated online communications, graphic design, and development outreach for Orion Magazine in the Berkshires. She currently works for an independent filmmaker and advises the nonprofit Boston Makers with outreach, branding, and internal communications. In addition to joining the Big Red & Shiny board in July 2014, Emily has volunteered with numerous nonprofits and is an advocate for open source and free software.
• Paul Kotakis, Treasurer is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) and Tufts University currently based in Middleboro, MA. Since graduating in 2006, he has worked full time as a nonprofit fundraiser and is currently employed as the Manager of Annual Programs at the SMFA where he oversees all annual fundraising programs to include SMFA Medici, the Medal Award Gala, and the SMFA Art Sale (the largest public art Sale in New England). Paul is very involved with the Boston arts community and enjoys mentoring young artists who are in the beginning stages of their careers and connecting them to Boston area collectors and individuals who are supportive of young artists.
• Sharon Lacey is an artist and writer based in Boston, MA. She earned an MFA in Painting from the New York Academy of Art and an MA in Book History from the University of London, Institute of English Studies. Her art training has focused on traditional techniques and materials, with emphasis on the human figure. Other research interests include technical art history, medieval manuscript production, and the history of artists' studio practices. From 2003 to 2010 she taught in the Studio Art department at the College of Charleston in her native Charleston, SC. Since 2014, she has been the Arts Research Writer for the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology. Find her at sharonlacey.com.
• Randi Hopkins is Director of Visual Arts at the Boston Center for the Arts, where she oversees the BCA’s Mills Gallery, Artist Residency program and Artist Studios Building. She has initiated ongoing programs including GERTRUDE'S artists salon, the Brink exhibition series, and ARTISTS HELP DESK (created in partnership with ArtMorpheus) - a practical resource for artists - and has worked with invited curators on exhibitions including Daniel DeLuca's Things about Rainbows: Jeff Huckleberry summer performance series in 2014, Vera Ingrid Grant's James Montford: Persuasions 1990-2015 and Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community in 2016.
She was formerly Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, co-founder and co-director of Allston Skirt Gallery, and weekly arts columnist for the Boston Phoenix. She also teaches contemporary art history in the Art & Music Department at Simmons College in Boston.
• Matthew Gamber is a Boston-based artist with a BFA from Bowling Green State University and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University. He has taught at Art Institute of Boston / Lesley University, Boston College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, College of the Holy Cross, Savannah College of Art & Design, and Massachusetts College of Art & Design and worked on digital preservation projects for Harvard University and the Boston Public Library. Matthew was the Editor in Chief of Big Red & Shiny from 2004 to 2010. Find him at matthewgamber.com
Camilo Alvarez, Kathleen Bitetti, Margot Anne Kelley, Jeremy Liu, Michèle Oshima
Founders / Emeritus
• Matthew Nash is the founder and publisher emeritus of Big Red & Shiny. He is Associate Professor of Photography at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, and he was the 2011-12 Chair of the University Faculty Assembly. Nash is half of the artist collaborative Harvey Loves Harvey, who are currently represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston and have exhibited in numerous venues since 1992.
• James Nadeau
James is the Executive Director of the Boston LGBT Film Festival. He has programmed film and video at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Provincetown International Film Festival, the Brattle Theatre, and galleries throughout the Boston area. He was a contributing editor for Big Red & Shiny from 2005 to 2010.
Former Board Members
• Micah Malone (2012-2014) is an artist and writer. After receiving his M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, he and Big Red & Shiny helped each other get off the ground by writing about some of the great and bad art that was populating Boston at the time. Since then he has had several occupations: teacher, writer, art handler, mold maker, as well as a brief stint with the US government. Despite some encouragement, he has often looked at the pursuit of an "art career" with a dubious eye. To make matters worse, he has consistently waffled between being a critic and an artist, two diametrically opposed positions he has never quite resolved. In 2010 he moved to Bogotá, Colombia. Although it offered none of the comforting clarity he had wished for, he lives and works happily as a professor, artist and writer, with his lovely wife and blue heeler dog in a great South American city.
• Christian Holland (2012-2014) is an aspiring New York City-based essayist who likes writing about how New York City isn't the center of the world. He was executive editor and founding contributor of Big Red & Shiny and now contributes to numerous arts publications. Find him on christianholland.net
• Margot Anne Kelley (2012-2014) is an artist and educator currently based in Maine. With an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a PhD from Indiana University, Margot has taught at Ursinus College, the Art Institute of Boston, Mass Art, and Bentley University. Most recently, she served as a member of the faculty and the Interim Director of the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA), a Ph.D. program in philosophy, criticism, and art theory designed for working artists. Her own work has appeared in a variety of critical and creative venues, including Big Red & Shiny.
• Sarina Khan Reddy (2013-2015) graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University with an MFA in 2003, prior to that she received a BS and MS in engineering. She has worked for more than a decade for Eastman Kodak in R&D, digital photography, multimedia production and project management. She has also taught video, multimedia and web design as an adjunct at Tufts University and Berklee School of Music. Conceptually Khan Reddy’s video, photo and installation work explores the differences within her cultural identity as an Islamic-American woman. She has received fellowships, grants and participated on panels discussing art in the South Asian Diaspora and art in activism. She has exhibited locally and internationally. Currently she is the Media Specialist at the Davis Museum, Wellesley College.
• Mia Rosenblatt Tinkjian (2013-2015) graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in English. Mia has a Masters of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she studied photography and film-making. She received her law degree from Boston College Law School in 2005. During law school, she participated in the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project, serving as an advocate and guardian ad litem for teenage girls involved in the juvenile justice system. Through this clinic, she taught art to a group of girls residing in a DYS residential facility and others who had recently returned to the community after spending time in lock-up.
Mia worked as an attorney for Konowitz & Greenberg in Wellesley, where she practiced civil litigation, probate, family, and intellectual property law. She also is the creative director at GeckoGlasses.com.