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Jehra Patrick
Program Director

Jehra brings over ten years of arts experience curating exhibitions and developing and directing educational and public programs. She is currently Curator and Gallery Director at Macalester College and previously worked as Program Director for the McKnight Fellowship for Photographers, Program Director for, and Director of Waiting Room, an independent art gallery. [email protected]

Christina Wiles
Program Manager

Christina is an independent curator based in Minneapolis. From 2017–2018 she served as Curator and Co-Director of Royal NoneSuch, a contemporary art space in Oakland, California. From 2012–2017, Christina served as Curatorial Assistant for Special Exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and in 2018 she completed a curatorial research residency at CheLa, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Nicole Thomas
Design & Social Manager

Nicole is an artist, writer, and independent curator. Since receiving a BFA in Photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, she has managed art industry platforms for over five years. Nicole builds community through dynamic, digital spaces including live streams, interviews, and open conversations. Previous design projects include exhibition catalogues at City Wide Artists and critical review publications for The Soap Factory. She helped establish Waiting Room’s social media platforms and currently manages MPLSART.

Sara Tonko
Events Coordinator

Sara is the buyer at Forage Modern Workshop, a retail shop in Minneapolis with a focus on artist- and designer-made objects. There, she has instituted a dedicated space within the shop to showing artists’ work for the last three years, showing the work of over 25 artists in that time.  


Advisory Committee

ECI programming is guided by an Advisory Committee. Past and current Committee members include:

Daniel Atkinson
Tricia Heuring
Denetrick Powers
Roderic Southall
Dyani White Hawk Polk
Keisha Williams