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Jehra Patrick
Program Director

Founder and Program Director Jehra Patrick brings over twelve years of 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]

Daniel Atkinson
Program Manager

Daniel Atkinson is an arts educator and programmer who was formerly the Director of Education and Public Programs at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the Associate Curator of Education and Interpretation at the Walker Art Center. His focus is on global art education, programming, and their histories, seeking to expand the range of what art and curation can mean outside of exhibitions. He has spoken on education and programming at the MCA Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and others. He holds a BA in Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota, an MA in Art Education from New York University, and (soon) an MS in Leadership in Museum Education from Bank Street College.
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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.  
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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.
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Advisory Committee

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

Tricia Heuring
Denetrick Powers
Roderic Southall
Dyani White Hawk Polk
Christina Wiles
Keisha Williams