- Over 15 years of professional level experience in arts administration, gallery/exhibit installation and management, and events coordination.
- Professional Seamstress with over 20 years of design, pattern drafting and grading, and fabrication experience.
- Highly organized and efficient multi-tasker. Ability to keep a team on task, on budget, and consistently meet goals and deadlines.
- Experienced curator, preparator, panelist and juror.
- Successful history of partnering with various artists, performers and groups.
Jan 2010 - Present
Designer / Artisan / Craftsman
Designer and creator of jenjen, a line of custom clothing and accessories designed by Jennifer Collins-Mancour. The line is inspired by and uses, as much as possible, recycled and repurposed materials to create quality, functional items including hats, bags and clothing. All patterns are designed and drafted by Jennifer Collins-Mancour. Proudly made in the USA, Jennifer also licenses her designs to lines that support the textile industry in the United States.
Current mentor with Partners for Youth Opportunity (PYO) in Durham, NC as of March 2015.
ReVamped - Clothing made from recycled t-shirts by Jennifer Collins-Mancour at Bull City Arts Collaborative, Durham, NC, August - September 2014
Paradise Garden Project - Collaborative Installation at Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC, March 2014
Cocoa Cinnamon Coffee - Durham, NC
Durm Hip Hop Summit - Durham, NC
Happymess Art Supplies & Studios - Durham, NC
Ackland Museum Store - Ackland Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Adorn Boutique - Brightleaf Square, Durham, NC
Emerging Artist Grant Recipient, Durham Arts Council 2010-2011
Emerging Artist Grant Panelist, Durham Arts Council 2011-2012
Mar 2014 - Present
Visual Artist in Residence
Access, document and select works for de-accession from hospital’s permanent art collection of over 3,500 works, using criteria established for artworks in clinical settings. Organize and oversee sales of de-accessed works. Coordinate and document process for Annual Employee Art Show (co-sponsored by National Art Program), curate and install over 150 artworks by 14 artists for the first annual Arts & Health Holiday Craft Invitational at Duke University Hospital (2014) and coordinate sales. Co-coordinate rotating public exhibits within hospital on on-going basis.
Sep 2011 - Aug 2012
Contract Art Acquisition Specialist
Project:: Art Acquisitions by Regional Artists Implemented, coordinated and managed acquisition of 120 pieces of artwork for permanent installation for patient rooms within Duke University Hospital by regional artists.
Project:: Duke Medicine Employee Photography Contest Implemented and coordinated employee-wide photography contest. Managed selection of 64 images, printing and framing of images for installation.
Oct 2010 - Sep 2011
Arts Initiative Director, University Mall
Appointed to design and implement arts initiative program for University Mall in Chapel Hill. Established quarterly, annual and special exhibit and performance programs, developed and implemented Permanent Art process, and worked with community partners to host cultural and interactive events.
Venue voted "Best Shopping Experience in Chapel Hill" within 6 months of appointment by voters poll in Chapel Hill Magazine, July/August 2011
Selection Committee Member and Curator for Scrapel Hill III - April 22 - June 25, 2011
Guest Curator for Deaccession Committee Meeting, Town of Chapel Hill Public Art, May 2011
Selection Committee Member and Host Site for Sculpture Visions 2011-2012
Festifall Juror, October 2011
Mar 2008 - Dec 2009
One of the country’s oldest, continually running, visual arts, members-based nonprofit organizations.
·Work directly with Board of Directors to determine goals for the organization and implement accordingly
·Supervise and manage day-to-day operations for members-based nonprofit visual arts organization and oversee gallery operations
·Oversee existing and implement new programs that support goals for the organization
·Produce reports, grants and proposals to support organization
·Manage website updates, budget development, fundraising and communications
·Recruit and oversee volunteers and interns to assist with operations
·Implemented new website which updated image and brand of organization, www.durhamartguild.org
·Publicized exhibit and related events through press releases and secured consistent media coverage
·Used new technology to expand communications between organization and members, and increased services
·Implemented and increased awareness of DAG programs and services. DAG's Artist Residency (2008), Junior Membership Program, ArtShare Sessions, etc.
·Successfully partnered with local and national educational institutions, art non-profits and artists to present nationally acclaimed exhibits to the Triangle community
·Created supportive environment for artist members, and heightened the gallery experience for visitors of the gallery
·Increased member base by 34% within the first year
·Increased individual donations and corporate sponsorships by 40% within the first year
·Increased DAG Junior Members by 200% in first year
Jul 2007 - Sep 2009
Contract Project Coordinator and Manager
Parrish Street Marker Project for the City of DurhamA series of six pedestrian-scaled markers which documents the historical significance of Durham’s Black Wall Street.
·Recruited qualified artists for project and successfully proposed project to City of Durham on behalf of LibertyArts
·Acted as liaison between artists and City of Durham staff and Advisory Committee
·Created timeline, oversaw project development and submitted monthly reports and invoices for payment
·Successfully completed project and provided the Durham community with unique, community-based markers documenting the significance of Parrish Street
Mar 2006 - Jul 2007
A nonprofit educational sculpture studio and bronze casting facility located in Durham.
Same duties as Director under Durham Art Guild, Inc.
·Increased regional awareness of organization, mission and goals through media, email campaigns, and representation at cultural events
·Redesigned, composed and compiled all information for updated Liberty Arts website, www.libertyartscasting.org. Implemented online portfolio, request-a-quote, and online registration for classes
·Established Community Classes, Scholarship Program and Internship Program for organization
·Designed annual solicitation and marketing materials for organization and oversaw annual contributions campaign
·Identified potential clients and users of facility, networked and proposed projects for commission and studio services
·Applied and awarded federally funded art project as umbrella organization in 2007: Parrish Street Marker Series
·Increased users of facility by 200%, donors and supporters of organization by 200%, and client database by 500% within first year of directorship
·Secured and successfully managed large-scale projects with individual artists, corporations, and city administrators
·Successfully gifted the first sculpture MAJOR to The City of Durham on behalf of LibertyArts, establishing protocol for future similar projects
Mar 1995 - Oct 2000
Freelance Costume Designer
Acted as Costume Designer for over 30 theatrical productions at the ArtsCenter Theater and at Peace College.
- Collaborated with crew designers
- Designed and illustrated costumes for performances
- Drafted patterns and fabricated costumes
- Supervised fittings
Mar 2006 - Feb 1999
Manager of Exhibits and Artist Services - Dec. 2005 - March 2006, Artist Services Associate - August 2001 - December 2005, Artist Services Assistant - February 1999 - August 2001
·Implement new projects that support community goals for organization and oversee existing programs.
·Oversee and facilitate approximately 40 sub-grantee accounts per year through DAC’s Emerging Artists, Season, Facility and former City Arts Grant Programs
·Track and compile information for City Grant Reports, and North Carolina Arts Council Reports
·Assist Director of Artist Services in annual budget development and reconciliation
·Responsible for annual grant application revisions and design, grant timelines, and promotion of grant programs through releases and website
·Schedule and manage on-site exhibits in two separate galleries housed within the Durham Arts Council building (12 to 14 exhibits annually)
·Coordinate off-site exhibit program
·Act as liaison for Durham County for annual Congressional Art Competition and maintain communications with Durham Public Schools Arts Coordinator and Congressman David Price’s Raleigh Office
·Managed projects: Durham Art Walk (2003, 2004, 2005), an annual downtown walking tour of artists’ studios. The rediscovered ART Project (2004), the Triangle’s first community-wide recycled art project
·Co-managed CenterFest (1999 – 2001), DAC’s annual street arts festival and Edible Arts (1999 – 2001) DAC’s annual fund-raiser
·Developed and designed educational text panels and all marketing materials to accompany all DAC programmed exhibits. Implemented and coordinated art lecture programming to enhance exhibit program
·Organized and held District Reception for Congressional Art Competition at DAC (2004).
·Successfully partnered with agencies on various special projects – Center for Documentary Studies, City of Durham, Downtown Durham, Inc., Durham Central Park, Liberty Arts, NCCU Art Student Association, Durham Art Guild, The Scrap Exchange, Volunteer Center of Greater Durham, and Wellness Partners in the Arts
·Increased gallery purchases by 300% in first year of supervision, and consistently increased revenues by 40% each year
·Consistently increased Durham Art Walk attendance by 140% each year of supervision
·Streamlined processing of Emerging Artists, Season and Facility Grants reducing dedicated staff hours by 25%
Aug 1995 - Feb 1999
Vega Metals, Inc. is a collaborative team of Artists/Blacksmiths specializing in Art Railings, Furnishings, Site Specific Sculpture and Architectural Ornamentation.
- Meet with clients to assess needs and discuss design elements
- Visit job site to document conditions
- Create site specific computer generated designs for clients
- Prepare illustration and presentation materials
- Plot full scale drawings for fabrication
- Apply various finishing techniques to steel, bronze and copper; faux finishes, patinas, gold leaf
- Professionally photograph and archive all completed and installed work.