ELIZABETH F. SPUNGEN, Executive Director
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Liz Spungen has been the Executive Director of The Print Center in Philadelphia since 2006. She received both a BA and MA in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania and has spent her entire career working with the visual arts in Philadelphia. Her tenure at The Print Center has been marked by programmatic and administrative accomplishments. She has developed numerous major individual and institutional gifts, among them the largest gift ever received by The Print Center naming the Jensen Bryan Curatorial Chair, as well as awards from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, William Penn Foundation, Pew Center for Arts and Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has established fiscal and personnel stability for the organization, expanded the size of the staff, developed a publication program, improved the facility and re-established The Print Center’s position as an artist’s advocate. She often serves as a panelist, guest juror and visiting critic for regional and national organizations, government agencies and universities. Her curatorial efforts have included Black Pulse: Doug + Mike Starn, 2007; Nakazora: space between sky and earth: Masao Yamamoto, 2008; Silver Mine: Robert Asman, 2011-2012; Matt Neff: Second Sight, 2014; and Victoria Burge: Penumbra, September 2016. Recent publications include The Picture that Remains by Will Brown and Thomas Devaney, 2013, and To See God Not the Devil’s Insides by Doug and Mike Starn, 2007.
JOHN CAPERTON, Jensen Bryan Curator
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John Caperton has curated more than forty exhibitions for The Print Center since 2007, which have included the work of Edna Andrade, Jennifer Bornstein, Lucas Foglia, Katie Grinnan, Demetrius Oliver, Justine Kurland, Gabriel Martinez, Hirsch Perlman, Emma Wilcox and Bill Walton. Recent publications include Emma Wilcox: Where it Falls, Edna Andrade: Color Motion. He was on the curatorial team and in the publication of Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious, a citywide contemporary art festival. Caperton oversees a number of The Print Center’s public programs, including its Artists-in-Schools Program, which places teaching artists in classrooms in Philadelphia public high schools. He moderated the keynote panel for the 2010 Southern Graphics Conference and participated in the Curatorial Intensive program of Independent Curators International. Caperton received his BA in Art History at the University of Chicago and was the Exhibitions Coordinator at Locks Gallery, Philadelphia where he organized exhibitions with artists Virgil Marti, Polly Apfelbaum, Thomas Chimes, Eileen Neff and Clare Rojas. He has also held positions at the Association for Public Art, Philadelphia and the Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA as well as guest curating exhibitions in Philadelphia.
MICHELE BREGANDE, Communications & Special Events Manager
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Michele Bregande joined The Print Center staff in June 2016. After earning her BFA from Moore College of Art & Design in textile design with an emphasis in printmaking, she started at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) as an Apprentice. She was subsequently hired and served as Project Manager, Master Printer and Apprentice Coordinator. Bregande went on to work as a Project Manager and Production Artist with a firm that created audio-visual presentations for business, and held positions at the International House Philadelphia, the Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design and the Philadelphia Theatre Company. She then returned to The Fabric Workshop and Museum to serve as Assistant to the Directors – Public Relations for over six years, where she hosted the Museum’s first press preview for Sarah Sze at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 2013. Bregande’s textile and print works were shown in the FWM’s exhibition Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit, 2015.
EVAN LAUDENSLAGER, Sales & Program Manager
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Evan Laudenslager joined The Print Center in July 2017 as Sales and Program Manager. After earning a BA in Visual Studies in 2014 from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, he served as an intern at Falkland Road, Inc. (studio of Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Bell, New York, NY), and the Photography Department at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as participating in the Fobholder program at Second State Press. Laudenslager has worked for numerous arts organizations including as Editor for Project Basho, Submission Reviewer at LensCulture and Photo Editor at Artblog. His writing has been published by Title Magazine, Don’t Take Pictures Magazine, A/fixed, NAPOLEON Gallery, Benrido Collotype Atelier and ONWARD Photo, among others. He currently serves on the Tyler School of Art Alumni Association Board and sits on the Art Market at Tyler Organizing Committee.
MIKAELA HAWK, Assistant to the Director
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Mikaela Hawk took up the post of Assistant to the Director in May 2016, following a successful internship in the fall of 2015 and three months as a part-time Administrative Assistant. She received a BFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA in 2015, which included studies in Hong Kong and Provence, France. Hawk has exhibited her photographic works in Lacoste, France; Philadelphia, PA and Savannah, GA and served as a volunteer at the Society of Photographic Education’s 2015 national conference.