Michael Rush, Director

Michael Rush has for fifteen years been a significant presence in contemporary art as an artist (video and theater), writer/critic, and arts administrator. This summer he was named the first Director of the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art. A seasoned arts executive, he is the founder of NHAT, Inc. (CT) and Seated Man, Inc. (NY), two institutions devoted to the development and presentation of experimental art works in multimedia, as well as curatorial projects. He is the author of the recently published NEW MEDIA IN LATE 20TH CENTURY ART and the forthcoming VIDEO ART, both commissioned by Thames and Hudson. He is a regular contributor to THE NEW YORK TIMES, ART IN AMERICA, and He has published more than 300 articles and reviews on contemporary artists, especially those working in video, film, digital art and performance. He has lectured widely on these topics. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. Louis University and his doctorate from Harvard University.

He was one of the first curator/presenters to show what was to be called "new genres" art (mixed-media theater, dance, film, installation) in the 1980's in a variety of venues in New Haven, CT. and New York City. A longtime advocate of experimental art forms, he has served on numerous panels for foundations and government agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachussets Cultural Council, the Rhode Island Council for the Arts, and others. He is frequently featured as a lecturer and panelist on contemporary art, especially new media.

He is the creator of more than a dozen award-winning original video projects, documentaries, and experimental theater works. His work has been seen on Public Television, in theaters and festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe, most recently at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and Kunsthaus, Zurich. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards from, among others, the National Endowment for the Arts, The New England Foundation for the Arts (with the Rockefeller and Ford Fndtns.), the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. His films on art are in numerous collections in universities, art centers, and museums internationally.

Amy Cappellazzo, Visiting Curator

Amy Cappellazzo curated PBICA's opening exhibition, "Making Time: Considering Time as a Material in Contemporary Video & Film," which will also open at the Armand Hammer Museum at UCLA on Feb. 3, 2001. She curated GLEE: Painting Now for PBICA in collaboration with Jessica Hough of the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. An educator and independent curator, Cappellazzo was formerly the director of the esteemed Rubell Family Collection in Miami. Her recent projects have included curating the exhibition of poet Robert Creeley's artistic collaborations from the last 40 years and co-editing an accompanying book. She also authored PBICA's exhibit catalogue for "Making Time" and contributed an essay to the recent Cantz monograph on Janine Antoni. Cappellazzo has lectured on contemporary art issues at the University of California, Los Angeles; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Pratt Institute; Columbia University and Sotheby's New York, among many other places. She is currently a visiting professor at Florida International University in Miami.

Raleigh Ceasar, Jr., Chief Preparator

Raleigh Ceasar, Jr. is a veteran art preparator overseeing the production of all exhibits at PBICA. Prior to joining PBICA, Ceasar handled and maintained the multi-billion dollar paper, painting and sculpture collection at New York City's Whitney Museum of American Art. Ceasar has worked closely with artists such as Nan Goldin, Nancy Redden-Klenholz, Brice Marden, Bill Viola and Andrew Wyeth, among others. Ceasar is also an accomplished artist and graduate of New York City's School of Visual Arts.

Kara Walker-Tomé, Director of Education

Kara Walker-Tomé recently moved to Florida from Los Angeles where she has been working in the field of arts education with several model arts organizations. She has been Program Manager for Inner-City Arts and the LA Armory Center for the Arts and most recently, Program Director at the Junior Arts Center in Barnsdall Art Park. In her most recent position, she ran a multi-cultural arts program and a fine arts program for youth. Ms. Walker-Tomé also has varied experience in non-profit arts management including fund raising and marketing. She received her undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and her Masters of Fine Arts from CalArts in California.