Melanie Edmunds serves as the Senior Gallery Partnerships Manager at Artsy in Los Angeles, California. An online platform for the discovery, study, and collection of art, Artsy provides centralized access to the world's leading art galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates, art fairs, and auctions. Edmunds develops and manages Artsy's continued expansion throughout the west coast and the southwestern United States. Edmunds earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Howard University School of Business in Washington, D.C. and a Master of Arts degree in Art History from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Dennis Harrington has served as the Director of the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio since 1998. One of the most sought-after exhibition venues in the region, the Weston Art Gallery is acclaimed for its eclectic mix of emerging and professional artists. With galleries on two levels and 3,500 square feet of exhibition space, the Weston hosts 8-10 museum-quality exhibitions annually and serves as a staging ground for the most intriguing visual art by local, national, and internationally recognized artists working in all media. Harrington earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Art and Architecture in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Charlene Teters serves as the Academic Dean of the college at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A citizen of the Spokane Nation, Teters is well known for her work as an artist, writer, educator, and activist. Teters earned an Associate of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the College of Santa Fe (now Santa Fe University of Art and Design) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, Illinois, and an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut.
After establishing the Racial Justice Office at the National Congress of American Indians, Teters returned to the Institute of American Indian Arts in 1992 to serve as the Director of Alumni Relations and Student Retention. She was later appointed as a full-time faculty member in the Studio Arts Department and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2013. Teters also served as a Visiting Lecturer in the Art Department at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and received a two-year appointment as the Hugh O. LaBounty Endowed Chair at the California Polytechnic State University in Pomona, California. In 2000, Teters was appointed to serve as the Interim Dean of the Academic Division during the Institute of American Indian Arts' transition and move from the College of Santa Fe campus to their current campus location.
During her professional career, Teters has exhibited internationally and maintained an active presence lecturing and delivering keynote speeches and commencement addresses across the United States. She first gained national prominence as a graduate student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she led protests against the degrading depiction of American Indian caricatures used as sport team mascots. She became the subject of the award-winning documentary In Whose Honor by Jay Rosenstein. In 1997, Peter Jennings, ABC World News Tonight anchor, honored Teters as "Person of the Week." In 2002, Teters received a New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.