Phil Gilchrist is the Executive Director of The Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens. He began working part-time with The Art Center as Grant Coordinator in 2009. He studied photography and ceramics, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Northern Michigan University in 2005, and a Master of Public Administration from Wayne State University in 2013. He has exhibited in more than two-dozen shows and served in leadership roles in the Mount Clemens Art Association. As Grant Coordinator, Phil developed funding proposals to support operations and programming at The Anton Art Center, and administered the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program for Macomb and Oakland counties. Phil began his new role as Executive Director in October 2015.
Barbara Heller is currently the Director and Conservator of Special Projects and formerly the Chief Conservator at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). She lectures, publishes, and serves on the board of directors and in advisory positions for several professional regional, national, and international organizations.
Her volunteer activities in the cultural community include serving on the Birmingham Public Arts Board, the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum Advisory Board, and the Michigan Alliance for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage. She is a member of the Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation, Detroit Artists Market, Wayne State University Press, and volunteers for several non-for-profit organizations and at a variety of community events.
She has juried many art shows including both OUR TOWN and Student Art Town at The Community House in Birmingham, Concours d’Elegance at Meadow Brook Hall and Cranbrook, Milford’s Village Fine Arts Association PAN (Poetry & Art Night) Show, Art for God’s Sake at St. Anastasia Catholic Church, Young Jewish Artist Showcase at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, From the Inside Out at the Plymouth Community Arts Council and Canvas Pontiac among others.
Dominic Pangborn received his formal education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and continued his studies at the Illustrators Workshop in Terrytown, New York at Syracuse University and the executive program at Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Pangborn was professor at the College for Creative Studies and has received an Honorary Doctorate from Marygrove College. His multi-dimensional career spans graphic design, fashion design and fine art. Pangborn has established his own fashion label, the Pangborn Design Collection, carried through upscale retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom. Today, Pangborn’s art is incorporated into fashion, home décor, and other media including giclée, lithographs, and serigraphs.
Albert Scaglione is the founder and chief executive officer of Park West Gallery. A native of Nutley, New Jersey, Albert moved to Michigan to attend Michigan State University. In 1967, he completed his PhD in mechanical engineering and began his career teaching mechanical engineering sciences at Wayne State University. While there, he worked on research projects for NASA. Scaglione left in 1969 to pursue the art auction business. Success came when he met Peter Max and became one of his most important art dealers. Shortly thereafter in Paris, he formed relationships with Yaacov Agam, considered to be the father of the kinetic art movement, and Victor Vasarely, one of the developers of Op art. By working directly with their prime dealers in Europe, he introduced the works of M.C. Escher, Marc Chagall, and Joan Miro to a much larger segment of the American public. Scaglione is deeply committed to serving his community. In 2006, he and his wife Mitsie created the Park West Foundation to provide aid to underprivileged youths aging out of the foster care system in Southeastern Michigan. Through hands-on work, the Foundation provides a sustainable support system that empowers these young adults to develop critical life skills and become self-sufficient. The Park West Gallery Foundation is also involved with numerous organizations committed to strengthening positive values and leadership in local communities.
Don Tocco is an artist whose work includes award winning photography, paintings sold to high end art collectors, portrait sculptures of famous global leaders on permanent display in the Automotive Hall of Fame and the Spring Arbor University Global Learning Center. His new book, Art of the Journey, is soon to be on sale through Amazon. Don is also a Troy businessman with a national marketing company. He is a popular international speaker for youth leadership through the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation World Leadership Congress, also having done programs at many major universities, including: University of Michigan, Michigan State, Johns Hopkins, The George Washington University, Rice, Spring Arbor College, Ohio State, Wayne State and more. Students from 70 countries have heard his speeches since 1987.
Kristie Everett Zamora
Kristie Everett Zamora's passion for Arts & Culture was formed early in her career. With an educational background of Art History and Political Science at Kalamazoo College and international study at the Institute of Madrid, she brought her talents to the Flint Institute of Arts where she managed the curatorial department. She joined the Oakland County Executive staff, in 2002, to support Arts & Culture activities in one of the largest and progressive counties in the US. As a member of the Economic Development & Community Affairs staff for Oakland County, Kristie is the founding editor of
. Much of her work is community based via participation on the Uptown Film Festival, Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging, and the nationally acclaimed Arts, Beats & Eats festival.