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Allison Freedman Weisberg
Executive Director & Founder




Gee Wesley
Program Director




Jackie Chang
Director of Advancement




Raven Stubbs
Assembly Program Manager




Alexa Smithwrick
Communications Coordinator




Kerry Carrier
Office Assistant


Rachel Prasad, Intern

Advisory Board

Recess’s Advisory Board is composed of a small group of gallerists, curators, artists, and academics who are all leaders in the field of contemporary art. Members of this group each sit on a subcommittee that provides direct support to Recess artists. Advisory Board members conduct studio visits with our Session artists, sit on our selection panel, and provide advice to Recess staff and Board of Directors.

Cecilia Alemani, Donald R. Mullen, Jr Curator & Director of High Line Art
Rashida Bumbray, Senior Program Manager, Arts Exchange, Open Society Foundation
Howie Chen, Executive Director and Curator, Dispatch; Artist, New Humans
Katie Dixon, Executive Director, Powerhouse Brooklyn
Brendan Fernandes, Artist
Deana Haggag, President & CEO, United States Artists
Corin Hewitt, Professor of Sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University; Artist, Recess
Rujeko Hockley, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art
Ruba Katrib, Curator, MoMA PS1
Prem Krishnamurthy, Founder/Curator, P!
Thomas Lax, Associate Curator, MoMA
Jessica Lynne, Co-founder and Editor, ARTS.BLACK
Peter J. Russo, Director, Triple Canopy
William Smith, Associate Editor, Art in America
Mika Tajima, Artist, New Humans
Lumi Tan, Curator, The Kitchen
Diya Vij, Co-Director, Public Artists-in-Residence, NYC Department Cultural Affairs

Board of Directors

ChairDéLana R.A. Dameron, Founder, Black Art Futures Fund

Vice Chair: Yayoi Shionoiri, Senior Counsel, Artsy

TreasurerJacob W. Buchdahl, Attorney, Susman Godfrey LLP

Secretary: Rachel Bedard, MD, Geriatric and Palliative Care Specialist, NYC Department of Corrections


Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, Director, Jack Shainman Gallery; Director, For Freedoms

Kimberly Drew, Social Media Manager, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Artist, Recess

Kelsey Hall, Associate, Brown Harris Stevens; Artist, Recess

Heather Hubbs, Executive Director, New Art Dealers Alliance

Jan Postma, CFO, Museum of Modern Art

Jacolby Satterwhite, Artist


Allison Weisberg
, Executive Director & Founder, Recess


2018 Artist Review Panel

In an effort to decentralize visual authority and prize a diversity of critical perspectives, Recess invites a panel consisting of former Session artists, leaders from the contemporary arts community, curators, and arts practitioners with programming experience to review applications.

Howie Chen, Executive Director and Co-founder, Dispatch; Artist
Brendan Fernandes, Former Session Artist
Ruba Katrib, Curator, MoMA PS1
Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Former Session Artist
Mika Tajima, Artist
Diya Vij, Co-Director, Public Artists in Residence, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs


Recess gratefully acknowledges our generous supporters. Recess receives support from our Board of Directors as well as a passionate group of individuals who give from $10-$25,000.

Foundation, Corporate & Government Funders:

Alloy Development, LLC
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Bloomberg LP Philanthropy
The Greenwich Collection
Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
Jewish Communal Fund
The New York State Council on the Arts
The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
The Odyssey Fund
The Salomon Foundation
The Shapiro-Silverberg Foundation
The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
The Silverweed Foundation
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation

In-kind support and community partners:

Brand X Editions
Chatham Imports, Inc.
Crop Organic Vodka
Farmer’s Botanical Organic Gin
Materials for the Arts & The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Michter’s Whiskey
Pegasus Productions
Pioneer Works
Raiola Company
Six Point Brewery
The Green Grape