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Andrea Mills

Andrea Mills is the editor in chief of Modern Luxury CS Interiors, and Modern Luxury Brides magazines. She recently moved to Chicago from Toronto where she was behind Canada's top shelter magazines including Chatelaine (the #1 brand in Canada) and Canadian House & Home. She has worked with top designers such as Suzanne Dimma, Sarah Richardson ..

Ann Nathan

In the early 1980’s Ann opened Objects Gallery. An eclectic meeting place for diverse talents, Objects Gallery housed folk art, collectibles, antiques, sculpture, and paintings. During the early years of the gallery, Ann was one of the original founders and investors of the SOFA exhibition, which grew from the Sheraton hotel to a preemi..

Bruce Robbins

Bruce Robbins is the founder and CEO of Chicago's Lillstreet Art Center, a large community of artists and students working side-by-side in an environment which encourages and inspires artistic growth in the individual. Lillstreet supports the arts through their education program, artist residencies, gallery exhibitions and retail sales opportunitie..

Bruce W. Pepich

Born 1952 in Elmhurst, Illinois. Bruce W. Pepich is the Director and Curator of Collections at the Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin. Pepich earned a BA in art history from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois in 1974. Later that year he was hired as a Project Manager at the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, and became its..

Cheryl Durst

Cheryl S. Durst, Honorary FIIDA, LEED AP, is the Executive Vice President and CEO of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) where she leads the Board and Members of the International organization and champions and elevates the profession of Interior Design. Part of the IIDA HQ team since 1997, Cheryl started her care..

Christopher G. Kennedy

Christopher G. Kennedy is Chairman of Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, which is the investment firm of the Kennedy family. As chairman, Chris is responsible for the billion-dollar development of the Kennedy family's real estate holdings in Chicago known as Wolf Point. Chris is also a member of the Board of Directors of Ariel Investments Mutual..

Daniel Walker

Daniel Walker is the Chair and Christa C. Mayer Thurman Curator of Textiles and also the Curator of Islamic Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. He came to Chicago in October, 2010, from Washington, D.C., where he served for four years as Director of The Textile Museum. Prior to that he was head of the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropoli..

Deb and John Gross

John and Deb Gross are long time Chicago residents and active in a host of philanthropies and civic activities. They are also avid collectors of Studio Art Glass and are associated with the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington where Mrs. Gross sits on the Board of Trustees. Mr. Gross is CEO of Newcastle Properties LLC, a national real esta..

Diana Bitting

Home & Design Editor, Chicago Home & Garden Magazine Diana Bitting is an interior architect by profession (MFA Interior Architecture Columbia College 2010), but felt the call to return to publishing in November 2011, having earned a bachelors degree from the Ernie Pyle School of Journalism at IU-Bloomington. After more than three years ..

Fern Grauer

Born and raised in Chicago, Fern has been interested and involved in art organizations in this city and internationally for over 50 years. Beginning as a dedicated volunteer at The Art Institute of Chicago where she trained volunteers to work in their Art Rental and Sales Gallery. Many organizations have benefitted from her dedication to the arts ..

George Larson

Architect and author George Larson was born in East Lansing Michigan in June of 1935, and grew up in Detroit. In his early teens, he discovered Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills and was enthralled by the work of Eiliel Saarinen, who designed the site of Cranbrook, including major buildings, the architecture, furniture, lighting, and the carpets and te..

Ginny B. Van Alyea

Ginny B. Van Alyea is the owner and publisher of Chicago Gallery News, the area's leading magazine and website about the visual arts in Chicago and the surrounding region. She has worked in Chicago's creative community since 2002, partnering with many of the area's cultural institutions and organizations to promote their programming and events to a..

Howard Tullman

Howard A. Tullman is the CEO of 1871 in Chicago – where digital startups get their start – and the General Managing Partner for the Chicago High Tech Investment Partners, LLC and for G2T3V, LLC – both Chicago-based venture capital funds, and the executive chairman of Music Dealers. He most recently was the Chairman/CEO of Tribeca ..

Jackie Koo

Jackie Koo AIA, IIDA, LEED AP is Founder and Principal of KOO, an Architecture, Interior Design and Planning firm based in Chicago. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, Jackie sought to further her interest in aesthetics, and went on to earn her Master of Architecture from the University ..

James Yood

Director, New Arts Journalism Program, Adjunct Professor, Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute Chicago. Regional correspondent: Artforum; Art and Auction, tema celeste, Aperture, GLASS magazines. Books: Gladys Nilsson; Spirited Visions: Portraits of Chicago Artists; William Morris: Man Adorned; William Morris: Animal/..

John H. Bryan

John H. Bryan is retired chairman and chief executive officer of Sara Lee Corporation. He served as chief executive officer from 1975 to 2000 and as chairman of the board until his retirement in 2001. Bryan is a past board member of Goldman Sachs, Inc., BP and of General Motors Corporation. He is the past vice chairman and a member of the Bu..

Kay Bucksbaum

Kay Bucksbaum, Chicago collector and community advocate, is on the board of The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and the NPR Foundation in Washington, DC. Bucksbaum lived in Iowa for the majority of her life, where she attended Grinnell College and majored in journalism and English. She has produced programs on..

Laura Doyle

Laura Doyle has over ten years of experience developing tailored risk management solutions for private collectors. As North American Fine Art & Collections Specialist at Chubb, Laura consults with collectors, curators and advisors on valuation, collection display, transit, storage, museum loans, and disaster planning. She is responsible fo..

Marilynn Gardner

Marilynn Gardner is President & CEO of Navy Pier, Inc. the recently established not-for-profit entrusted with the operation and redevelopment of Navy Pier. She was appointed to the position in July 2011 when operation of Navy Pier was transferred from the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority (MPEA), a quasi-governmental agency, to Navy..

Mark Lyman and Anne Meszko

Mark Lyman and Anne Meszko founded SOFA CHICAGO, the annual Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair in 1993. Their mission was to bridge the worlds of contemporary design, decorative and fine art. In 1997, Art & Auction wrote, “It was Lyman who effectively introduced contemporary decorative arts to the broad public.” Lyman w..

Michelle Impey

Michelle Impey has more than 15 years of art and insurance industry experience. As As Fine Art & Collections Manager at Chubb, she keeps agents, brokers, and policyholders informed on current trends affecting the fine art and private collections markets. She is responsible for providing expert loss prevention advice and services with respec..

Michelle T. Boone

In July 2016, Navy Pier, Inc. (NPI), the nonprofit organization that oversees the Midwest’s top leisure destination, announced the appointment of Michelle T. Boone to the newly- created position of Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer. Prior to this appointment, Boone has served as the Commissioner of the City of Chicag..

Rebecca Sive

Rebecca Sive is a noted collector of contemporary ceramics whose collection features (primarily women) artists who work in both sculpture and functional ware. Sive is a past member of the board of directors of the Archie Bray Foundation, one of the premier ceramics artists residencies. Her collection includes work by such well-known Bray artists as..

Susanna Homan

Susanna Homan is editor-in-chief and publisher of Chicago magazine, an award-winning monthly that spurs conversation on important civic topics while helping readers make the most of their lives through authoritative coverage on politics, the arts and dining. She is also editor-in-chief and publisher of Splash, a semimonthly Sunday styl..

Suzanne Lovell

Suzanne Lovell is an Architect, Interior Designer and Passionate Collector. She is Founder and Principal of Suzanne Lovell, Inc., a design studio with offices in Chicago and New York, and projects located across the country and around the world. Known for its distinct approach to design, Suzanne Lovell, Inc. creates couture environments intern..

Tony Sarabia

Tony Sarabia has been with WBEZ for 25 years. He joined the station in 1990 as an intern for the former program Mara Tapp Show, later becoming associate producer. He has served as a news correspondent, Arts Editor, and local host of Morning Edition and developed the role of Midday host position when it was created in 2010. He served as host for thr..

Trish and Glen Tullman

Inspired by their son Ben’s passion for glass blowing, Trish and Glen Tullman developed a deep appreciation for this time honored craft and the breathtaking art it produces. This, combined with their understanding of the power this collaborative art form has to inspire and transform young people’s lives, led them to build a world-c..

Zurich Esposito

Zurich Esposito is the Executive Vice President for AIA Chicago, one of the nation’s largest chapters of the American Institute of Architects. Zurich’s responsibilities include overseeing continuing education programs and events for the 3000-member organization and his role as publication director and a contributor for CHICAGO..

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