We are thrilled to share WonderRoot’s news! Stephanie Dowda joins the WonderRoot leadership team as new Creative Director. The position was formerly held by Maggie Ginestra, who will remain in Atlanta.
“I am so thrilled to join WonderRoot as the Creative Director and serve the Atlanta community by continuing to grow, support, and challenge our arts community. I have long admired WonderRoot’s impact and am eager to work alongside its community and leadership.”
From today’s press release:
As Creative Director at WonderRoot, Dowda will oversee WonderRoot’s exhibition programs, public art initiatives and artist resource services. In her new role, she will lead projects such as WonderRoot CSA, The Imaginary Million and Walthall Artist Fellowship. She will be joining forces with a team that seeks to create lasting, sustainable change for artists. Her experience and expertise will allow WonderRoot to continue to focus on growth and depth of impact on artist and artist communities.
“We are delighted to bring Stephanie into the WonderRoot family. She has been a longtime ally with vision and direction,” states Chris Appleton, WonderRoot’s Executive Director. “Stephanie’s commitment to Atlanta, curatorial aptitude and ability to work with artists of diverse backgrounds make her a great fit for WonderRoot’s ambitious future.”
Additionally, Dowda works as an independent curator. Most recently, Stephanie teamed with Georgia State Professor Jill Frank for Shadow Puppets: New Traces of New Documentary Practices at Georgia State University’s Welch School Galleries. Previously, Stephanie’s work included exhibitions such as The Future is Behind Us at Atlanta Preservation Center and Echoes of the Sublime at Emily Amy Gallery. Stephanie currently serves as Vice-President on the Board of Directors for Atlanta Celebrates Photography and most recently as our Board President for BURNAWAY Magazine for 2012, serving on the board from 2009-2012.
From Nikita Gale, Atlanta artist:
“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Stephanie while serving on the Board of Directors for BURNAWAY and think her history with Atlanta as an artist and as an arts administrator has the potential to inform the expansion of the Creative Director position in new and interesting ways; it makes me feel excited not only for Stephanie but also for the local arts community of Atlanta.”
For additional information, please contact Chris Appleton at 404-376-3280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WonderRoot is an Atlanta-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to unite artists and community to inspire positive social change. While supporting artists to have successful professional careers in Atlanta and working to address issues of health, youth development and the environment, WonderRoot seeks to create a more vibrant, sustainable and equitable city.