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DANIELLE AVRAM is a curator and writer based in Dallas. She has held positions at Texas Woman’s University; Southern Methodist University; The Power Station and The Pinnell Collection; and The High Museum of Art. She has an MFA from the School of The Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, and a BA from the University of Texas at Dallas. In this issue’s Looming Large, she investigated the practice of Sheila Hicks, who will install a site-specific solo show in Nasher Sculpture Center’s Garden and Lower Level Gallery.
COSTA CHRIST is an architectural photographer whose work is predicated on the unorthodox practice of shooting interior images by strictly utilizing natural light. An SMU graduate, Costa and his wife Jackie operate Costa Christ Media, which has earned the trusted support of awardwinning designers, architects, builders, and realtors around the state. Employing his signature style for Patron, he captured the home and collection of Claire and Brian Gogel in Shining a Light.
LAUREN CHRISTENSEN has more than two decades of experience in advertising and marketing. She consults with clients in art, real estate, fashion, and publishing through L. Christensen Marketing & Design. She serves on the boards of the Christensen Family Foundation and Helping Our Heroes. Her clean, contemporary aesthetic and generous spirit make Christensen the perfect choice to art direct Patron.
BRANDON KENNEDY is the Director of Exhibitor Relations for the Dallas Art Fair, working with international galleries and assisting with programming for the April event. Kennedy curated The Anatomy of Disquiet at The Karpidas Collection, exploring the nature of Jungian thought and the collective unconscious through almost 80 artworks from their collection. He is an occasional artist, avid book collector, and peripatetic curator who writes about local artists, including Ben Terry in this issue, for Patron’s Studio column.
RICHARD KRALL pursued an art degree as a painter; often working from photographs, Krall decided to focus on photography. Traveling to Paris, he quickly found himself in the employ of French Vogue, apprenticing to luminary photographers including Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton, Norman Parkinson, Patrick Demarchelier, and Sante D’Orazio— an experience that, he says, afforded him “the unique opportunity to experience fashion photography from the inside.” See his work in Chic Wave for Patron’s summer issue.
PEGGY LEVINSON often shares news of the latest trends in design as a former showroom owner and expert in the field. In Space, however, she delves into the art of lovingly preserving an historic home with integrity. In Well Preserved she interviews authorities including landscape architect Paul Fields of Lambert’s (celebrating their centennial), architect J. Wilson Fuqua, builder Robby Skinner, and homeowner Gigi Potter, who hails from a family of metal artisans deeply embedded in the fabric of Dallas for generations.
CHRIS BYRNE is the author of the graphic novel The Magician (Marquand Books, 2013) as well as The Original Print (Guild Publishing, 2002). He is co-chair of Art21’s Contemporary Council and serves on the board of directors of Institute 193, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and the American Folk Art Museum’s Council for the Study of Art Brut and the Self-Taught. He is the co-founder of the Dallas Art Fair and was formerly chairman of the American Visionary Art Museum.
STEVE CARTER spreads the word about Round Top Festival Institute, a unique music festival that’s been celebrating the arts for 49 years, deep in the heart of Texas, in Virtuosity in a Tiny Texas Town. Founded by concert pianist James Dick, the Festival Institute is a magnet for the world’s finest music students and faculty. “I had the honor of interviewing both James and notable alumnus Jason Thomas Aylward,” Carter says. “RTFI is a world-class jewel.”
NANCY COHEN ISRAEL is a Dallas-based art historian, curator, and lecturer. For the current issue, she enjoyed highlighting the contributions of female curators in the area as well as reporting on new artists joining local galleries. And in Shining a Light she had the opportunity to visit with art collectors Claire and Brian Gogel on the appeal of underserved artists. In addition to being a contributor to Patron, Nancy lectures at the Meadows Museum, where she will present a June series devoted to the Flemish influence on 15th-century Spanish painting.
LEE CULLUM is a journalist who concentrates on economic, foreign policy, and political issues in addition to hosting CEO on KERA-TVFM. A great love of hers, however, is the performing arts. This means nothing could be more satisfying than covering the upcoming 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. These are astonishing young pianists, some of whom will have fantastic concert careers. All who come to Dallas to compete in late May will have extraordinary technique.
KENDALL MORGAN is a Dallas-based journalist whose work has appeared in The Nasher magazine and Patron among others. Throughout her career, Morgan examines the space where culture, art, fashion, and food align. Uniquely suited for the retelling of Christian Dior’s legacy, an art gallerist turned couturier, in J’Adore Dior she apprises Patron readers of this summer’s hot exhibition Dior: From Paris to the World on view at the Dallas Museum of Art through September 1, 2019.
ELAINE RAFFEL blames her obsession with designer fashion and opulent jewels on her years as creative head for the crème de la crème of retail: Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Stanley Korshak. Chic Wave finds Elaine outdoors teamed up with photographer Richard Krall and stylist Molly Terry to present summer fashion and accessories from local stores at a spectacular home in Highland Park listed by Faisal Halum Real Estate of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s.