Column & Stripe’s annual philanthropy event has returned, with this year’s topic: Art of Leadership: The Evolution of Art into Digital Spaces.
The evening includes a panel discussion by leading digital art professionals followed by a reception, including light appetizers and a cash bar.
6:00–7:00 p.m. Panel discussion
7:00–7:30 p.m. Q and A
7:30–8:30 p.m. Meet and greet / reception
Panelists include the following:
Jane Alexander, the chief digital information officer at the Cleveland Museum of Art, is a visionary digital strategist and technology officer. Her leadership has made the CMA a global leader in innovative, transformative art experiences for all. Spearheading groundbreaking initiatives like the ARTLENS Gallery, Open Access initiative, AI-based online tool sets, and the pioneering immersive scholarly exhibition Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain, the CMA continues to redefine the boundaries of visitor engagement.
Musa Hakim Jr. is a Cleveland native who consults on the interjection of Web 3.0 into the FutureLAND efforts, and also a Case Western Reserve University alumni. He aims to bring the new generation of internet technologies to the city of Cleveland by being one of the first to fuse the internet with the culture of Cleveland through his personal efforts and his tech startup, Lazy Moose.
Jimmy Kuehnle is an artist and professor/chair of sculpture + expanded media at the Cleveland Institute of Art. His architecturally scaled installations feature interactive inflatables, LEDs, sounds, and lots of smiling and screaming visitors. Jimmy received his MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Darnell-Jamal Lisby is assistant curator of fashion at the Cleveland Museum of Art and a fashion historian. At the CMA, his charge is to develop projects rooted in fashion studies that range across the museum’s various curatorial departments. He also has led efforts with the CFDA, collaborating with major fashion designers on bringing pieces into the metaverse and in NFTs.
Matthew McKenna is a technology professional with more than two decades of experience in higher education. Joining CIA in June 2020, Matthew leads a team that supports all areas of technology within the college. In addition to overseeing all technology at CIA, Matthew serves as the project manager for CIA’s new Interactive Media Lab (IML), which will be CIA’s new 14,000-square-foot AR/VR/XR/AI facility in the MidTown Collaboration Center located in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood, which is scheduled to open in January 2025. Prior to his work at CIA, he served as executive director of information technology at Hiram College. Prior to Hiram, Matthew held positions at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Oberlin College, ideastream, and Baldwin Wallace University. As an avid supporter of the arts, he also has taught digital imaging studio courses for Hiram College and the School of Visual Arts. Matthew holds a BA in digital media production from Baldwin Wallace University, an MEd in instructional technology from Kent State University, and an MBA in information technology management from Western Governors University.
Arabella Proffer is a multidisciplinary artist working in traditional and digital media. She has consulted for ConsenSys Mesh, Sotheby’s, and Unity Technologies, as well as exhibited with MetaPride Land, NFT.NYC in Times Square, Stratosphere, Lava.NYC, Women in Web3, and more. She organized the first female-led NFT physical exhibition in the Midwest (and beyond) in 2022. She’s received awards from the Ohio Arts Council and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and an Akron Soul Train residency, as well as has been honored by the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives. Arabella’s work has appeared in the WSJ, LA Times, Drop Magazine, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland Scene, Cleveland Magazine, Irish Tech News, NFT Art Talk, CAN Journal, and more. She earned her BFA in experimental animation and fine art from CalArts.
Art of Leadership: The Evolution of Art into Digital Spaces will be moderated by Andrew Hillyer, a director in PwC’s digital assets practice and a Cleveland native.
This event is open to Column & Stripe members and guests, including Contemporary Art Society, Cleveland Institute of Art staff and students, the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club, Emerging Leaders, the Circle, FutureLAND members, PwC, and other Column & Stripe partners.