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The Staff

The staff at Pratt Fine Arts Center is dedicated to making art accessible to everyone. Our team is comprised of working artists and can often be found working and teaching in the studios when they aren’t in the office.

Staff Members
Laura Hammarlund

Laura Hammarlund

Development Director

Laura Hammarlund holds an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University and a BA in Drama from the University of Washington.  Her professional background includes development and marketing for arts organizations in Seattle.  She’s also worked as a producer for film and video in Seattle and Washington, DC, and currently serves on the Board for the Northwest Film Forum. Laura feels lucky to have grown up in Seattle’s vibrant arts community.

Oakley Allred

Oakley Allred

Community Events Manager

Oakley Allred has over ten years of arts administration experience. She has worked in community relations, donor stewardship and events management capacities for a variety of cultural organizations across the United States including Sundance Institute, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston. She possesses a BA in Art History from Trinity University and Master’s education in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Oakley’s hobbies include falling off her mountain bike and tipping over in yoga class.

Scott Ball

Scott Ball

Sculpture Studio Manager

Scott Ball, received a BFA in sculpture from the University of Washington and an MFA in studio art from the State University of New York at Albany. His sculptural work is primarily mixed-media and installation and has shown in Seattle, Albany and Brooklyn.

Lisa Geertsen

Lisa Geertsen

Metal and Stone Studio Manager

Lisa has been a blacksmithing instructor at Pratt since 2007.  She is a full time artist blacksmith/fabricator and owner of Firelight Forge in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, WA.  She has been working with metal since 1999 and her commission work ranges from architectural fabrication to site-specific sculptures.

David Clark

David Clark

Sculpture Studio Technician

David Clark has been working in metal since 1974, glass arts since 1983 and has been a sculpture studio renter since the mid 90’s. His work is informed by wide industrial experience and over 30 years of travel around the world. His sculpture and photography are in private collections in the UK and the US.  David is originally from London, where he completed a Toolmakers Apprenticeship at Imperial College, South Kensington, London. He is also a keen photographer, avid reader, audiophile and vintage motorcycle enthusiast.

Julie Custer

Julie Custer

Development Associate and Grant Writer

Julie Custer is dedicated to supporting arts education and lifelong learning opportunities. A Pratt team member since 2007, she enjoys being part of a creative community and connecting artists with resources. She received an MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in Textile Design from the University of Kansas. Her work was included in the catalog and exhibition HOT HOUSE: Expanding the Field of Fiber at Cranbrook and has been shown at the Kirkland Arts Center, the Burnaby Art Gallery in Vancouver, BC and SOIL Gallery in Seattle. You can also find her in the Pratt studios tinkering with new materials.

Scott Darlington

Scott Darlington

Glass Studio Manager

Scott Darlington has been working with hot glass for 24 years.  After completing his BFA at the Appalachian Center for Crafts, he moved to Seattle and worked as an assistant for many different artists.  Scott also worked as the Hot Shop Coordinator at Pilchuck Glass School for 7 summers.  After nearly 10 years in Seattle, he spent 4 years in Japan as Associate Professor at the Toyama City Institute of Glass Art. In the spring of 2007, he received his MFA in glass from The Ohio State University.  Scott was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bowling Green State University from 2007-2011. He and his family returned to Seattle in 2011.Scott Recently finished a 10-day residency at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma.

Ryan Davis

Ryan Davis

Operations Manager

Ryan Davis, has worked as a higher education administrator for nearly 10 years and holds a BS in Business Administration.  As a local musician, Ryan has performed at venues large and small all over the Puget Sound with a number of different groups.

Steve Galatro

Steve Galatro

Executive Director

Steve Galatro, has extensive experience in nonprofit arts administration and higher education, elevated by an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University. Previous management experience comes from various positions at Empty Space Theatre and the Seattle University Fine Arts Department where he remains an active member of the adjunct faculty.

Todd Jannausch

Todd Jannausch

Wood Studio Manager

Todd Jannausch spent 13 years working as a shipwright, building and repairing wooden boats throughout the Pacific Northwest. He is an installation artist whose projects focus on creating accessibility and direct interaction between artists and the public. His work includes Gallery 40, Gallery (206) and Small Voids.

www.toddjannausch.com

 

Myra Kaha

Myra Kaha

Youth and Teen Studio Manager

Myra Kaha has worked in non-profit arts education in Seattle since receiving a MFA in ceramics from West Virginia University in 2006. Myra is passionate about youth arts education and continues to work in clay.

Kamla Kakaria

Kamla Kakaria

Printmaking/Painting/Drawing Studio Manager

Kamla Kakaria received an MFA in printmaking from the University of Washington and has exhibited at various galleries in and around Seattle and is currently a member of Shift Gallery in the TK building in Pioneer Square. She teaches at Pratt and Kirkland Arts Center.

Chuck Lopez

Chuck Lopez

Glass Studio Technician

Originally from Colorado, Chuck Lopez started working with glass in 1989. With a background in computer science, mathematics, and philosophy, he received a BA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado in 1995, and an MFA from Alfred University in 1999. Chuck has been involved with Pratt since 1999, as a staff member, instructor, teaching assistant, student, and Artist in Residence.  He has received grants and residencies from Pilchuck Glass School, Artists Trust, and The Creative Glass Center of America at Wheaton Arts, and he was a co-chair for the 2011 Glass Art Society conference in Seattle. Chuck's work is shown nationally and was selected for inclusion in New Glass Review, 2002 and 2007.

Rebbecca Tomas

Rebbecca Tomas

Jewelry/Metals Manager; Enameling, Etching for Enameling

Rebbecca Tomas received her BA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from the University of Iowa. She spent the following three years studying book arts and papermaking at the university’s Center for the Book before relocating to Seattle. A metalsmith and jeweler working in diverse materials, Rebbecca exhibits her work in and around Seattle, and when not at Pratt, can usually be found in her studio or out photographing people wearing their “everyday jewelry” for her blog Seattle Maker. Rebbecca enjoys sharing her passion for all things metal with Pratt students, and teaches classes and workshops in enameling and etching, as well as custom classes in a variety of topics.

Lindsay Walter

Lindsay Walter

Marketing Director

Lindsay Walter received her MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University and a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin. She has worked with several organizations around the Puget Sound including Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle Opera, and is a past board member of Velocity Dance Center. She is passionate about discussing the importance of the arts and the role they play in the community.