Artist in Residence | Painting
Chris Crites’ first exposure to mug shot photographs was in the post office of his childhood hometown. There he was captivated by posted “Wanted” fliers featuring possible malcontents of the day. As his interest in history developed he became reacquainted with mug shots in the book “Death Scenes: A Homicide Detective’s Scrapbook” published in 1996 by Feral House. It was from this collection of photos from the 1930’s and 1940’s that he painted his first four mug shots in acrylic on paper bag in 1999. These paintings established his ongoing color experiment of five or less colors on brown paper bag. Seriously focusing on the subject matter of arrest photographs since 2002, Crites has developed and refined his brightly colored, limited palette style. Visiting the Washington State Archives he collects mug shot photos on his own.
Adding cultural icons, musicians, commissioned portraiture, mushroom clouds, nudes and firearms to his body of work, Crites has shown and been published across the United States and Europe. Having both graphic design and art degrees, he does web content management work as well as art and design for local musicians. He is also an independent curator and lives in Seattle with his wife and cats.
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.
Director of Programs
Brandi Clark, received a BA in Literature from Texas A&M University and has been working with non-profit arts organizations for more than ten years. Her experience ranges from event planning and fund-raising to developing community partnerships and educational programming. Her artistic endeavors include kiln casting and hot glass casting, while her pursuits outside of the arts include kayaking and cooking.
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.
Susan Clifford Jamroski
Susan Clifford Jamroski graduated from the University of Washington, School of Art with a BA. She began her career implementing arts programming for seniors living with dementia. Susan brings a passion for the creative process within fundraising and an interest in philanthropic trends, having earned a Masters In Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University, and most recently concluded an international Fulbright Award to study German Philanthropy.
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.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Rosie Daniel, moved from California to Washington State in 2001 and fell in love with the local arts community. She has held positions at the Tacoma Art Museum and Traver Gallery and is delighted to be a part of the Pratt family. She spends her free time exploring the natural wonders of the evergreen state and trying new recipes in the kitchen. Rosie earned a BFA in printmaking from Pacific Lutheran University in 2005.
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, 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.
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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.
Front Desk Manager
Lise Graham, moved to Seattle from Boston, MA in 2006 after receiving her BFA at Massachusetts College of Art and is a recent MFA graduate from the University of Washington. When not at Pratt, Lise paints in her Seattle SODO studio.
Wood Studio Technician
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.
Youth and Education Associate
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.
Print and 2D Studio Manager
Kamla Kakaria, received an MFA in printmaking from the University of Washington and has exhibited at various galleries in and around Seattle. In addition to managing Pratt’s print studio, she teaches at Pratt and Kirkland Arts Center.
Glass Studio Technician
Chuck Lopez, originally from Colorado, Chuck 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, 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 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.