Fumi Amano, Glass Studio Manager
Fumi Amano is a visual artist working primarily in glass. She was born in Aichi, Japan. In order to learn more about glass and expand her horizons, she moved to Seattle in 2013. After receiving her Master of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, she participated in residency programs all over the United States, including Anderson Center in Minnesota, and Torpedo Factory Art Center in Virginia. After coming back to Seattle in 2018, as a professional exhibition coordinator, she managed art exhibition coordination all over the world. With her art experiences in different places such as in Japan and the United States, she is able to create and teach art with her broad vision and an open mind.
Hannah is a fabricator, herbalist, teacher, interspecies social practice artist, enthusiast of cowboy style fonts, seed collector and lover of bones. Growing up in Northern California as the child of hippies, she learned about the importance of trees, tasting the soil and the healing power of plants. Hannah received her BFA from the University of Oregon, where she first experienced the verdant beauty of the PNW. Hannah worked as a fabricator and moldmaker at a bronze art foundry in Chicago and as a mount maker for the Field Museum. She managed the light metals facilities and foundry at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago while simultaneously getting her MFA from the Fibers Department. An avid mushroom gatherer and enthusiast, she created a mushroom art curriculum for children centered on interconnectivity as the Artist in Residence for the Chicago Public Library. Most recently, she served as Residency Director of the Vashon Artist Residency. Hannah served as a steering committee member for the NCCCIAP cast iron conference at Sloss Furnaces and as a board member of the Vashon Tool Library. Her curiosity in natural phenomena combined with an investment in the health of the planet have been the driving forces for her ecological and community focused art practice and has guided her overall approach to life.
Monica Street is a metalsmith and jeweler. She is the former Vice President of the Seattle Metals Guild. In the past she has taught for the Seattle Public Library, James Washington Foundation, Tacoma Art Museum, BARN, Gage Academy, North Seattle College, Coyote Central and Seattle Public Schools at the elementary to college level.
In 2017 her work was exhibited at the Washington State Convention Center for the SMG Biennial, the Ron Ho Show at POTS Gallery in Fremont and she interned with Catherine Grisez for the Part You public sculpture project at Traver Gallery. Her work was also chosen for a Director’s Choice Award at the 2019 Pratt Auction. Street currently works as the Jewelry/Metals and Sculpture Studios Manager at Pratt Fine Arts Center and assistant to bell maker Gordon Barnett of GRB Bells. As a volunteer with a passion for archives and student resources, she heads the Seattle Metals Guild Video Archive Youtube and North Jewelry Archive on Flickr.
Natalia was born and raised in New Jersey and has spent most of her life on the East Coast. She holds a BA in Art and Ethnicity, Race & Migration from Yale and an Ed.M. in Education Policy & Management from Harvard. Before joining Pratt, Natalia served as the Director of Visual Art & Maker at DreamYard, an arts and social justice education non-profit in the Bronx, NY. She is passionate about the arts, education, and racial equity, and is excited to bring these interests to Pratt and build community here in Seattle. She loves to learn new skills and explore new media, and believes that maintaining artistic and creative practices allows us to imagine new possibilities and, ultimately, create new realities.
Bailey Zahniser, Youth & Teen Studio Manager
Megan Zembower is an experienced arts administrator with an affinity for cultivating artist relationships. After graduating from Denison University with a degree in Art History & Visual Culture in 2016, Megan held roles at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina. She returned to graduate school and earned her MA in the History of Art & Architecture from Tufts University in 2021 before moving to the Pacific Northwest to join the Pratt team. As the Development Manager for the Annual Fund & Donor Events, Megan is eager to connect with local artists and increase accessibility of the arts in the greater Seattle area.