Presley Ackeret is an up-and-coming writer, editor, and arts operative. Branded a “Jill of all trades,” Ackeret provides a distinctive vision to her current roles at Boston Art Review and SoWa’s Beacon Gallery. With a diverse background in academia, psychiatry, and culinary philosophy, Ackeret seeks to bridge the gap between our understanding of existential well-being and the need for art within our lives. Ackeret is passionate about local arts and culture, the surrounding Boston community, and bringing those two worlds together.
Kaitlyn Ovett Clark has been working as the Exhibitions and Public Programs Coordinator for Tufts University Art Galleries at SMFA for the past five years. Her administrative work has driven her interests in community, education, space and access inclusion within the arts. In 2008, Kaitlyn received her BA from Indiana University-Bloomington, where she double-majored in Studio Arts and Art History. She later obtained a BFA in Ceramics from Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis. In 2015, Kaitlyn earned a MFA at Tufts University in conjunction with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Zoë Gadegbeku is a Ghanaian writer living in Boston. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she worked in communications and taught first-year writing. She was a participant in the 2017 Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop at the University of the West Indies-Cave Hill, Barbados and a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in June 2019. Her writing has appeared in Saraba Magazine, Afreada, Blackbird, and The Washington Post. Her essay “My Secondhand Lonely,” (Slice Magazine and Longreads) was included on the notable list in the 2018 edition of Best American Essays. Her work has also appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2019 anthology and was selected for the 2020 City of Boston Mayor’s Poetry Program Contest. An excerpt of her unpublished novel, Blue Futures, Break Open, was selected as a finalist for the 2022 Elizabeth Alexander Creative Writing award in the journal Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism. She currently works full- time as a copyeditor for a scientific publishing house.
Karolina Hac is a writer and creative professional working at the intersection of art, culture, and the built environment. She has been a contributing writer at Boston Art Review since 2018, and her writing has appeared in Landscape Architecture Magazine, Amadeus Magazine, and Big Red & Shiny. She currently runs development operations at the Boston Society for Architecture as its advancement manager.
Jacqueline Houton is an editor and writer based in Cambridge. Currently a copyeditor at a children’s and YA publisher, she is a former editor of The Improper Bostonian and former managing editor of The Phoenix and STUFF magazine. Her writing has appeared in Boston magazine, DigBoston, Bitch magazine, Big Red & Shiny, and other publications.
Jameson Johnson is a writer, editor, and independent curator based in Boston. She is the founder and editor-in-chief at Boston Art Review and the marketing associate at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. Her research practice is rooted in the exploration and preservation of narratives through contemporary information archives.
Leah Triplett Harrington serves as assistant curator for Now + There and editor-at-large for Boston Art Review. The founding editor of the publication and platform The Rib, Triplett Harrington also edited Big Red & Shiny from 2013 to 2018. Her writing has appeared in Flash Art, Hyperallergic, WBUR’s The ARTery, Big Red & Shiny, and The Brooklyn Rail.
Maya Rubio is a curator and arts writer whose research focuses on performance and time-based art. Hailing from Augusta, Georgia, Maya moved to Boston in 2017 to study the Business of Creative Enterprises and Art History at Emerson College. Maya is also a Project Assistant at art_works, a Boston-born art advisory.
Jessica Shearer is a Boston-based writer, editor, and communications professional. Currently serving as the director of communications and marketing at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, she is passionate about the power of storytelling and experienced at crafting compelling narratives in service of creating a more equitable, just, and vibrant society.
Julianna Sy is a designer and creative director with ties to Boston, Los Angeles, and New Mexico. Her work prioritizes inclusivity and compassion and functions on the principles of artistic expression, mutual aid, and anti-oppression. Sy has been a designer with BAR since Issue 01. She is a book designer at Not A Cult Media, producing recent titles Well Played by Beau Sia and Zigzags by Kamala Puligandla.
Sarah ‘Val’ Valente is a Boston-based artist and educator with a passion for nonprofit development and community arts engagement. She holds an MBA from Assumption University, a BA in Chemistry and Art from College of the Holy Cross. More recently, she completed a Post-Bacc experience in Fine Arts at Brandeis University. She supports student development outside of the classroom in her Student Affairs role at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Here volunteer efforts have supported various community arts initiatives including Roslindale Village Main Streets’ Design Committee, POW! WOW! Worcester, and the Magafan Mural Project.
Nicole Whitted is a Black designer and creative with a strong belief that creativity is more than aesthetic—it is a powerful tool to use your voice and amplify lived experiences. Whitted is a design assistant at Boston Art Review and has created work for Jr. Hi The Magazine, Girls in Film, and Parade.