Idea Capital's Organizers

Steering Committee

Felicia Feaster is a curator and writer who received her BA in film and Eastern European studies from the University of Florida and her MA in film studies from Emory University. Her master's thesis on exploitation film became a book, Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Film co-authored with her husband, filmmaker Bret Wood. Her writing has appeared in Atlanta magazine where she is a contributing writer, Elle, New York Press, Paper magazine, Sculpture, Art in America, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Design Bureau, Charleston CIty Paper, Turner Classic Movies, Santa Fe Reporter, Artnews, Playboy, Creative Loafing and Art Papers. She has a regular film column featured on Burnaway.org. She has curated exhibitions for the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and TEW Galleries in Atlanta and Fe Gallery in Pittsburgh. She has received multiple Green Eyeshade Awards for criticism and feature reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists and this year was named one of "Atlanta's 50 Most Creative People" by CommonCreativ magazine. She is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, the Women Film Critics Circle and ArtTable.

Maggie Ginestra is a writer, collaborator, and arts administrator who recently served as the creative director of WonderRoot, where she developed several initiatives, including the Walthall Artist Fellowship. Her writing has been published in Drunken Boat, Thermos, Temporary Art Review, and others. She completed her MFA at Washington University in St. Louis, where she also graduated from the Community Arts Training Institute, owned a salon/chapbook shop, co-founded Sloup (St. Louis’ soup dinner for the arts), and worked on several projects with Prison Performing Arts and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. Currently, she serves on the Board of Mighty Rights Media, performs with MSIF, volunteers with WonderRoot’s Dance Chance Atlanta, and produces Loveseat, a monthly podcast presented by Burnaway.org in collaboration with Storycorp, while also reading and writing toward new things.

Cinqué Hicks is an art critic based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is currently senior contributing editor of the International Review of African American Art, and during 2012 he served as the interim editor-in-chief of Art Papers. A graduate of Harvard University’s compartative literature program, Hicks also holds a master’s degree from Georgia Tech, where he studied digital media art. Since 2011, he has served as the founding creative director of Atlanta Art Now and is co-author of its first biennial volume, Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape. From 2008 to 2012, Hicks was an art critic, arts writer, and columnist for Creative Loafing, and he continues to write for a variety of national and international publications including Public Art Review, Art in America, Artforum.com, Rhizome.org, and Artvoices.

Margaret Kargbo is a seasoned communications and marketing professional with experience providing strategic branding and communication solutions to businesses and nonprofits. Her specialty areas include client services, project management, public relations and experiential marketing. An art and culture enthusiast, she volunteers her time and resources to a variety of community-based projects and women-centered outreach initiatives. She enjoys travel, photography and aged scotch whiskey.

Dorian McDuffie is an arts advocate, curator, writer, and administrator who worked for the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs for over eight years coordinating public art initiatives. While there she also served as a committee member for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine where she was part of a team that commissioned over one hundred works of art (visual and performing). While at the City of Atlanta, she was the recipient of numerous awards including two Atlanta Urban Design Commission Awards of Excellence, a “Women and the Art of Good Government” award and “The Heart and Soul of the Year” award. She also earned a certificate of Local Government Management from the University of Georgia and took part in and presented to the Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta initiative, a five-month program for local arts influencers.

Oronike Odeleye is a creative writer and arts administrator. She is a founding member and Administrative Director of Taller Portobelo Norte, an international artist collective that seeks to encourage critical dialogues around the art and culture(s) of the African Diaspora. She is a contributing writer for the online Black visual culture magazine, Code Z. Oronike is also a Partner and Account Executive at the graphic design agency RED|Creative.

DeNatalie Phillips develops and implements communications programs including event production, media and sponsor relations. She has applied this expertise for clients such as the Atlanta University Center Development Corporation, Communities in Schools, the Fulton County Arts Council, The Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, the National Black Arts Festival and The Trumpet Awards, for whom she has coordinated appearances for performing artists such as Sidney Poitier, Jill Scott, Sonia Sanchez and others. As the publicist with a passion for performance poetry, her signature piece, "The Emancipation of a Black Executive" is featured on her CD, From the Desk of DeNatalie. Her mission is to create and serve, making cultural connections that support broad thinking in a small world.

Louise E. Shaw has been a cultural activist in Atlanta for over 30 years, working in the intersection of arts, humanities and community building. From 1983 to 1998, she served as Executive Director of Nexus Contemporary Art Center (now The Contemporary). Prior to that, she was Assistant Curator at the Atlanta Historical Society (now Atlanta History Center), and Director of the Georgia State University Art Gallery. She has worked internationally on projects in Mexico, France, Norway, Ghana, Macedonia, and Albania, among other countries. Since 2002, she has served as Curator of the David J. Sencer CDC Museum (formerly the Global Health Odyssey Museum) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she has curated exhibitions such as VD: Values, Rights, Public Health and Watching Hands: Artists Respond to Keeping Well.

Mary Stanley is the creative energy behind a broad array of cutting edge contemporary art initiatives. As an independent curator, private art consultant, arts advocate, and artist representative, she maintains relationships with museums, galleries, nonprofit organizations and a select group of talented, established and emerging artists, international in scope. Her Young Collectors Club, started in 2006, provides an educational and social networking opportunity for over 200 young professionals interested in learning about and collecting contemporary art. Art has been a personal passion for many years, and became her second career in 1997. She started her own art business, Mary Stanley Studio in 2004. Mary serves on the Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Board of Visitors at Lamar Dodd School of Art at University of Georgia, the Advisory Board of Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and several other nonprofit initiatives.

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Fall 2014 Investors

Anne Sterchi

Beth Malone

Courtney Hammond

Deborah Delamater

Helen Crawford

Hope Cohn

Laurel Rummel

Louis Corrigan

Marcia Vaitsman and Franz Pascher

Margaret Kargbo

Mary Fisher

Mary O'Horo

Melanie Hammet

Nancy Floyd

Nick Madden

Pam Longobardi

Rebecca Dimling Cochran

Rocio Rodriguez

T. Lang

Thomas Byrd

Tracy Murrell

Fall 2013 Investors

Alexandra Delotch Davis

Allison Rentz

Amy Pursifull

Amy Miller

Anderson Scott

Andre Keichian

Angela West

Anita Hicks

Anne Dennington

Anne Sterchi

Anne Lambert Tracht

Annette Cone Skelton

Antoinette Daniels

Arturo Lindsay

Aubrey Longley-Cook

Brenda Locke

Carolyn Carr and Michael Gibson

Casey Lynch

Catherine Ackert

Cecelia Kane

Chris Campbell

Cinqué Hicks and Gergely Hamar

Corian Ellisor

Corrina Mensoff

Craig Cameron

Cubby West

Daniel Gaetan-Beltran & Shay Nichols

David and Diane Schuster

David and Birgit McQueen

Dorian McDuffie

Elizabeth Lide

Elyse Defoor

ETIKA

Fabian Williams

Felicia Feaster

G. Morgan Timmis

Genevieve McGillicuddy and Scott Henry

George King

Glen Kurtz

Grace Kisa

Greta Mandell

Hagedorn Foundation Gallery

Helen Hale

Helen Crawford

Hester and Huckleberry Starnes

Horace Williams

Hormuz Minina

Imara Canady

Jason Orr

Jesse Dunn

Jessica Caldas

Jill Pope West

JK Hunter

Judy Lampert

Julia Kjelgaard

Karen Shacham

Karen Wright

Katherine Taylor

Kemi Bennings

Klimchak

Kristi Kent

Laura Noel

Leatrice Ellzy

Lily Siegel

Linda Armstrong

Lisa Cremin

Lisa Alembik

Lisa Tuttle

Lori and Mark Teague

Louis Corrigan

Louise E. Shaw

Maggie Ginestra

Malina Rodriguez

Marianne Lambert

Martha Whittington

Mary O'Horo

Mary Stanley

Mary Frances Callis

Masud Olufani

Michael Peterson

Michael Rooks

Mike Stasny

Moshe Gittelson and Claire Rubin

Myrna Pronchuk

Myrna Talbot

Nick Madden

Nicole Livieratos

Paul Tuminaro

Priscilla Smith

Rachel Reese

Richard Dodder

Rick Fisher

Robert Brawner

Robin Bernat

Rocio Rodriguez

Ruth Stanford

Ruth Dusseault

Sarah Hobbs

Seana Reilly

Sheila Pree Bright

Shelby Hofer

Stan Woodard

Stephanie Dowda

Sue Ross

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Sylvia Rice

Terri Dilling

Tom Swanston

Tracy Murrell

Wendy Anderson

Will Chester

William Downs

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