Todd Thomas Brown
Founder & Curator of Performance Programming
Todd Thomas Brown is an interdiscipinary artist engaged in performative inquiry and visual arts. As a visual artist, Brown has 25 years combined experience in oil painting and mixed media, with 11 years professional teaching experience. He has been awarded an artist residencies with San Francisco’s de Young Museum (2009) and Residencia el Otro Lado (EDELO, Chiapas, MX. 2009/10) and was selected as one of the first three artists to initiate the de Young Museum’s current year-long Artist Fellowship Program (20011/12) funded by the James Irvine Foundation. As part of his 2009 his Residency, Brown was also commissioned by the de Young’s Department of Public Programs for the creation of his mural-scale painting “Invisible Passage.” He currently sits on the de Young’s Community Engagement Artist Council, and continues to exhibit work both nationally and internationally, most recently featured in ArtMarket Budapest 2013. As a performing artist, Brown has been awarded grants in disciplines of music and theater, from the San Francisco Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. He is the Founder of the Red Poppy Art House of San Francisco (2003) and the MAPP: Mission Arts & Performance Project (2003). His most recent performance work, Teobi’s Dreaming, explores the “bio-poetic” intersection of ancestry and being, and premiered at the Red Poppy Art House in March 2014.
Artistic Co-Director in Rotation
Caleb Duarte Pinon migrated from the northern states of Mexico into the farming communities of Central California. He began to paint at an early age and began his studies at Fresno City Collage and continued at the San Francisco Art Institute and at the Graduate Sculpture department of the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Art LTD magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, SPARK public television, and others. He has exhibited his work at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF, Red Dot Art fair in New York, The Sullivan Galleries in Chicago, Gallery 727 Los Angeles, The California Museum of Art in Oakland, the Fresno Art Museum and others. He is represented by Jack Fisher Gallery in SF. Duarte has created public works and community performances at the World Social Forum in Mumbai India, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, El Pital, Honduras, Mexico City, and throughout out the US. Duarte is co-founder of an experimental artist residency and events space in Chiapas Mexico that invites participants of diverse practices to live and create with in a period of time. Residents are from PHDs to jugglers, contemporary artist, activist, educators, rural farmers, and community members of autonomous communities of rural Chiapas. Hi is curator of the ZAPANTERA NEGRA project that brought artist and once Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party Emory Douglas and artist Rigo 23 to work with both Zapatista artist ( a rebel autonomous indigenous community that came to the world spot light in 1994, and with local and international artist in the rural areas of Chiapas Mexico. This project united Zapatistas with Black Panther esthetics to investigate the use of the Body and visual communication in both distinct political and artistic movements. Duarte is now artistic director in rotation for the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco California.
Mia Eve Rollow
Artistic Co-Director in Rotation
Mia Eve Rollow (Chicago 1984) is a project-based artist who works with social sculpture, performance, installation, video, sound, drawing and cartoons. She is also an organizer and curator and has created both solo and community works for projects in Mexico, the United States, Italy, Portugal, Canada and Hong Kong. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland and The School of the Arts Institute of Chicago, where she received a Master’s degree in Sculpture. In 2007 she suffered a spinal cord injury and subsequently undertook seven months of healing and survival by bringing together the resources of art and life. In 2009 she moved to Chiapas, Mexico, where she co-founded EDELO with her collaborator Caleb Duarte.
Head of Communications, Marketing, and Internship Programs
Sofia comes from a small arts community in her hometown Pomona, where she discovered the importance of arts within the community. She studied Psychology at San Francisco state and has continued living in San Francisco. En la Misión, she is spending her time helping lead the Family Art program and working as Volunteer Coordinator. Volunteering at the Poppy she has found the same appreciation for the arts, culture, and community that first sparked her inspiration in her hometown.
Vocalist and composer, Amy LaCour, has over 15 years of administrative experience in the non-profit sector with a focus on arts and education. Born and raised in Seattle, Amy lived in both New York and Los Angeles, before calling the Bay Area her home. She believes that the Poppy epitomizes the uniquely supportive nature of the Bay arts community and is thrilled to be a part of the team. Amy can currently be seen performing with the Amy LaCour trio featuring Misha Khalikulov, cello, and Josh Mellinger, percussion. www.amylacour.com
Zéna Allen is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and visual artist based in the Bay-Area. Her traditional background in Kora, WestAfrican harp, music has inspired her to combine her love of classical West African string music with Appalachian folk, Delta Blues and Soul to create narratives of memory and migration in the African Diaspora. An accomplished visual artist, Zéna finds it a natural progression to apply in her own art the same themes of ritual and tradition found in West African music. As a fifth generation Bay-Area resident, she values the notion of longevity and sustainability in community, and sees the role of the Red Poppy as a vehicle for creativity and support for artists. She is currently producing new work for her first album and can be found at zenamusik.com.
Jeremy Allen is a musician, educator, composer, and producer. He performs with a variety of Bay Area artists and is co-founder of the acclaimed pan Latin-American jazz group Quijeremá. With this multi-media arts ensemble, he has performed, toured and recorded, both nationally and internationally, since 2002. Allen is also an adept instructor in media arts, focusing on live sound, event production and audio-visual installations. Jeremy graduated in American Studies: Urban Education from UC Berkeley, and is the owner/engineer at Musiquito Studios, an independent recording studio and media production shop in Oakland, California. www.musiquito.com
Jen has been immersed in the visual arts since a young age, later going on to pursue a bachelors in studio art at UC Riverside. Although she eventually switched gears to language, it became evident that art would continue to hold a certain significance in her life. Her ongoing interests in music, design, and culture led her to the discovery of the Red Poppy Art House. Upon graduating, Jen came across an online listing during her job search within the field of event management. She is now part of the Poppy’s PR team and also assists with admin for the Professional Development Track sessions.
Aleksandra Bril joined the Poppy Team since September 2013. By way of great luck, she stumbled upon the Poppy online. Upon first stepping through its red doors, she could not stop smiling. The unique spirit of the room was evident in the dim lights, the sound of the boiling kettle, and three long paintings covering a bare wall. She first started out as a PR intern and later applied for and became a member of PRESENCE, the Red Poppy Development Cohort, participation in which gifted her a new sense of direction to pursue socially-conscious arts engagement. Currently, she reports on events at and affiliated with the Poppy, assists with drafting and editing press releases and is a participating host during performance programs.
Piano tunings are generously donated by Brani Piano.