We thank our current (and past!) board members for the generous gift of their time to serve NESA.

Domenic Esposito

PRESIDENT

Domenic Esposito is a Massachusetts based artist and social activist. Considered a sculptor first, he continues to refine his craft with deliberate vocabulary borrowed from Renaissance Italy, as well as his own personal cultivation of Asian culture and principles. He founded the Opioid Spoon Project, a 501(c)(3) to serve as a solution-based platform that seeks legal justice and brings voice to the destructive effects of opioid addiction on people from all walks of life.

Domenic’s work has been exhibited in a range of galleries and art fairs across the U.S., including Beacon Gallery and Piano Craft Gallery, Boston; Insight Artspace, New York; Scope, NYC; Art Palm Beach; and SOFA Chicago Art Fair, among others. He recently completed a prestigious artist residency at Mana Contemporary, which lead to his print work with legendary Gary Lichtenstein.

His previous career in the corporate financial world and his experience founding a non-profit round out his art career and give him the leadership skills as NESA’s President.

www.domenicesposito.com

Kamal Ahmad

VICE PRESIDENT

Kamal Ahmad is an artist, sculptor, critical thinker, educator, and curator who lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a multidisciplinary visual artist who works in painting, sculpture, video, printmaking, and design. His recent work is based on his experience of witnessing wars and experiencing the related trauma. Kamal also explores the themes of religious and cultural identities among different ethnic groups to share his unique lived experience with viewers.

Kamal’s artwork has appeared at a number of galleries and museums such as MassMoCA, Boston Sculptors Gallery, MUSA Gallery, Piano Craft Gallery, etc. He has worked as an educator, art technician, designer, curator, coordinator and art consultant in many different organizations such as University of Sulaimani, BU, MassArt, MIT, PC Gallery, etc.
Kamal was born in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan. He received his first MFA from Boston University in 2016 and his second MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2019. He received his BFA from Sulaymaniyah University in Kurdistan in 2010.

Currently, Kamal is the Art and Facilities Director at Artisans Asylum in Boston, and he is also the curator and a director for the Piano Craft Gallery (PCG) and a Curator & Art Consultant for the Fountain Street Gallery (FSG).

Ngoc-Tran Vu

SECRETARY

Ngoc-Tran Vu (she/her) is a 1.5-generation Vietnamese-American multimedia visual artist and cultural organizer whose socially engaged practice draws from her experience as a strategist, educator, and lightworker. Tran threads her collaborative and generative social practice through photography, painting, sculpture and public installation so that her art can resonate and engage audience with intentionality. Her work evokes discourse of diasporas, memories and rituals amongst themes of social justice and healing. 

Tran has worked in nonprofits for 15+ years and is currently the Director of Communications and Creative at UPROSE, a climate-justice focused community organization in Brooklyn, NY. She worked at Silkroad previously to support performing musicians through social impact and AIR (Association of Independents in Radio) to advocate for freelance producers in mission-driven storytelling. Most recently, she taught in Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston and continues to facilitate workshops for fellow artists, creative freelancers, and community residents. Tran works across borders and is based in Boston’s Dorchester community where she grew up. 

www.tranvuarts.com | @TranVuArts

Ilana Krepchin

TREASURER

Ilana has a BA from Hampshire college in Photography and Anthropology, and extensive training in jewelry making from a number of venues including the Decordova Museum. Post-college she worked as the Associate Director of a small non-profit arts collaborative, running teen photography programs. During that period, she also took a lot of jewelry making classes at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and Metalwerx. When she left that job, she immersed herself in the world of jewelry production and craft shows. She worked for many years as a studio manager and production assistant for an established jeweler; and then went out on her own. When the pandemic hit – she didn’t have the usual hustle of craft fair after craft fair forcing her to think of which pieces were likely to sell. All of a sudden, she had the freedom to just make whatever she wanted. So she started to get bigger and bigger. She is excited to on the board of NESA to help grow the organization.

www.ilanakrepchinsculpture.com

Lynn Simmons

Community Arts Liaison

Lynn Simmons is an artist and educator living and working in Worcester, Massachusetts who has a keen interest in conceptual approaches and social issues. For Lynn, art has the potential to remind us of connections between each other and to things larger than ourselves. Her visual work is involved in conversations between nature and abstraction, location and memory, and activism and materials.

Lynn’s work has been exhibited in venues across New England such as the Portland Museum of Art (Maine), the Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, Maine, Fitchburg Art Museum, Attleboro Arts Museum, the Jamestown Art Center, Gallery A3 in Amherst, Massachusetts, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, Maine, and the T.W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center in Montpelier, Vermont. She holds a BFA in Sculpture from the Maine College of Art & Design (2001), and an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts (2007). 

Lynn is currently Associate Professor of Practice, Art & Design at Assumption University and has served as a committee member for Art in the Park, Worcester for over 15 years. She was also co-director of Healing Fibers, an annual group exhibition and forum that focused on various social justice themes. Lynn looks forward to working with members of NESA, helping to create new connections through community building and sculpture.

www.lynnsimmons.com@lynnsimmons.studio

Elisa Adams

PAST PRESIDENT/DIRECTOR – EXHIBITS CHAIR

Exclusively self-taught since 2005, Elisa’s work shows the unique talent and techniques that she has developed to express her voice. Her sculptures are known for opening the heart and evoking a peaceful calm upon viewing her work. Elisa has worked with numerous galleries in Concord, Hyannis, Boston and Palm Beach. She has participated in over 100 national and international exhibitions. She has exhibited at Art Expo NY (2017, 2018), SOFA Chicago (2019), The Palm Beach Show (2019, 2022), Palm Beach Modern (2022) as well as Spectrum Miami during Art Basel Week (2018 and 2019). She has won multiple awards from museums, galleries and best in show for sculpture at Spectrum Miami and has been written up in various magazines. Elisa also creates commissioned work for individuals and institutions. Elisa is the past president of the New England Sculptors Association, 2019 through 2022 and currently holds the position of Exhibition Chair. Her bold vision for NESA is to create local civic communities via sculpture, to foster forums of discussion among our artist members and communities, to increase our membership by bringing in a diverse group of younger members as well as seasoned artists and finally to increase the audience of our exhibits.

www.elisaadamssculptor.com

Zvi Goldman

Zvi Goldman

DIRECTOR – MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

 Zvi is a contemplative and narrative driven abstract conceptual sculptor. It is his goal to balance intrinsic aesthetics and thought-provoking meaning, and express life, humanity, and the natural world. He works primarily with wood and clay.

www.zvigoldman.com

Cassie Doyon

DIRECTOR – SOCIAL MEDIA CHAIR

Cassie Doyon divides her time between Haverhill Massachusetts and Boothbay Maine.
She has worn various hats as an artist for over thirty-four years, starting off as a graphic
artist and then continuing in mixed media art and sculpture. Over the past ten years,
Cassie has focused on mosaic sculpture. In addition, Cassie has worked as an art
educator for over twenty-five years, teaching art in a variety of settings, including private
schools and galleries, most recently at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the
Essex Art Center in Lawrence.

Cassie has an undergraduate degree concentrating in graphic design from Salem
State College and a graduate degree in art education from SMFA/Tufts University. She
has exhibited her work internationally via galleries, craft guilds/societies and
collaborations and her work has been publicized in various news sources, books and
magazines. Cassie’s work has won several awards in area galleries including best in
show and most innovative/experimental sculpture. She has done public architectural
and sculptural installations solo and as part of a collaborative and has curated mosaic
exhibits.

Patricia Aronson

ARTS DIRECTOR

Pat is a retired OB/GYN who has always loved the arts. While pursuing a post-retirement degree in Arts Administration, she connected with the Society of Arts and Crafts and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and has worked as a part-time administrative assistant in both. She loved working as a Museum Educator at the MFA from 2019-2020, assisting in family programs and gallery learning. Pat is excited to be joining NESA and supporting its work with her organizational skills, community outreach, and fundraising experience.