We thank our current (and past!) board members for the generous gift of their time to serve NESA.
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.
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).
Mary Bouchard, a recently retired financial management professional with experience from for-profit and non-profit companies, is pleased to join the board of NESA.
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.
April Ranck Guzman
COMMUNITY ARTS LIAISON
April moved to MA in 1978 and graduated from Harvard University with a concentration in philosophy and comparative religious movements. She has worked as a women’s health counselor, taught English as a Second Language and has had a 25-year career in property management. April recently concluded 6 years of employment with the Society of Arts + Crafts, working as their Business Manager and later as Director of Community and Strategic Partnerships. Co-founder of the Arlington Int’l Film Festival, now in its 11th year of production and as its Executive Director, April is focused on her work with the Festival and its mission of promoting cultural understanding through the art of independent film.
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.
DIRECTOR – MEMBERSHIP CHAIR
I am a life long experimenter at heart. I create primarily with resins on acrylic panels, exploring the concept of water in movement through my sculptural drawings, paintings and installation work.
I have been a gallery director in NYC, an independent curator and working artist exhibiting nationally and internationally in galleries, universities, museums and public spaces.
I was awarded in 2014 the Connecticut Sea Grant, a partnership between the University of Connecticut and the nation’s primary ocean agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). I fell in love with the Connecticut coast line which inspires my artwork. After 30 plus years living and working in New York, I moved to Milford CT and built a new studio by the shore.
DIRECTOR – STATE REPRESENTATIVE
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.
Rebecca McGee Tuck
DIRECTOR – SOCIAL MEDIA CHAIR
Rebecca McGee Tuck is a fiber sculptor and a collector of lost objects. Her work is a visual narrative of what she accumulates from a throw away society, giving new life to what others discard. Tuck’s work has been exhibited in a range of galleries and outdoor sculpture parks throughout the Northeast including Fitchburg Art Museum, the Emerald Necklace in Boston, the Grand Gallery at the National Arts Club in NYC, the PEG Center for Art and Activism, and the George Marshall Store Gallery in York, Maine. She has been invited to become a 2023 Associate Member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery in Boston. Her continuing series of art/activism work called “Along the Wrack Line” deals with the overwhelming amount of debris and plastic trash that contaminate our local New England beaches. Tuck works among her menagerie of debris from her studio at the Mill Contemporary Art Studios in Framingham.
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.