Staff

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Natalia Mount | Executive Director

Mount is a dynamic cultural producer with extensive experience in arts leadership, innovative programming development, fundraising and marketing. She has curated and produced over 60 exhibitions and site-specific projects, experimental theatre productions, music, film, radio and literary programs and events. Originally from Bulgaria, for the past 20 years, Mount lived in New York, where in the early 2000, she co-founded FLUX Art Space – a pioneering nonprofit organization that commissioned and produced long-term art projects, claiming the intersection of art, technology, and civic engagement. In 2010, Mount launched the first radio station in Central New York, Redhouse Radio, that aired exclusively (24/7) arts and culture programs. During that time, Mount was also the Executive Director of Redhouse Arts Center, a multi-disciplinary space and residency program, located in Syracuse. In the beginning of her career, Natalia apprenticed with the legendary Alanna Heiss, founder of PS1 and the Clocktower, both located in NYC. Later in her career, Natalia returned to the Clocktower, in the role of the Development and Media Relations Director. Mount is the recipient of numerous prestigious grants and awards, in recognition of her innovative leadership and cultural production practice. Mount holds a BA in Criminal Justice,  MA in Art Market, and an MBA in Media Management.

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Sarah Lockhart, Associate Director

Sarah has almost 20 years of experience working for Bay Area non-profit arts organizations, after spending several years working in commercial radio production. Beginning as a volunteer at San Francisco’s media arts non-profit, Artists’ Television Access in 1998, Sarah went on to work as a media exhibition technician at the SF MoMA. In 2000, Sarah co-founded Oakland interdisciplinary arts space, 21 Grand, where she directed its acclaimed music and performance program, as well as managing marketing and fundraising. Sarah was one of the earliest leaders of the Oakland Art Murmur, and served as its Treasurer for the first 5 years. She also collaborated with other curators’ projects, Neighborhood Public Radio and The Illuminated Corridor, to produce work at Southern Exposure, the Whitney Biennale, and in various public spaces in the Bay Area.

After 21 Grand closed in 2011, Sarah served as Interim Executive Director of the Lab (2012-2013), rescuing that organization from bankruptcy and closure, as well as guest lecturing at Mills College on business models for arts organizations. From 2005 – 2016, Sarah was the Business and Marketing Manager for performing arts non-profit, the Paul Dresher Ensemble. In addition to her curatorial and project management experience, Sarah has 15 years of experience as a bookkeeper and licensed tax preparer. Sarah Lockhart holds a BA in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University, focusing on video art, popular culture, and electronic music; and an MA in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University, where her thesis was a fictional found-footage documentary claiming consumer desire is caused by a virulent brain parasite.

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Samantha Reynolds | Gallery Manager

A native Chicagoan, Reynolds completed her master’s degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Arts Administration & Policy department. Here, she worked on a variety of curatorial and public programming projects and researched the adaptive and resilient nature of cultural organizations.

Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Reynolds worked as the Curatorial Fellow at Hyde Park Art Center focusing predominantly on the biennial exhibition, Ground Floor – which features recent MFA graduates from five Chicago universities. While there, she also served as the Interim Residency Manager, working with visiting international artists to develop research-based projects, public programs and connect with various cultural communities. Outside of Pro Arts, Reynolds continues to be involved in a variety of curatorial projects focusing on emerging and experimental artist practices in the Bay Area.