Shunpike: The Business of Art

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Staff

  • Jennifer Barry, Executive Director

  • Corey Blaustein, Administrative, Marketing & Development Coordinator

  • Morgan Cahn, Storefronts Program Coordinator

  • Keith Easter, Finance Manager

  • Katy Hannigan, Client Manager, Artist Programs & Services

  • Jessica Wesley, Client Manager, Artist Programs & Services

  • Claudia Defrance, Administrative Volunteer

Jennifer Barry, Executive Director

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Jennifer is an accomplished management professional with over 20 years experience leading arts organizations and producing the work of contemporary artists working in, across (and around), all artistic disciplines. She relocated from Australia to the US in August 2012 and, in addition to her role as Shunpike’s Executive Director, she is a board member of On the Boards. Prior to joining Shunpike, Jennifer was Director & CEO of Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), Australia’s leading organization for contemporary arts and community engagement. During Jennifer’s leadership FCAC was transformed, undergoing a major capital redevelopment and introducing a diverse curatorial framework built on the principles of innovation, access and diversity. In addition to her roles as a producer and manager, Jennifer has extensive experience as a consultant specializing in strategic planning and market development for the arts and cultural sector. In this capacity, she has worked with all levels of government – locally and internationally – as well as arts organizations of all sizes. Jennifer holds a BA in Communications (Theatre/Media) and an MA in Theatre Studies. In her (non-existent) spare time she writes and received a Certificate in Literary Fiction at the University of Washington.  Her short story, Ha Ha, was recently published in an anthology of work by emerging Seattle-based writers and Stratus, UW’s journal of arts and writing. Jennifer joined Shunpike in September 2013.


Corey Blaustein, Administrative, Marketing & Development Coordinator

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  Corey joined Shunpike in April 2015. He received his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Arts Leadership from Seattle University. His love and passion for music and arts has driven him to pursue a life devoted to the promotion of creativity and artistic expression. He has worked within marketing and communications for a variety of organizations from music production houses, to art galleries, to cultural and economic departments within local governments. His experiences and interests has steered his efforts toward helping small creative organizations and art groups develop meaningful and sustainable communications and marketing strategies.


Morgan Cahn, Storefronts Installation Coordinator

Morgan joined Shunpike in January 2015. She received her BA(Hons) in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, in Scotland. Her administrative experience started in Pittsburgh. She was invited to co-coordinate the Distillery Program at the Brew House after participating as an artist in that professional development residency. Morgan then joined the Flight School Fellowship as their first administrative coordinator. Flight School was conceived by Courtney Ehrlichman and is in partnership with Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. In Scotland, Morgan joined the collective Yuck ’n Yum, which promotes art that takes place outside of traditional gallery settings. Now Morgan is continuing to promote art in non-traditional places with the Storefronts program. Morgan is a practicing artist, working in cross-disciplines, and making things happen. She grew up in Seattle and used to put on punk shows in community centers with Blue Door Productions. She recently exhibited a solo exhibition with Smart Gallery in Aberdeen, Scotland. She collaborated with two artists in Aberdeen to create a project for the Inaugural Look Again Festival. She was commissioned by Hospitalfield as part of The Arbroath Template with Bob and Roberta Smith. Her work has been seen internationally, in London, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Dundee, Edinburgh, Berlin, Chicago, and other cities.


Katy Hannigan - Client Manager

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Katy joined Shunpike in 2014 as the Office & Executive Assistant, moving up to her current role in April 2015. A San Jose, CA native, Katy has spent most of the past five years living in New England. After graduating with a degree in Theatre from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in 2012, she moved to Somerville, MA to pursue a position at MASSCreative, a new non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for the arts and cultural community across Massachusetts. There, Katy discovered an interest in nonprofit arts administration and is thrilled to work with Shunpike in this capacity. Katy is passionate about creating the systems necessary to best foster artists’ creativity and, through that, helping artists to create vibrant, connected communities in a sustainable way. Here in Seattle, she worked with Seattle Repertory Theatre as the 2013-2014 Arts Management Intern and a House Manager. Outside of work, Katy loves cooking, hiking, craft beer, and gardening.


Keith Easter, Finance Manager

Keith joined Shunpike as Finance Manager in August 2014. With a passion for non-profit accounting, he has successfully supported nonprofit agencies in the greater Puget Sound area for almost two decades, including numerous roles in senior management. He houses over a decade of graduated technical, management and training experience working in local nonprofit accounting environments. He believes that nonprofit accounting departments should be customer service driven, where satisfying the customer most often means satisfying fellow staff members, clients, funders, vendors, board members and volunteers.


Jessica Wesley, Client Manager

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Jessica first discovered Shunpike while researching her Masters thesis in Performing Arts Administration at NYU. A self-proclaimed data geek, Jessica is life-long artist with a passion for using technology and innovative business practices to melt office busy work and make way for creative endeavors. Following her BA in Theatre from Tulane University, she spent five years working for science non-profits in DC and then NYC, before starting graduate school at NYU. With internships and work experience at arts non-profits in NYC, London, and now Seattle, she combines database, IT, and project management skills from the science world with creative passion that carries outside the workplace. Jessica enjoys a cappella singing and arranging, video games, and writing poetry, short scenes and stories, and the occasional post on her blog (ArtsTechChick.) She spends most weekends exploring the outdoors with her husband and her dog or curling up with her cat and a good book. Jessica joined the Future IT Taskforce at Shunpike in summer 2014, and officially started on staff as Client Manager in April 2015.