Casey Droege Cultural Productions (CDCP) is an artist-run/woman-owned business created in 2017. Droege built the business to house ongoing the ongoing programs of SIX x ATE, CSA PGH, and PGH Photo Fair. CDCP is an experiment in sustaining a for-profit, socially minded arts business while building arts economy in a city with a small arts ecosystem. CDCP has grown to offer its concept store Small Mall, a Project Space in Wilkinsburg, and an arts consulting arm.
Droege is an artist and cultural producer with a practice that’s hard to pin down. It floats between organizing and object making, while incorporating entrepreneurialism (because it’s useless if you can’t eat). Her work has been written about in the New York Times, Temporary Art Review, ARTSY, and most Pittsburgh publications.
Candace Jane Opper
Opper is a writer, communicator, and sucker for complex organizational systems. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and a BA in Film Studies from Rhode Island College. Since exiting academia, she has worked with a variety of organizations that strive to promote arts and culture as a means of connecting people across communities. Four of the five places she’s lived begin with the letter P; the fifth is the town where she grew up, which is also home to the PEZ factory. Her first book, “Certain and Impossible Events,” is forthcoming with Kore Press (Fall 2019).
Hattori is an artist and communications coordinator with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Since graduating, Hattori has devoted her time to both art and activism through her studio practice and organizing for groups that focus on uplifting the marginalized and incarcerated. Her work deals with the relationship between her heritage and queer identity and has been exhibited across the country.
Czapinski is an artist and communications manager. She recently returned home to Pittsburgh after living and working as a Staff-Artist at the Vermont Studio Center. Inspired by natural phenomena, she uses the framework of scientific inquiry to visualize the invisible. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the US.
Marketing Coordinator PGH Photo Fair
Meglio is an operator, connector, and arts + education advocate. Her skills as a creative operator were honed through years of running art galleries, multidisciplinary spaces, and designing private events, volunteering for multiple causes close to her heart, and a voracious appetite for new books. Meglio believes that relationship building through curated experiences is the shortest distance between two humans.
Corrine Jasmin is a filmmaker, writer, and artist currently based in Pittsburgh PA. She studied under Point Park University’s Cinema Arts Department, holding a BA in Screenwriting and an understudy in Photography. She constructs and directs narratives using language and writing, performance, film, photo, and mixed media. Jasmin has exhibited work in galleries throughout Pittsburgh and the surrounding region and has performed across the country. Her work has been published by various publications and has been featured by Carnegie Museum of Art's Storyboard. Her self-published book of poems, Tread, has also been featured by the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art’s blog, is carried in their shop and various bookstores.
Jessica Alpern Brown
Brown comes from a diverse background driven by curiosity. After starting her career as a photographer in the United States Navy stationed in Japan, Brown accepted a position as a forensic photographer for the state of Texas. Through her work with the Brooklyn Museum, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and most recently as the Gallery Programs Manager for the Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media, Brown supports artists and her art practice through the use of her eclectic skill set.
Though not herself an artist, Kimes has worked in the arts for several years. She holds an MA in political science from the University of Massachusetts, where her interests included feminist theory and the aesthetics of activism. Blending her experience in the social sciences and the arts, she is a proponent of making the arts accessible to new audiences, and in the role of art in revitalizing communities.
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