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Meet The Artists
Robin Schwartzman, Visual Artist, JFest Artist, “Story of Home” Illustrator
Robin Schwartzman resides in Minneapolis, MN where she is an independent artist. She works as the 3D Digital Fabrication and 2D Technical Coordinator as well as teaches as a Lecturer at the University of Minnesota Department of Art. Robin is Vice President of the International Society of Caricature Artists and is co-founder of A Couple of Putts. Robin received her BFA from Syracuse University, and her MFA from the University of Minnesota. Her large-scale projects have been commissioned by and featured at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Elmhurst Art Museum, BLINK Cincinnati, Northern Spark Festival Minneapolis, Canal Convergence Scottsdale, ArtScape Baltimore, ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI and Hub-Bub in Spartanburg, SC, to name a few. She is a recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant (2011) and the Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists (2014). Schwartzman’s obsession with leisure and play has led her to amusement parks and miniature golf courses around the world. You may even recognize her as a contestant from Season 1, Episode 9 of Holey Moley on ABC.
Avery Nordin, Digital Animator, JFest Story Machine, JFest Artist,
Minneapolis based artist, Avery Nordin, specializes in 3D modeling and animation. He attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, which allowed him to gain a bachelor’s degree in animation, as well as a minor in teaching artist. With a passion of presenting digital and physical works through the process of production. Avery creates objects from a digital space and gives them a place among the physical world through 3D printing and laser cutting. There are endless forms of art in this world and Avery intends to continue his practices and hone his skills for any and all future projects.
Robyn Awend, JFest Artist Educator &, Strategic and Creative Content Provider
Robyn Awend is an artistic director, community builder and multimedia artist. Her background in fine arts, curation and program development has led her work in the Twin Cities Jewish non-profit arts community for the past fifteen years. Currently, Robyn is serving as a creative consultant for a variety of national arts organizations. Her passion lies at the intersection of art, community, and creativity – building avenues for identity exploration and communal connections. Robyn is a 2022 Fellow at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis creating programming for newly commissioned Hebrew wood type, distinctively available for public use.
Randy Lutterman is Vice President, Development and Arts & Culture at JCC Association of North America, where she engages with philanthropic and strategic program partners to drive impact for JCC Association and the field. Randy launched the Center for Arts and Culture at JCC Association, a continent-wide initiative to build a connected community of learners and practitioners, creating shared language and access to excellence among JCC arts and culture professionals. And, she developed Making Music Happen, the first JCC Association of North America Program Accelerator, a regranting initiative devoted to elevating excellence and innovation, providing grants to JCCs in support of new ways to strengthen engagement through arts and culture in every community.
Randy has a twenty-five year background in arts consulting, producing and developing new artists and new work. As Senior Producer at Back Row Productions, Randy introduced British sensation Eddie Izzard to North American audiences in a series of three sold-out NYC seasons and “Dress to Kill”, a North American Tour which was filmed for HBO, winning two Emmy Awards. Randy was Executive Director of Musical Theatre Works, a NYC theatre incubator where she developed and produced new musicals, many of which went on to receive national recognition, including Tony Award nominations. She is Founding Director of SpringboardNYC at the American Theatre Wing, an award-winning college-to-career mentoring program for emerging artists, and a strategic advisor on emerging artist programming. Randy is a native of Montreal and a graduate of Brown University, where she serves as mentor and coach as part of the Women’s Leadership Council Launchpad Initiative. She lives in New York City with her husband Elliott and her very tall musical son Ryder.
Randy Ellen Lutterman
Isabel Mareş is a Romanian American creative working at the intersection of faith, community, and art. As Program Manager, Development and Arts & Culture at JCC Association of North America, she supports financial resource development and provides programmatic management to JCC Association’s Center for Arts and Culture. Prior, Mareş served in a variety of roles at Carnegie Hall, The Guggenheim Museum, The Jewish Theological Seminary, and The Art Students League of New York. Mareş holds her Master’s in Theology and the Arts from Union Theological Seminary, where she explored social justice and the Hebrew Bible. She studied classical voice at Manhattan School of Music before merging her passions for the arts, community engagement, religion, and storytelling. Mareş was an inaugural fellow of the Mahloket Matters Covenant Fellowship at the Pardes Institute, engaging sacred text and social psychology to deepen understanding and practice of civil discourse in a polarizing world. She has also served as editor of Pocket Samovar, a post-Soviet diaspora literary magazine, and the Sequoia Grove Journal.
Dr. Andi Meiseles
Dr. Andi Meiseles is the Director of Special Projects at the Jewish Community Center Association. She has been a senior educator for over 30 years in the United States and Israel. She served for 10 years as the Director of the North American Office of International Academic Affairs for Ben Gurion University of the Negev. At the Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA), she was the central address for professional development. Andi has authored and edited educational curricula and leadership training programs for national overnight and day camping systems and has held various positions within the Young Judaea Youth Movement, including Director of the Young Judaea Year Course Program in Israel, the Director of Camp Tel Yehudah, and as an educational emissary of the Jewish Agency for Israel. She has conducted research in Jewish camping and early childhood education and has developed and facilitated staff training programs for various organizations. Andi is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers University and earned her M. Ed. with Distinction in Secondary and Foreign Language Education at Temple University. She completed her doctoral studies in Jewish Education at the Davidson School at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Dr. Andi Meiseles
JFest StoryMachine is a part of JFest, a Signature Program of JCC Association of North America.
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