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Aurora Picture Show Staff

  Sarah Stauder
Executive Director
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Stauder was both Curator of Exhibitions and Collections and Executive Director of the Charles Allis/Villa Terrace Art Museums in Milwaukee, WI over a period of six years. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of Rochester Art Center in Rochester, Minnesota from 2008 to 2012.  She has a B.A. in Art History from DePauw University and an M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Now living in Houston in the Old Braeswood neighborhood with her husband Mike and 3-year-old son Howie, Sarah has an affinity for nut brown ale and and fear of foam.
Mary Magsamen
Curator
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After moving to Houston in 2006, Mary was thrilled to discover Blue Bell ice cream and Shiner beer and not so happy to learn about the extensive variety of bugs in Houston.  Mary is a video artist, working collaboratively with her husband, Stephan Hillerbrand, who teaches in the Photography/Digital Media program at the University of Houston.  Their work has been exhibited internationally in video screenings, galleries and museums.  Mary and Stephan have two children, Madeleine and Emmett and her dog, Onyx.

Mary grew up in Littleton, Colorado and graduated from the infamous Columbine High School.  She received a BFA from the University of Denver and a MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.  She has taught video, sculpture and interdisciplinary art at the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, the New School University and the University of Houston.  Mary was also as the Program Coordinator for the MFA in Media Art Production at the City College of New York and she was a Post-Production Coordinator at Berwyn Editorial, a commercial video editing facility in New York City.  She has worked on numerous curatorial projects including co-founding an artist run space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and curating video screenings for the College Art Association and the Society for the Performing Arts Houston.

 


Camilo Gonzalez

Media Arts Education Manager
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Camilo Gonzalez is a person that will never be able to quite figure out art, and as consequence, he tries to make it. He studied fine arts in his homeland in Colombia at the Universidad Nacional and then ended up in Texas with a BFA on Photography and Digital Media from the University of Houston. His work focuses on time-based media that tends to revolve around the idea of absence and the truth embedded in memory. Ultimately his goal is to find a way to be making art and grilling next to an mind-boggling beach.
Jessica Knapp
Membership and Administrative Associate
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Jessica made the move to Houston in the fall of 2006, but just recently began to consider herself a Texan after buying her first pair of cowboy boots and finally trying barbequed brisket. An actor and dancer, Jessica comes from Minnesota where she received BAs in both theatre and dance performance at Gustavus Adolphus College. Having worked both on and off stage at many local theatres – including Stages Repertory Theatre and Main Street Theater - she is happy and honored to find herself at Aurora. A Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, Jessica teaches vinyasa yoga classes at Joy Yoga Center and at Houston Yoga Collective several times each week. In her spare time you’ll most likely find Jessica exploring Houston’s great art scene and cuddling with Minnie Faye, the sweetest kitty in the world.
Charisse Weston
Public Programs Assistant
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Although born and raised in Houston, Charisse never really considered herself much of a Texan. After spending three years abroad in Scotland and then France (which she loves), Charisse returned to Houston in 2013 and finally came around to Houston’s unique, Southern charm. Taco trucks and real Tex-Mex, in general, has hugely contributed to her newfound Texas pride. She’s still not a fan of the mutant roach population, though.

As a visual artist, she has exhibited or performed throughout Houston, including Project Row Houses, Lawndale Art Center, DiverseWorks, and the Jung Center. Her work, which spans the gamut of mediums from printmaking to painting to sound installation, explores individual and collective identity as they relate to space and time. She also is a regular contributed to Arts and Culture TX. Following her studies she completed internships at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. In the past she worked for the creative music non-profit Nameless Sound and the Society for the Performing Arts.

In her free time, she works to solve the most puzzling of life's questions: “How can Sissi (her Shih tzu/Maltese mix) be so cute ? How can she exist? Where did she come from? Is she real or just an adorable mirage?”


Aurora Picture Show VIPs


Andrea Grover
Founder

Andrea Grover is a migrant curator, artist and writer. In 1998, she founded Aurora Picture Show, a now recognized center for filmic art, that began in Grover’s living room as “the world’s most public home theater.” After ten years behind the screen (1998-2008), Grover moved North to become the Curator of Special Projects at the Parrish Art Museum, where she is initiating new models for temporary and off-site exhibitions via the Museum’s Platform and Parrish Road Show series. She was a Core Fellow in residence at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 1995-1997, and was a 2013 Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow. In addition, she has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Syracuse University. Every now and then, you just might find her curating a program for Aurora Picture Show too.

Carlos Lama

Master DJ and Karaoke Spinner

After marrying the Aurora Picture Show at the dawn of the new millenium, Carlos Lama immediately put his technical prowess to good use, and was on call for many years. Carlos now spins records and contributes to the art scene in New York state along with his lovely wife, Andrea Grover. In honor of his Master DJ skills, Aurora has retired the karaoke mic because it will never be the same without him.
Guy Harrison
VIP Volunteer

Guy enjoys being behind the curtain at screenings and pushing the "play" button. He says he's never worked with a better group of people than his Aurora family. He also enjoys catching alternative performance art at some of the less polished venues around town.


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