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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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Mary Magsamen is a curator, artist and educational advocate interested in the points where art, film and community unite through collaboration and experimentation. Prior to Aurora Picture Show, Mary curated independently, founded an artist run space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and taught in University programs such as New School University, University of Toledo and University of Houston. Mary currently collaborates on video and installation work with her husband as Hillerbrand+Magsamen, and exhibits internationally. She received her BFA from the University of Denver and MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. 
Mary has two children, Maddie and Emmett, and two dogs, Penny and Annie, and loves tacos and ice cream (but not together). 
 
   
 

Camilo Gonzalez

Media Arts Education Manager
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Camilo Gonzalez works in Houston as an artist, arts administrator and educator of various mediums and practices. He has a Bachelors of Fine Arts in in Photography and Digital Media from the University of Houston and is the current Media Arts and Education Manager at Aurora Picture Show. His interests in film, archiving and electronic media has led him to collaborate with various organizations, artists and youth around the nation. Presently, Camilo has been in the search of the meaning of life with the help of fast hard drives and mad cuisine skills.

 

Peter Lucas
Communications and Development Associate
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Ceci Norman
Public Programs Assistant
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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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