Meredith R.W. Dimon, Founder/Director
In 2002, Meredith moved to Chicago from the San Francisco Bay Area, to pursue a graduate degree at Columbia College. With a background in ceramics sculpture, and as a printmaker, book artist, and arts administrator, she has experienced first hand how challenging it can be for artists to find time and space to make new work. Possessed with a knack and fondness for bringing people and resources together, Meredith conceived the idea for TRANSIT in 2009, while working for a now defunct for-profit residency program in Chicago. In September 2016, Meredith got married (so she is no longer Meredith R. Winer, though the legal name change is taking a while). To find out more about her or her art work, you can visit (her not-recently-updated website) www.meredithrwiner.com.
Bill Bietsch, Board Member
Bill Bietsch’s background in graphic design and his recent experience as one of the founders of NextArtNow give him unique insight into the challenges of the arts community and accompanying logistics. TRANSIT gives him a new avenue to channel his passion for art and the artists’ vision and what it takes to support the work. He comes to us with over 14 years at the Chicago-based agencies, Leo Burnett and Starcom. His current interests are Israeli art & film and anything related to China.
Eileen Madden, Board Member
Eileen Madden is a Partner in The Evanston Print and Paper Shop, an independent letterpress printing business she has run since 2007. She has served on the Council of the Caxton Club since 2015 and prior to that worked on their Grants Committee, and is currently Chair of the Grants Committee. She has also served on the Board of Trustees for Chiaravalle Montessori School. An accomplished visual artist, Eileen is very active in the print and paper arts community.
Bonny Smith, Board Member
Biography to come soon.
Andrea Worthey (née Avery), Board Member
Andrea Avery is an visual artist, educator, and community organizer living and working in Northern Wisconsin. Andrea received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting and printmaking, as well as her Bachelor of Science in Art Education degree, from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Andrea completed her Master of Arts degree through the Peck School of the Arts, as well as receiving a Museum Studies Certification through Anthropology, in 2011 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Her active exhibition record includes shows across the Midwest and Southwest as well, Scotland, England, South Korea and Thailand. Andrea completed her Master of Fine Arts degree (2012) at the Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a certification in Nonprofit Management from the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management. She was formerly the Community Arts Coordinator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Adjunct Professor of Art History at Lakeland University. Currently she is a middle and high school art teacher in her hometown of Chetek, Wisconsin, and got married the summer of 2017.
Stephen DeSantis, Advisory Board Member
Originally from Rhode Island, Stephen, moved to New York in 1978 to study photography and graphic design at Parson’s School of Design. He lived in New York for twenty-six years working as a commercial still-life photographer (including commuting between NY and Paris for two years) for clients including Estee Lauder, Revlon, The Wall Street Journal, the NYC MTA, People Magazine and Coopers & Lybrand. Moving to Chicago in 2005 he earned his MFA in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago in 2008. Stephen’s photographs and artists’ books have been exhibited internationally including at the Seoul Artist’ Book Fair, Printworks Gallery in Chicago and the Kinsey Institute. His work is included in the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection and the University of Iowa Library Special Collection.
Living, studying and working in Chicago for more than ten years, Stephen has coordinated or curated exhibitions including a CTA train car for “Art on Track” three years in a row, “Hearts-a-Bluhm” on Michigan Avenue and co-curated the “Marilyn Sward: Speaking in Paper” exhibition. As Director of Academic Initiatives at Columbia College Chicago, his responsibilities included special projects including exhibitions of student work and conferences, and is the advisor for the Art + Activism program and student organization. In November 2017, Stephen relocated to Portland, OR.
Ron Dimon, Advisory Board Member
For over thirty years Ron has been involved in Finance Systems and Processes, starting at Deloitte, Haskins + Sells in Canada. He helped develop what is now called Enterprise Performance Management. Today, Ron is Director, Analytics & Information Management at Deloitte, and helps organizations understand and realize the business benefits of EPM processes and technologies and how to see EPM as a decision-making platform. Always focused on making tangible contributions to his clients, Ron consults with passion, integrity, and transparency. He also has studied improv at Second City, and is involved with microfinancing through Kiva. Ron lives in Chicago, with his dog and wife.
Brandon Graham, Advisory Board Member
Brandon’s first short story was published in the journal Pleiades in 1990. Since then he has written for performance, artist’s books, book reviews, web content, mail art and many many zines. He has continued to publish poems and prose in literary journals, including the story Razed published in the experimental journal LittleBANG. His artists’ books are included in several dozen special collections libraries throughout the United States including Yale, UCLA, Otis College of Art and Design, Emory University, and Ringling School of Design. His book How To Gut A Fish was reviewed in The Blue Notebook, an art journal produced in London, England; and two of his visual books received awards at the International Book Arts Exhibition in Seoul South Korea. Good For Nothing, his debut novel, is available through Skyscraper Publications. Brandon continues to make art, write, and teach writing in River Forrest, Illinois.
Barbara Paige Kaplan, Advisory Board Member
Ms. Kaplan retired as Publisher of Dance Magazine. She worked for more than twenty years in the magazine publishing industry handling sales and promotion before becoming publisher. Her experience includes two decades of public sector management and development of education and training programs, most notably as a founding director of Business Volunteers for the Arts. Kaplan’s many years in non-profit management are enhanced by four years as a mergers and acquisitions specialist with an emphasis on mid-market, family-owned businesses. Kaplan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University. Kaplan was one of the found board members for TRANSIT.
Jennifer Abman Scott, Advisory Board Member
Jennifer Scott is the Fund Development Manager for the Society of Women Engineers, a 7.6 million dollar organization stimulating women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders. Responsible for corporate partnerships, sponsorships, grants and individual giving, Jennifer relies on her over 15 years of experience in fundraising to develop successful, integrated fundraising plans.
Jennifer has an enthusiasm for the arts and believes that they should be a part of everyone’s life. She has worked, volunteered for, and been a board member of organizations with a local and national impact. Living in the Chicago-area with her husband (Ken) and two dogs (Darwin and Gabriel), Jennifer finds time to ride her motorcycle, practice bikram yoga, and develop her inner artist – a work in progress.
Transit’s Helpful Friends
Susan Hayse, Website volunteer
Susan Hayse was brought in to the Transit fold by way of Taproot+ as a pro-bono volunteer, helping us update our website for security and functionality improvements in 2016. You can reach her via her website or by emailing her directly.
Julie Heyduk, Graphic Designer
Julie designed and developed Transit’s logo and our brand. She generously has offered her design talents to various projects of ours. To contact her about freelance work, please contact us and we will put you in touch with her.