TEAM

For us, art is not an end in itself… but it is an opportunity for the true perception and criticism of the times we live in
— Hugo Ball

Urbano prides itself on being an artist-run organization. Every member of Urbano is as committed to artistic practice as they are to excellence in arts education, and that perspective shines through the rigor and innovation of our work. We are also a learning and growing organization, always striving to better achieve our mission.


STAFF

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Stella Aguirre McGregor
Founder and Executive Artistic Director

Stella is an artist, curator, and cultural worker with over 30 years experience creating ground-breaking programs nationally and internationally. Her practice explores the role of art in society, as part of everyday life, and as a catalyst for social change, culminating in her founding of Urbano in 2009Previously, Stella served as Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation, was Program Manager for Individual Artists at the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and was Senior Arts Administrator for the Boston Central Artery/Tunnel Project Public Art Program. Upon her arrival to Boston in 1986, she founded the Space, an award-winning non-profit artist-run experimental gallery in the South End. Stella has received the Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Excellence in Arts Education Award, was named one of Boston’s Top 10 Women in the Arts, and most recently the Community Builder Award by Egleston Main Street, among others.

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Costanza Robles
Development and Communications Manager

Connie is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Art History and Architecture at Boston University. She holds an MA from Universidad de Chile and two B.A. degrees, one on Aesthetics and the other one in Literature, both from Universidad Católica in Chile. Before coming to the US Connie taught art history, arts management, and was in charge of the Extension Department at Universidad Católica. After college, she worked at Animal Gallery in Santiago where she fell in love with the art world. Her research interest is mainly focused in modern and contemporary Latin American and Chilean art.

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Pennie Taylor
Programs and Exhibitions Manager

Pennie is a curator, organizer, and game designer based in Somerville. She explores the natural world, collections, play and display, as does her game, Why the long face? In 2015 Taylor was a Somerville Arts Council Fellow, and artist-in-residence at Igor Metropol, Budapest. She developed digital resources, interactive installations, and programs at museums including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and the Rose Art Museum, and was adjunct faculty at Northeastern University's College of Art, Media + Design. Taylor holds an MA in Cultural Production from Brandeis University, and a BA in Anthropology from Bates College.

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Darren Cole
Filmmaker in Residence

Darren Alexander Cole, a multi-disciplinary artist, holds a BFA from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and a MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Over the past decade Cole has collaborated with artists such as Rick Ross and John Legend while also dabbling in commercial work for brands such as Bombay Sapphire and MIT. Cole is currently focusing his creativity on education through cinema and the arts, while producing feature, short, artistic based films.


APPRENTICES

Anthony Peña
Apprentice - Studio and Youth Programs

Anthony has been working at Urbano for over four years. Anthony has created and curated many events in his time at Urbano, taking a lead role in community based artworks and engagements. In addition to his work at Urbano, Anthony has contributed his artistic vision to the Teen Behind the Scenes Program at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, working with other teens in his community to curate a youth-aimed event to promote a more diversified, intergenerational museum audience. Anthony has also been a part of Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Making Caring Common Youth Advisory Board aimed at improving public schools throughout the United States by promoting care, justice, and kindness

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Eucaris Jimenez
Apprentice - Administrative Assistant

Eucaris has been a part of Urbano for over three years, transitioning from a youth artist to a Fellow and now a staff member. Eucaris is a poet who enjoys interdisciplinary art forms and shares her work through art projects at Urbano. She supports Urbano in many different aspects, from participating in exhibition installations and maintaining Urbano’s gallery and studio space. 

Faizal Westcott
Apprentice - Media & Documentation

Faizal has been working at Urbano for over three years. Using his artistic eye and photography /video experience, Faizal specializes in documenting all the various events and projects happening at Urbano Project. Alongside documentation, Faizal manages media and Urbano's social media presence. Faizal has been part of the Urbano Fellows program working on various projects such as the Nomadic Civic Sculpture and is always behind the scenes of every project happening at Urbano.

 

STRATEGIC ADVISORS

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Maggie Cavallo
Educational Programs Advisor

Maggie is dedicated to activating relationships, advising institutional methods for working with the arts and optimizing the role of artists in society today. Her practice is curatorial, educative and socially-engaged; directed towards providing dynamic learning experiences with, through and for contemporary art and artists. Maggie came to Urbano as a Project Zero artist-in-residence in 2014, from 2014 through 2015, she was the lead teaching artist for the Fellows where she over saw The Art/Learning Exchange and RE: URBANO and in 2016, she helped oversee the exhibition of Pablo Helguera, Librería Donceles.

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Julie Cangrand
Communications & Design Advisor

Julie is a French contemporary art historian, curator and arts administrator who has lived and worked in five countries. In her last tenure in Bogotá, Colombia, she directed three exhibition spaces for emergent artists and founded an educational program for self-taught artists from underprivileged neighborhood. She is currently interested in curating and bringing art exhibitions into healthcare settings as an aesthetic and healing response to patients' life stories and needs. Julie came to Urbano in 2016 as a communication consultant to help revamp Urbano's website with her partner, artist Juan Obando, under their curating agency Lucero.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS


ADVISORY BOARD

Nina Berger

Daniel D'Oca

George Fifield

Doris Sommer

Kristen Struebing-Beazley