Announcing Six New Members of Triangle ArtWorks Board

The past few years have seen incredible growth in support from the community for the work that Triangle ArtWorks is doing to serve our regional arts community as a business sector.  We see that support in increased attendance at events, requests for programs and partnerships, growth in our media platform, and more.

But one concrete area of growth is the number of folks that have stepped up to say “I BELIEVE in what you are building and I want to be a part of making it happen”.  This year, we are excited to announce our largest class of incoming Board members to date – and a amazing group they are.

Welcome to our six new Triangle ArtWorks Board members!

Jungle Red 2 (2)Lyman Collins
Lyman Collins has served as Cultural Arts Manager for the Town of Cary since 1999 – before Koka Booth Amphitheatre was Koka Booth Amphitheatre!  His history degree from Davidson College prepared him well for the intricacies of the music business and his Master of Public Administration from UNC-CH prepared him for the intricacies of everything else. He has presented every genre of music from the Beach Boys at the University of Virginia to Wu-Tang Clan at Western Illinois University to Andre Watts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to Poison at Booth Amphitheatre and he has enjoyed each of these artists & many, many more. In addition to Booth Amphitheatre he oversees Cary’s other outstanding arts venues: the Cary Arts Center, the Page-Walker Arts & History Center and the upcoming Cary Theater.


Susan Flower headshotSusan Flower
Susan is a former journalist with The Boston Globe who made the leap to digital marketing. In her current role as Production Manager at Carusele, she is passionate about finding creative ways to share stories that resonate with target audiences for many of the world’s top consumer brands. A native of New England, she moved to the Triangle six years ago with her family, where she enjoys the arts scene and volunteering.


meforpal2Matia Guardabascio
Matia is The Editor of Durham Beat, a local arts & culture magazine practicing in the style of Gonzo Journalism. She conceived of, founded, and manages the magazine. She is a long-time editor, writer, and Gonzo journalist. In her capacity at Durham Beat she manages the business, the staff, handles event coordination, and collaborations with local businesses and local artists, as well as her writing and editorial duties. Durham Beat hosts a regular no-cost local artisan market (The Beat Market) with curated live local music twice a month. Matia is a full-time employee at Duke University, where she works in the English Department as the Event Coordinator. She is a professional writer, editor, and event planner. She holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in French Literature and English Creative Writing from Rutgers University, where she graduated in 2010.


P1010179 2Cynthia Mollenkopf
In the spring of 2017, Cynthia opened Cocoon Gallery in Downtown Apex, NC. featuring high-quality, locally made, one-of-a-kind utilitarian art pieces from over 60 artists in a variety of mediums with whom she has developed first-hand relationships. Cynthia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, a Master’s in Geography (specializing in international trade), and an MBA in marketing. After some years in corporate marketing, Cynthia reignited her creative passions by delving into Feltmaking. As a fiber artist, Cynthia specializes in creating wearables, sculptural pieces, as well as wallhangings under the business name of ARTiFELTs. She also enjoys demonstrating and teaching felting as she believes creating public awareness of the felting process and sharing the potential of this medium are ongoing opportunities. Cynthia is a former member of the Town of Cary Cultural Arts Committee and, after years of participating in local arts festivals and juried art shows with her felted creations, Cynthia became a longtime member and Board member of Cary Gallery of Artists. Cynthia currently participates in the Apex Downtown Business Association and Women’s Power Networking.


imageWhitney Stanley
Whitney Stanley is a visual artist who also works as a privacy counsel at Virginia Tech. She double majored in economics and anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her law degree from Campbell University. Whitney travels as far as she can as often as she can. When she is home in the Triangle area, she’s volunteering and serving on boards, reading, eating (and cooking) good food, going to art-related events, and creating art.


image002Brian Sullivan
Brian is partner with Wyrick Robbins and practices in the areas of venture capital, private equity, and general corporate and business law with a focus on growth stage companies, including early stage life science and technology companies. He advises companies and venture capital and private equity funds in matters ranging from initial formation and general corporate matters to financings and mergers & acquisitions. Brian earned his law degree with high honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a member of the Order of the Coif. He was a published member of the North Carolina Law Review and later served as the Publication Editor. Before law school, Brian spent two years working for a major international accounting firm in New York City. Brian graduated with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Psychology. Brian is a longstanding and active member of Law + ArtWorks.

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