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Staff and Board of Directors

Staff and Board of Directors
2014-2015 Officers

President | Christian Keesee
Past President | James Pickel
Vice President | Todd Edmonds
Secretary | Kim Bruno
Treasurer | Robert Clements

2014-2015 Board Members

Mike Collison
Tricia Everest
Joshua Fahrenbruck
Russ Florence
Mary Ellen Gumerson
Ann Johnstone
David Leader
Joan Maguire
Kim O’Connor
Larry Ottaway
Kelly Pipkin
Rachel Shortt
Molly Tolbert
Lori Tyler
Tony Vaughn

Advisory Circle

Liz Eickman
Louisa McCune-Elmore

Founder's Circle

Rand Elliott

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Christian Keesee

Founder and President:

New York-based philanthropist Christian Keesee is the president of Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center in Oklahoma City and founder of Marfa Contemporary. He serves as a trustee of two charitable foundations, the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and the Kirkpatrick Foundation, both of which are very focused on arts and arts education. Keesee is a board member of the American Ballet Theatre in New York, the American Friends of the Tate in London and National Committee Member of the Humane Society of the United States.

Originally from Oklahoma City, where he focuses his attention on philanthropic issues, he is also co-founder of the Greenbox Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colo., where his family has spent summers since 1899.

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Dr. Natalie Maria Roncone

Dr. Roncone develops, devises and implements all of the K-12 programs for the gallery and outreach, as well as the Artist-in-Residence Programs. Other responsibilities include the exchange programs; hosting visiting artists, speakers, guest curators and scholars; and actively seeking cultural, educational and artistic partnerships, both locally and internationally. Dr. Roncone has curated exhibits for Marfa Contemporary and contributes to the selection of artists for exhibitions programming.

Roncone earned her Ph.D. in the History of Art at The University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Dr. Roncone was the 2011-2012 recipient of the coveted Solomon R. Guggenheim Hilla Rebay International Curatorial Fellowship training in the Curatorial Departments of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC; Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain; and The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice.

She has distinguished herself as an expert in 20th Century Abstract Expressionism, her Doctoral thesis having been examined by eminent art historian Dr. David Anfam, and has served as a part-time lecturer for the Dept. of Art History at the University of St. Andrews from 2007 through 2011. 

Her Ph.D. thesis was “Jackson Pollock 1930-1955: The Influence of the Old Masters.”

Dr. Roncone is a published author with numerous articles appearing in various arts industry publications including Artes Magazine, The Burlington Magazine and ArtDesk.

She is a member of the Association of Art Historians, the College Art Association and the Scottish Society of Art Historians.

Contact: 432.729.3500 or

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Gabriela Carballo

Gabriela Carballo is gallery administrator at Marfa Contemporary. Gabriela is from Juarez, Mexico, and has been an intern at the Chinati Foundation and the El Paso Museum of Art. Gabriela will be working on administration, sales, development and public relations at Marfa Contemporary. Gabriela is an artist and has a BA in Fine Art Metals from The University of Texas at El Paso.

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