Artistic Director

Savona Bailey-McClain currently lives and works in New York City. She is an independent curator and producer. The range of McClain’s practice has included sculpture, drawings, performance, sound, and mixed media. McClain is the Executive Director & Chief Curator for The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. a seventeen year old public art organization and curatorial collective serving neighborhoods around the City. Her public art installations have been seen in the New York Times, Art Daily, Artnet, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post among others. McClain has installed works in Times Square, DUMBO, Soho, Governors Island and Harlem. Noted works include The H in Harlem, Counting Sheep, Story Piles, East River Flows and Loosely Coupled. McClain is now developing new digital installations and location-based interventions using a tour platform.

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The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. is a seventeen year old, public arts organization. WHAF offers exhibition opportunities for artists and creative professionals wishing to share their talent with residents uptown and around the city. The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. showcases art and culture in open, public spaces to add aesthetic interest to our part of the city; promote historical and cultural heritage; and support community involvement in local development. Our organizational symbol is the double crocodile from West Africa.  Funtunmmireku-Denkyemmirreku means unity in diversity.

Public Art

Public art for the West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. can include traditional exhibitions, photo installations, storefront windows and live performances. Whether commissioned or through our festival program, The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. encourages audiences to not only think outside of the box – but to live outside the box.

New York City is our canvas. In one of the greatest cities in the world, we have the opportunity to experiment ideas, re-shape open spaces & influence community development. But West Harlem is our home. Slowly becoming a creative hub where new restaurants, ferry service, and professionals reside, West Harlem is experiencing an exciting change. And art will be a major focal point for this community that is home to great architecture, stunning views of the Hudson River and historic open spaces.

To contact the West Harlem Art Fund email westharlemartfund12@gmail.com


Linda Griggs has exhibited work at the Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Vox Populi/American Fine Arts, 80 Washington Square East Galleries, the Wustum Museum, Carolyn J. Roy Gallery, the Leubsdorf Gallery – Hunter College, Cuchifritos, the NY Public Library, Office of the Manhattan Borough President, Albany International Airport Gallery, the Matzo files, Bullet Space, Gahlberg Gallery – College of Du Page and at galleries in PA, TN, OH, VA, CT and NM. Her 1994 Solo Exhibition at Carolyn J. Roy Gallery was reviewed favorably in Cover Magazine by Jeanne C. Wilkinson and listed in the New York Times;Catalog, Therese Lichtenstein.She has been awarded fellowships at the MacDowell and Millay Colonies for the Arts, the AAI Rotating Studio Program and grants from Change, Inc. and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Griggs has an MFA Hunter College, BFA Virginia Commonwealth University. Linda lives in the Lower East Side with her husband.

Ana Ofelia Rodriguez is Director of Community Development at Broadway Housing. Ms. Rodriguez joined Broadway Housing in December, 1998. She has been active in the Washington Heights and Harlem area since 1997 when she served as Chief of Staff to New York City Council Member, Guillermo Linares. Ms. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from City College, a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Seville, Spain and a Ph.D. (ABD status) from Washington University. Ofelia lives in Brooklyn.

Shirley Yoshiko Kwan is an internationally recognized journalist and producer whose work has appeared in many national and international newspapers, magazines, films and television networks. She has worked on projects that have won an Oscar nomination, DuPont-Columbia Award (twice), Peabody Award (twice),  and numerous other honors. Currently she administers the estate of the artist Allen David and trades a private portfolio. She holds two B.A.s from Washington State University and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Special interests include economics, biosciences, literary fiction and fine art.

Amber Michelle is editor-in-chief of Rapaport Magazine. Based in New York City, she regularly reports on the auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s and writes articles about up and coming designer/artists as well as fashion and cultural trends. Ms.Michelle has served as a judge for the Spectrum Awards competition, which honors extraordinary design in colored gemstone jewelry. While living in Seattle, she was publications editor for Pioneer Square Theater, a performing arts organization that focused on developing and producing original works by both established and new playwrights.

Jessica Tribble is a private art advisor, visual artist manager and founder of Clara Arts. She has worked with collectors to develop contemporary art collections for private and public spaces and championed the careers of emerging contemporary artists.

Tribble received her B.S. from Vanderbilt University in 2008 and established a career in real estate development while diligently building her personal collection of contemporary artworks and advising private collectors. Recognizing her passionate commitment to connecting artists and collectors, while bringing contemporary art to more communities, Tribble established herself as an independent art advisor and artist manager in 2015, with the founding of Clara Arts.

The advisory’s mission is to support artists, build collections and create partnerships. To that endeavor, the advisory focuses on emerging and contemporary art acquisition for private and corporate collectors as well as professional development and backing of artists. In addition to advisory and management services, Tribble will undertake a number of curatorial projects in 2016 and 2017.

Affiliations: Young Collectors Council, Acquisitions Committee, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2013- Present)



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