CEC ARTSLINK'S STAFF

Fritzie Brown | Susan Katz | Maxim Tumenev
Zhenia Stadnik | Kendal Henry

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FRITZIE BROWN
Executive Director

A seasoned arts manager, Fritzie Brown served as Senior Program Director at CEC ArtsLink for nearly a decade prior to assuming the executive directorship in October 2007. In 2008, she produced FlipFest!, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the ArtsLink Awards. This evening-long extravaganza brought artists ranging from Czech performance artists to musicians from the Russian tundra to the Lower East Side’s Angel Orensanz Foundation for sizzling performances of theatre, music, dance and more.

During her tenure as Program Director, she streamlined and restructured the ArtsLink Awards program, co-directed the acclaimed internet/residency go_HOME, and developed and produced Flipside, the exhibition and catalogue that celebrated 12 years of ArtsLink exchanges. She came to New York from San Francisco where she was Director of Operations and Interim Executive Director at Headlands Center for the Arts, a cutting-edge international arts center and residency program, before joining CEC 1997.

She has moderated and participated in public panels both in the US and in Europe concerning artists’ communities, visual and performing arts issues. In 2009, she represented CEC ArtsLink as a speaker at the Culturelink Conference in Zagreb as well as a conference on artists’ residencies in Warsaw; she has also served on numerous national and international grant selection panels, and is a member of the Alliance of Artists Communities, ArtTable, and recently completed a term on the College Art Association’s International Committee. She studied fine arts at San Francisco State University and her graphic work and installation have been exhibited in the US, Poland, Croatia and the Slovak Republic.
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SUSAN KATZ
Program Director, Global Art Lab, Central Asia
Based in St. Petersburg, Susan has managed CEC’s St. Petersburg office since 1998 and also serves as the director of CEC ArtsLink’s Charitable Foundation in Russia.  Susan designs and manages the Global Art Lab Program's public art, contemporary music and professional development projects in Russia and Central Asia and directs the Arts Leadership Fellows Program for arts managers and cultural journalists.  She works closely with a diverse network of partner organizations, funders, and artists in the U.S., Russia and Central Asia to develop, finance, and coordinate these projects.  She has more than 15 years experience in the field of international cultural exchange and has also worked for the Soros Foundation and the World Bank Cultural Fund in St. Petersburg.  Susan has a Ph.D. in public administration (cultural policy) from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service and wrote her dissertation on the development of nonprofit cultural organizations in Russia. Back to Top

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MAXIM TUMENEV

Program Manager
Maxim Tumenev is an actor, teacher and arts administrator. Maxim embarked on a career in
Performing Arts after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama from The Ilkhom Theatre
School of Drama in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (the only independent professional repertoire theatre company in Central Asia). He has enjoyed a successful artistic career as a performer in interdisciplinary theatre, incorporating elements of video art, dance, music, found-texts and original writing. He has served in the capacity of Company Manager, Performing and Visual Arts curator, Producer and Production Manager on more than 15 tours worldwide throughout Europe, Russia, Asia and USA. Maxim is multi-lingual, fluent in Russian, English and French and relocated to New York City from Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 2011.

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KENDAL HENRY
Consultant for Public Art Projects

Kendal Henry is an artist and curator who lives in New York City and specializes in the field of public art for over twenty years. His work, often under CEC ArtsLink’s aegis, illustrates how public art can be used as a tool for social engagement and economic development through the projects and programs he’s initiated in the US, Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia, Central Asia, and the Caribbean.

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ZHENIA STADNIK
Consultant for Development and Communication

Zhenia’s 20 years of experience at CEC ArtsLink – from Development Assistant to Events and Communications Manager – are instrumental in successful integration of program, communications and events. She oversees an ongoing stream of newsletters and e-news, creating consistent message and strengthening connections with our constituents and alumni. She has developed and managed many successful fundraising events and initiated CEC ArtsLink Talks, a series of events about contemporary issues in the arts. Ms. Stadnik holds an MA degree in History from Lviv University (Ukraine); she studied Economics and Business Administration at Fordham University, New York.Back to Top