JENNIFER SCHWARTZ: CHIEF CRUSADER
Jennifer Schwartz is the creator/executive director of Crusade for Art. Jennifer owned a fine art photography gallery in Atlanta (Jennifer Schwartz Gallery) for five years, showcasing the work of emerging photographers. She also created the online project, The Ten, and is the co-creator of Flash Powder Projects. Jennifer believes in empowering photographers to be innovative and create audiences for their work.
Jennifer is equally passionate about two things: cultivating a new crop of collectors and giving emerging photographers opportunities for exposure. Programs she has developed such as ArtFeast, Walk Away With Art and Art Circle do this – they lure people who have had only a limited relationship with art to have a unique, fun experience where they will engage with photography. The Crusade for Collecting Tour brought grassroots art appreciation to the streets, moving outside the traditional boundaries of the art world and engaging those not inclined to seek out an art experience.
Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Jennifer has her BA from Colgate University and her MA from Georgia State University. Jennifer regularly participates in portfolio reviews such as PhotoNOLA, PhotoLucida, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, FotoFest and others. She was invited as a curator to the Lishui Photo Festival in Lishui, China in 2011 and travels around the country giving talks, guest-lecturing at universities, leading workshops and hosting photographic retreats with Flash Powder Projects. In the Spring of 2013, she traveled around the country in a 1977 VW bus, engaging audiences with photography.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
TIMOTHY HYDE - CHAIR/PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tim Hyde was raised in the Midwest, worked in North Carolina and other places, but has lived in Washington, DC area for many years. After receiving a degree in history, Hyde spent two decades working in politics and public affairs for candidates and private clients,. He was co-founder of one of the U.S.’s largest and most successful public-affairs firms, based in Washington, DC.
As a photographer, he is best known for his work at night or with low-light photography. He has also exhibited and published projects involving natural disasters . He has covered earthquakes in Haiti and Italy, the tsunami in Japan, volcanoes in Iceland, and floods, tornados, hurricanes, and droughts around the U.S. He travels extensively for his photography.
Tim’s photographs have been published in the New York Times and a variety of other publications. He has won awards and exhibited his work around Washington and elsewhere. He published some of his night work in a book in 2015. Tim was juried into the Multiple Exposures Gallery in 2012. He is also represented by Susan Spiritus Gallery in Newport Beach, California.
CARL BEDELL - BOARD MEMBER
Carl Bedell, a former Army officer, founded his solo legal practice to help Veterans obtain disability benefits and has expanded the practice to include working with artists, collectors and art organizations. Combined with his consulting company, ILION Management Strategies, Carl’s professional life supports his philanthropic passions.
Carl has worked with various private museums and art institutions to develop young professional membership groups, including the Corcoran Museum of Art and the Phillips Collection. In 2015, Carl Co-Founded ACCADEMIA DC, a pending 501c3, that aims to build a new generation of benefactors for the arts by connecting emerging collectors with artists.
A longtime fan of photography, Carl’s collection includes works by Binh Danh, Esko Mannikko, and Brian Bowen Smith.
WILL LOBB - BOARD MEMBER
Will graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and began his career in Washington D. C. as an Account Executive at Merrill Lynch. He subsequently joined Oppenheimer in New York and in 1986 moved to Atlanta to manage Oppenheimer’s Atlanta branch where he currently is a Managing Director-Investments.
Over a 25 year period Will oversaw all aspects of the Atlanta office and built it into one of the most respected in the Southeast. During his career Will has been involved in all aspects of private wealth management including asset allocation and management, structured notes, equity collars and fixed income portfolios.
In 1990 Will and friends founded the Atlanta Charity Clays. Now in its 23rd year, the event has netted well over $3,500,000 for Atlanta area children’s charities. In addition to clay shooting, Will is a member of the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers, a London based livery company that proofs all guns, (including police and military), made or sold in Great Britain. He is currently president of The Atlanta Charity Clays Inc and is on the board of the Southeastern Horticultural Society and the city of Atlanta’s License and Review Board.
Will is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable photography collector. Included in his collection are images by Andre Kertesz, Bret Weston, O. W. Link, George Tice and Robert Mapplethorpe among others.
FRANK WHITE – BOARD MEMBER
Frank is an attorney and Partner at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, a full-service law firm in Atlanta, where he has practiced since 1989. His practice focuses on litigation, particularly the defense of creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and receiverships, and on litigation, intellectual property and transactional issues in the entertainment industry.
From 2008 to 2014, Frank served on the board of directors of Atlanta Celebrates Photography, a local non-profit that produces the largest annual community-oriented photography festival in the U.S. Frank and his wife, Elizabeth, are long-time photography collectors, but have recently started to acquire paintings as well. Their photography collection is dominated by iconic portraits of musicians (including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and Bruce Springsteen) and works by Southern artists, but in recent years has become more thematically and geographically diverse, due in no small part to their association with Crusade for Art.