Fumi Amano, Glass Studio Manager
Fumi Amano is a visual artist working primarily in glass. She was born in Aichi, Japan. In order to learn more about glass and expand her horizons, she moved to Seattle in 2013. After receiving her Master of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, she participated in residency programs all over the United States, including Anderson Center in Minnesota, and Torpedo Factory Art Center in Virginia. After coming back to Seattle in 2018, as a professional exhibition coordinator, she managed art exhibition coordination all over the world. With her art experiences in different places such as in Japan and the United States, she is able to create and teach art with her broad vision and an open mind.
Angela Brown, Director of Marketing and Communications
Brendan (he/him) grew up in Seattle and has spent much of his life along the Salish Sea. While he has always been an artist, he didn’t find woodworking until later in life while pursuing a Master’s in Education at Western Washington University. His artistic endeavors, whether taking photos, drawing, or writing have always revolved around connections between people and the natural world. He is particularly passionate about green woodworking and using hand tools, in which he sees deep through lines that connect and strengthen people, place, and culture. Brendan brings a background in non-profits across Western Washington and a certificate in Non-profit Leadership and Administration to his work at Pratt. He is committed to supporting equitable access to the arts and is particularly excited to see this work unfold in the Wood Studio.
Bianca Recuenco, Digital Marketing Manager
Monica Street is a metalsmith and jeweler. She is the former Vice President of the Seattle Metals Guild. In the past she has taught for the Seattle Public Library, James Washington Foundation, Tacoma Art Museum, BARN, Gage Academy, North Seattle College, Coyote Central and Seattle Public Schools at the elementary to college level.
In 2017 her work was exhibited at the Washington State Convention Center for the SMG Biennial, the Ron Ho Show at POTS Gallery in Fremont and she interned with Catherine Grisez for the Part You public sculpture project at Traver Gallery. Her work was also chosen for a Director’s Choice Award at the 2019 Pratt Auction. Street currently works as the Jewelry/Metals and Sculpture Studios Manager at Pratt Fine Arts Center and assistant to bell maker Gordon Barnett of GRB Bells. As a volunteer with a passion for archives and student resources, she heads the Seattle Metals Guild Video Archive Youtube and North Jewelry Archive on Flickr.