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.
Jessica holds a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Tufts University and School of the Museum of Fine Arts with a concentration in video, performance, and gender studies from the Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium at MIT. In 2019, Jessica received a certificate in nonprofit management through the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. Since 2008, Jessica has focused on community building through cultural organizing, working for educational institutions, arts nonprofits, and civic entities across the US. They are thrilled to expand Pratt’s mission in providing accessible arts education for all, while uplifting the incredible art practices of Pratt’s teaching staff and students. Jessica is inspired by Pratt Fine Arts Center’s reach and impact for differing communities over the decades. They will honor Pratt Fine Art's legacy of transformative experiences, artistic expression, and enlivening the artist in everyone through accessible programs and an inclusive environment; recognizing the transformative power of art for personal and social healing, health, intellectual rigor, and community integrity.
Julie Custer (she/her), Grant & Sponsorship 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.
Carson Thomas (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist and poet originally from Nashville, Tennessee. They hold a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Poetics from University of Washington Bothell, where they discovered their passion for arts education. Her films have been featured in the Seattle Film Summit, Absurdah Film Festival, and the “Art of the South” exhibit at Zeitgeist Gallery. They recently had their first solo photography show, “Suspension,” at Random Sample Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee. Carson is a recent convert to glass after interning at Penland School of Craft and has found it to be as humbling as it is beautiful.
I am a third generation woodworker, or more correctly, woodworking enthusiast. My grandfather did marquetry, my father made cabinets. I started making string musical instruments around 16 years ago, have been teaching for 5 years, and am excited to be a member of Pratt Fine Arts Center's team.
Natalia was born and raised in New Jersey and has spent most of her life on the East Coast. She holds a BA in Art and Ethnicity, Race & Migration from Yale and an Ed.M. in Education Policy & Management from Harvard. Before joining Pratt, Natalia served as the Director of Visual Art & Maker at DreamYard, an arts and social justice education non-profit in the Bronx, NY. She is passionate about the arts, education, and racial equity, and is excited to bring these interests to Pratt and build community here in Seattle. She loves to learn new skills and explore new media, and believes that maintaining artistic and creative practices allows us to imagine new possibilities and, ultimately, create new realities.