Board of Directors

Mara Williams, Chair

Mara Williams has been curating exhibits at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center for thirty years. In addition to Brattleboro, her exhibits have been seen by audiences at Tufts University Art Gallery, Florence Griswold Museum, Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, University of New Hampshire Art Gallery, and a number of galleries in New York City. She holds an A.B. in theatre from Boston College, an MFA in museology from Syracuse University, and has completed doctoral course work and comprehensives in comparative arts at New York University. She has served as Board Chair of the Vermont Arts Council, on the Board of the New England Museum Association, as well as three terms on the Senate Curatorial Advisory Committee for the U.S. Capitol.

David Kapp, Treasurer

David Kapp is a painter who lives and works in Friendship, Maine. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1982 and can be found in museums and public collections in the United States and Europe including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; and the Foundation Paribas, Paris, France. He has been a Visiting Artist and Lecturer at Brandeis University, Fordham University, the Vermont Studio Center, Hampshire College, Haverford College, and The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation. Kapp served on the Board of The National Academy of Design from 2008-2016 and was Board Chair from 2012-2015.

Dean Nicyper, Secretary

Dean Nicyper heads Withers Bergman LLP’s Dispute Resolution Division in the United States. For the past two decades, Mr. Nicyper’s practice has focused on commercial disputes with a significant focus on art disputes. Among his various clients, Mr. Nicyper has successfully represented one of the two largest art auction houses for more than twenty years. He also has represented artists and their families and foundations, art dealers and agents, art collectors and art appraisers in many art-related disputes. He served as the Chair of the Art Law Committee of the Association of the Bar for the City of New York from 2013 to 2016.

Bo Foard

Bo Foard is the owner and founder of Foard Panel Inc. in West Chesterfield, New Hampshire and The Porch Cafe in Brattleboro, Vermont. He is the current president of the Timber Framers Guild and former president of the New England Youth Theatre Board. He is the father of four children and lives in West Chesterfield, New Hampshire.

Cecily Kahn

Cecily Kahn is an abstract painter with a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She is a current member of the American Abstract Artists association and a founding member of The Painting Center, an artist-run gallery in New York City. Her work has been exhibited across the country, including at the National Academy Museum, the New Britain Museum, and the Brattleboro Museum. She is the eldest daughter of Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason, and is married to the painter David Kapp.

Melany Kahn

Melany Kahn is the younger daughter of Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason. Melany holds an MSW from Boston College and an MFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She has worked as a family mediator in Vermont for many years. She was a founding board member of the New Hampshire Progress Alliance, served as a trustee on the Hilltop Montessori School Board for six years and ran the capital campaign to relocate the school in 2007. She resides across the river from Brattleboro, Vermont with her family of four children and husband Bo Foard.

Michael Rubenstein

I met Wolf and Emily at Wolf’s Grace Borgenicht Gallery opening in March 1965. His brother Peter, who was a teacher of mine at Cornell, introduced us.

We became fast friends. I, and when I married, my wife and I, became collectors of both Wolf’s and Emily’s work. I was the architect for both of their studios, Emily’s in 1981 and Wolf’s in 1993.

I started collecting art in 1954. My wife joined me in 1967 and I continue to do so. Consisting primarily of works on paper, the collection spans a 200-year period starting with two drawings by Theodora Gericault. In January of 2000 at the Met/Breuer, the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibited a third of our donation promised to them in honor of their 150th Anniversary.

I have previously served on the boards of the Raoul Hague Foundation and The New York Studio School and am presently a member of the board of the Dorothea Rockburne Foundation.

Elizabeth Tubergen

Elizabeth Tubergen lives and works between NYC, New Haven, and Western MA. Tubergen’s work stems from a negotiation of queerness as a spatial condition and relationship as site. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally at artist-run spaces and public institutions such as Tabakalera in Spain, Monster Truck Gallery in Ireland, the New School’s Aronson Gallery in NYC, Islensk Grafik Gallery in Iceland, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, UICA in Grand Rapids, Lighthouse Works on Fishers Island, and DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Boston. She has been generously supported by grants from the Jerome, Rema Hort Mann, and Harpo Foundations, as well as fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Javits Foundation, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Fulbright Program, the MacDowell Colony, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, and Ox-Bow among others. Tubergen received her BA from Covenant College in 2008 and her MFA from Hunter College in 2013. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2015, where she continues to work as the sculpture shop manager. She is presently a Senior Critic in Sculpture at Yale School of Art.