Co-Founder, Chief Happiness Spreader
As Chief Happiness Spreader, Liz is ArtLifting’s heart and soul. Liz is a serial social entrepreneur who has received multiple grants and awards for her work. In 2010, Liz was awarded the "Unsung Heroine Award" in the Massachusetts State House for founding art collectives and the LIFT Bike Project. Liz has an AB, cum laude, in Sociology from Harvard College and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh.
Liz founded ArtLifting in November of 2013 along with her brother Spencer Powers. After securing a grant post-graduation from Harvard, Liz spent a year establishing art groups in homeless shelters throughout the Boston area. Liz was immediately struck by the incredible talent that she saw and wanted to share these creations with the world. She realized that art could be a transformational path to financial stability for these artists and countless others nationwide; they just needed a digital marketplace to connect with a larger audience.
Chief Growth Officer
Christina Bailey’s main objective is to share ArtLifting artists’ artwork with the world. She is the head of ArtLifting’s corporate sales, licensing agreements, channel partnerships, and overall sales strategies. Christina is a mission and outcome driven professional, and at ArtLifting her mission is to get your artwork sold and placed on the walls and products of companies across the country.
Prior to ArtLifting, Christina spent 10 years driving marketing and sales efforts for Fortune 15 and early-stage healthcare technology companies. She served as the first Executive Director for the Kansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure where she led strategic planning and organizational development. She created significant impact through increased fundraising and public policy efforts.
Christina obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing from the University of Kansas. She has been personally inspired by the artwork of her sister who lives with a disability, as well as by the friends and strangers who have come into her life over time. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to share the amazing art at ArtLifting with the world and spread some joy in the process!
Elliott is based out of Santa Cruz, CA and manages all current and potential partnerships with artists and social service organizations. Elliott works to maintain and develop ArtLifting's artwork collection to meet the needs of the corporate art market and well as exemplify each artist's creativity and talents.
Elliott also works as a professional artist, photographer, and art instructor. Elliott holds a B.A. from University of California, Santa Cruz in Art and History of Art and Visual Culture. His art practice aims to bring increased awareness around social justice issues, often through collaborative projects with various communities. Before joining ArtLifting, he worked as an art instructor and studio manager at The Claraty Arts Project in Santa Cruz, an arts program, studio and gallery that supports and advances the development of a new, positive, collective identity for developmentally disabled adults via arts education, training, and creative expression.
Business Development Executive
As the PR Associate, Addi Spearman manages ArtLifitng’s social media presence and public relations efforts. Addi works with various media outlets, such as television, newspaper, and magazines to create press opportunities to feature ArtLifting artists, their artwork, successes. In addition, Addi works closely with the business development team to create new leads and increased sales opportunities for artists. You may hear from Addi about media opportunities and social media features.
Addi graduated in 2016 from College of Charleston with a double major in English and Art History. Prior to joining Art Lifting, she worked for as the Social Media and Marketing manager for Andy Paige Style, Inc. as well as co-founding Pop-Up Charleston in South Carolina.
Digital Marketing Lead
As the Digital Marketing Lead at ArtLifting, Sarala assists the Business Development team through networking and outreach to companies around the country. She supports the sales team by managing lead generation and email campaigns that benefit and increase new opportunities to further expand ArtLifting’s mission nationwide.
Sarala is a 2015 graduate from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC with a major in Interpersonal Communication. Prior to ArtLifting, she worked in fundraising at Meredith College and lead both digital and field marketing at Tamr in Cambridge, MA. Sarala values the dual roles of empowerment that ArtLifting provides in first and foremost highlighting the talent by artists and second by providing a marketplace for consumers to purchase artwork that directly supports local and national artist communities.
As Curator, Bree advises the business development and sales teams on artwork recommendations for customers and prospects, creates custom proposals and mock-ups, and contributes to design and marketing efforts. Bree is passionate about creating positive societal change through art, and is dedicated to mobilizing the voices of ArtLifting artists.
Bree has an AB, cum laude, in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College, where she focused on studio art. She loves painting, photography, and design, and is a believer in the power of creative expression to inspire social change. She is excited to use her own art and design background to work to elevate the voices of all ArtLifting artists. Bree joined ArtLifting in June 2017 as a Design and Marketing Associate, and transitioned to the role of Curator in summer 2018. Prior to working with ArtLifting, she worked as a Gift Processing assistant at the Harvard Art Museums and a Design Intern for the US Green Buildings Council Massachusetts Chapter.
David joined ArtLifting at the end of July 2018 as the Operations Associate, supporting the ArtLifting team through vendor interaction, inventory maintenance, order fulfillment, customer service, and the day-to-day operations that help ArtLifting and his teammates succeed. His experience and passion for the art world and arts administration couples perfectly with ArtLifting’s mission.
He graduated from Boston University in May 2018, where he majored in classical civilization and minored in art history, giving him a unique perspective into trajectories and references in art, culture, and society, while developing in him a detail-oriented and analytical skillset ideal for his role at ArtLifting. Although the classics sit as his main academic obsession, the art world on the whole and its interaction with society, especially the marginalized population, drive David's enthusiasm and motivation for his career at ArtLifting.
Business Development Associate
Jen is a Business Development Associate, forming new partnerships with organizations across the country. She works closely with businesses to help them find artwork that meets their needs while maximizing their social impact.
Jen received her BA in Art History and French from Smith College in 2014, and earned her MA in Museum Education from Tufts University in 2017. Before joining ArtLifting, Jen worked in the museum field at institutions such as the Guggenheim, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with stopovers in auction houses and galleries along the way. Jen employs her skills as an arts educator to effectively communicate ArtLifting's mission, products, and services to prospective clients. In her work as an educator and at ArtLifting, Jen is committed to addressing issues of inclusion and accessibility within the art world.
Business Development Associate
Amanda is a Business Development Associate, forming new partnerships with companies across the country. She works closely with businesses, helping them to find the perfect fit of artwork while maximizing their social impact, as well as helping artists to increase their income with new sales.
Amanda graduated from England’s Newcastle University in 2018 with an MA in Art Museum and Gallery Studies, prior to which she earned her BA in Writing and Studio Art from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD. She worked in both the business development and museum & gallery sectors before joining the ArtLifting team, and is thrilled to leverage her role to unite these passions. Amanda finds endless inspiration in the stories of our artists and in the possibility of generating social change and empowerment through art.
Co-Founder, Board Member
Seeing the great potential that a business like ArtLifting could have for social good and delighting customers, Spencer teamed up with his sister, Liz, to create ArtLifting. Spencer holds a BA from Boston College and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
While director of the MIT Media Lab, Frank developed a passion for the power of creativity and technology to improve the lives of people living with disabilities. In ArtLifting, Frank has found a social enterprise that truly embodies this principle. He has had a 35-year career as a high-tech, biotech, and health-tech entrepreneur and enjoys pen-and-ink drawing in his spare time. Frank holds a BSE from Princeton and MS and Ph.D. from MIT.