Team

 

Liz Powers
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.  
 
liz@artlifting.com
 
Christina Bailey
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!
 
christina@artlifting.com
   
Elliott Taylor
Artist Program Manager & Art Advisor 
 
Elliott is based out of Santa Cruz, CA and maintains the west coast art collection as well as artist and community partnerships on the west coast.  Elliott works hard to maintain high standards of professional presentation for all artists with ArtLifting, manages the artist application process, and the curation team.  
 
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.
 
elliott@artlifting.com
 
Verica Jokanovic
Operations Manager
 
Verica helps ArtLifting run on a daily basis.  She works to maintain all of the administrative aspects in relation to the artist onboarding process, signing in new artwork, digital collection support, artist payments, as well as managing original artwork collection in Boston. In addition, Verica helps with client administration and coordinates fulfillment and installations. 
 
Verica is a recent graduate from University of Massachusetts Lowell with a B.A. in Art History and Spanish language. Additionally, Verica holds a Bachelor Diploma in Maritime Management from Maritime Faculty of Kotor, Montenegro. During her studies at UMass Lowell, she focused on modern and contemporary art which promoted her enthusiasm in working with living artists.
 
verica@artlifting.com
 
Addi Spearman 
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.  
 
addi@artlifting.com
 
Sarala Kasbe
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.
 
sarala@artlifting.com

 

Bree Lalor
Curator

 

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.

 

bree@artlifting.com 

 

 

David Murauskas
Operations Associate

 

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.

 

david@artlifting.com

 

 
Spencer Powers
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.
 


Frank Moss
Board Member
 
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.


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