At the edge
Headlands Center for the Arts provides an unparalleled environment for the creative process and the development of new work and ideas. Through a range of programs for artists and the public, we offer opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and exchange that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society. Our unique, historic campus comprises a cluster of artist-rehabilitated military buildings situated just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the Marin Headlands, a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Learn more at headlands.org.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Drusie Davis, Chair
Anna Deavere Smith
Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky)
Meet our Committee
Melissa Barber worked for Gap International Inc. for almost a decade in International Visual Merchandising Department, traveling extensively to Japan, Europe, and Canada. She currently takes care of her two children, Mason and Margaux. Melissa lives in San Francisco, where she has been involved with the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary, San Francisco Parks Conservancy, and SFMOMA. She serves on the Board of the Francisca Club and has been a supporter of the San Francisco Parks Trust, helping to build the Presidio Heights Playground, from fundraising to park planning.
Melissa served on the Headlands Benefit Auction Committee for several years before joining the Board of Directors in 2013. She currently serves as the Auction Committee co-chair. "I have worked on the Headlands Auction for a few years, and I feel that each year the art and the crowd just get better! There is always some kind of magic happening in the room—the excitement is infectious.”
As an undergraduate studying English at UC Berkeley, Samin Nosrat took a detour into the kitchen at Chez Panisse restaurant that happily determined the course of her life and career. Since 2000, she pursued her twin passions of food and words with equal vigor, aiming to create work that inspires, creates community, and raises cultural, social and environmental awareness.
Nosrat learned to cook at Chez Panisse, in Italy alongside Benedetta Vitali and Dario Cecchini, and at (the no longer existing) Eccolo in Berkeley. She studied poetry with Robert Hass, Shakespeare with Stephen Booth, and journalism with Michael Pollan. She has said that Alice Waters and farmer Bob Cannard taught her more about land stewardship than anyone else.
Her book, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking was illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton. It is a New York Times bestseller, and also 2018 James Beard General Cookbook of the Year, 2018 Fortnum & Mason Debut Cookbook, 2018 IACP Cookbook of the Year, 2018 IACP Julia Child First Book Award, and Sunday Times Food Book of the Year 2017. A documentary series based on the book is now streaming on Netflix. In 2018 she was named the Eater Chef of the Year. She is also one of five food columnists for the New York Times Magazine.
Samin Nosrat has spoken about food, art, culture and cooking at venues as diverse as the Oakland Unified School District Nutrition Services, UC Berkeley, Yale University, SFMoMA, St. Mary's College, University of San Francisco, the Orange Institute, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), and Artechef, the Cuban national cooking school. She is currently working on her next book titled What to Cook (Ten Speed Press).
Jessica Silverman founded the Jessica Silverman Gallery in 2008 after completing her MFA in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts. The gallery is known for discovering emerging artists in California and bringing them to an international audience, as well as introducing foreign artists to the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2013 the gallery expanded to a 3,000-square-foot space in the historic Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco.
“Working with Headlands to support its programming gives me great pleasure. The auction is not only fun, but it yields a tremendous amount of support for the organization and gives back to the artists who donate. It is a win-win situation.”
Evie Simon is a partner at Simon Breitbard Fine Arts, a gallery in San Francisco, and has been with the firm since 2009. Prior experience includes work in the nonprofit sector with Special Olympics. While taking a break from work for several years to be with her children, Evie was involved at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Walker Art Center. She volunteered for Free Arts Minnesota, working with at-risk youth, and took several courses in art history and studio arts. Evie also serves on committees at the Richardson Bay Audubon Society and served on Headlands’ Development and Auction Committees prior to joining the Board of Directors in 2014. This is her fifth year co-chairing the Headlands auction.
2019 BENEFIT ART AUCTION COMMITTEE
Co-chairs: Melissa Barber, Samin Nosrat*, Jessica Silverman, Evie Simon
Jourdan Abel, Jim Abrams, Elizabeth Birka-White, Courtney Dallaire, Amber Goldstein, Nancy Goldstein, Brittany Haines, Helen Hatch, Becky Heldfond, Maria Hemphill, Pamela Hornik, Candace Huey, Emily Lambert-Clements, David Maisel*, Sarah Owen, Joey Piziali, Lauren Ryan, Sarah Shepard, Claire Spaht, Laura Sweeney, Christy Swildens, Sharon Tanenbaum, Katrina Traywick, Stephanie Tuttle, Adam Walden
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