Kirby Scudder, Director is a working artist and driving force behind much of the cultural happenings in Santa Cruz. Since 2003 Scudder has opened 8 galleries, exhibited over 1500 artists, produced cultural events, television and radio shows, and served as a mentor to many established and emerging artists throughout Santa Cruz County. His studio work explores community impact such as Night Light, an installation of lights across 3 miles of Santa Cruz coastline, requiring West Cliff to close and socio-cultural investigations such as the film Inspired by California. In 2011 Scudder launched 24t in 21, a weeklong symposium with a critical look at independent filmmaking. He is the co-founder of the SCICA and First Fridays Santa Cruz and producer of KUSP’s Art Studio as well as writes a weekly Arts column for the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Ann Hazels, Director is an artist and arts administrator. She has worked with arts organizations throughout the United States through programming and fundraising for 14 years. In 2007, she launched a fourth exhibition space in a 30-year old non-profit. The gallery features work of international and local artists in the residency program and is still thriving today. Since arriving Santa Cruz in 2009, Hazels has worked as the Capital Campaign Director of the Tannery Arts Center. She has participated in Artist in Residence programs in Baltimore, Maryland, Mendocino California, and awarded a Fellowship to Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in China. Her work is in private collections throughout the US and completed public commissions in DC and Virginia.