Internationally recognized curator and contemporary art world leader Lisa Freiman is the inaugural director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s new Institute for Contemporary Art. With a doctorate in modern and contemporary art history from Emory University, she previously taught art history, theory, and criticism at the University of Georgia and was part of the curatorial department of Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. Between 2002 and 2013, she was senior curator and chair of the contemporary art department at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. In 2011, the U.S. State Department appointed her commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion in the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia... Read More t

Tattoo artist Amy Black aims to use her skills and creativity to make a big impact in a small space—specifically, in the two-inch circle where she creates realistic 3-D nipple tattoos for cancer survivors who have undergone mastectomies. A graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design, Amy has owned and operated her own tattoo studio, Amy Black Tattoos, in Richmond since 2000. In 2011, she expanded into post-mastectomy tattooing and founded the Pink Ink Fund, which helps ease the financial burden for men and women seeking nipple and areola repigmentation after a mastectomy... Read More t

Mixologist Jim Meehan is a product designer, journalist, and author of “The PDT Cocktail Book.” He has achieved critical acclaim for his work behind several high profile bars in New York City including Gramercy Tavern and his own speakeasy, Please Don’t Tell. PDT was the winner of the first-ever James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program in 2012. Spurred by a never-ending thirst for more knowledge and his belief in the transformative power of authentic hospitality, Jim’s commitment to mentor the next generation of service industry professionals is only divided by his duties as a proud father and devoted husband... Read More t