JH Public Art adds to its board, names new chair

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Jackson Hole Public Art yesterday announced the election of three new board members and a new board chair.

Klaus Baer of WRJ Design, Stephen Dynia of Dynia Architects, and Maggie Moore of Artemis Art Advisory joined the board recently. Peggy Davenport was elected as the new board chair succeeding US Bank President Phil Coosaia.

“Phil’s leadership and vision have helped us grow our capacity to increase staff and launch new programs. We are grateful for his work to move our program forward and excited about our new board members,” said Executive Director Carrie Geraci. “The newly elected members bring professional expertise in business, design, art conservation, and architecture. Successful public art projects require skills in art, architecture, design, building, planning, project management, community outreach, knowledge of local history, and conservation and our board members have it all.”

As co-owner of WRJ Design, Klaus Baer has channeled his decades-plus experience managing international production teams in the investment banking world into overseeing all operational and technological aspects of WRJ. After earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Klaus segued from the banking industry to design by earning an interior design graduate degree from Parsons, The New School for Design in Manhattan. Klaus has donated his time to various non-profit organizations in Jackson Hole and loves enjoying the mountains.

 Stephen Dynia, FAIA, is the design director of the firm of his founding. Dynia moved to Jackson, Wyoming, and started Dynia Architects in 1993 after working in the design department of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in New York. Stephen received degrees in Fine Arts and Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and was admitted to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2013. Stephen has great depth of experience on Jackson arts boards, including the Art Association, Center for the Arts, and Dancers’ Workshop. Dynia is inspired by the phenomena of nature, fueled by innovation, and motivated by the essence of architecture in society and culture.

 Maggie Moore founded Artemis Art Advisory in 2016, an art appraisal and collection management service. Maggie has a joint degree in History and History from Art at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and completed a masters in Fine and Decorative Art in London, focusing on British 18th– and 19th-century furniture. She has worked for Christie’s auction house and managed a furniture and restoration workshop in Tribeca while volunteering her time to many boards, including the American Friends of the Georgian Group, the Moai Circle Steering Committee of the World Monuments Fund, and the Furniture History Society. She also co-founded Arts’ Night Out NYC, a young patrons event at the Spring Masters Art and Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory. Maggie also volunteers her time at the National Museum of Wildlife Art and on the St. John’s Hospital Foundation Art Committee.

Peggy Davenport started coming to Jackson for family ski vacations and moved here full time in 2016. Prior to that, Peggy lived in New York City for nearly 30 years, raising two children and working as a mergers and acquisitions partner and co-head of the corporate department at Debevoise & Plimpton, an international law firm headquartered in NYC. In addition to serving on the board of JH Public Art, Peggy is a member of the Competitive Grants Committee at the Community Foundation. Peggy likes to ski (both downhill and Nordic), hike, trail run, bike, swim, and practice yoga and also enjoys traveling, reading, photography, and painting.

The new board members complement an already robust group including Jed Mixter, co-owner of Two Ocean Builders; Des Jennings with the McPeak Group Real Estate Group; Andy Ankeny, principal at Carney Logan Burke Architects; Catherine Bradford, editor, writer and publishing consultant; and Lisa Flood, a photographer and writer.

Past board chairs of JH Public Art have included: Pam Gibson and Meaghan Tozzi. Eric Logan is a board emeritus member and Katy Niner is an honorary member.

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