Loris Crawford, the founder of ART OFF the MAIN has thirty years experience in art event curation and management and is particularly noted in the art industry as a trail-blazing producer of events that showcase established and emerging artists of color. Ms. Crawford is the founder of Savacou Gallery, one of the oldest galleries in the United States specializing in African, Caribbean, and African-American Art and the first such full service, for profit gallery in New York City.A much-respected expert in the art field, she has lectured extensively on the African, African-American, Caribbean and Latin American art movements at such venues as The Museum of African Art, ArtExpo, the National Black Fine Art Show, Monroe College and the College of Technology, City University of New York. Crawford and her various ventures have received extensive media coverage including: Art Business News, ArtSpeak, The New York Daily News, Newsday, The New York Times, The Amsterdam News and City Sun newspapers; Décor, Black Enterprise, Essence, Art Preview, Country Living and The Network Journal Magazines; WBET, New York Fox 5 Television, and WBAI, WWRL and WLIB radio. Among the list of corporate and institutional clients for which Crawford has provided services are Lehman Brothers, Kraft Foods African American Council, Colgate Palmolive, Essence Magazine, UBS, Black Enterprise Magazine, Africa America Institute, Downstate Medical Center, Bronx Psychiatric Center, National Urban League, and the Greenwich Art Worship. She holds an MBA in Marketing from Michigan State University, and a Master of Science in Finance from Iona College.
Richard E. Pelzer II, President & CEO of MEGA Personalities a Business Development Management Firm founded by him in 1994 based in New York City and the President & Managing Director of Global Network of Black Pride. A graduate from Kent State University in Ohio, with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Art History and Business management, Pelzer’s strong leadership skills and creative vision assist clients with national and international business opportunities, developments and manages them for clients in the fashion, beauty and/or entertainment industries. Clients included; The NYSE Diversity Council, Sephora, Essence Magazine, Celebrity Makeup Artist Sam Fine, Musical Duo Les Nubians, International Artist Emmanuel Jal, and African American Women in Cinema Film Festival. He prides himself on the ability to cultivate creative partnerships and long lasting relationship to stay within budget in our current economic climate.
Atim Annette Oton is a Nigerian-born, American and British educated designer. She is the co-owner of Calabar Imports, an 11 year old Brooklyn retail business and the founder of the Creative Side. A co-founder of Black Design News Network and a Huffington Post Black Voices Blogger who created the series, The Pulse of Africa, she wrote about Global Africans working in Africa and across the Diaspora and has an inside view on Africa’s progress, issues on arts and culture, technology and opportunities. She spent her formative years in Calabar, Nigeria and studied architecture at the City College of New York and did graduate studies at the Architectural Association Graduate School in London, England. In New York, she worked in architecture and, by 2000, was part of the design team that won the African Burial Ground Interpretive Center. She worked as an executive producer on the Underground Railroad Experience, a cultural education website on the Underground Railroad and won an Independent Grant from the NYSCA for her work, the Black Hair Salon. A founder of Blacklines Magazine, a quarterly magazine featuring black designers, she served as its executive vice president before joining Parsons School of Design as the Associate Chair of Product Design for 6 years. In 2006 she launched Calabar Magazine as a brand extension of her store Calabar Imports in Brooklyn. After creating Calabar Imports in 2004, she has expanded the store to 3 neighborhood locations in Brooklyn (Crown Heights, Bed Stuy and Boerum Hill) and opened a 4th location in Harlem in 2015. She serves as the curator for public programming for the exhibition, Bronx:Africa at Longwood Art Gallery and is the African Art Curator for the Amref Health Africa Artball.