• Manon Slome

    Manon Slome

    Co-Founder & Chief Curator

    Manon Slome (PhD) is the Chief Curator of No Longer Empty. From 2002 to June 2008 she was the Chief Curator of the Chelsea Art Museum in New York. During that time, she curated and oversaw a program of some forty exhibitions, symposia and museum publications as well as monographs and scholarly essays. Ms. Slome became highly involved with the Israeli art scene during her research for the exhibition, Such Stuff as Dreams are Made on, (2005) and has followed and researched the Israeli scene for the last three years. Prior to the CAM, Ms. Slome worked as a curator at the Guggenheim Museum for seven years and was a holder of a Helena Rubinstein curatorial fellowship at the Whitney Independent Study program. She has written widely on contemporary art and has recently completed The Aesthetics of Terror published by Charta Press. manon@nolongerempty.org

  • Carol Stakenas

    Carol Stakenas

    Executive Director

    Carol Stakenas comes to NLE with 20 years of experience dedicated to art and curatorial practices in the public sphere, which includes serving as the Executive Director of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) and Deputy Director/Curator of Creative Time in New York. Most recently, she was curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs and was a faculty member in the graduate program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 

  • Rachel Gugelberger

    Rachel Raphaela Gugelberger

    Curator & Director NLE Lab

    Rachel Raphaela Gugelberger is Curator at NLE and Director of NLE Curatorial Lab (NLE Lab). She is co-founder of 1@111, a series of process-oriented conversations that focus on a single work, text, curatorial premise or proposition. Independent curatorial projects have focused on the intersection of information, data and art, and include: Once upon a Time, There Was the End at Center for Book Arts (New York, NY); Data Deluge at Ballroom Marfa (Marfa, TX); and Library Science at Artspace (New Haven, CT). Rachel has served as co-director of Sara Meltzer Gallery and curator at Exit Art, where she organized the final exhibitions Every Exit Is an Entrance: 30 Years of Exit Art and Collective/Performative. Publications include monographs, exhibition catalog essays, and contributions to Unfinished Memories: 30 Years of Exit Art (Steidl, 2016) and Art Galleries International: Post-War to Post-Millennium (Dumont Literatur/Kunst Verlag, 2009). Rachel received an MA in Curatorial Studies in Contemporary Art and Culture from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. rachel@nolongerempty.org

  • Sara Guerrero

    Sara Guerrero

    Education & Public Engagement Director

    Sara Guerrero is a curator and researcher of art and critical pedagogy. A longtime advocate for leadership among youth and immigrant communities, she designs projects at the intersection of the fields of education, sociology, ethnography, art history, and community organizing. In Queens, New York, Sara piloted Art & Literacy with New New Yorkers at the Queens Museum in collaboration with the Queens Public Library, a multidisciplinary and multilingual public art education program with immigrant communities, now in its tenth year. Her ethnographic work on migration and diaspora has been published in academic essays and in the award-winning book, Mexican New York: Transnational Lives of New Immigrants (2005) by sociologist Robert Courtney Smith. She has curated exhibitions on Poblano communities in New York and practice-based doctoral work by artists from around the world. In London, England, she founded inter-university graduate research forums, including the Uncharted Stories Group and the Studying Latin American Art Group, now in it’s fifth year. She is currently completing a doctorate in art theory at the Research Center for Transnational Art, Identity & Nation (TrAIN) at Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London. sara@nolongerempty.org [Photo: Pedro Escobar]

  • Joshua Geyer

    Joshua B Geyer

    Communications & Development Coordinator

    Joshua B. Geyer has been a public art curator for five years working with the Centre-fuge public art project and on individual projects of his own. Josh has also worked on museum shows in Dallas and Cincinnati, as well as two exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum with renowned artists JR, Swoon, and Faile. An advocate for art as a tool for social awareness and change, he helped run JR’s "Inside Out Project" for three years. The IOP is a global platform for people to share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art. His passion for photography and documenting art in the streets has evolved into photographing unique stories and cultures around the world. He recently spent time in Colombia and Brazil documenting indigenous tribes and less fortunate communities in areas such as Morro da Providência (the oldest favela in the world). As a member of the team, Josh's ability to develop new relationships and create exciting content will be instrumental in growing No Longer Empty's visibility and following.

  • Mica Le John

    Mica Le John

    Education & Public Engagement Fellow

    Mica is a writer, and researcher of critical pedagogy and education reform. She has an avid interest in the role the arts play in education, and is matriculating at The New School in a self guided degree program with a focus on education policy and the relationships between art, education and social justice. She examines these topics through a racial, gender and class lens to better understand the America we live in. She is also a writer in the Riggio Honors Program for Writing and Democracy, exploring the roles of women in (African) American literature and the differing ways to go about telling a woman’s herstory. She is very interested in the role that the arts can have in empowering communities and creating engaging educational experiences. Her interest in helping build strong connections between the arts and communities pushes her to investigate how to use these opportunities to shape the role that design has in how schools are run and ultimately how children learn, share, bond and create.

Dedicated Ambassadors

  • Julie Bell, Education
  • Sarah Corona, Curator
  • Asher Remy-Toledo, Co-founder
  • Julian Navarro, Curator
  • Mira Friedlaender, Project Manager
  • Rachel Zegar, Graphic Design
  • Keith Schweitzer, Curator
  • Christina Milan, Curatorial Assistant
  • Tara de la Garza, Curator
  • Lucy Lydon, Team Builder
  • Kathy Zeiger, Photography
  • Breda Kennedy, Development Advisor
  • Ella Levitt, Curator
  • Linda White, Creative Educator
  • Aaron Leopold Graphic Design
  • Barbara Feldman, Special Project Coordinator
  • Charlotte Caldwell, Flying Talented Project Manager