Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Founder and editor-in-chief
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is an award-winning arts and culture journalist who has covered visual art, performance, theater, dance, music, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.
For 17 years, Jeanne Claire was the staff arts critic and reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. At the end of 2016, the newspaper eliminated her job.
Jeanne Claire’s criticism and commentary has received first place awards from the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors and the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors. Additionally, Jeanne Claire has been awarded professional fellowships at USC’s Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and NEA/Columbia University Arts Journalism Institute.
Her fiction received a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award and a fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation. Jeanne Claire holds a B.A. in English from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an M.A. in creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin.
For two years, she taught an arts journalism course at UT’s College of Fine Arts.
She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and AICA-USA, the U.S. chapter of the International Association of Art Critics.
Marla Akin, secretary
Lisa Jones, vice-president and treasurer
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, president
Clare Croft, dance scholar, University of Michigan
Graham Reynolds, composer & bandleader
Heath Riddles-Sanchez, Executive Director, Pease Park Conservancy
Ann Hume Wilson, president & general Director, KMFA 89.5
David Wyatt, principal, Elizabeth Christian Public Relations