Who we are

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.

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For 18 years, Jeanne Claire was the staff arts critic and reporter for the Austin American-Statesman.

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. In 2022, she received the Rabkin Foundation Prize in Visual Art Journalism.

Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Architecture magazine, Dwell, the Review of Contemporary Fiction, Art Papers, and ICON design magazine, among other publications.

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.

Board members

Stacey Abel
Marla Akin, secretary
Janet Hutchison
Lisa Jones, vice-president and treasurer
Erin Keever
Penny Snyder
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, president

Advisory Council

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