Staff & Board
Kristen Chiacchia, Executive Director and Chief Curator
Prior to joining Second Street Gallery, Chiacchia was Director at Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art in New York, where she organized exhibitions of work by Ed Ruscha, Joan Mitchell, Hew Locke, Andres Serrano, and Farideh Lashai. During her more than 13 years with ETNFA, she was also instrumental in securing the gallery’s participation in a number of international art fairs including Art Basel fairs in Switzerland, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong, as well as ARCO Madrid and Abu Dhabi Art. While living and working in NYC, Chiacchia was a participating member of the Neue Galerie, the Apollo Circle at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Young Collectors Council at the Guggenheim Museum; and the Whitney Contemporaries at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Chiacchia received her BA in the History of Art & Architecture from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her MA in Modern and Contemporary Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies at Columbia University. She also completed a Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts at New York University. Chiacchia is an active member of Virginians for the Arts, the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, and the Washington, D.C. chapter of ArtTable. She joined Second Street Gallery in September 2016.
Meghan Smith, Associate Director
Meghan came to Charlottesville from the Philadelphia area to study at the University of Virginia, where she graduated with distinction in 2018 as a double major in Global Development and French with a minor in Studio Art. She has explored the many intersections of art and culture by volunteering at a public art nonprofit, interning at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, designing an arts center with the Dakota Nation, and now promoting the best in contemporary art here at SSG.
Lou Haney, Outreach and Events Coordinator
Born in Decatur, Alabama, Lou Haney received her Bachelor of Arts in Art with a Studio Concentration, cum laude from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2000, Lou was employed at St. Patrick’s Parish School in Cooma, Australia as a Visual Arts Teacher. She was also the Director of the Young Artist’s Program at Watkins College of Art and Design in Nashville, Tennessee. Lou graduated with her Master’s of Fine Art degree in Painting from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.
In addition to her role at SSG, Lou is an adjunct professor of Art at Piedmont Virginia Community College and is a practicing artist with a studio in the Beck Cohen Building. She has had solo exhibitions in California, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Virginia in addition to over 60 group exhibitions. She moved to Charlottesville with her family in 2014. Lou joined SSG in August 2017 and took on the role as the Outreach and Events Coordinator in January 2018.
Maddie Rhondeau-Rhodes, Graphic Designer
In addition to being Second Street Gallery's lead graphic designer, Maddie Rhondeau-Rhodes is a figurative-abstract painter with a studio at the McGuffey Art Center. Maddie graduated from the University of Mary Washington with dual degrees in Historic Preservation and Studio Art, with a minor in Urban Studies. To view her paintings, visit her website at mrhondeau.com, or follow her on instagram @merhondeau.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lia Norton, President
Blake Sirach, Vice-President
Sarah Boyts Yoder, Secretary
Debbie White, Treasurer
Charlotte Dammann, CCCA Rep
Juan Manuel Granados
Bryan Slaughter, General Counsel
Pamela Cole Friedman
William J. Kehoe
Caroline Nunley Satira