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 advisory member for the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation’s Next Gen Committee and 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

Erica Barnes, Assistant Director
Erica Barnes has substantial experience working with non-profit arts organizations. She previously worked as a programming director in college radio, was a board member for student broadcasters inc., counselor and coordinator for individuals with disabilities, executive assistant with SSG, and is the coordinator of the Digital Media Gallery in collaboration with the Virginia Film Festival from 2013 to present. She has a degree in Arts Management from the University of Iowa. She moved to Charlottesville in 2012 and began volunteering as an intern at SSG in January, 2013. She joined on as Outreach and Operations Manager in May 2014.



Claire Holman Thompson, Co-President
Charlotte Dammann, CCCA Rep, Co-President
Lynn Mills, Vice-President
Aaron Eichorst, Secretary
Chloe Ball
Courtney Coker
Jacqueline Langholtz
Debbie White
Jim Kingdon
Holen Lewis
Jennis Warren

Bryan Slaughter, General Counsel
Anne Vanderwarker


Chris Baumer
Pamela Cole Friedman
William J. Kehoe
Susan Moldenhauer
Caroline Nunley Satira
Chica Tenney