Staff & Board



Kristen Chiacchia, Executive Director

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, and Erik Benson. During her more than 13 years with the gallery, 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. She is a participating member of ArtTable; the Apollo Circle at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Young Collectors Council at the Guggenheim Museum in New York; 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 has also completed a Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts at New York University. Chiacchia joined the gallery in September 2016.


Tosha Grantham, Curator

Tosha Grantham has significant experience as both a curator and researcher. She has worked on shows that present both contemporary and historical works, and also on projects involving recent technology, performance art, and new media. In addition to curatorial experience, she has worked as an artist, adjunct professor, art consultant, program coordinator and museum educator; she has organized public and member programs for special exhibitions and hosted lectures for public and private art collections. Beyond the visual arts, Tosha has produced projects with musicians, performing artists, dancers, poets, and playwrights.

Tosha earned a B.A. in art history from Georgetown University, and an M.A. in art history from Howard University. She is a PhD Candidate in art history in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She joined in the gallery in September 2013.


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