Cindi Boiter is a six-time winner of the SC Fiction Project, winner of the Piccolo Fiction Project, the Porter Fleming Award for fiction, and the 2014 recipient of the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts. She is the founder and editor of Jasper Magazine, The Limelight volumes I and II, A Sense of the Midlands, Art from the Ashes, and Marked by the Water, co-editor and founder of the literary magazine Fall Lines – a literary convergence, author of Buttered Biscuits, and literary author of Red Social. She currently sits on the boards of directors of Girls Rock Columbia, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities Midlands Advisory Committee, The University of South Carolina Women’s and Gender Studies Partnership Council, the Deckle Edge Literary Festival Steering Committee, One Book One Community, the Midlands Anchor Advisory Board and the planning committee for the Midlands Arts Conservatory, after previously sitting on the boards of directors for the Columbia Classical Ballet, Columbia City Jazz, and Trustus Theatre. Cindi is the executive director of The Jasper Project.
Phillip Blair is a lifelong Columbia resident and has been an active part of the Main Street revitalization since opening The Whig bar and restaurant in 2005. He coordinates a number of Main Street and other community events including Jam Room Music Festival, Arts & Draughts, First Thursdays on Main, and Indie Grits. When he isn't working at The Whig or on an upcoming event, you can find him hanging out with his three big dogs. Phill is the vice president of the Jasper Project board of directors.
J. Britt is PMP (Project Management Professional) certified and has helped over 50 businesses and organizations in all phases of development both as a private contractor and CEO of his own company – Magnolia Development. He has worked for Fortune 500 companies such as Whole Foods Market, and all sizes of business down to small non-profit organizations. Most recently he was Director of Operations at the USC Technology Incubator where he assisted countless technology start-ups and hosted events such as Google StartUp Weekend. He has decades of IT experience with high level software development methodologies including Agile and Scrum. He is also is a licenced real estate broker, and is broker-in-charge of Central Real Estate Services. A graduate of the USC Darla Moore school of business, he serves on the executive board of Trustus Theatre, Tapp's Arts Center, and is 2018 President of the Columbia Vista Guild. His current role is as Project Director for Midlands Arts Conservatory (MAC) and guiding them toward an August 2018 opening.
Mary Bentz Gilkerson is active in the SC art scene as an artist, art critic, public art administrator, and curator. Since the early 1990s, she has kept up a steady exhibition pace throughout the state and beyond. Her work has been exhibited at the Greenville County (S.C.) Museum of Art, the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Ga., the Sumter County (S.C.) Gallery of Art, and the University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia among others. Gilkerson holds BFA, MA and MFA degrees from the University of South Carolina.
Sara Kennedy is a Columbia native and former Columbia Museum of Art employee turned web developer. Following an eight year career in nonprofit administration and event planning, she attended a coding school and graduated in 2014 from the Front End Engineering program. Sara currently works on a User Experience Team developing websites for Unum and Colonial Life. For the last two years she has worked with 100 Girls of Code Columbia empowering young women in the Columbia area to become makers of technology. In her free time, besides doing freelance work, she enjoys spending time with her dogs, traveling and trying new restaurants.
Kyle Petersen is the Assistant Editor of Jasper Magazine and a regional freelance arts and culture writer. Petersen does healthcare writing by day at the South Carolina Hospital Association and embraces the life of the critic at night. He has a Masters degree in English from the USC, the coursework from an unfinished PhD, and a great idea for a book-length treatise on Kanye West. Four writing partners (a dog and three cats) help him out occasionally, while his wife is responsible for most of the smart things that end up in his stories. Follow him on Twitter if you want to hear lots of snark about awards shows and political theater.
Lee Snelgrove is the Executive Director of One Columbia for Arts and History. Since taking the position, he's overseen the establishment of a process for commissioning public art and the installation of seven new pieces, the creation of a cultural passport program to grow Columbia’s audiences, the establishment of the position of a City Poet Laureate, coordinated the development of a strategic plan for the Congaree Vista’s formal cultural district designation, and has been a leader of multi-organizational city-wide events including the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Burning of Columbia and the upcoming Solar Eclipse in August 2017.
Barry Wheeler is an IT professional and a Columbia, SC artist, concentrating his work in digital media. He is a graduate of the South Carolina Honors College (BS, Chemistry) and the University of South Carolina (MA, Media Arts). His background in science and computers motivates his practice, which explores the relationships between technology, digital process, information design, and art. Barry’s work has been featured at various exhibitions and shows in the Midlands, including Artista Vista, Vista Lights, Indie Grits, Anastasia and Friends, City Art, Colonial Life, the Koger Center, and Tapp's.