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SARA COCHRAN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CHIEF CURATOR

Sara Cochran has begun her Directorship of The Church with plans to lead the institution by work with Fischl, Gornik and the Board to open it, expand its board, build staff, establish strong relations with the community, and plan for its future growth.

Cochran worked most recently with artist Gregory Sale on his year-long project Future IDs on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. She was previously Director and Chief Curator at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, where she doubled the museum’s annual attendance, increased its earned revenue and vastly expanded its presence on social media. During her tenure there, she curated eight exhibitions, including major projects with Betye Saar (2016) and Postcommodity (2015). She also organized a diverse series of programs including discussions with Founding Guerrilla Girl Kathe Kollwitz, Robert Irwin, Tom Sachs, Henry Rollins, Megan Rapinoe, and Dan Savage among many others, as well as running innovative events such as national film premiers, stand-up comedy, a book club, maker events, an escape room and collaboration with the City of Scottsdale to celebrate diversity.

 

As Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Phoenix Art Museum, Cochran organized fifteen exhibitions including premiering and traveling Kehinde Wiley’s Memling Series in 2013. Under her leadership, the museum acquired over 200 works of art by artists such as Dan Graham, Sui Jianguo, Glenn Ligon, Maya Lin, Ruben Ochoa, Jennifer Steinkamp, Lawrence Weiner and Kehinde Wiley. Earlier in her career, she held curatorial positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She earned her Ph.D. in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and has a Masters from Université de la Sorbonne, Paris IV. In 2015, she was participated in the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University. 

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CECILIA WEAVER

DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Cecilia Weaver joined The Church as Deputy Director, where she works with the Executive Director to carry out the mission of the institution through the organization and execution of exhibitions and programming.

 

Cecilia brings to bear a deep understanding of Contemporary art and art operations. Most recently, Cecilia was the Director and co-founder of LX, a Contemporary art space on the Upper East Side, and previously worked at Sotheby's and Art Agency Partners as Senior Manager of Business Development under Amy Cappellazzo.

 

A native New Yorker, Cecilia received MA Double Honours in Art History and Management from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. 

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THOMAS BROKISH

FACILITIES DIRECTOR

As Facilities Director, Tom Brokish is an integral member of The Church staff. His broad range of responsibilities include the realization and installation of exhibits and events as well as working closely with the artists in resident. He oversees the historic structures of The Church and manages the use of its facilities. Caring for the Church and helping expand its vision is a unique opportunity for him. His enthusiasm for this project is grounded in his professional experience, having spent his career working seamless across artist’s studios, galleries, workshops and building sites.

 

Born in 1960 in Dubuque (Iowa), Tom received a BFA in sculpture from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and was selected for the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. In 1980 he moved to New York to pursue a career in sculpture. His career evolved from being mentored by artists including Siah Armajani, Scott Burton, Dennis Adams, Vito Acconci, and Barry Le Va to to working in their studios. In 1989 he began assisting Eric Fischl in his studio and with his encouragement developed a career as a furniture maker.

 

Bringing four decades of experience as a maker across a range of disciplines, Tom is excited to welcome the local community in this beautiful setting and engage them in events and programs centered on creativity. He is proud that his work contributes to the continuation to the long and rich history of innovation in the Village of Sag Harbor.