Heidi Diedrich is executive director of ART WORKS Projects for Human Rights (AWP), a post she assumed in July 2016 after working in human rights in the Middle East for nearly five years. She brings a diverse background in international development and photography, complementing more than two decades of leadership experience in nonprofit communications. From 2011 to 2016, Diedrich was based in Iraq and served in leadership roles with international non-governmental organizations focused on international development, emergency humanitarian response, and advocacy. Diedrich was also director of Metrography – the first Iraqi photo agency, where she led efforts to operationalize the agency and established a non-profit training center focused on cultivating an independent Iraqi media and ethical human rights reporting in the Middle East. Prior to Iraq, Diedrich held various leadership roles with U.S. non-profit organizations, directing strategic communication initiatives for issues related to U.S. health policy and access to health care; academic medicine; bench and clinical research; nutrition science and research; product research and development; higher education; and social services for the most vulnerable populations in Illinois. Her experience also includes for-profit communications leadership, representing the pharmaceutical industry and global consumer brands. Diedrich began her professional career as a photojournalist and holds a bachelor of science degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where she studied photography, journalism, and communications. She lives in Chicago.
Annalise Taylor is the Communications & Exhibitions Coordinator for ART WORKS Projects. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a master’s degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in Art History, Theory, and Criticism. She also served as a Graduate Fellow for SAIC’s new Institute for Curatorial Research & Practice. Taylor’s work has specifically focused on the impact of art for both the maker and the viewer, and she is committed to enhancing audience engagement for social change. Her museum and curatorial experience includes the Roger Brown Study Collection, the Brooks Museum of Art, and the the Project Room Gallery. Prior to attending SAIC, she was based in Argentina, where she led communications for TasterLab, an international tech startup.
Claire Abell is a senior at Loyola University Chicago majoring in International Studies and Psychology with a minor in French Language and Literature. She recently returned from France where she spent a semester studying international relations at Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence. Claire’s interests include the rights of children, comparative education policy, and the interaction between universalism and cultural relativism in international human rights law. After graduation Claire hopes to return to Europe to pursue a graduate degree in global studies or museum studies.
Giovanna Giuriolo joined ART WORKS Projects as an intern in January 2016. She is a recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago, where she majored in International Studies and History, and minored in Black World Studies. Giovanna was born in Brazil and grew up in Italy. She spent her junior year of high school as an exchange student in Seattle and she studied in Rome for her freshmen year of college, where she also volunteered for a refugee center. This experience helped her develop an interest in human rights, in particular slavery, sex trafficking, and other forms of forced labor. Giovanna continues to intern with ART WORKS Projects while planning for her next step, attending graduate school in international affairs and political science in Europe.
Elaine Rojas-Castillo is a master’s candidate in the Journalism, MA program at Columbia College Chicago. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and a post-baccalaureate certificate in journalism from Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies. She also serves as the current Graduate Ambassador for Columbia’s Journalism, MA program. She recently completed her work as an intern at NBC Network News’ Midwest bureau, working directly on notable events, such as the 2016 presidential election. She also spent a semester studying political science and international relations in Paris, France. After completing her thesis and having been inspired by her work with ART WORKS Projects, Elaine hopes to pursue broadcast journalism through long-form investigative reporting.
Greg Doench is an architect and exhibition designer who has worked internationally on a range of cultural, commercial, and institutional buildings. As a principle in the national architectural design studio LARC, Greg brings years of international project experience as well as a background in large buildings and small scale furniture and fabrication. He provides the creative team with strong technical support in all of its installations. Greg’s experience in designing cultural centers also allows him to understand and account for the challenges and opportunities of the large international tours undertaken in each of ART WORKS Projects’ installations.
Maren Wickwire is a Berlin-based documentary director and producer. Maren’s documentaries and media work for nonprofits reflect her desire to see social change and justice. Her work has brought her to Holocaust survivors, Arab Christians in the Westbank, underserved women in Tajikistan, and ex-guerilla fighters in Huanuco, Peru. She uses documentary film as a tool to raise awareness and give a voice to the untold stories of injustice. Maren has a degree in Communication Design from the Folkwang University of the Arts in Germany. View samples of her work on her website and on Vimeo.