PostMasters

the mission

Founded by Titus Kaphar and Jonathan Brand, PostMasters will establish a curated artistic community in New Haven, Connecticut invested in mentorship, professional development and skills training.

Join Titus and his team to support the development of this exceptional artistic community. Donations are facilitated through Dwight Hall, a not for profit organization at Yale University. Read a little more about us below, and for more information contact us directly: info@kapharstudio.com.

 

the objectives

  • Develop a curated and fully equipped artist incubator to both train and attract professional artists to New Haven and further establish a creative community.
  • Create a three tiered mentorship program that engages professional artists and curators with recent graduates and graduates, and high school students
  • Train apprentices in the skills necessary to work in an artistic studio, gallery or art fabrication facility
  • Provide employment opportunities for the local community

 

the story

When Elm City PostMasters Founder, Titus Kaphar, graduated from Yale School of Art with an MFA, like most recent MFAs, moved to New York City. After a few years there establishing an art practice Titus did something most Yale MFAs don’t do—he returned to New Haven. Similarly, co-founder and fellow Yale MFA graduate, Jonathan Brand returned after basing himself in New York upon graduation.

Over time both discovered other young, successful artists who were living in New Haven but felt isolated. They were always excited and surprised to find others like themselves living close by. So, why do so many Yale MFAs leave New Haven after graduation? And why have artists left New York for cities like Detroit, and not New Haven? They seek out artistic communities with a network of master artists and opportunities for professional development.

The team envisioned an artist incubator situated an area of New Haven that would benefit an entire neighborhood. They saw a place where master artists could work and mentor young, exceptional artists from around the world; where professional development, or the “business of art” was exposed in regular seminars featuring legal, administrative, financial and art industry professionals; where local high school students could work alongside resident artists as traditional apprentices, studio managers and curators, and experience the arts as a viable career path. This vision became the PostMasters project.

Founded in the Dixwell area of New Haven, it will be located in a place which — like other post-industrial American neighborhoods — continues to struggle. Despite its challenges, Dixwell is also a neighborhood rooted in rich cultural history and thus uniquely positioned for creative revitalization. Partners Deborah Berke and associates have begun to work with the PostMasters team to develop a flagship building in the heart of the Dixwell neighborhood. It is slated to open Fall 2018.

the team

Titus Kaphar, Founder

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Titus Kaphar received an MFA from the Yale School of Art. He is the recipient of the distinguished Jacob Lawrence Fellowship, a 2015 Creative Capital grant and the 2016 Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist grant. His work is included in the collections of: The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Seattle Art Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art, among others. In 2014, TIME magazine commissioned Kaphar to create an artwork in response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Kaphar’s work has been reviewed in the New Yorker, Huffington Post, the New York Times, the Washington Post and Forbes, among others. He is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Kaphar lives and works in New Haven with his wife Julianne and their sons.

 

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Jonathan Brand, Co-Founder

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Jonathan Brand received an MFA from the Yale School of Art. He is the recipient of the distinguished Pollack-KrasnerFoundation Grant, several Canada Council for the Arts Projects grants, The Roberts Foundation Grant, and the Connecticut Commission for the Arts Grants. His work has been exhibited at: The Queens Museum of Art, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, NURTUREart New York, Gallerie de Roussan, Paris, France. His collaborative work has been shown internationally, including at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Jonathan and his work have been featured in articles in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Journal du Design, and on the Discovery Channel online. He lives and works in New Haven with his wife, artist Jaclyn Conley and their son.

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Jason Price, Business Advisor

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Jason Price is a partner in Exaltare Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm, where he specializes in investments in lower middle market firms and family-owned businesses seeking growth capital to professionalize operations. Prior to that, he served as a senior vice president at Cigna Investment Management and as the head of private equity investment activity for the Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, where he oversaw a $4 billion private equity investment program. Over his professional career, Jason has served on the advisory boards of more than 12 private equity partnerships. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of All Our Kin and the Promising Scholars Fund. Jason received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BA in business administration from Morehouse College. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Jason lives in New Haven with his wife Christina and two sons.

Carrie Mackin, Director

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Carrie Mackin of Mackin Projects is an art and business consultant based in New York City. With more than 10 years of experience producing and curating over 100 exhibitions and projects between New York and Florida, Mackin has built a niche consultancy specializing in career development and profitable business practices for contemporary artists who have achieved accelerated growth and desire expansion. In her spare time she advises a private non-correlated asset class investing in fine art, rare books and wine, and serves on the art committees of Empowers Africa and Stephen Petronio Company. Prior to moving to New York, she received her BA in Photography, a Graduate Certificate of Nonprofit Management, and served on Mayor Pam Iorio’s Creative Industries Council while pursuing a Master of Public Administration at the University of South Florida. Mackin is a native Floridian, and she lives and works in Manhattan with her wife Noël and their dog Rocco.