Staff

Ariel Shanberg

Executive Director

Ariel Shanberg was appointed as the DVAA’s Executive Director in June 2017. Just the second director in the organization’s history, he brings 20 years of leadership experience rooted in Upstate New York’s cultural community. As a curator, Ariel has organized exhibitions at such venues as the Dorsky Museum and the Center for Photography at Woodstock where he was director prior to joining DVAA. His writing on artists has been featured in several publications including Aspect: The Chronicle of New Media Art.  

A member of the board of directors of the Society for Photographic Education, he additionally serves on the board of directors of the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association.

When not at work, Ariel can be found exploring the region’s art and cultural happenings with his family.

Signe Ballew

Gallery Manager

Signe Ballew studied at Alfred University and received her BFA in 2012, with a focus in glass and printmaking. After graduation, she has worked for several non-profits along the east coast, including Peters Valley School of Craft in New Jersey.

She most recently was living in Asheville, NC, where she worked for the NC Glass Center as a Studio Coordinator and at the YMCA of Western North Carolina as the Center Operations Coordinator.

Signe recently relocated back to Damascus, PA, in March of 2021, and has been working locally. She joined DVAA in November 2021 just in time for Art in Sixes

She’s excited for this opportunity and getting back into the local art community.

Matt Carpenter

Performing Arts Director

A graduate from the University of Oklahoma’s Helmerich School of Drama where he received a BFA in Acting, Matt Carpenter joined DVAA in fall 2018 as its Performing Arts Director.

Following years of summer stock, regional theater, and national tours, he relocated to NYC where he landed stints on such shows as ABC’s “All My Children,” NBC’s “Grease You’re the One That I Want,” and Off-Broadway productions. Matt shifted his theater career to experiential brand marketing and event management for Fortune 500 companies and the Fashion Industry.

Tina Spangler

Big Eddy Film Festival Director

Tina Spangler first joined DVAA as Communications Director in 2006, after living and working in New York City in film and television for 10 years. She serves as the Festival Director of DVAA’s Big Eddy Film Festival, which she helped launch in 2012.

In 2009, Spangler produced and directed Lucky Lake, a short documentary about Sullivan County’s little-known African American vacation spot. She lives in Narrowsburg, NY’s Luxton Lake community where she has built and restored several homes, and where she is currently in the process of restoring a 1930s hunting cabin. When not working, Tina is usually managing her Airbnb rental cabin, swimming in the Ten Mile River with her young children, or sitting around a campfire.

Erica Freyberger

Grants Manager

Erica Freyberger joined DVAA in October 2021. Previously she served as Managing Director at the Children’s Museum of the Arts and as the Operations Manager + Project Coordinator at Storefront for Art and Architecture. 

Erica received her Masters Degree in Arts and Cultural Management at Pratt Institute and holds a BFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Art. 

She was the Founder and Director of Iceberger Gallery in San Francisco and has held positions at Pratt Institute, California College of the Arts and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum.

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