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Fred Bidwell

Executive Director


Fred Bidwell (he/him) is a philanthropist, collector, and community leader. After a 35-year career as an advertising and marketing entrepreneur, in 2011 he and his wife established the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation. In 2013, the Bidwell Foundation opened Transformer Station, a contemporary art exhibition space on Cleveland’s West Side. Transformer Station alternates between acting as a venue for exhibitions curated by the Bidwells from their renowned collection of photo-based contemporary art and as a venue for exhibitions organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art. Fred Bidwell served twice as board president of the Akron Art Museum and is currently on the board of the Cleveland Museum of Art, on the Visiting Committee of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, and chairs the board of Assembly for the Arts.

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Sarah Spinner Liska

Deputy Director; Director of Exhibitions and Development


Sarah Spinner Liska (she/her) is a lawyer and non-profit leader, with extensive experience in fundraising, communications, and project management. As FRONT's Deputy Director, Sarah leads exhibition planning and operations, working closely on partner and funder relationships. Sarah has led important initiatives for FRONT, including making FRONT the first art organization in Cleveland--and the first 'ennial on the continent--to secure W.A.G.E. certification, meeting transparent guidelines for compensating artistic labor. She has also led FRONT's accessibility campaign, securing "All Means All" certification from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Sarah is admitted to practice law in Ohio and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association. She chairs the Special Exhibitions Committee at the Maltz Museum, leads the Community Conversations series as a trustee of the Yale Alumni Association of Cleveland, serves on the Johns Hopkins University Second Decade Society, leads the North American Arts 'Ennials Alliance, and serves as a Governing Member of the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Sarah holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, where she received the Hans Gatzke Prize and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served on the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities. Sarah was awarded a Golieb Fellowship in Legal History at NYU Law School and holds a B.A. in the History of Art and French and an M.A. in Humanistic Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

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Allison Hope Smith Hernandez

Digital Media & Special Projects Manager


Allison Hope Smith Hernandez (she/her) is an artist and arts administrator, specializing in exhibitions, project management, and social media. She is a double alumnus of Kent State University, holding a B.F.A. (2014) and M.F.A. (2018) in studio art with a concentration in textiles. In addition to FRONT, Allison also manages Transformer Station, a contemporary art museum in Ohio City, coordinating exhibitions, managing the collection, serving as an artist liaison, and developing social media content. Allison previously served as the Graduate Assistant to the Director of the Kent State University School of Art Collection & Galleries, as an art instructor at 4Cats Arts Studio and the Artful Living & Learning Program, and as a Museum Assistant at the Massillon Museum.

Project Management

  • Nancy Boylan
  • Joe Lanzilotta
  • Greg Peckham

Development

  • Sarah Siebert

Finance and Accounting

  • Kelly Peecook
  • Elizabeth Place
  • Rita Tersigni