Jenene Castle, Executive Assistant

Jenene Castle is the Executive Administrative Assistant at ZERO1. She combines over 15 years of administrative experience with project management and creativity. Jenene holds a BFA in Digital Media Art from CADRE Laboratory for New Media at San Jose State University. Her passion for art, community, and culture have allowed Jenene to collaboratively produce works in Canada, Germany, Russia, Turkey, and the US. A native of Silicon Valley, Jenene promotes art, interactivity, and technology as a catalyst for social change.

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Joel Slayton, Executive Director

He took the helm of ZERO1 in June of 2008 after serving as a both a board member for the organization and chairperson of ISEA2006, which was held in conjunction with the inaugural 01SJ Biennial. An artist, writer and researcher, Joel is a full tenured professor at San Jose State University where he served as Director of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media from 1988 to 2008. Established in 1984 CADRE is one of the oldest and most prestigious centers in the United States dedicated to the development of experimental applications involving information technology and art.

Joel has also served on the Board of Directors of Leonardo/ISAST (International Society for Art, Science and Technology) from 1999 to 2008, and was Editor and Chief of the Leonardo-MIT Press Book. Most recently,...Read more

Kate Spacek, American Arts Incubator Project Coordinator

Kate Spacek combines 15 years in business operations, project management, and event production with proficiencies in personal development, creativity, and group facilitation to do what she loves – collaborate with global change-makers to further their missions in a playful yet purposeful way. She leverages the innately human qualities of art and play to spark “social change projects.” She is Director at LUDIKA, where she co-designs unique collaborative art and game experiences that connect, educate, and inspire action.

Kate recently spent ten months in Indonesia, where she co-produced the third annual, highly-acclaimed TEDxUbud. Now back in the States, she is reveling in the fertile and innovative world that is the San Francisco Bay Area. Current projects...Read more

Lauren Benetua, American Arts Incubator Program Assistant

Lauren Benetua is an arts advocate and aspiring curator in love with art for social change. She takes keen interest in educational experiences that are innovative, informal, self-directed and playful. She is Bay Area-born with a BA in History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and MA in Museum Studies from a joint degree with Marist College, Poughkeepsie New York, and the International Institute of Lorenzo de’ Medici, Florence, Italy. She has spoken and guest lectured at institutions including University of California, Santa Cruz (department of History of Art and Visual Culture), Università degli Studi di Firenze (department of Anthropology), San Jose State University (Annual Art History Symposium) and University of New York (...Read more

Sarah Beth Nesbit, Marketing Director

Sarah Beth works within the Marketing Department at ZERO1 cultivating new relationships and providing all around marketing support. She brings a broad artistic perspective to the table with her background in fine arts, industrial arts and her Masters in Public Art from the University of Southern California. Sarah Beth has assisted with numerous art organizations and events including the 2012 and 2010 ZERO1 Biennial, 2008 California Biennial, 2008 Women in the City, and Absolutely Public, Crossover: Art and Architecture in Brisbane Australia.

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Sarah Lysgaard

Sarah Lysgaard is a gallery assistant at ZERO1. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and she has recently received her BA in Art History Visual Culture from San Jose State University, where she is currently working toward earning her MA in Art History and Visual Culture as well. She believes art history is quintessential of humanity’s discipline. Her area of interest is Italian Renaissance, however she has a growing knowledge for contemporary art as she has come into closer contact with the subject. In 2013 she served as a gallery assistant for the Director of the Natalie and James Thompson Gallery, Jo Farb Hernandez, at SJSU on a project titled, Creativity, Change, Commitment: A Celebration of 100 Years of the Department of Art.

With a total of six exhibitions...Read more

Serlin Quah, Development Coordinator

Serlin works in development researching grants, funding opportunities and providing all round support to build the development arm within ZER01. In a past life she crafted promotional campaigns for various restaurant chains in Singapore, which helped fuel a passion for food and cooking. Since then she has helped launched Domino magazine, and helped fine tune various consumer brands. Her alter ego thrives on yoga, knitting, design blogs, and she has a healthy obsession with pretty shoes and gelato.

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