Tinworks Art is a project by Story Mill Art, a Bozeman-based 501c3, that seeks to realize contemporary art installations in non-traditional spaces, and in doing so create dynamic, engaging experiences that encourage visitors to challenge their assumptions and rethink what is possible. Story Mill Art is excited to share Tinworks Art with the Bozeman community in Summer 2019.

Steering Committee

Anne Avis

Anne serves on the boards of Global Press, KQED, and Internews. Formerly Chair of the Board of KQED Public Media, she now chairs KQED’s campaign to raise funds for digital transformation, regional news, and media for education. She is a former trustee of MASS MoCA, the Fund for Global Human Rights, and the NPR Foundation. Anne lives in Palo Alto, CA and Clyde Park, MT with her husband Greg. They have three grown children. She was raised in Massachusetts and is a graduate of Williams College.

Greg Avis

Greg is managing partner of Bangtail Partners, a private investment firm. He is a cofounder and former managing director of Summit Partners, one of the nation’s leading private equity and venture capital firms, which has raised over $15 billion in capital since its inception.

Greg has served on the boards of more than 40 public and private companies. His non-profit work has included service on the boards of Williams College (chair), Cleveland Clinic, the James Irvine Foundation (chair), MASS MoCA, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Opportunity Fund (chair), the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Schwab Charitable Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation (chair, 2007 and interim president, 2018), and the Sobrato Family Foundation.

Through Bangtail Partners, Greg has recently spearheaded a number of projects in Montana and environs, including the rejuvenation of three hotels and the Rialto theater, while also developing a workforce housing project.

Eli Ridgway

Eli is the founder and director of Eli Ridgway | Contemporary Art, representing mid-career artists. Eli operated his brick-and-mortar gallery in downtown San Francisco from 2008-2013, and since moving to Bozeman in 2013, has continued to operate his gallery virtually. While in San Francisco, Eli was a trustee for the San Francisco Art Institute, and the associate director of the Gallery Paule Anglim, a leading contemporary art gallery the Bay Area. He also served as the director of communications for Kentwood Investments, an investment firm focused on real estate development. Eli received a BFA in new genres from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a BA in international relations from Dartmouth College.

Dr. Royce W. Smith

Dr. Royce W. Smith is Dean of the College of Arts & Architecture at Montana State University. Coming to Montana in 2016, Dr. Smith has been a strong advocate for the role of arts and creativity in land-grant universities. He has served as a curator for the Havana Biennial in Cuba and the Curitiba Biennial in Brazil, and he completed a Fulbright Fellowship in 2015 to initiate the Asunción Biennial of International Art in Paraguay which is now in its third iteration. Dr. Smith completed his PhD in art history at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and has had teaching appointments at the University of New South Wales-Sydney and the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He has also been the first US professor invited by the Cuban Ministry of Culture to teach at the Instituto Superior de Artes in Havana—a national arts school that continues a robust relationship with Montana State University today.

Joseph C. Thompson

Joseph Thompson has spearheaded the creation of MASS MoCA - the largest center for contemporary and performing arts in the United States - from its beginnings in 1987 to its realization in 1999. Thompson began lobbying for the formation of the center shortly after the project was proposed, and was appointed founding director of MASS MoCA when initial plans were approved by the Massachusetts legislature in 1988. Thompson expanded the institution from its initial mission as a venue for the display of contemporary visual works, to a center that encompasses and erases the traditional line between the visual and performing arts. His vision of MASS MoCA as an open laboratory for both artists and visitors to explore contemporary art has led to the creation of an institution unparalleled in this country.

In the eleven years he has served as Director, Thompson has overseen the development of the architectural program for the 13-acre campus of 19th-century factory buildings; articulated the institution's far-ranging program; and built the center's staff, board, and governing structure. Simultaneously, he has played a critical role in raising both the public and private funds that have enabled MASS MoCA to become a reality. Mr. Thompson has sparked and nurtured many of the projects developed as part of MASS MoCA's evolution and site-testing, including Desire, the first solo exhibition of the visual art of David Byrne; the Clocktower Project, a permanent sound art installation by Christina Kubisch; and EarMarks, an exhibition of seven site-specific sound art installations in Northern Berkshire County. Thompson's nearly twenty-year career in the arts spans museums and academia. Beginning in 1982, he served for three years as preparator and exhibitions designer at the Williams College Museum of Art, and 1984 was awarded a residency at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC as the James Webb Fellow for excellence in the management of cultural institutions. From 1988 - 90, he held the post of lecturer in contemporary art at Williams College and the University of Pennsylvania.

A 1981 graduate of Williams College, Thompson received an MA in art history in 1986 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named an Annenberg Fellow. He earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business in 1987, along with the Morganthau Fellowship in recognition of his work in public policy and management.

Connie Wolf

Connie Wolf currently serves as Commissioner for the San Francisco Public Library. She has been a nonprofit executive in the arts, education, and museums for the past 30 years. Throughout her professional career, she has been dedicated to improving and enhancing the cultural life of communities and their citizens. She served as the Director and CEO of the Contemporary Jewish Museum, where she oversaw the growth of a community-based institution into a new facility with a new programs. She also was the Director of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University and also was the Associate Director at the Whitney Museum. She currently serves as a consultant leading the integration of a visual arts program for the new hospital at Stanford Health Care. She also is a Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees at Fort Mason Center for the Arts and Culture. She received a BA in East Asian Studies from Stanford University.