Welcome to our Newest Board Members!
Mary Edith Alexander has been with the Bank of America Art Collection since 2004. Mary Edith curates exhibitions for the bank’s Art in Our Communities program. Projects comprise both physical exhibitions like the Transcending Visions: American Impressionism 1870-1940 from the Bank of America Collection which has toured the United States and Seoul, Korea thus far, and virtual exhibitions for Bank of America’s Arts & Culture website: Varied Ground: The Modern African America Experience to complement the bank’s sponsorship of Dr. Henry Louis Gates’ documentary The African Americans: Many Rivers documentary and Bearing Witness: Documentary Photography of the 1930s which accompanied Ken Burns’ Dust Bowl. Additionally, she provides curatorial support for projects in the bank’s real estate portfolio. These range from smaller office renovations to multi-million dollar construction projects for the bank such as the Ritz-Carlton and 1BAC Tower in Charlotte.
Trained as a studio artist, Mary Edith received her undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She has shown at Franz Bader Gallery and Gallery 10 in Washington, D.C. as well as regional exhibitions such as Homegrown at Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), May 2001. Mary Edith taught at college and high school levels in Baltimore and Charlotte before joining Hodges Taylor Gallery as a gallery associate from 1997 until 2003.
Mary Edith was a recipient of the Regional Artists Grant (1998-99) from the Mecklenburg Arts and Sciences Council for her project entitled Landmarks, which was exhibited at the Levine Museum of the New South. In 2003-04, she was an Affiliate Artist at the McColl Center for Visual Art. Her work is held in the corporate collections, Queens University of Charlotte as well as private collections in Australia, Great Britain, Malaysia, and the United States.
Born and raised in the Charlotte area, Joshua attended Winthrop University studying International Business. With deep appreciation for the arts from a very young age, Joshua was heavily involved in arts related programs since elementary school. Drama club, band, dance, and creative writing was among the favorites. As an adult, Joshua has volunteered and sat on several non profit boards with the arts focused ones being his favorites.
Kimberly is currently an independent consultant and Endowed Professor in the Department of Mass Communication at North Carolina Central University where she also teaches in the School of Business. Previously she served for 15 years as the Vice President of Marketing and External Relations with North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. Her experience includes writing, editing, project management, marketing plan development, quantitative and qualitative research, higher education curriculum development as well as board leadership specifically in fundraising and stakeholder development. She is currently on the Development Committee of the UNC Chapel Hill Hussman School of Journalism and Media Foundation Board. Her board memberships include Lincoln Community Health Center Foundation and the Duke Health System Chancellor’s Advisory Committee. She also serves as the Chairman for Christian Education for North East Baptist Church. Kimberly grew up in Raleigh and has Bachelor’s and Ph. D. degrees from UNC Chapel Hill in Public Relations and a Master’s degree in English from NC State University. She lives in Durham with her husband, Eric, and sons, Elliott and Edward.
Stephanie Smith is a Business Development Manager at Cisco Systems where she’s responsible for scaling the growth and accelerating the adoption of bought Cisco products. She’s also a professor in the School of Business at North Carolina Central University. With a rich background in Marketing and Development, Stephanie brings years of experience having worked to penetrate new markets, assess product positioning and influence company’s strategy to execute for effectiveness. She has a Master’s of Business Administration from North Carolina Central University, and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from East Carolina University.
Welcome, Mary Edith, Joshua, Kimberly and Stephanie!