Fred Bidwell photo Kathryn Dike 2018

Fred Bidwell


Fred Bidwell 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 and on the Visiting Committee of the Allen Memorial Art Museum.


Sarah Spinner Liska

Deputy Director, Director of Exhibitions

Sarah Spinner Liska is a lawyer and historian, with extensive experience in the arts and project management. After moving to Ohio, Sarah worked on the inaugural edition of FRONT International and also served as Director of Data and Analytics on a congressional campaign. Sarah holds a doctorate from Yale University, where she received the Hans Gatzke Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in European History, and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as an editor on the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities. Sarah also holds a B.A. in the History of Art and French and an M.A. in Humanistic Studies from Johns Hopkins University.


Allison H. Smith

Project Manager

Allison H. Smith is an Ohio-native artist and arts administrator. A double alumnus of Kent State University, she holds a BFA (2014) and MFA (2018) in studio art with a concentration in textiles. In addition to being on the FRONT team, Smith works as the Gallery Manager at Transformer Station (Cleveland). She previously served as the Graduate Assistant to the Director of the School of Art Collection & Galleries at Kent State University and as Museum Assistant at Massillon Museum. Smith has also taught children's art lessons at both a private art studio and in preschool classes.

Co-Artistic Directors

  • Prem Krishnamurthy
  • Tina Kukielski

Curatorial Team bios can be found here.

Project Management

  • Nancy Boylan
  • Joe Lanzilotta
  • Greg Peckham


  • Sarah Siebert

Finance and Accounting

  • Kelly Peecook
  • Elizabeth Place
  • Rita Tersigni