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Co-Founder and Lead Artist Peter Kimelman (PK) is an artist, architect, designer and thinker, whose work spans the arbitrary boundaries of building, interior, graphic, and event design. A New York City native, PK moved to San Francisco to practice after spending several years in architectural publishing. Passionate about cultural criticism and architectural pedagogy he has taught design, theory and digital technology at several institutions including Iowa State, Woodbury, and Drury Universities. His research on wine and design for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was on view in the exhibit, How Wine Became Modern. He has worked for several prominent San Francisco architecture firms, and continues to consult on projects regarding design and culture. He received his Masters in Architecture from UCLA and his Bachelors of Architecture from Cornell University.
Co-founder & Lead ArtistTo say Catie is a woman of many talents barely scratches the surface. Originally from Tucson, AZ, her Bay Area life is dedicated to building community and finding innovative ways to infuse creativity into her work as a public health professional. Catie brings her passion for coalescing people to collaborate, create and learn along with her expertise in project management, research and education to the Flux Foundation. Catie received her Master of Public Health from San Francisco State and her BA in Psychology from Boston College. When she’s not building art and fire or being a public health nerd, Catie plays the ukulele wherever and whenever she can.
Co-Director, Artist & Instigator People have often described Jessica Hobbs as someone trying to lead a compulsively artistic life, which is more or less true. She started off her adventure in a small Sierra Foothill town and eventually meandered her way to the San Francisco Bay Area. Along the way Jess has worn many hats: running and creating community art programs, counseling teenagers, curating, exhibiting, designing, photographing and playing with some girls who love lipstick and accelerants. She is an MFA graduate from the San Francisco Art Institute and has been wandering and creating large scale art around the world for well over a decade. She believes collaboration is key in community and art.
Operations Director Thwen lives at the corner of precision and chaos. At the Flux Foundation, he links visions and ideals through art projects, connecting dreams to people and their tools. In roles ranging from metal fabrication to resource and workflow management, Thwen brings logic and creativity to Flux. Away from Flux, Thwen is a homemaker, shuttling two daughters to school then artistic and athletic pursuits, even acting as their school’s music teacher and ‘lunch lady.’ He received a B.A. from Cornell University before graduate work at the University of Michigan. A multilingual and multicultural child of Bangkok, Thailand and Ithaca, New York, Thwen has lived as a poet, defense contractor, rower, drum major, editor, hockey player, fine arts model, car racer, and surfer.
Art DirectorBen C. Anderson AIA is a principal and founder of Slope, a Bay Area architecture studio. A busy man of many talents, he comes from a family of musicians and plays the bass. As a native of the Finger Lakes, if you don’t see him playing the bass, and he isn’t working in the office, or building art in the shop, most likely you can probably find sailing the SF Bay. Before founding Slope and after receiving his B. Arch from Cornell he was the principal of the Anderson Studio for Architecture and serves as FLUX’s resident expert on wood construction.
Production Director Paul is a producer, field director, event and volunteer coordinator who has worked with Harpo Productions, Bonnaroo and Alloy Digital among others. Paul transforms crews of staff and volunteers into tight and efficient teams, naturally motivating them to work at their greatest potential. He is an innate collaborator who sees every project through to fruition. He’s a born and bred Jersey boy who recently escaped from Brooklyn and now calls the Bay Area home. Paul holds a BFA in Theater and is dad to the coolest little boy in the world.