Joseph Baldwin, Founder
Baldwin received an Associate of the Arts with emphasis in Photography and sculpture from Southwestern Illinois College in 1998 and went on to work in various forms of printing – from screen printing to newspaper production – and in 2004 relocated to Chicago for a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Moving Image Arts, and immediately after a Masters of Fine Arts in Electronic Visualization (New Media Art). His thesis work is based on the transformation of urban areas through eco art. Baldwin is currently self represented and has been featured in a solo exhibition at the University Club of Chicago, and most recently at the Tall Grass Arts Association in Park Forest, IL. His work is in several collections, including the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, the John M. Flaxman Library at The School of Art Institute of Chicago, and in the Bower Ashton Library at the University of West of England in Bristol, UK. Prior to founding Noisivelvet, Baldwin worked for several other nonprofit organizations, including ProjectFOCUS and the Graffiti Zone. Much of his work in the nonprofit arena has been as a civic recreation coordinator.
Brittany Bommelman, Board Member & Publishing Assistance Program Developer
Bommelman has experience in all types of writing and editing throughout her life. She was the Editor in Chief at The Argus in 2011, obtained her degree in English and the Rhetorical Arts in May 2012 from UIC and will complete her editorial certificate from University of Chicago in May 2013. Bommelman spends her time researching the English language and working as an HR assistant at Guaranteed Rate Inc. She also has a blog where she analyzes the books she reads: http://inmediusreswritingasiknowit.blogspot.com/.
Joanna Lindquist, Board Member & Volunteer Coordinator
Lindquist graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009 with a degree in Sociology and English with a concentration in cultural media studies. Since graduating college, she has interned for the media relations department at National Parent Teacher Association and pursued various internships and activities in relation to media and the arts. As a Chicago native, she naturally loves building relationships with those around her and bringing people together in the community for a good cause. She is thrilled to be working with Noisivelvet’s creative team and looks forward to being able to reach out to the city through its’ artistic, green initiative one project at a time.
Legacy board members:
Carrie Menendez, PhD, MPA, Research Assistant, Great Cities Institute, Doctoral Student, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs; Madiem Kawa, organizer of the Smart Garden at the Museum of Science and Industry, and Environmental Program Organizer at the University of Illinois Extension; Molly Meyer, Green Roofing Consultant, Molly Meyer LLC; Gregory Harper, M.S. Ed; Teacher, New Trier High School, Northfield; NCTM, massage therapist, Hug the Moon Wellness Studio, Oak Park; and Tristan j.m. Hummel, founder art on track.