Meet The ArtServe Staff
Craig W. Johnson - With 22+ years of experience, Johnson is a seasoned veteran in artistic programming, creative direction and senior-level arts management. He joins ArtServe from Central Florida, where he served as president and CEO of the Center for Contemporary Dance, a nonprofit community dance organization he co-founded and spearheaded for 17 years. He earned national recognition for the organization with multiple awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and awards for statewide contributions to arts education, social change and innovation in the arts. Additionally, Johnson was a consultant for numerous arts organizations throughout the state, working to improve companies in all phases of their evolution. Johnson brings to ArtServe specialization in vision crafting, entrepreneurial thought leadership, grant writing, fund development, strategic planning and community building. With the goal of empowering artists to be agents of change, Johnson is a staunch proponent of diversity, inclusion and equitable access to the arts. Johnson’s vision for ArtServe includes positioning the organization as a creative laboratory dedicated to the curation of culture as art, with repercussions on a scale beyond that of art-making. Prior to entering a career in arts management, Johnson was a top medical school student, withdrawing after two years to return to his passion for the arts. Johnson graduated summa cum laude from Rollins College in Winter Park with a degree in biology.
Hal Axler has an extensive career in both the cultural arts and the entertainment industry. Hal has served as Executive Director of The Broward County Film Society which operates the annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and indie theater, Cinema Paradiso (now Savor Cinema). Hal also served as operation’s director for the Palm Beach International Film Festival. Prior to his career in the Arts, Hal spent over 25-years in the Home Entertainment Industry. This included management positions with industry leaders Handleman Company and Ingram Entertainment. Axler also spent time in commercial, public and college radio. Hal is active in the community having served on boards with an emphasis on the Arts, Agriculture and the Environment, Youth Activities and Cystic Fibrosis. Hal, a graduate of the Florida State University School of Music, is a published arranger and continues to perform in area music ensembles.
Sophie Bonet is a curator and multimedia artist based in Miami. She discovered her passion for curating when assisting at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MABCA). Sophie is the former director of Village Design Art Gallery (Fort Lauderdale) where she curated monthly exhibitions and art-related experiences during 2016-2018. In 2017 she funded Arts Des Femmes, an all-female touring exhibition composed by works made by local and international artists of all disciplines. As the Curator and Programs Manager for ArtServe- an award-winning arts incubator where she curates exhibits on a monthly basis at their facility and in gallery spaces across Broward County.
Jennifer Gettinger, Marketing Coordinator, has roots in New York but considers herself a South Florida girl through and through. She has a long history in the non-profit industry and is invested in the growth of the community. Jennifer managed field trips and summer camp programs at Young At Art Museum; before that she worked as a case manager at Covenant House Florida, where she focused on providing basic needs of the Ft Lauderdale homeless population. Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Florida International University and is a true writer at heart. Jennifer began working at ArtServe in 2018 and is excited to continue her journey of bringing the arts to an even wider, more diverse audience as the Cooperative Marketing Program expands.
Jonathan Goldstein, Finance Manager, is responsible for preparing and reporting all financial transactions of ArtServe, as well as providing monthly and annual financial reports to the Board of Directors. Originally from South Jersey, Goldstein graduated from Lafayette College with a BA in Mathematics and Economics and from Rutgers University with an MBA in Professional Accounting. With over 20 years of experience in accounting and finance, Goldstein has worked in a variety of environments. These include working as part of the corporate accounting team at Sony Electronics, auditing at a mid-size accounting firm, and serving as Director of Finance for two non-profit organizations in South Florida.
Ed King is an award-winning neo-pop artist and graphic designer from Miami, Florida. Before taking the role as marketing manager at ArtServe, Ed worked in ad agencies honing his skills as a designer and art director of political, corporate, and healthcare communication. King later worked for himself as Ed King Pop Art for over a decade. Named in the press as one of the top five pop artists and one of the most creative minds in in South Florida, King recently decided to return to marketing after winning “best in show” at his final pop art exhibition. Ed King believes in the collective value of people, community, and local business. He has invested his time as art and music teacher for the Motivational Edge, for Business Network International, as a board member for Family Resource Center of South Florida, and an avid contributor to National Public Radio. In his current role, King fiercely advocates on behalf of the artists and clients he represents while acting as a full-throated ambassador for ArtServe’s mission of inclusivity, diversity, and art as an agent for social change.
Rebecca Wilkner, Programs and Client Services Administrator, re-joined ArtServe in 2012 where she serves as the membership and community liaison, matching ArtServe’s artist’s members with business opportunities through the Artistic Referral program. Wilkner is also responsible for facilitating the new artistic referral program, which she has implemented at BBX Capital, S3 restaurant and Crown Properties, among other venues. She is also overseeing development of a new volunteer corps. Wilkner’s background includes literary event productions and TV documentaries. Wilkner has created over 200 literary events and festivals for high profile writers and Hollywood actors. She has also served as a content researcher for business and history writers and investigated data that would inform the decisions of TV documentary producers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Barry University.
** headshots courtesy of Tyler Molinari, POSH MODELS, INTL