For thirty years Bill Russ produced photographs for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film, and Sports Development. Bill’s images have been viewed by hundreds of millions of readers in domestic as well as international publications. Working with travel editors and writers Bill will go to great lengths to bring back the perfect photograph to illustrate the article, whether it be about a beautiful destination, wonderful North Carolina food, or one of our rich cultural treasures.
Before working for the State of North Carolina, Bill lived in Milan, Italy working for Lu’Omo Vogue Magazine shooting fashion and lifestyle photos. Bill was a sports and features photographer while at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the student newspaper and yearbook.
Phil Freelon's design achievements include cultural, civic and academic projects for some of America’s most respected cultural institutions. He is an Obama appointee to the National Commission of Fine Arts, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and a recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. Phil believes that it is very important for each of us to experience beautiful, inspiring art in our everyday lives. Sculpture can be a link between the fine arts and the built environment, particularly when the pieces are created to occupy urban spaces. Phil was the independent juror of the Bull City Sculpture Show in Durham in 2014.
Jim Gallucci has been a sculptor for over thirty years. He has worked as an arts instructor at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro as well as the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He was an exhibit designer for the North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro. In 2007 Jim earned a Diploma of Nomination for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Jim works full time designing and fabricating sculpture in his studio in Greensboro, assisted by a staff of six.
He often uses the format of gates and doors in his sculpture in order to give the public access to his art.
He believes that Liberty Arts strives to make art accessible to the community and is happy to support them in any way he can.
Thomas Sayre has designed and built public art projects all over the world and has been part of the design team for civic, educational and museum buildings. He is involved with Liberty Arts because it is a truly grass roots arts organization which is committed to building community through the arts.
Christine Westfall is a real estate developer with a passion for projects that enhance the affordability and livability of communities. Her background includes 10 years of single and multi-family affordable housing development in Chapel Hill and more recent work as the development manager of Durham Central Park Cohousing, a 24 unit condominium building in the heart of Durham’s thriving Central Park district. As a member of Liberty Arts Advisory Council, she hopes to help L.A. find a permanent home in downtown Durham.
Her creative pursuits include playing fiddle in an old-time string band and planting flowers in abandoned lots around her neighborhood.
Six-time GRAMMY® Award-nominee Nnenna Freelon has earned a well-deserved reputation as a compelling and captivating live performer. Her travels have taken her around the world and when at home in Durham, she loves working with her hands. She’s taken multiple classes at Liberty Arts and has fallen in love with welding! Liberty Arts is the perfect combination of community and art making!