About Us - Board of Directors


Squeak Carnwath, President

Squeak Carnwath is a painter and an educator who maintains a studio in Oakland, California. From 1998 to 2010 she served as professor in residence in the Department of Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley, and is now a professor emeritus there. Carnwath's accomplishments have been recognized with numerous grants and awards, including a Flintridge Foundation award, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's SECA award. Her work has been the subject of articles in major periodicals, including ARTnews, Artforum, Art in America, and the New York Times. In 2009 Carnwath had a solo exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California. In 2000 Carnwath cofounded the Artists' Legacy Foundation with her husband, Gary Knecht, and her friend and colleague Viola Frey.

Sandra Shannonhouse, Vice President

Sandra Shannonhouse is a sculptor. She lives and works in Benicia, California. Since the death of her husband, Robert Arneson, in 1992, she has been the administrator of his estate, overseeing the initial inventory and coordinating all aspects of closing the estate. Now Trustee of the Robert Arneson Trust and Director of the Arneson Archive, she continues to promote the preservation of his legacy, conservation of his work, and scheduling of exhibitions. She is active in Benicia politics, particularly in historic preservation. She has served on various boards and was a founding director of the Benicia Education Fund. She joined the Artists' Legacy Foundation board in 2006.

Gary Knecht, Secretary and Treasurer

Gary Knecht is a retired historic preservation planner and designer. From 1982 to 1999 he worked in the City of Oakland's historic preservation program. For 15 of those years Knecht coordinated the Oakland Cultural Heritage Survey, an ongoing study of architecturally and historically important buildings and districts. From 1981 to 2005 he owned his own historic preservation consulting firm, Knecht & Knecht. He helped found and served as a director of the Jack London District Association, Oakland Fund for the Arts, South of the Nimitz Improvement Council, Friends of Terra Cotta, and Oakland Heritage Alliance. His public service includes terms on the Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission and the Alameda Historical Advisory Commission. Knecht was a founding member of the Artists' Legacy Foundation in 2000.

Leah Levy

Leah Levy has been trustee and executive director of The Jay DeFeo Foundation since its inception in 1991. From 1974 to 1983 she owned and directed the Leah Levy Gallery in San Francisco. She served as founding curator of Capp Street Project, an artist-in-residency program begun in 1983 in San Francisco to facilitate site-specific installations. Levy has worked internationally as an advisor on public art projects, has organized exhibitions as an independent art curator, and is the author of several books and numerous catalogue essays. She joined the Artists' Legacy Foundation board in 2007..

Timothy Rub

Timothy Rub is the 13th Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He began his tenure in September 2009 after serving three years as Director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Prior to that, he served for six years as the Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum and for nine years as Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He graduated from Middlebury College in 1974 with a B.A. and highest honors in Art History and then enrolled in the doctoral program at New York University Institute of Fine Arts where he earned an M.A. and a Certificate in Curatorial Studies. Later, he received an M.B.A. from the Yale University School of Management and participated in the Harvard University program for Art Museum Directors. Mr. Rub, who is specialist in architectural history and modern and contemporary art, began his curatorial career as a Ford Foundation Fellow at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York. He joined the Artists' Legacy Foundation board in 2011.

Eric Shiner

In the fall of 2016, Eric Shiner joined Sotheby's as a senior vice president in its fine art division after serving as Director of The Andy Warhol Museum, the most comprehensive single-artist museum in the world, located in Pittsburgh, PA. At The Warhol Museum, Shiner organized Factory Direct: Pittsburgh, an exhibition that showcased the artwork of 14 established contemporary artists invited to conduct artist residencies in Pittsburgh-based factories. In addition, Shiner led The Warhol team in creating Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal, the largest traveling exhibition of Warhol artwork in Asia, as well as the first retrospective of appropriation artist Deborah Kass, titled Before and Happily Ever After. In 2013, Shiner curated Armory Focus: USA at The Armory Show, which presented a broad snapshot of the country's contemporary cultural practice. Further, Shiner is a scholar of contemporary Japanese art and a leading authority on Andy Warhol. He received a Bachelor of Philosophy in The History of Art & Architecture and Japanese Language & Literature from The University of Pittsburgh Honors College in 1994, an M.A. in The History of Art from Osaka University in 2001, and an M.A. in The History of Art from Yale in 2003. His hometown is New Castle, PA and he joined the Artists' Legacy Foundation in 2014.

Yayoi Shionoiri

Yayoi Shionoiri is Senior Counsel to Artsy, the digital platform for the art world. With a mission to make art as popular as music in the culture, Artsy provides users with an opportunity to learn about and collect art. At Artsy, Yayoi advises on technology start-up operations, special projects, intellectual property issues and digital media strategy. She is a published specialist and frequent presenter on art law and is respected for her research on the application of copyright and intellectual property law to art issues. From 2011 to 2015, Yayoi was the Associate General Counsel of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, advising on legal aspects of matters including exhibitions and non-profit operations. From 2008 to 2011, she served as legal advisor to Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami, managing his contract negotiations and worldwide intellectual property rights. She received her A.B. from Harvard University, her J.D. from Cornell Law School and her M.A. from Columbia University in Modern Art. As an US-Japan Leadership Program Fellow and an Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader, she actively contributes to the ongoing development of cultural collaborations and political ties across nations. She joined the Artists' Legacy Foundation board in 2015.

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