Christopher Busa – Founder and Editor
Christopher Busa, founder and editor, was born in New York City in 1946, the son of a painter who participated in the formative years of Abstract Expressionism. Spending part of every year in Provincetown since infancy, he slowly absorbed its mythology as a place where artists and writers gather to work and live. After graduation from the University of Minnesota he studied for a year in Paris at the Sorbonne, and then pursued a Ph.D. for ten years while teaching English at Rutgers University.
His interviews and profiles of artists and writers have appeared in the Paris Review, Arts, Partisan Review, Garden Design, and other magazines. Two published pieces were reprinted in Interviews and Encounters with Stanley Kunitz, edited by Stanley Moss (Sheep Meadow Press). Another essay, “Being a Great Man Is a Thesis Invented by Others,” appeared in Such Desperate Joy: Imagining Jackson Pollock (Thunder’s Mouth Press). He has curated exhibitions and written catalog introductions for many artists. He co-edited and introduced the Erotic Works of D.H. Lawrence (Crown, 1989), the subject of his dissertation. He is the author of The Provincetown Artists Cookbook, with Written Sketches of the Artists Creating a Contemporary Portrait of the Town as an Art Colony (Abingdon, 1988). Over the past 20 years he has taped several hundred interviews and created files on over 1000 artists and writers in preparation for a comprehensive title about the century-long history of the art colony.
His WOMR-FM 92.1 radio program, “ArtTalk,” airs three times a month over the past five years, introducing new and established artists, performers, and writers discussing their current project and what moves them to do it. He is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), based in Paris, and he is one of 16 members of the American New England Chapter, which selects two dozen “Best of” exhibitions annually in museums, commercial galleries, and university art galleries in painting, sculpture, and architecture. He is on the board of the Norman Mailer Society and on the editorial board of the Mailer Review, published by the Society and by the University of South Florida. He teaches one semester a year in the low-residency Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania.
Susanna Ralli – Senior Editor
Susanna Ralli, Senior Editor, has been a staff member of Provincetown Arts since 1995. She brings to the magazine over two decades of editorial experience with Boston area publishers, including Houghton Mifflin Company, as well as a background as a poet and playwright, with work published in several anthologies and productions featured in local venues, such as the Boston Theatre Marathon and the Center for the Arts in Natick.
As Senior Editor, she develops magazine content with writers and staff and oversees editorial production. For the past seven years, she has also edited trade publications for Provincetown Arts Press, including Tripping: A Memoir, by B. H. Friedman; My Case Rests, a novel by B. H. Friedman; and Silent No More: Unlocking the Voices of Older Poets, by Peter Saunders.
She has lifelong ties to the Boston area, growing up in Wellesley, graduating with honors from Boston College, and spending summers in North Truro for over forty years. She currently resides in Natick with her husband, Jim.
Irene Lipton – Art Director and Designer
Irene Lipton, Art Director and Designer for Provincetown Arts, was born in New York City to a family of artists and writers who summered in Provincetown. For 15 years, she worked as a graphic designer for Book of the Month Club. She also designed books for Random House, McGraw Hill, and Time Warner. In addition, she also has done many design projects, including the renovation of Life Cafein New York, featured in the Broadway play Rent.
She received an MFA in painting from Hunter College in 1986. She was a Fellow in painting at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown for two years, 1988 and 2000. Her paintings have been exhibited widely; she had a major mid-career show at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum in 2007.
She is a founding member of the artists’ cooperative artStrand, modeled in part after the legendary Long Point Gallery, in which prominent artists such as Robert Motherwell, Judith Rothschild, and Paul Resika, created a summertime “artist’s place,” where they could take some control over the way their art was delivered to the public.
She has contributed greatly to the look and feel of our publications. She works out of her studio, located on a wooded acre in Truro.
Ingrid Aue – Marketing Director/Advertising Sales
Ingrid Aue, marketing director, joined the magazine in 2004. Born and raised in Germany, she has a master’s degree in sociology, and German from Goethe University in Frankfurt. and a graphic design degree from Mass College of Art. For the last 10 years she has lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she has a graphic design studio in Central Square, and where she designs many of the ads for the magazine as well as the Provincetown Arts website.
Annie Sloniker – Production Designer
Annie Sloniker, Production Editor, holds a BA in English from Harvard and an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has worked in publishing in the Boston area, has recently taught English with the Peace Corps in Ukraine, and has twice been a writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.
Heather Bruce – Advertising Sales
Heather Bruce, is a local artist whose roots are deeply imbedded in Provincetown. Born in Wayland Mass. , she summered here all her life. Her mother was born and raised in Provincetown and her great-grandfather was Frank A. Days, founder of the Days’ Lumberyard, now the Fine Arts Work Center. She received her BFA in Fine Arts in 1979 at the San Francisco Art Institute and continued to live and paint there for nearly two decades. She then moved to Brooklyn, NY, where she worked at “Handmade Frames”, learning the skills of framing and conservation mounting while continuing to paint. In 2002, she returned to Provincetown to live year round and paint in her small studio on the beach, built by her great-grandfather. She currently shows her work at Julie Heller Gallery and has worked with Provincetown Arts for the last two years.
FOUNDER & EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Susan Rand Brown
Christopher Busa, Clerk
E.J. (Terry) Kahn III, President
Edward Moore, Treasurer
Dean Pappas, MD
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Anthony Doniger, Esq.
Taylor M. Polites
Phillip H. Willkie