2024 Curators

Alan Bacon

Alan Bacon

Alan K. Bacon, Jr. is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategist at GANGGANG. A passionate thought leader, Bacon works to innovate and introduce culture to create more equitable opportunities for artists and creative entrepreneurs. Bacon is an accomplished artist, writer, an entrepreneur, a unique mind and disposition for his generation and a lover of humankind. Alan has led efforts to unify and transform communities in the American Midwest and in Johannesburg, SA. His latest innovation, GANGGANG, has brokered unprecedented dollars into Indiana’s creative economy in 3 years – making him one of the Top 250 most influential Business Leaders in Indiana.

Malina Simone Bacon

Malina Simone Bacon

Malina “Mali” Simone Bacon is the Founder and Creative Director of GANGGANG where she works to make the art industry an equitable and reparational space. Mali has led development and storytelling efforts for the first-of-its-kind cultural startup, serving also as the Founder and Creative Director of BUTTER: A Fine Art Fair, featured by The New York Times as a blueprint for equity in the arts for North America. Before GANGGANG, Mali immersed herself in Indianapolis arts and culture where she fell in love with and became an advocate for artists. Mali is an active civic leader, writer, wife, daughter, and Mommy.
Deonna Craig

Deonna Craig

Deonna Craig is an Indianapolis based visual artist and the first Director of BUTTER Fine Art Fair.
She graduated from Cathedral High School and DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology. As an entrepreneur, Deonna pursues her passions of community building, teaching, public speaking and visual art. Her artwork has been featured in various museums and galleries such as Newfields, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis Children’s Museum and the Indianapolis International Airport. She is also a published artist with credits to dozens of outlets such as The New York Times, Forbes, and Sports Illustrated. Deonna is the 2021-2022 Visiting Artist at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum and the 2020-2021 Virtual Resident Artist at The Madam Walker Legacy Center. She is also the President of the Eighteen Art Collective comprised of the 18 artists that actualized the Black Lives Matter mural on Indiana Avenue in 2020.
Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette

Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette

Dr. Burnette is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and President Emeritus of Huston-Tillotson University–a historically black institution and oldest institution of higher learning in Austin, Texas She is a staunch believer that, as bell hooks said, “The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is-it’s to imagine what is possible.” Upon retirement from higher education, she continued her work as a drum major for justice and equity through education and the arts. She joined Newfields, a 152-acre cultural institution in Indianapolis, Indiana, as President & CEO. During her tenure at Newfields, she was a catalyst for change, lifting the brand through intentional and meaningful community engagement, expanding the programmatic offerings, leading the reimagination of the docent program, building important alliances, executing plans to diversify the collection and the patrons, and uplifting morale. Dr. Burnette is a strong proponent of building strong communities and civic and community engagement. She views the arts as integral to this movement and stays laser-focused on finding resources to make the art accessible to all unleashing the genius often ignored. She is committed to supporting young artists of color, removing all barriers to lifting lives, and elucidating and deconstructing barriers. 

Nakeyta Moore

Nakeyta Moore

Nakeyta Moore is an Art Curator, Performance Artist, and the Creative Director of Los Angeles based art advisory, ARTLOUDLA. She actively lends her expertise to assist collectors, artists, and art enthusiasts at various events worldwide, spanning from auctions to art fairs and private VIP gatherings.

Driven by a passion for fostering connections within the BIPOC fine art community, her art advisory primarily focuses on amplifying the voices of emerging and established artists. Through strategic partnerships, she has expanded her mission to advance the role of the black dollar within arts patronage, advocating for greater representation and equity in the arts.

Kendall Hurns

Kendall Hurns

Chicago native Kendall Hurns is a multi-hyphenate culture converter who has his finger on the pulse of various arenas within entrepreneurship, fashion, sports, and the art/design space. From his early career in sports management working with top NBA players to founding Robotic Minds, he has now established his presence as a curator and visual artist manager with The Arte Haus. 

The Arte Haus collective embodies the core mission—to make the once-inaccessible realms of art accessible to all. At the heart of those efforts lies the belief that what makes a ‘haus’ a ‘home’ is the vibrant and inclusive community it fosters. Kendall has forged an exceptional path in fields that often lack diversity and representation—embodying the essence of a cultural shifter, constantly pushing boundaries, and embracing collaboration to pursue progressive endeavors.