Business Advisors

Marketing, fundraising, and the reality of having an art center in a hurricane zone. These are just some of the non-art related things we need to be thinking about at Exnihilo. These people are helping us think through these very important practical aspects of the art center.

Allie O'Hora

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Public Relations

Allie O'Hora is an artist and public relations and media professional whose passion for all things artistic enables her to help creative professionals engage with their communities and find a wider audience for their work.  A native of the D.C. area, Allie graduated with honors from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2012 with a B.A. in Art History and has successfully run her own online jewelry business for the past three years. She begun to study metalworking at SilverWorks in October 2012 and quickly fell in love with the medium. After a period at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Allie is now working on freelance projects and creating a line of silver jewelry.

Amanda Phillips Manheim

Amanda Manheim

Arts Advocate, Fundraiser

Amanda Phillips Manheim is the Director of Fundraising and Advancement for FRESHFARM Markets, a Washington DC local food non profit, where some of her favorite partnerships involve the arts, with organizations such as The Phillips Collection, the Pink Line Project, Transformer DC and The Textile Museum.  Born in the UK, she grew up surrounded by sculpture, ceramics and prints, as her parents were avid collectors of emerging British artists.  Amanda began her career working in environmental health, became a food editor, a personal trainer and most importantly, a mother of three now-grown children, and has been fundraising for and promoting various non-profits for over 15 years.

In 2010, she took a Metalsmithing semester at Montgomery College, found Blair soon after and the rest is "personal- time history". Her favorite environments are her own metalsmithing studio, Silverworks, urban public art spaces or a secluded beach at the ocean, so working on Exnihilo is the most perfect fundraising project of all!


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