Maggie Pavao, Smack Mellon

Smack Mellon, Reade Bryan

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am the Events & Communications Manager at Smack Mellon. Invested in organizations that offer artists long-term and sustainable support, I also run the Tusen Takk artist residency in Northwest Michigan and have held previous positions at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) and New York University. I earned my BA in Art History and MA from NYU’s Program in Museum Studies.

How long has Smack Mellon been based in DUMBO?

Smack Mellon has been based in DUMBO for nearly 30 years, since its founding by artists Andrea Reynosa and Kevin Vertrees in their loft at 135 Plymouth Street in 1995.

What do you enjoy about being based in DUMBO?

We love the tight-knit vibrant arts community here in DUMBO! Plus, it doesn’t hurt being so close to the water and having access to Brooklyn Bridge Park, in addition to the neighborhood’s wonderful restaurants and shops.

What artists are you excited to see at the 2022 DUMBO Open Studios?

Of course, Smack Mellon’s Studio Artists are not to be missed! After canceling Open Studios due to COVID-19, we’re looking forward to welcoming the community back to our studios and sharing the artists’ work with the public. The 2021-22 Studio Artists are: American Artist, Destiny Belgrave, Jesus Benavente, Megan Mi-Ai Lee, Sasha Wortzel, and Anne Wu.

Also, it was a pleasure to write an exhibition review earlier this year for Etty Yaniv’s Art Spiel blog, so I’m looking forward to meeting and seeing her work in person at this year’s Open Studios!

What should visitors not miss during their visit to DUMBO Open Studios 2022?

I’m always interested to see what A.I.R. has on view. While you’re there, be sure to stop by next door for a matcha and some browsing at Usagi! For lunch or dinner, don’t miss Superfine and, for drinks afterwards, Evil Twin brewery.

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