ArtYard is a contemporary art center founded by a group of artists, filmmakers, curators, and writers. Located in Frenchtown, NJ, we are about an hour’s drive from NYC and Philadelphia. Construction of a theater and renovation of our buildings will be our primary focus in the coming year. Interim film, performance and art adventures will take place in a designated space until construction is complete. Here are more details about our campus. Here is the story about how ArtYard was born.
Jill Kearney is a writer, visual artist, and a former journalist and film executive. She is the daughter of artists who founded The Contemporary Art Workshop, an art center housed in a rambling former dairy factory in Chicago, Illinois. As a child, she spent many formative summers in Provincetown, Mass, where local arts institutions anchored a diverse community of artists, writers, and fisherman. She graduated from Harvard with a degree in English and Creative Writing, worked in Hollywood as a creative executive at Francis Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios, served as west coast editor of American Film and Premiere Magazine, and later ran the Tribeca Film Center-based offices of Los Angeles film producer Art Linson. She married Stephen McDonnell, founder of Applegate Farms Organic and Natural Meats, moved to Bucks County PA, worked briefly on the sausage line wearing a white cap, raised three strong and capable daughters, and sat on the board of Applegate Farms. Before launching ArtYard she produced theater, dance, and literary events in a cavernous unheated barn in Bucks County PA, where she developed a deep appreciation for the practice of art as a collaborative enterprise.
Artistic Director – Curator
Elsa Mora is an artist and curator. A recipient of the UNESCO-Ashberg Bursaries for Artists, she was born and raised in Cuba and moved to Los Angeles, CA, in 2001, where she lived until 2014. Mora currently resides in New York with her husband William Horberg and their two children. Elsa’s art has been exhibited worldwide in art galleries and museums. She taught at the Vocational School of Arts in Camaguey, Cuba, and has been a visiting artist at the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco State University, The Art Institute of Boston, the MoMA Design Store, and the National Gallery of Art, among other places. Her work is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, and the Long Beach Museum of Art in CA. Mora has collaborated as an illustrator with organizations such as the Museum of Modern Art, Chronicle Books, The New York Review of Books, Penguin Random House, The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and teNeues, among others. She is passionate about forming and strengthening communities through the transformational power of art, creativity, and collaboration.
Director of Strategy,
Partnerships, and Operations
With more than 20 years of experience, Kandy has held numerous executive leadership roles in the health, philanthropy, and social justice arenas, including twelve years as president & CEO of the National AIDS Fund/AIDS United. After founding 360 Strategy Group, she served as lead strategy advisor to Johnson & Johnson’s Worldwide Corporate Contributions Team, facilitated cutting-edge non-profit mergers, and provided strategy and organizational development services to scores of non-profit, corporate, and foundation clients. Since 2015 she has spearheaded strategic partnership and development efforts at the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation’s ReThink Health project. She is a graduate of the Health Care Executive Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, holds a master’s degree in community psychology (MCP) from Pennsylvania State University, and a BA in Family Studies and Gerontology from Messiah College. Kandy lives in Frenchtown and is deeply committed to the community and the cultural life of the town.
William Horberg is an Independent Film Producer and Chair of the Producers Guild of America on the East Coast. He was born in Chicago where he owned and operated the downtown repertory Sandburg Movie Theatre from 1979 to 1981. Horberg began his career in 1987 as a creative executive at Paramount Pictures and later became Senior Vice President of Production. While at Paramount he oversaw the development and production of such films as Ghost, The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear, Dead Again, Regarding Henry, Soapdish, The Addams Family and The Godfather Part III. In 1991, Horberg joined producer/director Sydney Pollack’s company, Mirage, where he produced such films as Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Quiet American, Heaven, Sliding Doors and Searching for Bobby Fischer. During that time, he also created and produced the critically acclaimed Showtime anthology series Fallen Angels which featured Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Steven Soderbergh and Alfonso Cuaron. He also produced the HBO movie Poodle Springs based on the unfinished novel by Raymond Chandler and adapted by Tom Stoppard. Other films produced by Horberg include Milk, Synecdoche New York, The Quiet American, Lars and the Real Girl, Disconnect, Black Nativity and The Promise, among others. Horberg is passionate about music, comic books, and drawing. He regularly plays the flute and piano with colleagues in Woodstock and NYC.
Lucinda Warchol is an artist, writer and curator. She grew up in Manhattan and Bucks County. After graduating from Pratt Institute in 2015 where she earned a degree in Critical and Visual Studies, an interdisciplinary program grounded in contemporary critical theory, Lucinda worked in the context of both the primary and secondary art markets in New York City. She recently worked as the creative director to Spoonbill Studio, a project space founded by the unconventional art bookstore, Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers in Brooklyn. Lucinda’s own writing and work investigates collective memory, reinventing the archive and citizenship in times of displacement.
Chris Langhart is among the early innovators in lighting, rigging, staging, and sound, that helped shape rock & roll production. Chris was the technical mind that made significant production contributions to the Fillmore East, the Rainbow in London, Woodstock, the Wings tour of Europe with Paul McCartney, Jefferson Airplane, and any other show or event with which he was involved. Langhart created much of the production values that are the touring music business today. Teaching and mentoring others, Chris’ classes at New York University (NYU) theatre program in the late 1960s gave rise to students and future entrepreneurs such as Richard Hartman, Bob See, John Tedesco, John Chester, Bob Goddard, and Michael Ahern.
Chief of Projection
The film bug bit early, growing up in upstate New York going to drive-in theaters with my family. Growing up IN those drive-Ins and being fascinated with those great movies projected on that giant screen, but more importantly how they got there. Those very early experiences led to almost 40 years in the film and broadcast industries; working at such companies as United Artists, CBS and Loews Cineplex, as first, a projectionist and then engineer, Marshall’s experience was well rounded for the needs and demands of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to helm the projection & sound department. In his spare time, he loves flying his 64 square foot parafoil kite, gourmet cooking, and building computers.”
FilmYard Coordinator & Gallery Assistant
Annie Parham is a young artist currently located in Lambertville, New Jersey. She graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Green Mountain College. After graduating she spent two years secluded in her studio in Dorset, Vermont. The resulting pieces have been on view in galleries and art centers in New England and Virginia to Philadelphia. She works with various mediums including water-colors, photography, as well as acrylic paint. Parham’s works play with themes of imagination, identity, form, and intentionality.
Founding Board Member
Founder and former CEO of Applegate Farms Organic and Natural Meats. Stephen’s experience as a leader as well as his wisdom and consistent support, have been crucial for ArtYard. He is the finest mentor that we could ask for.