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Founded in Moorestown, NJ in 1977, Perkins Center for the Arts is dedicated to excellence in the arts and to providing a wide range of creative opportunities for people of all ages and of every level of artistic development. Perkins Center for the Arts expanded to Collingswood in 2002, and now serves more than 800 people each year through its studio classes, music programs, exhibitions, performances, teacher residencies, and other programs.
David Maialetti, a seasoned photojournalist with more than 20 years of experience, is currently a staff photographer with the Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer. Prior to joining the Daily News in 1997, Maialetti worked at the Press Enterprise in Bloomsburg, Pa. Maialetti covers a variety of subjects for the newspaper, including sports, breaking news, and feature projects. Most recently at the Daily News, his duties have grown to creating and producing multimedia pieces for the paper’s website.
Maialetti’s photography has been honored with numerous national and international awards including a 2006 World Press Photo Award in the Sports Feature Story category. The Pennsylvania Press Photographers Association twice named him Photographer of the Year. His images have appeared in Life magazine, America 24/7 and textbooks.
In 2003, Maialetti co-founded The Philadelphia Conference, to promote the advancement of photography and photojournalism in the Philadelphia region. The organization holds photography related events at the Pen & Pencil Club, the oldest press club in the United States.
Maialetti is an adjunct photography instructor at Temple University in the Journalism Department. He also teaches in Gonzaga University’s study abroad program in Cagli, Italy.
Karen Chigounis is the Director of ARTS Education and Associate Curator at Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, with her office located in Collingswood, NJ.
Before coming to Perkins, Chigounis was Curator of Exhibitions and Programs for the Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission and Hopkins House Gallery. During this time she organized regional artists to develop the Network of Visual Artists (NOVA), a support organization designed to address major issues of concern and interest relating to artists’ lives and work.
Chigounis has a BFA from Moore College of Art and Design in Photography with a minor in Printmaking as well as an Art Teacher Certification. She earned a Masters of Science in Arts and Cultural Management co-conferred by Moore College of Art and Design and Rosemont College.
As an arts administrator, her primary mission is to provide opportunities for artists to work in arts residencies and to show their work in exhibition — an important aspect of cultural sustainability.
Meredith Edlow is Visual Assets Manager for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation. She is a graduate of Temple University's Film and Media Arts program and has been a photographer working and freelancing for newspapers and non-profit organizations for seven years.
Her art and photography has been exhibited in the halls of Philadelphia's City Hall, on the walls of several Philadelphia's art organizations and has been published nationally. Her photography is influenced by Larry Fink, Ray Metzger and Eric Mencher. Meredith currently lives in Philadelphia and is passionate about visually showcasing the best of the Greater Philadelphia region and loves shooting local music acts when time allows.