Our Team


Jarrod Markman | Executive Director


Jarrod has shepherded the resurgence of DVAA since 2015. Previously he spent 4 years at FringeArts managing the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and was a producer with Simpatico Theatre for 6 years. A Colorado native, and a lover of all the culture and character that Philly has to offer, he is currently looking to connect with Philadelphia based leaders in the fields of botany, architecture, math, astronomy and anatomy to see how we can build unique and accessible public programming at the intersection of art and your field of expertise. He is a graduate student in Arts Administration and Museum Leadership at Drexel University.


bryant girsch | Exhibitions & Programming Director


Bryant is an artist and Midwest transplant currently based in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Tyler School of Art with a Masters in Painting and a Temple University Rome alumni. His artwork explores the intersection of painting and digital technology. Moreover, he has been published in New American Painting and Not Random Art critical review and exhibited both domestically and abroad. He is the former Exhibitions Manager at InLiquid.


Danielle Degon | Marketing & Outreach coordinator


Danielle is an artist and arts administrator. She uses her art-work to comment on, throw off, and mimic industrialized forms of production. Through installations, writings, and curating, she challenges neoliberalism and investigates its effects on psychology, biography, sociality, and the art-making process.

Danielle is a curatorial member at Automat Collective, an Exhibitions Committee member at Da Vinci Art Alliance, and is on the Steering Committee for Philadelphia Sculptors.


Tristan Kravitz | Exhibitions intern, 2020 DVAA Fellow


Tristan Kravitz is a visual artist and musician based in Philadelphia, working primarily in ink, watercolor, and marker. Drawing from their experience as queer and non-binary and their academic background in Classics, their images combine contemporary and ancient symbolism to address internal and interpersonal narratives of gender and sexuality. Tristan has been creating art for Washington West Project, part of Mazzoni Center, since 2016. In 2017, their work was selected for the Emerging LGBTQ Artists exhibition at the William Way Center. Tristan has been a member of DVAA since Fall 2017.


Jasper West | Exhibitions Intern


Jasper West is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where he received a B.A. in Studio Art, who recently moved back to his hometown of Philadelphia. He is an artist who works primarily with oil paints, whose recent works have often involved combining text with image. Through his paintings and in other mediums he seeks to reinvigorate relationships with ‘materiality’, materialize vigorous relationality, and interfere with oppressive systems of control. He recently showed work as part of a group exhibition at The Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art.


Jillian Buxton | Exhibitions Intern


A native Oklahoman, Jillian moved to Philadelphia to pursue a career in curation. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma in 2018 with a degree in Letters and French. She has worked in the arts since she was 15 years old as a dance instructor, and has loved working in the arts and cultural field ever since. She recently returned from France where she taught English. She is excited to begin her career in artistic institutions in Philadelphia, and looks forward to supporting the DVAA.