Colby K Smith (Director): Smith received his B.F.A. from Emporia State University and his M.F.A. from Southern University of Illinois at Carbondale. Smith taught at Emporia State University and Southern University of Illinois before relocating to Kansas City, Missouri, in 2002. Since relocating, he has owned and operated numerous creative ventures in the area, including but not limited to: Gallery HQ @ The Hobbs Building, The Idea Barn, and The Video Garage @ 1918 Wyandotte. In 2003, Smith co-founded The Studios Inc (formerly Review Studios) and in 2004, to dedicate his time and energy to developing The Studios Inc, he closed all other ventures. He currently serves as The Studios Inc Director. As Director, Smith reports directly to the Board of Directors and works closely with all resident artists, volunteer support staff, interns, vendors, and independent contractors. He oversees the administrative functions of The Studios Inc including aspects of finance, administration, human resources, marketing and promotion, media relations, development, and special events. He is also responsible for developing and implementing innovative and proactive strategies for communications with broad and diverse constituencies and producing special events that further build the identity of The Studios Inc while maximizing revenue. Additionally, Smith is an experienced contractor, a visual artist, an entrepreneur, and a patron and collector of the arts. He has a 20-year career of entrepreneurial and creative ventures in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. As an artist, he has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions and has been reviewed locally and nationally in publications like Sculpture and Review.
Board of Directors
Kanon Cozad: Kanon is the Chief Information Officer of TranSystems Corporation, a transportation engineering and architecture firm headquartered in Kansas City. Kanon served on the Board of Review Inc. prior to the formation of The Studios Inc; he and his wife, Rachael Blackburn Cozad, are also long-standing patrons of The Studios Inc. He has also served on several other arts organization boards in the Kansas City area, including the Kansas City Ballet and the Kansas City Arts Council’s Business Committee for the Arts. Kanon received his Bachelor of Arts in English from William Jewell College. He and his wife are also avid arts patrons and collectors.
Jack Holland: Jack has a 35 year career in investment banking, and is responsible for numerous project financings of regional and national significance, including: The Sprint Center, Truman Sports Complex, Kauffman Center, Plaza Library, Kansas City International Airport, American Royal Exhibition Center, and Brush Creek Improvement Plan. He has served on a number of civic and non-profit boards in the Kansas City area, and currently serves on the boards of Theater League of Missouri, Quixotic Fusion, WaterFire Kansas City and the Western Golf Association. Jack and his wife, Karen, are collectors and active supporters of the arts in Kansas City.
Mike Lyon: Mike is an artist in Kansas City whose work is in the permanent collections of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The Springfield Art Museum, the Spencer Museum of Art, and the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky. Mike received a B.A. in Architecture and Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973, a B.F.A. in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1975, and studied Japanese Woodblock Printmaking under Hiroki Morinoue in 1996 and 1998. He has served on a number of visual and performing arts boards and as Midwest Regional Director of Shotokan Karate of America since 1988.
Brad Nicholson (Chairman): Brad is the Founder of the Studios Program and an avid art collector. His company, the Nicholson Group, is a boutique real estate development and investment firm located in Kansas City. While the company’s investments have a national footprint, much of the firm’s effort over the last 20 years has gone toward developing the Crossroads Arts District in downtown Kansas City, Missouri into a vibrant cultural district. He has served on a number of boards and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at the Kansas City Art Institute along with his duties as President of The Studios Inc.
Linda Nicholson: Linda is a former Creative Director at Hallmark Cards, Inc. with over 20 years of management experience. Linda now devotes most of her time to supporting not-for-profit endeavors with a passion for animal welfare and the arts. She is co-director of the Bradley W. and Linda J. Nicholson Foundation, was a founding member of Great Plains SPCA and currently sits on it’s Board as well as the Studios Inc Board.
Brad Satterwhite: Brad is a co-founder and Principal of KEM STUDIO and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional. KEM STUDIO is a design firm fusing architecture and industrial design. Brad is the recipient of design awards from the American Institute of Architects, Industrial Design Society of America and ID Magazine. He teaches an architecture design studio at the University of Kansas and an annual, multi-disciplinary design workshop with his firm at Virginia Tech. A Centurions Alumni, he has been involved in a variety of art and charitable organizations including the Urban Culture Project of the Charlotte Street Foundation and The Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.
Frank D. Uryasz: Frank is the President of Drug Free Sport, Inc. with more than 25 years of senior management experience in educational and athletics organizations. He serves as a consultant to the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports. He spent twelve years as NCAA Director of Sports Sciences where he established the NCAA’s national drug-testing program. He is a former member of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Anti-Doping Committee, the USA Football Health and Safety Committee and the former chairman of the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science. He earned his master’s degree in business administration and bachelor’s degree in life sciences at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is also a graduate of the Fast Trac Program, an entrepreneurial development program through the Ewing Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, MO. He currently serves on numerous boards including, Bright Futures Fund, The Kansas City Club, Mid-America Arts Alliance and Penn Valley Park Conservancy where he serves as vice president.
Jeff Ganaden: Jeff is currently employed by US Bank as a Senior Vice President and the KC Market Manager for the Commercial Real Estate Department. In this capacity he provides funds for acquisition, refinance or construction (including rehab) for non-owner occupied commercial real estate throughout the country – property types include multifamily, industrial, office, retail and hospitality. Some of his most notable recent, local projects include the Polsinelli office project on the Country Club Plaza and a variety of local multi family projects. Jeff has been involved in a variety of youth sports programs including board positions and coaching of youth basketball, baseball and football in Lees Summit, MO from 2003-2010. He has been advisory director of Operation Breakthrough since 2011 and serves as a board member of the Downtown Council. Jeff and his wife, Amy, reside in Lees Summit, MO with their three children.
James Reed III: James considers himself an emerging patron on the path to becoming an art collector. Involved with The Studios Inc since 2009, he came up thru “the ranks” by volunteering in every capacity available, including coordination of program development. His career experience ranges from facilities management and small business development to designing regional recycling programs. He has served on several business development association boards, and recently created westbottomsantiques.com to promote the development of an under-utilized business district in Kansas City, MO.
Abby Beckloff: Abby is an arts patron who has spent the majority of her career working and volunteering for Kansas City-area nonprofit organizations. Abby has 25 years of experience in external relations, fund development, grants management, corporate communications, and public relations. After graduating from the University of Kansas School of Journalism, she began her nonprofit career as a communications officer with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. After many years at EMKF, she formed her own nonprofit marketing consulting firm. In 2008, she joined SI’s predecessor organization, Review Studios, in a part-time position and then as a volunteer after accepting a position as external affairs director with Mid-America Arts Alliance, a regional arts organization. She is currently working in residential real estate with Reece and Nichols, and she serves as a Board member for the Arts Council of Johnson County.