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Member Spotlight Sonia James-Wilson

Q: Why did you become a RoCo member?
A: RoCo has played a major role in helping to maintain a sense of vibrancy in the East End. I think we all have a responsibility to create the type of community in which we want to live, and being a member of the Gallery is an easy way to do that. They also have an amazing staff and Executive Director who always make being in the space a great experience.

Q: Tell us an interesting experience you’ve had at RoCo?
A: During the Question Bridge exhibition, Ed Brockenbrough, Associate Professor at the Warner School and I organized a panel discussion with African American male educators. It was a great opportunity to provide a platform for an amazing group of dedicated men, and to hear their perspectives on some of the greatest challenges facing youth in our community.

Q: If you could have one artist create your portrait, who would it be?
A: Kehinde Wiley. In May, I saw his The New Republic exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, and I was blown away.

Q: Where is your favorite place in the East End to have dinner after a RoCo opening?
A: Veneto Restaurant. The food is wonderful, and it is one of the few places where you can still have a conversation without having to yell across the table.

Q: If you could own any piece of art, which would it be?
A: Magnum photographer, Raymond Depardon’s New York City. Harlem District 110th Street (1981). The energy and joyful expressions of the girls in this photograph always take me back to my childhood in Brooklyn.