Board of Directors 2014

Marti McKee, President                                                     

Stacey M. Carter Vice President                                    

Richard Petersen, Treasurer                                                   

Beth ShannonSecretary                                               

Richard Bolingbroke                                                 

Karen Slater                                                                           


About STAR’s Board Members

Marti McKee is an artist working in drawing and printmaking. After a long stint away from making art, high school to late 30's, Marti began a process of expressing herself through figurative drawing and printmaking. She has been an artist at Pier 70’s Noonan Building since 1997. She currently makes etchings, monotypes, linocuts and collographs - almost exclusively figurative work. She has been in many local group exhibitions and my work has been accepted into juried exhibitions nationally and throughout California. Marti has been an San Francisco Open Studios participant for nearly 20 years.

Stacey M. Carter is a San Francisco artist and artist advocate who has maintained  a studio at Hunters Point Shipyard since 1998.  She is a graduate of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art having studied in Rome, Italy.  She is an accomplished visual artist with a 20-year career in painting and printmaking. She is an urban archaeologist, conjuring up lost or forgotten visions of time and humanity in the bay area. Carter has shown work at the George Krevsky Gallery, and her clients include the NFL football team Baltimore Ravens.  

                 “As an artist working at Hunters Point Shipyard, I recognize a responsibility to preserve, protect and secure permanent affordable artist studios /work spaces. Those of us who rent studios at Hunters Point Shipyard thrive within that collective location and find inspiration there.  I am dedicated to raising social and political awareness of this important cultural institution along with San Francisco’s continuing commitment.”

Richard Petersen brings a background in business and publishing to the STAR board.  He has been peripherally involved with the Point through his partner, Leslie Lowinger who has had a studio in building 101 for over 20 years. His major interests include helping to create a sustainable model for keeping Point studios affordable as well as helping STAR to be a catalyst for Point artists to interact with the community and those who are interested in the art produced at the Point.  

            “It’s a particularly exciting time to be part of the newly reconstituted STAR board at a time of great change at the shipyard

Beth Shannon “I am pleased to be a board member of STAR and contribute to the continuation of the artists' studios.  Fortunate to have had a studio at the Point for 20 years, I have worked primarily as a painter, but have also experimented in other media. For 10 years, I taught children's art classes at the DeYoung Museum. In 2004, I created a film documentary about Jacques Terzian, detailing how he founded the Point.  Before becoming an artist, I was a retail buyer in Dallas, Texas and then San Francisco, which gave me a solid background in financial management and budgeting.  In addition, I have volunteered as a reader for the blind at Laguna Honda Home and as a phone counselor for San Francisco Suicide Prevention.”  

Richard Bolingbroke made San Francisco his home in1986 after travelling widely in Asia, India, and Europe, where he studied meditation. He currently lives on Coronas Heights with his husband. He is a self-trained working artist, painter and printmaker and has had a studio at the Shipyard since 1996. He co-founded the Gay and Lesbian Artists Alliance in 1987 to serve the needs of the Gay and Lesbian arts community. He served as Board Member of Artspan from 1995-2000, Board President from 1995-1997, Board Member of the Artists Guild of San Francisco from 2000-2010, Board President from 2000-2002, and Treasurer from 2002-2004.  After leading the resistance to the attempt to evict 16 artists from Shipyard Building 101 in November 2012, he joined the almost defunct STAR Board in January 2013 serving as Board President until Jan 2014.

Karen Slater has lived in San Francisco for 30 years, making art, raising a family and volunteering in various ways. She has had a studio at the Shipyard for at least 15 years and has been interested in the redevelopment process since 2003. Karen's art work is mostly painting, in oil and watercolor. Occasional monoprint work when equipment is available. Her website is:

            “I'm working on the STAR board and on the Real Estate Committee because I believe that the future of the arts in San Francisco may be linked to the future of the Shipyard studio buildings. The opportunity to play a part in the decisions about the arts on the Shipyard gives me a chance to work towards a project that will affect artists far in the future. I'm excited to be able to be a part of this process.”