Executive Director / Lexo në shqipë
Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Jacqueline ("Xhaklina") earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and art history from James Madison University. Her experience includes being an interactive designer with the Smithsonian Institution's Freer and Sackler Galleries and with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. After leaving the field of design, she opened her art studio in Raleigh --- SignificantForm Studio. As a working artist, she exhibited in many juried and solo shows. Her work has won awards and are held in private collections. She continues to pursue painting while investing in the local arts community in Mitrovica.
Before becoming the executive director of KAE, Jacqueline was involved with arts education. While in the U.S., she was a touring docent for the North Carolina Museum of Art. After moving to Mitrovica, she taught art at the Kosovo Leadership Academy.
Her favorite artists include: Mark Rothko, Richard Diebenkorn, Beverly McIver, Mickalene Thomas, Xu Bing, and El Anatsui.
Working on her bachelor's degree from International Business College Mitrovica, Adelina joins the KAE Gallery team with a love for art and the administrative skills to keep things organized. Her travels to Vienna and summer long employment in Germany last year, solidified her as staff member who speaks German fluently. In addition to German, Adelina is a capable translator with the English language. Adelina's role will also include running and facilitating the gallery's Let's Talk! Kids program.
Media and Events Specialist
Graduating from the University of Prishtina with her Bachelors, Arlinda comes to the KAE with energy to spread the word about the gallery! Her experience includes travels to Poland with the ERASMUS+ student exchange program and an internship with the University of Prishtina. As the gallery's media and events specialist, Arlinda focuses on social media marketing trends and traditional media. In addition to handling all the media needs of the gallery, Arlinda coordinates each gallery event to ensure our artists and visitors take full advantage of enjoying their experience at the KAE.
An 11th grader at the Kosovo Leadership Academy, Besa is known as a leader at her school. She has been involved in sports, theatre, and volunteering to help younger students. She is also proficient in using Apple laptops with Microsoft Word and Excel skills. Besa's best skill is her relentless attitude to serve others and work hard. Even for a young adult, her work ethic is an example to all of us at the gallery.
Volunteer: Artists Critique Session Facilitator
Rilind Sadiku earned his Bachelors in Architecture from the University for Business and Technology (UBT). As an avid photographer, his involvement at the KAE Gallery includes participating in exhibitions and artists critiques. Using his passion for photography and traveling, Rilind volunteers at the gallery as the facilitator for the Artists Critique Sessions every second Saturday of the month. His easy laugh and generous spirit welcomes artists to come and experience the gallery as a place of their own.
Volunteer: KAE's Piano Man
Ethan Walker has had a strong connection to music from his earliest memories, having been born into a very musical family who consistently exposed him to quality music and stressed the importance of developing a mature understanding of the medium. Ethan began to take formal piano lessons when he was 7 years old and continued until he was 18. Late in high school, Ethan had the chance to play both the piano and the trumpet as a part of the Springfield Youth Orchestra in Springfield, Ohio. Since moving to Kosovo, he has continued to sharpen his skills in private practice and greatly enjoys using the musical gifts God gave him to connect with and encourage his students, colleagues, and friends.
An 11th grader at the Kosovo Leadership Academy, Era was the school's student body president. Excelling academically, Era also played a lead role in the KLA's first drama production, "Jack and the Beanstalk." She is also proficient in using Apple laptops with Microsoft Word and Excel skills. Era loves new challenges and faces them with eager confidence.