Karl Thorndike, President and CEO
Karl Thorndike is the President and CEO of Bark Frameworks. Prior to this, he was the VP of Operations at Bark for many years.
Karl has led the operations side of several specialized manufacturing businesses. He has also been involved with the startups of two software technology firms.
A life-long woodworker, he has been making violins for the past decade.
Karl holds a BA degree from Wesleyan University.email@example.com
Kevin Raney, Office Manager
Kevin, our Office Manager and Safety Officer, is a transplant from America’s heartland. He has been with Bark Frameworks since 2001. He came to NYC with a BA in Communication and Theater Arts from Emporia State University. An amateur photographer, he is always trying to capture the moment. His motto is “a good sense of humor will get you through the day."firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Knutzon, Design Director
Having worked in framing for the better part of a decade before joining the Bark design staff -- and eventually becoming Design Director at Bark -- Eric Knutzon brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his frame designs. He has a BFA in Photography from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA in Art of the Book from Purchase College SUNY.email@example.com
Brenda Cominale, Shop Manager
Brenda, our Shop Manager, joined Bark Frameworks in 2005, with thirty years of framing experience. She possesses expert level skills in sanding, matting, glazing, fitting, and hand- and spray-finishing frames. In addition, Brenda has past work experience in both sales and firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Clark, Human Resources & Marketing Manager
Jennifer brings a more than 15 years of experience working in the arts to her position at Bark. As Marketing Manager, she is responsible for everything from highlighting Bark’s services to artists and collectors, to photographing finished frames, to authoring all content for Bark's social media and website. As Human Resources Manager, Jennifer administers the ESOP aspect of our business, and works with the CEO and staff to make Bark an exceptional workplace for employee owners. Jennifer holds a BA in Art History from Vassar College. She enjoys photography, dance, yoga, and travel in her free email@example.com
Sean Brady, Art Services Specialist
Art Services Specialist Sean Brady joined the Bark team in Spring 2019 to manage the company's crating, installation, and storage offerings. Sean received a BA in psychology from the Catholic University of America. After working in manufacturing and carpentry, Sean shifted to the art world to learn how to design, build, and pack custom crates. He also has extensive experience with installation and art handling. Sean is an oil painter and photographer whose work explores the subconscious through firstname.lastname@example.org
Camila Kimball, Registrar
Camila arrived at Bark with almost a decade of registration and framing experience. Day to day, she manages the intake and delivery of art to our clients, as well as cataloguing and organizing artworks within our facility. Camila received her BFA in Metalwork with an Art History minor from SUNY New Paltz, and also designs jewelry in her free email@example.com
Jared Bark, Founder
Jared Bark is the founder of Bark Frameworks, and works with the company on special projects.
He began designing and making frames for fellow artists in his SoHo loft in 1969, three years after graduating from Stanford University. From early on he focused on using the best materials and techniques for preserving art, and received essential support in this pursuit from artists, museums and conservators in NYC and elsewhere. He has been an Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation since 1979. Bark has lectured and led seminars on preservation framing and frame design at Columbia University, New York University, Bard College, Sotheby’s and Phillips de Pury. He lectures regularly in Christie’s Master’s Program on Impressionist and modern frame design.
He recently co-authored with Elizabeth Easton, “Pictures Properly Framed: Degas and Innovation in Impressionist Frames”, published in The Burlington Magazine, volume 150.
Bark joined Holly Solomon Gallery when it opened in 1975 and exhibited there regularly until the mid-1980’s, when he shifted his full-time focus to Bark Frameworks. His works are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Centre Pompidou, among others. Bark’s work was recently shown in the exhibition “Rituals of Rented Island” at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2014) and at Paris Photo (2016). An individual exhibition of his work, "Jared Bark: Photobooth Works, 1969-1976," took place at Southfirst Gallery in 2015.
Amy Hinten, Designer
Since joining Bark Frameworks in 2001, Amy has designed frames for a wide range of projects, including large scale museum and gallery exhibitions as well as numerous private and corporate collections.
Amy is a painter who also concentrates on drawing and printmaking. She received her BFA from The Ohio State University and her MFA from the University of Florida, where she taught painting and drawing to undergraduates.
Her professional background is diverse, including positions in the libraries at Ohio State as well as a stint as a sociology research assistant. Amy’s experience in these fields has proven valuable in her design firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Jordan, Designer
Paul brings more than ten years of frame design experience to Bark Frameworks. Paul moved to New York after graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BA in Illustration. In New York, he began concentrating on frame design history, on how frames evolve, and how classical styles can be appropriately and effectively updated to fit modern and contemporary artwork. Continuing this line of interest at Bark, Paul actively pursues the notion of “building on history” in his email@example.com
Christine Heindl, Designer
Christine brings many years of experience in the art field to her work as a designer at Bark Frameworks. She has been a museum production manager, university professor and gallery director, as well as a framer and designer. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001 and a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant in 2009 for her painting.