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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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."email@example.com
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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, her duties range from highlighting Bark’s services to artists and colllectors, to photographing finished frames and processes, 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 other employee owners to make Bark an exceptional workplace. Jennifer holds a BA in Art History from Vassar College. In her free time, she enjoys photography, dance, yoga, and firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.