Roderick Schrock is an arts organizer and curator. As a non-profit executive, he leads the functional capacities of Eyebeam’s direct artist support and guides its focus to realign societal relationships with emergent technologies. He builds institutional capacity in order for artists to gain roles as cultural leaders and conceives and implements programs that elevate their work in society.
He currently teaches in the Curatorial Practice MA Program at the School of Visual Arts and has taught at the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (STEIM), California College of the Arts, and New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. He is a member of the Guild of Future Architects, sits on the Netherlands America Foundation Cultural Committee, and is a founding board member of Art+Feminism.
Schrock makes Brooklyn home where he lives with his partner, the writer Joon Oluchi Lee.
Tyrone Martin serves as Eyebeam’s Manager of Operations, working closely with the Executive Director as an integral part of the management team. Tyrone oversees all Human Resources and facilities, and assists in the fulfillment of development goals through budgetary management. Maintaining a deep understanding of the organization’s needs, he devises systems for all infrastructural processes. Tyrone is committed to developing solutions that can make his colleagues’ jobs easier on a daily basis, which in turn can bring enrichment to their lives.
Prior to Eyebeam, Tyrone also worked as Manager of Operations for a design/build firm in Bushwick. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in English from CUNY Hunter College.
Kemi is interested in creating tools and content for marginalized communities. Her work centers around creative technology management, digital accessibility, as well as propagating African makers and their work. She is currently working on two websites: an African news website, as well as further developing Africa Maker. Kemi comes to Eyebeam from working at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where she was the Digital Accessibility Fellow (2020). She holds a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism and Psychology from NYU.
Sharsten Plenge serves as Eyebeam’s Development Manager, supporting Eyebeam’s fundraising successes through creative collaboration, relationship building and identifying new opportunities for engaging community. She works on all aspects of fundraising and elevates partnerships built from shared opportunity and solidarity that emulate Eyebeam’s values-driven approach. Dedicated to driving touch-points that push the parameters of art, technological experimentation and participatory space in contexts perpetuating access, she created WOAH as an umbrella for her curatorial projects and co-founded FEMMEBIT, a platform highlighting female-identifying artists based in her native Los Angeles. Sharsten holds a BFA from NYU where she studied Studio Art and Urban Design and Architecture.
Nat Lemus serves as Eyebeam’s Administrative Assistant, overseeing all administrative functions in the office and calendar management for the Executive Director. The zeal they bring to research, project management, creative problem solving, as well as their collaborative spirit makes them the backbone of Eyebeam, adding to the team’s overall ingenuity.
Prior to Eyebeam, Nat led the charge in supporting day to day administration, facility management, and internal company culture experience for companies like Casper, Nike, and Highsnobiety.
Nat holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Illustration and Art History from Maryland Institute College of Art.
Brent Bailey is Eyebeam’s Tech Fellow, assisting with Eyebeam’s digital programs and new digital-first space. He is a creative technologist and artist based in Brooklyn, New York. His work is focused on building pathways to joy and liberation through computational modeling and games. He has taught at Hunter College, worked with organizations like MIT and code.org, and spoken and presented his work across the country.
Brent holds a BA in Philosophy from Reed College in Portland, OR, and an MPS in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University. He is a proud native of Charleston, West Virginia.
Tyshaun serves as Eyebeam’s Storyteller fellow, responsible for cultivating the organization’s messaging and communication. A writer and producer from the DMV, he attended illustrious Morgan State University where he honed his skills as a writer and got to work on interesting projects with the school and HBO. After graduating he spent time doing video operations for Apple and as a corporate video producer for clients like AARP & Pfizer.