The Folks Up Front
Ned Dodington, Co-Founder
Ned has been behind the wheel at Caroline Collective from day one. Since the summer of 2008 Ned has been actively participating in or down-right overseeing all aspects of the daily and long-term operations of Caroline Collective. As the longest running founding member of Caroline Collective Ned has seen the business grow, change and develop into the space it is today.
Though you might know of him as the guy behind Caroline Collective, Ned has equally important interests in Architecture and Design. Ned received a B.A. in Art History from Carleton College in 2003 and an M.Arch from Rice University in 2009. While at Rice, Ned devoted his graduate career to studying ecological design strategies and management with an eye towards the built environment.
His Architectural Design work has been published in Architectural Design Magazine, Brkt Magazine, the Columbia University GSAP yearly student review, as well as Rice: Working 06-08, and All things Must Move. He has written for The Architectural League in New York, Manifold Magazine, and the Houstonist and maintains a well-respected blog AnimalArchitecture.org. His built work has been shown in Minnesota and Houston.
Ned has been awarded both the Technos international traveling fellowship in 2002 and the Mitchel Travel Fellowship in 2006 and an RDA Houston Initiative Grant in 2010. He has studied in New York, Paris, Tokyo and Shanghai and is currently employed as a Designer at PDR in Houston, Texas.
Monica Foote, Events & Operations Manager
Monica is a native-Houstonian with a BFA in Sculpture, Art History & Archaeology from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a practicing mixed-media artist focusing on three-dimensional works, paper-making and installation. Monica manages the daily operations at Caroline Collective and coordinates events and exhibitions.
As a resident artist at BOX 13 ArtSpace, Monica spends much of her time working in studio and handling the nonprofit organization’s public relations practices when she’s not at Caroline Collective. She is also chair of the Houston chapter of Washington University’s Alumni & Parent Admissions Program. In the past, she has worked as a digital archiving apprentice at Aurora Picture Show, a visual display assistant at the clothing store Anthropologie, and an art instructor and naturalist at Laumeier Sculpture Park & Museum in St. Louis, MO. She was recently awarded a sculpture residency at the Vermont Studio Center in 2011 and has exhibited work in Texas, Missouri, Vermont, Wisconsin and Florence, Italy. Her work has been featured twice in exhibitions and projects for the SGC International annual traveling conference. She will be applying to MFA programs for the following academic year (Fall 2013).
Alma Trotter, Property Management Resident
Alma joins us from Austin, TX, where she graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in Anthropology. She came to Houston to immerse herself in its lively art community and pursue her artistic interests. Her focuses are in photography, videography, painting and printmaking.
As our newest resident artist, Alma assists in events, exhibitions, and daily support of Caroline Collective. She welcomes the opportunity to bounce ideas and creatively assist her fellow members whenever possible. When she isn’t helping out at Caroline, Alma is baking cupcakes at Black Hole in Montrose. Delicious!