Jessica Olsson is the Associate Director of The Goss-Michael Foundation, a non-
profit organization founded by George Michael and Kenny Goss. The Goss-Michael
Foundation exists to educate, engage and inspire audiences by presenting exhibitions of
British Contemporary art, provide vast resources, educational programs and scholarships
to aspiring artists.
Olsson began working as the Collection Manager for The Goss-Michael Foundation from its founding in June 2007. Over the past five years, Olsson has participated in the exhibitions of various world renowned artists such as Sarah Lucas, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Richard Patterson, Michael Craig-Martin, and Jim Lambie among others.
As Associate Director of the Foundation, Olsson aids in the development and implementation of comprehensive marketing strategies, communications and public outreach programs in order to position the Foundation as an important regional and cultural institution.
With roots in Kenya and Sweden, Olsson possesses first-hand knowledge of cultures from all around the world. Olsson has resided in England, Germany and Hawaii, where she obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University. Olsson holds extensive international relations experience and a deep appreciation for art, culture and fashion and she is fluent in English, Swedish and German.
In 2007, Olsson was one of the original Modern Luxury Fresh Faces of Fashion whose signature event benefits the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas.
For the past two years, Olsson was a major contributor to the success of Dallas Rocks, an organization benefitting the Diamond Empowerment Fund founded by Russell Simmons. The fund is committed to raising money for the support of education initiatives in African nations where diamonds are a natural resource.
Previously Olsson has volunteered and helped fundraise for Sports for Education and Economic Development in Senegal (SEEDS) Foundation, as well as served as a mentor and resource for students at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas.
Alongside her twin brothers, both of whom are professional soccer players, Olsson is currently working to establish a charity devoted to furthering education in small villages in Kenya while also integrating sports education into the curriculum. She hopes that one day their charity can become an academy in that African nation.
Anna-Sophia van Zweden
Passionate, worldly, and inquisitive are a just a few words to describe Anna-Sophia van Zweden. An aspiring Renaissance woman who has deep appreciation for the arts, fashion and culture, van Zweden is a rising star globally.
Born November 6, 1984 in Amsterdam, van Zweden's admiration for the arts stems from her parents, artist and art educator Aaltje van Zweden-van Buuren and conductor and violinist Jaap van Zweden, current Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Traveling around the world hearing orchestra concerts with her father and visiting museums and galleries inspire van Zweden's journeys in Fashion and Fine Arts. Ms. Van Zweden graduated in 2011 as Bachelor of Cultural Heritage with a minor in Art History at the University of Amsterdam. She is a 2011 degree candidate majoring in Museum Studies with a minor in Art History and Cultural History from the Amsterdam School of the Arts Reinwardt Academie and the University of Amsterdam. Her thesis explores the differences, interactions and relationships between private art collectors in the Netherlands and Dallas.
Van Zweden's museum experience is noteworthy. In 2009, she interned under Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art Charles Wylie at the Dallas Museum of Art, assisting with the exhibit 'Willie Doherty: Requisite Distance,' as well as 'Performance/Ar't, - an exhibition in celebration of the opening of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts featuring five international and American artists. She also assisted DMA Curator Maria de Corral with 'Private Universes', an exhibition of artwork that was acquired by Dallas collectors since the original gift, enhanced by works from other DMA patrons as well as by works from the Museum's collections. At the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, van Zweden co-organized 'Eyes Wide Open' (2008) and assisted with 'Visibly Absent' and 'Deep Screen: Art in Digital Culture' (2008). She has also interned under Ohio State University Professor of Art Education Terry Barrett as part of his Artist in Residence program 'No Landscapes.'
Prior to van Zweden's positions with the Dallas Museum of Art and the Stedelijk Museum, she worked as an arts and culture reporter and television presenter with various media outlets in The Netherlands including Esquire Magazine, Medialandscape and Exploitatie TV BV. She created a film about Damien Hirst's 'For the Love of God' (2008) while working for 925, an online news magazine based in The Netherlands. She contributed a monthly column on contemporary art from around the world with a monthly video report via Skype and is Head of the Curatorial program at Bright Young Things, a young artist collective based in the Netherlands.
Van Zweden is a trendsetter in fashion marketing, styling and design. She periodically works as a photo stylist for various publications in The Netherlands and designs her own dresses for special occasions. For W magazine she helped coordinate and host the opening of the Diane von Furstenberg boutique in Highland Park in 2010. She was recognized as one of Modern Luxury's prestigious 'Fresh Faces of Fashion' (2010) in Dallas and served as Honorary After-Party Chair of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra AT&T Gala in 2009, 2010 and upcoming in September, 2011. Ms. Van Zweden is also dedicated to autism treatment as an active volunteer with the Papageno Foundation started by Anna-Sophia's family and based in The Netherlands which takes music into the homes of autistic children.
Patrick & Lindsey Collins
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EVENT RAISES OVER $750,000 IN AID OF THE MTV STAYING ALIVE FOUNDATION
New York / London - September 28, 2011 - The MTV Staying Alive Foundation today announced that the inaugural MTV RE:DEFINE art exhibition and auction, held in front of a sold-out VIP audience on Saturday, September 24 at the Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas, has raised more than $770,000 for the charity.