Depending on the fundraising issue at hand, Urban Artist Market will carefully select a diverse group of passionate leaders from our community to serve on our host committee. These leaders are successful, well-connected people that believe in sharing their expertise and fortune with those less fortunate through our fundraising. They are chosen for their positive attitude, leadership qualities and passion for helping others.

Our first goal is to support the artisan community by providing them with a friendly,
 high-quality marketplace in which to sell their work directly to the consumer. Our second goal is to give back to the community by including a social fundraising component in each show. Each of our shows includes at least one opportunity to raise awareness and support a local cause during our VIP Opening Reception.

Patricia Rodriguez Christian

Patricia Rodriguez Christian is President of the CRC Group in Dallas. CRC Group, a privately-held company, has held interest in real estate, interior construction, restaurant, retail and supply chain management. Patricia is an expert in diversity and inclusion. She currently resides on the board of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the Women’s Leadership Forum and The Hispanic 100 (H100).  She has been recognized with numerous entrepreneurial and women-owned business awards and is a strong force and believer in advocacy for society’s underserved.

Russell Cox

Since 1979, Russell Cox has been providing fine art, reproduction and framing services through his company, Artifex Art. The company supports the hospitality, commercial, residential and healthcare industries. Russell has developed solid associations with local and national art dealers and artists and is passionate about diversity in the arts economy. His company has donated vendor support for the Dallas Black Tie Dinner, Dwell with Dignity and the Resource Center. Since 1982, Black Tie Dinner has been the largest fundraising dinner for the LGBTQ community in the nation and selects up to 20 North Texas beneficiaries to receive dinner proceeds as well as the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Heidi Frankel

Heidi Frankel serves as publisher and managing editor for fyi50+ magazine which is distributed throughout Dallas-Ft. Worth. She has an extensive media background in on-air news, as well as previously hosted her own radio show. Credits include interviews with President George W. Bush, CBS Morning Chief Anchor Gayle King, former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk and Cowboys Quarterback Troy Aikman, among others. Her past experience at The Senior Voice included multiple roles of managing editor, contributing writer, sales and business development. She is committed to cultural arts, continuing education and serving the 50+ community.

Lori Ward

Lori Ward is a resident of Addison Circle and currently serves as the Deputy Mayor Pro Tem on the Addison City Council. She strongly believes that art and theatre contribute to a vital, strong community. She serves as Club Secretary for the Addison Midday Rotary Club and participates in their many service projects that demonstrate Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.”  

Lori graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA degree in Spanish, earning the Phi Beta Kappa designation. She taught Spanish for several semesters at OU while working toward a graduate degree, in preparation for her transition into the corporate world. For most of the past 22 years, Lori has worked in Commercial Business Development and Sales Management. Lori is the Founder and President of her own consulting firm.

Ron and Donna Whitehead

Ron and Donna Whitehead are passionate about the arts and giving back to the community. As Addison City Manager for more than 31 years, Ron Whitehead believes it’s crucial for a city to develop a sense of place by encouraging the development and expression of art and culture. Donna, a retired Good Shepherd Episcopal School art instructor of 22 years, considers creative expression a requirement for individual fulfillment.