Meet Andrew and Olivia!

ANDREW BURANS

Who he is and what he does: Andrew is the newest addition the Artists Circle installation team. When he is not hanging framed pieces or installing 18 feet tall sculptures, he is back at the Artists Circle office using his experience as a sculptor to come up with solutions for future projects.

What he loves: Some of Andrew’s loves include Yoo-hoo Chocolate Drink, David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, and the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum’s third floor (especially the massive LL Cool J portrait). Oh annnnd tacos!

 One of Andrew's sculptures. The story behind its install is pretty wild. It's 18 ft tall and he had to walk it up "barn raising style" and then run to catch the other side so it wouldn't tip over!

One of Andrew's sculptures. The story behind its install is pretty wild. It's 18 ft tall and he had to walk it up "barn raising style" and then run to catch the other side so it wouldn't tip over!

What he hates: Andrew has very strong feelings about Subway, Sbarro’s, and Bojangles, and frequently wonders how far the nearest Chick-fil-a has to be for him to even consider walking into one of those establishments.

What he listens to in the car: Since he’s stuck with the radio in his ’83 Chevy, Andrew has been begrudgingly forced to listen to top 40 pop stations. He has recently warmed up to artists like Demi Lovato and Charli XCX. If he had his way though, he’d be listening to bands like the Replacements, the Minutemen, and Pixies on his way to installations.

 Embarrassing childhood photo: 9 year old Andrew displays his passion for horseback riding.

Embarrassing childhood photo: 9 year old Andrew displays his passion for horseback riding.

Little did you know…: Andrew spent the majority of his childhood living in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Lima, Peru because his mom was in the C.I.A. and his dad was an infectious disease microbiologist for the Navy. 

OLIVIA ZVARA

Who she is and what she does: Olivia is our Associate Art Consultant. She will put together artwork concepts for presentations, research & get in touch with new artists, oversee installations, and develop artwork proposals.

 Total besties. Olivia and her dog, Atticus.

Total besties. Olivia and her dog, Atticus.

What she loves: Being outside in the fall, her golden retriever - Atticus, homestyle southern cooking, and of course, Tarheel basketball!

What she hates: Olivia cringes about clutter, cries about beets, and she can't stand folks who leave unnecessary voicemails. "It's 2015, people, send a text!"

What she listens to in the car: Lorde, Florence + The Machine, The Killers, Mumford & Sons. If it's nice outside and you happen to be stuck on the beltway, keep your eyes out for Olivia singing country tunes to the top of her lungs with the windows down.

 Embarrassing childhood photo: she wore that poncho EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

Embarrassing childhood photo: she wore that poncho EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

Little did you know…: "When I was growing up, our neighborhood pool would host a bike parade on the 4th of July for all the kids to show off their spiritedly decorated bikes. Despite having three older sisters and two very engaged parents, I was somehow never taught how to ride a bike. When I was 8, however, I decided that I wanted to participate anyway. Naturally, I rode my bike straight into the deep end of the pool. I had to get rescued by a life guard in front of the entire neighborhood. I insisted on bike lessons after that. "