MARIE KLOPF - PRESIDENT & CEO
Marie's management experience and education are well suited to lead the Art Center to effectively accomplish its mission. In 2005 she founded iSupplyCon where she provided strategic advisory and business development services to a variety of businesses throughout Michigan. She has a masters in Administration and a Bachelors of Science in Engineering.
MEGAN WINKEL - 117 Gallery Director
Megan studied Arts Management and Art History at Eastern Michigan University and comes to the Art Center with nonprofit gallery and museum experience. She loves contemporary art and engaging with artists of all mediums and backgrounds. In her spare time she enjoys reading, bike rides and talking about lunch.
Jacqueline Upshur - Registrar
Jacqueline wishes to live in a world where everyone believes they can be an artist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Art degree from CMU, where she studied painting and illustration with a focus on environmental science. She was born and raised in a family of artists on a farm in Michigan where she grew up riding rambunctious horses, eating amazing food made by her father, The Mustang Chef and being surrounded by the most colorful and delightful gardens designed by her mother, an avid gardener and lover of all living things. Jacqueline has been fond of the arts since she was a little one and continues to share her passion for education, good pizza, nature and drawing little things that make people smile.
JEAN SPINDLER - YOUTH PROGRAMS MANAGER
Jean graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Fine Art and an emphasis in painting. She also dabbles in illustration, ceramics, and graphic design. Jean has worked at a number of different camps over the last 11 years in places such as Maine, Colorado, Ireland, and Michigan. She enjoys beading, going to trivia night, and playing extreme dodgeball.
MEAGHAN CLARK - DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT
Meaghan joined the Art Center staff in January of 2014. Meaghan grew up in the small town of Pinconning, also known as the Cheese Capital of Michigan and she has a deep love for the Detroit Red Wings and all things hockey related. She attended Eastern Michigan University and received her BS in Arts & Entertainment Management with a minor in Marketing.
OMARI RUSH - DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Omari Rush curates public programs and designs opportunities for community members to have inspiring and interactive arts experiences through the Art Center. A musician by training, Omari also enjoys using his voice to co-host an arts-focused radio show on WEMU, to recite Robert Frost poems, and to place orders for his favorite fermented foods and drinks.
Chloe Keene - Gallery Assistant
Chloe received her BS in Arts Management with a Minor in Marketing from Eastern Michigan University and studied photography at Washtenaw Community College. Chloe enjoys going on cross country road trips, seeking out constellations in the sky, and taking photos on her 1970s Russian film camera
Mike Wolf - Gallery Coordinator
Mike earned his BFA from Grand Valley State University in 2011 with an emphasis in Visual Studies. Before joining the gallery team in January of 2017, he spent several years facilitating numerous visual arts exhibitions and artist-run projects at nonprofit, academic and independent institutions in Grand Rapids, MI. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, biking, and feeding his curiosity with podcasts, books and documentaries.
ANGELA LENHARDT - CERAMICS STUDIO MANAGER
Angela has been working as a Ceramics Studio Manager and Instructor for nearly 20 years. She enjoys baking, cooking, sewing and gardening in addition to her first loves of ceramics and watercolour. Her philosophy can best be summed up by a quote from one of her favorite movies: "Don't think of it as dust. Think of it as maybe the soil of some great past civilization... It staggers the imagination. Sort of makes you want to treat me with more respect, doesn't it?"
MARC J. MCCAY - CERAMICS STUDIO TECHNICIAN
Marc received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts. Coming from California and having traversed the country several times he finally landed here at the Art Center as our Studio Tech. In addition to being a Printmaker and Ceramicist, Marc has a passion for all things Mid-Century.
KATE ROBERTSON - DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
Kate received her BFA in Studio Art with a Minor in Art History from Minnesota State University. She is a practicing artist and arts administrator/educator. Kate enjoys gummified candy of all varieties and loves creative problem solving and talking about art.
LUISA PUENTES - DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Luisa comes all the way from Bogota, Colombia and is in charge of the Art Center’s Marketing Strategies. She graduated with a BA in Communications and has a Master Certificate in Internet Marketing from the University of San Francisco. She was Editor-in-Chief of a top magazine in her country and has founded two successful startups. She absolutely loves animals and is a huge advocate for pet adoption.
KATHERINE PERTUSO - CREATIVE SPECIALIST
Katherine received her BA in journalism with a specialization in visual communication from Michigan State University. She is passionate about telling stories through design, photography and video. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, cooking with friends and tending to her many plants.