KATE ROBERTSON – Sr. Director of Operations
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 working collaboratively with the wonderful team at the art center, creative problem solving, and talking about art.
MEAGHAN CLARK – DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Meaghan joined the A2AC team in 2014 after receiving her BS in Arts Management from Eastern Michigan University. When she’s not working, Meaghan enjoys creating elaborate charcuterie boards, reading, and drinking iced coffee year-round. Meaghan lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and 3-year-old son. They enjoy traveling as much as they can with a toddler, seeking art, and architecture, and introducing their son to the joys of visual art.
JEAN SPINDLER – DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
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.
THEA ECK – GALLERY DIRECTOR
Thea is a visual artist who joined the Art Center Fall of 2022. Thea grew up immersed in Pittsburgh’s arts & culture environment. She attended Alfred University’s New York State School of Ceramics and received her MFA from the University of Michigan’s School of Art & Design. Thea’s art background is varied: As an exhibiting artist, she had solo shows at 1708 Gallery, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the UICA, and Cazenovia College and received several research grants for her work with polar exploration archives in England and Denmark. Thea assisted many amazing artists while interning at the Women’s Studio Workshop as well as served as studio assistants to Ellen Driscoll and Marguerite Kahrl. Thea worked for ShopBot Tools, a NC-based cnc router manufacturer, expanding their educational programming around the country. She’s taught digital design and cnc router workshops at Port Townsend Woodworking School in Washington state. Thea lives in Ann Arbor with her family, and loves the AADL and all the awesome community events that happen throughout the year.
JEREMY WHEELER – MARKETING MANAGER
Jeremy Wheeler made a name for himself as a creative in the Ann Arbor area by working with such local organizations as Vault of Midnight, the Ann Arbor District Library, VGKids, Duo, 826 Michigan, and Lo-Fi. His personal work, a blend of comic-book vibrancy and dynamic graphic design, has been included in national exhibitions as well as in prominent entertainment editorials, book releases, and music-event promotions. A graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, he enjoys movies, comics, and occasional pop-culture writing assignments. Jeremy co-created and headed up The Bang!, a long-running dance party whose visual aesthetics he guided between 2001 and 2019.
MARC J. MCCAY – CERAMICS STUDIO MANAGER
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. In addition to being a Printmaker and Ceramicist, Marc has a passion for all things Mid-Century.
RACHEL DEROCHER – EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Rachel graduated from Albion College with a BA in Psychological Science and Environmental Studies. She joined the Art Center staff in the summer of 2019 and assists with educational programming, including teaching classes and developing new ArtBoxes. Outside of the Art Center, you’ll find her exploring new hiking trails, taking on new crafts, and befriending all sorts of dogs.
SIYI ZHANG – GALLERY COORDINATOR
Siyi joined the Art Center in Summer 2021. She is a graduate of NYU with a MA degree in Visual Art Administration. Prior to graduation, Siyi worked as a Marketing Assistant at the No.name Art Residency, an Artist Assistant for Visual Elite, and interned at the Leila Heller Gallery in New York City. While completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, Siyi worked at the University of Michigan Research Museum Center and the University of Michigan Museum of Art. She enjoys chopping fruits and veggies and cooking in her spare time.
SONIMAR MALDONADO-ALVARADO – DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE
Sonimar joined the Art Center in September 2021 as the Development and Communications Associate. She is a female painter from Puerto Rico, specializing in Art Research and Administration. Sonimar has her Master in Art Administration from Eastern Michigan University, a Master in Fine Art from American University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and an Associate in Painting/Drawing from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. On the side, she loves to teach, cook, bike (newly acquired), and spend time with her family and dogs.
NATALIE JOHNSON – EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Natalie is a commercial and portrait photographer living and working in Ann Arbor, MI since 2013. She joined the Art Center in November of 2021 as an education coordinator. She’s a big fan of early morning flea markets, metalsmithing, and paint-covered overalls.