Local, experienced, connected.
Forty-three years in Ann Arbor, thirty-three years as the President/CEO of the Ann Arbor Art Center, and a lifelong love of the arts and community work have made me a valuable and effective project manager and organizer for the arts and other projects.
I have done it all at some point in my career—from designing concepts to managing their execution. I believe in the value of collaboration and enjoy leveraging each person’s skills to reach our common goal. I can be the lynch pin for your project. I can help you organize, or organize with your help.
I currently serve on the Public Art Commission and the Downtown Citizens Advisory Committee. Both of these commitments connect me with the growth and changes and the issues in our city which is a great place to live. In the past I have also served as Chair of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, Friends Board of the University of Michigan Museum of Art and the Arts of Citizenship body at the UM. In 2013 The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor awarded The Distinguished Service Award, which is the highest honor accorded honor, for recognition of my “dedication to make the arts a way of life in Ann Arbor.” I also serve on the board of SafeHouse Center, the domestic violence agency serving survivors and the Children’s Literacy Network which encouraging all children to develop a love of reading and learning.
CURRENT AND RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECTS
Oxford Companies Mural Project
This project is underway. Cathy Gendron, faculty member at College for Creative Studies and well known illustrator was selected by a jury to design and execute the work. Visit the location, 215 South Fifth to see the work, and I will be posting pictures shortly.
Ann Arbor Public Art Commission
As a member of the commission, I am head of the Coleman Jewett Memorial Project. Mr. Jewett, an Ann Arbor Public School Administrator, coach and artist is being honored with replicas of his Adironack chairs in bronze that will grace a niche at the Farmer’s Market to continue to tradition of conversations he always had at the market. Watch the AAPAC page for more details on this project.
Canoe Imagine Art, currently installed in Ann Arbor parks was originally conceived by Cheryl Saam and me as an Public Art Commission project. Cheryl is manager of the City canoe livery, and she had an excess of canoes no longer water worthy. We developed and plan and achieved enough funding to launch the project with ably managed by the Arts Alliance.
First Martin Corporation, Ann Arbor Painted, project manager
This company has commissioned 25 Michigan artists to create works that will be hung throughout the office buildings the company owns. Artists are at work now, so watch for an announcement of the exhibition when the works are complete and before they are moved to their new homes.
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