Staff Members

A Bloomington-Normal native, Doug graduated from Normal Community High School in 1983 and Illinois State University in 1987. He holds a masters degree in Studio Art from ISU, where he was a recipient of the Elizabeth Stein Scholarship and Friends of the Arts Talent Grant. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Northern Illinois University in 1992, where he was awarded Best of Show in the Student Annual exhibition. He has exhibited at Addington Gallery and the Peter Miller Gallery (both in Chicago), Illinois Wesleyan University and at the Chicago International Art Expo. 


His artwork has been published in Better Homes and Gardens and in the Chicago Tribune Sunday magazine. He is a past board member of the McLean County Dance Association and the Heartland Jazz Orchestra and delivered the commencement address at Lincoln College, Normal, in 2009.  Johnson served as the co-chairperson for the 2011 and 2016 One State Arts Conference, the Program Committee for the Arts Alliance Illinois, and as the co-chair 2009 One State Conference Program Planning Committee. 

Doug has taught at Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University, Judson University, Waubonsee Community College, Ray College of Design, the Rockford Art Museum and Heartland Community College. 

He currently serves on the executive board of Arts Alliance Illinois, and is the past president of the Bloomington Rotary Club.Additionally, he founded and serves as president of the Area Arts Round Table (a consortium of McLean County Arts programmers) and is co-chair of the Local Arts Network (a statewide group of executive directors at cultural institutions).

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Claire earned her MFA in ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Claire creates mixed media sculpture. She has taught at Illinois State University and New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She was granted a NYFA Fellowship in 2009 and was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena Montana. Claire moved to Normal in 2009 with her husband Albion Stafford, assistant professor of ceramics at ISU, and their daughters.

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Carmel Rhoda serves as Office Manager. Joining the staff in November 2011, Carmel is in charge of membership and bookkeeping responsibilities.  She has enjoyed becoming involved in the local arts community and frequently attends shows and festivals locally and throughout the Midwest.  She is a graduate of Illinois State University with a Bachelors in Sociology.  Carmel and her husband have three children.

Sarah Sciba holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Kendall College of Art and Design, where she studied Printmaking and Art Education. Sarah graduated with high honors and was awarded the National Art Education Association’s Higher Education Achievement Award in 2009.

Sarah moved to Bloomington in 2012 with her partner, Morgan Price, assistant professor of Lithography at Illinois State University. They reside in the Founder’s Grove neighborhood, where Sarah maintains her home studio. In addition to being a practicing artist, Sarah is a strong advocate for art education and enjoys facilitating studio art classes for diverse audiences.

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Megan Cherry, Intern

Megan Cherry is a senior at Illinois Wesleyan University studying music composition. Her main instrument is the violin, but she is also a vocalist and plays piano. She likes to write for small string ensembles, and enjoys experimenting with different musical modes. Megan is from Arlington Heights, IL. 


Carol Liu, Intern

Carol Liu is a sophomore at Illinois Wesleyan University with a major in accounting. She used to volunteer in Giant Panda Center in China to take care of pandas. Besides, she also worked as a mandarin volunteer in Tomas Metcalf School in Normal, IL. Carol has a passion for community service and volunteering. Her interest include arts, education, and business. During her spare time, Carol also enjoys traveling and reading.   

  

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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Rashod Taylor, President; Jim Freeman, Vice President; Jennifer Swearingen, TreasurerJulia Davis, SecretaryAlexis Kalish, At-LargeAnita Carney, Gay Dolan, Stephanie DuquenneRuth Ann Freidberg, Rochelle GridleyYvonne Hoop, Alexis KalishKara Kirchner, Kevin Kuebler, Sheila Lamberson, Craig Lee, Deb Risberg, Darrell Richards, Linda Willis Fisher, Joy Winnell


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