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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Alfonso Gosálbez was born in Alcoi (Spain) and graduated from Technical University of Valencia with a BFA where he met the painter Antonio Lopez Garcia . After graduating Alfonso taught technical drawing to future professors and high school students at Pare Arqués (Secondary School Institute). Alfonso's work has been shown in Spain at Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Zaragoza, Club Sporting Ruzafa Gallery (Valencia), Rotary Club of Alcoy, Spanish Railways-RENFE, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Alcoy, Stephan Gallery (La Vila Joiosa), Hat Gallery (Valencia). Impervisual Gallery (Valencia).

In 2011 he attended the School of Visual Arts in New York. Alfonso received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2014. That summer he was awarded a teaching residency through The Parsons School of Design at Altos de Chavon School of Design. He has exhibited his work at the Paul Vincent Gallery, New Jersey, and in New York at the Spanish Benevolent Society, and Flowers Gallery, among others. In 2015 he moved to Bloomington-Normal where he currently lives and paints.

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Jessica Benjamin grew up in Bloomington Illinois. She graduated from Central Catholic high school and then received a BA with an intaglio printmaking concentration from Illinois State University. After graduating she worked in Snowmass Village, Colorado at Anderson Ranch. In 2000 she moved to New York to work with the painter John Alexander where she maintained and independent studio and continued to show her work. In 2005 she worked with the jazz musician Wynton Marsalis and Blue Note Records on two of his album covers and interiors, From the Plantation to the Penitentiary and He/She. In 2013 she received a Terra Arts Summer Residency and Fellowship in Giverny, France where she was provided a studio and allowed to paint at Monet's estate and garden. In 2014 she received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art. After graduating she moved to Bloomington, Illinois where she currently paints and lives. 

Jessica's work has been shown in New York at the New York Historical Society, the Parish Art Museum in South Hampton, the Flowers Gallery, among others and represented by the Birnam Woods Gallery in New York and East Hampton. 

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.

Justin Hay recently received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Illinois State University with a focus in Ceramics.  Justin started at MCAC as an intern for the Ceramics studio and has now moved to the title of Project Coordinator.  Justin currently works and lives in Bloomington and continues to make artwork utilizing the MCAC Ceramics studio.  During 2016 Justin received The Alcorn Family Scholarship while at Illinois State University which allowed him to attend an Artist Residency Workshop at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, CO.  This inspired him to want to be a part of some artist residencies around the country before applying to Graduate School.  Until then, building a studio practice and new body/bodies of work outside of academia is his main goal.  

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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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.



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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