President - Dan Galvin
Vice President - Bruce Cather
Bruce Cather is a retired Distinguished Engineer from IBM Corporation. For 38 years, his focus has been to bring together advanced technology, architecture, and design in building Information Technology solutions for his clients. Having spent several years in consulting and learning consulting methods, Bruce has most recently has been trained in Design Thinking method which puts the user of technology at the focus and blends both art and technology together through design process.
A decade member of the Bloomington Rotary, Bruce also serves on its board of directors. Bruce is on the Curriculum Advisory Board at Illinois State University for the Business and Information Systems Department. Bruce also advises and mentors computer science majors at Illinois Wesleyan University. Bruce is an avid amateur photographer. Bruce’s wife, Pamela, is a Master Certified professional photographer and wildlife photographer and will be doing an exhibition at the McLean County Arts Center in February of next year. Bruce is a frequent visitor to the Arts Center, participates in the Downtown First Friday events, and enjoys the many works and talented artists of McLean County.
Treasurer - Ruth Ann Freidberg
Secretary - Sally Berry
Sally is the chair of the Events committee and on the Exhibitions committee and the Executive committee. Sally paints and enjoys taking classes at MCAC. "I enjoy volunteering at all the events and exhibitions. I’m married to Bob and have a cockapoo named Norman".
Deana Moore Schoolcraft
Su Ge studied art in the art school in Shanghai, China in 1970's. She specializes in traditional Chinese brush painting with emphasis on landscapes and nature and has had her paintings exhibited multiple occasions at the local art center. In 2018, Su's landscapes work were also exhibited in Shanghai, China. Su has been teaching Chinese brush painting and calligraphy in Heartland Community College last two years. Su hopes more people get to see the Chinese art with its rich culture.
Su Ge's website: http://www.tranquilityofnature.com
Jared Lacy was an art instructor for the Galesburg School System for 38 years; retiring in 2011. He relocated to Bloomington two years ago. He is a painter whose works have been shown in regional, state, and national exhibitions
Sheila Lamberson has a BFA in Painting/Minor in Drawing from SIU-Carbondale. She also worked toward her MFA in Painting at the University of Wyoming. Sheila maintains a studio in her home and works as an IT Manager at State Farm by day.
Michele Peterson is currently Adjunct Professor of Art & Humanities at Heartland Community College, Normal, IL. Her artwork is in collections of public institutions, businesses and art collectors in the Midwest area.
Public lectures include: Invitational speaker at Lincoln’s Women Correctional Center: Photography as Art; Local Chapter of University of American Women: Women and the Arts; Wicker Park Public Library on Fra Angelico: Symbolism In San Marco Frescoes; Chicago Chapter of The Academy of European Arts & Culture: Odd Nerdrum - Modern Master; Mercy by the Sea Retreat Center (Madison, CT): Botticelli & Bosch – Esoteric Symbols; Siena Retreat Center (Racine, WI): Portrait Drawing – An Interior Look
Craig Queen - Craig is an attorney in private practice (Queen Law, LLC) in Bloomington. He lives in Normal and has three nearly grown kids, Jack, Emily and Tommy. In his spare time he enjoys running, weight training, cooking, and reading.
Deb Risberg -
Dave Templeton- As virtually a lifetime member of the Bloomington-Normal community, I feel the need to give back to the community that’s been so good to me. I was a member of several community organizations during my working years. Now that I’m retired I have even more time to devote to activities. As an artist and designer, I feel that the McLean County Arts Center fills the bill for my time and efforts. It’s truly a treasure for our cities.
Spouse: Ron Skidmore furniture maker/woodworker
Children: Lindsey Moss - elementary art teacher/2 granddaughters Linden & Ellison
Evan Skidmore - photographer, IT
Educational Background :
University of Arizona - studio art 2 years - 1972 - 1974
BS in Education from Illinois State University (K-12 certificate) 1977
MS in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University 1998
Recent Work History:
Personal Assistant to the Venerable Bhante Sujatha - The Loving-Kindness Monk 2020+
The Garlic Press 1994 to 1996 and 2015+
Illinois State University - Academic Advisor College of Business 2001 to 2018 (retired)
Mixed Media Fiber/Quilt Artist
Travel & Camping - foreign and domestic
Cooking interesting foods
Susie Vincent is a board member and on the events committee.Susie is a 1991 graduate of Illinois State University with a BS in Art Education, a 2019 Graduate of Walden University with a Master’s in Integrating Tech into the Classroom. She is the art and digital media teacher at Chiddix Junior High School in Normal. During her summers at ISU, she used to teach art classes to children in the basement of the MCAC.
Allyson Frink is a former 40yr GROWMARK IT employee. She lives with her husband, Jim Pinder, in rural Cooksville. Allyson has been taking classes at MCAC since 2014, concentrating on pastels & painting. Taking multiple classes & volunteering at the Center led to her working on the Education & Events Committees, then being asked to join the Board. She says working on the annual luncheon has been especially rewarding and she loves being a part of the local art community.