Staff Members

Doug Johnson graduated from Normal Community High School and Illinois State University. He holds a masters degree in Studio Art from ISU. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Northern Illinois University.

He 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 past co-chair of the Local Arts Network (a statewide group of executive directors at cultural institutions).

A practicing artist, his painting are in many public and private collections across the county. 

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Maggie Morton (Kunze) is an artist, writer, and poet, who earned her BFA in Painting from Illinois State University in 2016. Kunze currently lives and works in Normal, IL, where she serves as the Director and Editor of Sight Specific, an online publication for critical writing on contemporary art programming in Central Illinois, as well as a Regional Editor for Sixty Inches From Center.

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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.

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Justin Hay received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Illinois State University with a focus in Ceramics.  Starting off at MCAC as an intern for the Ceramics studio he has now moved to the title of Project Coordinator.  Artist Festivals are the primary focus for Hay, but he also has his hand in many other tasks at the MCAC.  Justin currently works and lives in Bloomington and continues to make artwork utilizing the MCAC Ceramics studio.  Mr. Hay also is an Adjunct Faculty member at Eureka College where he teaches Fundamentals of Ceramics and Advanced Ceramics.  

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Kim Barman joined the team as Education Coordinator.  

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Amber Gravett, Ceramics  Assistant.  Amber was born in Bloomington and graduated from Normal Community High School. She earned an Associates of Art at Heartland Community College and was the first ever recipient of the Joseph E. McCauley scholarship. At Illinois State University she earned a Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts with a concentration in drawing. Amber uses drawing as a foundation for all of her artwork, which ranges from animation and illustration to ceramics and printmaking.

Emily Wilkes is a recent graduate of the Fine Arts program at Illinois Wesleyan Univeristy.  Originally from the St. Louis area, she works with our Director on special projects, grants, and collections.

   Jenna Taylor is our graphic design intern. She calls Bloomington Normal home and is a student at Illinois Wesleyan University. 
  Kelsey Browning  is from Tinley Park, Illinois, and is currently a senior at Illinois Wesleyan University majoring in English-Writing. She also writes poetry and flash nonfiction, and studied Art History in London for a semester. 

Board of Directors

Shawn Gravelle President; Julia Davis, Vice President; Dan Galvin, Treasurer;  Secretary; Alexis Kalish, At-Large; Sally Berry, Anita Carney, Gay Dolan, Susie Vincent, Ruth Ann Friedberg, Sue Ge, Carol Koos, Kevin Kuebler, Sheila Lamberson, Jared Lacey, Mike McNeil, Michele Peterson, Deb Risberg, Rashod Taylor, and Linda Willis Fisher.

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