Staff Members

Doug Johnson, Executive Director

Doug 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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Carmel Rhoda, 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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Kimberly Babin, Project Coordinator

Kimberly Babin is a central Illinois-based artist, photographer, and writer. A former Art Therapy Major and MCAC Intern, Kimberly has returned to the organization as Project Coordinator to further serve the Bloomington-Normal Area through the arts.  A current Criminal Justice student and former volunteer for the 11th Judicial Circuit Court Restorative Justice Conferences, Kimberly brings with her a uniquely blended background that has reinforced her belief that the arts are an integral part of a strong community.

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Krystal Kay Lyon, Education Coordinator

Krystal is originally from North Augusta, South Carolina. Her love of beauty, art and community led her to Bloomington in 2014. Since her move to the area Krystal has connected with the artist community of McLean & Livingston Counties, she started writing for an online film blog out of St. Louis called ZekeFilms and she presently serves at Christ Community Church of Chenoa as Ministry Coordinator.   

Alexis Walter, Intern to the Director

Alexis is a central Illinois native from Champaign, IL. She is a first year graduate student at Drexel University majoring in Arts Administration. She acquired her B.A. in Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2020, and an A.F.A. in Art and Design from Parkland College in 2017. She has always been interested in the arts, and through her undergraduate experience, has found a career in the arts to be a true aspiration. She is a practicing artist who even manages her own Etsy page and creates painting videos online of her exploration into painting. After graduating from graduate school Alexis aspires to become a true working art professional, by working in a museum or gallery focused on visual arts, and is very pleased to have the opportunity to intern at the MCAC.

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.

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Our Board of Directors 

President Dan Galvin, Secretary Mike McNeil, At Large Sally Berry, Treasurer Ruth Anne Friedberg, Bruce Cather,  Allyson Frink, Su Ge, Jared Lacy, Sheila Lamberson, Jane Osborn, Michele Peterson, Craig Queen, Deborah Risberg, Diane Skidmore, Dave Templeton, and Susie Vincent


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