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 paintings are in many public and private collections across the county. 

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Kimberly Babin Marshall, Project Coordinator

Kimberly is a practicing artist, photographer, and writer. She is also a Criminal Justice major and studies International Arts and Cultural Law with Christie's, London. She is former volunteer for Prairie State Legal legal advice fairs and the 11th Judicial Circuit Court Restorative Justice ConferencesA 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. 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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  Rhys Lovell, Curator


Rhys is a writer/actor/director whose theatre work has been seen throughout Central

Illinois for the past 30 years. He has directed extensively for Prairie Fire Theatre, including

productions of A Little Night Music, My Fair Lady, The Pirates of Penzance and Oklahoma!

Eureka College credits include Dead Man's Cell Phone and Other Places. At Illinois Wesleyan

University, he directed The Glass Menagerie and created the set design for the opera Gianni

Schicchi; and for Heartland Theatre, his home away from home, he has acted in, and directed

numerous productions, including Doubt, Rabbit Hole, Clybourne Park, Three Tall Women, and A

Doll’s House. Currently, Mr. Lovell serves as the Artistic Director for Heartland Theatre. He is a

native of Bloomington/Normal, where he lives with his wife and two children



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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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.   

 


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, Vice President Bruce Cather, At Large Sally Berry, Treasurer Ruth Anne Friedberg

Allyson Frink, Su Ge, Jared Lacy, Sheila Lamberson, Cindy Lawson-Kester, Deana Moore Schoolcraft,  Craig Queen,  Diane Skidmore, Dave Templeton, and Susie Vincent


 





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