Hannibal, MOView Website
Michael Gaines, of Hannibal MO, has been the Executive Director of the Hannibal Arts Council since 1993 and the Executive Director of the Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies since 2005. Having two leadership roles in two different organizations simultaneously is a challenge and a joy. In addition to his organizational leadership responsibilities, Michael also serves on the board of the Missouri Artisans Association/Best of Missouri Hands, coordinates their BOMH at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion project and serves locally on the board of the Hannibal Concert Association. In his limited free time, Michael is an avid art collector, art festival attendee, photographer, painter and accidental social worker.
Pacific City, OregonView Website
Karen Gelbard resides in Oregon where she designs handwoven garments. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 1974 with a BFA in Design. In addition to her own studio work, she is part of a small group of artists who help with the on-going restoration project of the historic Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. In 1984, she was commissioned by Larry Kirkland to assist in the design and fabrication of 44 rugs which were installed at the Sunriver Lodge in Bend, OR.
She has been a recipient of grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Ford Family Foundation and the Barbara Beebe Trust.
In between designing, weaving and creating jackets, coats, scarves and showing her work at over 200 competitive juried art festivals across the country, she also researches and writes about historic textiles.
Saint Louis, MOView Website
Lynn Friedman Hamilton, executive director, Maturity and Its Muse, (MAIM), a 501(c)(3) corporation with the mission to promote positive and productive aging through the arts. Maturity and its Muse began as her way of exploring the question of how the resourceful, energetic lives and experiences of mature, seasoned artists can serve as positive, productive examples of aging for all of us. Lynn’s activities in improving the quality of life for seniors earned her the 2016 Woman of Achievement Award in recognition of her Services to Older Adults.
Former gallery-owner and entrepreneur, Lynn has extensive experience in the art world in St. Louis.
Selected recent jury and curatorial experience for Lynn includes the following nonprofit St. Louis venues: the Sheldon Art Galleries, Regional Arts Commission, Craft Alliance, Art Saint Louis, Washington University in St. Louis, Fabrications Gallery.
In the community she serves as board president, Women and the Kemper, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University, board member, Covenant Place, St. Louis, Member City of Creve Coeur Arts Commission.
Loveland, COView Website
As the founder and Executive Director of the National Sculptors’ Guild (NSG) at Columbine Gallery, and Principal/Co-Owner of JK Designs, Inc. John has worked with over 200 artists and countless cities and municipalities as he has sought out, designed and implemented the installation of over 500 monumental public sculpture placements across the country, since 1992. He has also consulted on numerous public and private outdoor sculpture gardens and Master Plans, including the cities of Little Rock, AR; Southlake, TX; Louisville, CO; the Skagway Sculpture & Flower Garden in Skagway, Alaska; and the Cerritos Public Sculpture Park in California. John was named one of the nation’s 40 Most Prominent People in the Arts by Southwest Art Magazine in May, 2011.
Sullivan, WIView Website
Larry Oliverson has an extensive background in the world of art festivals and the arts. As an exhibitor, he is an internationally active artist whose fine art medium is photography. By invitation, he has traveled three times to Cuba to work with the Cuban photographic community. He assisted IACP (International Arts & Crafts Promotions), the nonprofit producer of the first Yokohama International Open-Air Art Fair, was the keynote speaker at the first event, and has had three exhibitions in Japan. As director of Global Artist Exchange, he arranged for five Chinese artists to exhibit at the Lakefront Festival of Arts at the Milwaukee Art Museum. He has been an invited speaker at IFEA, the International Festival and Events Association. Oliverson’s photographs are included in museum, corporate, and private collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan.
At the Milwaukee Art Museum, Oliverson has served on the Exhibition Committee, on the Board of Trustees, as President of the Friends of Art, and as co-chair of the Lakefront Festival of Arts. As President of the National Association of Independent Artists, he served as an advocate for the needs of artists, organized and presided over numerous director conferences, and was instrumental in the development of ZAPP®, the leading on-line application system used by art events nationwide. He has been an advisor and consultant to numerous events on most aspects of show production.