Board of Directors
Jennifer Sargent – Chair
Jennifer Sargent is an artist and curator currently based in Memphis, TN. She has a BA from Middlesex University, London, England and an MFA from Arizona State University. She has curated exhibitions featuring internationally recognized and local artists and juried many others. Her art making concentrates on textiles and drawings. She has received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission and an Artist Residency at the Vermont Studio Center.
Donna Woodley – Treasurer
Donna Woodley is a painter. She recently earned her MFA from Lesley University in Boston, MA, after twenty years in the accounting industry. This transition sparked her passion for painting which is currently informed by black women and their experiences in American society. She resides in Nashville and is emerging within the art community having participated in a number of group exhibitions. She is ecstatic and passionate about her future as a visual artist and looking forward to what is ahead.
Michaela Merryday, Ph.D. – Board Member
Michaela Merryday, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in Art History and Director of the Fielding Wright Art Center Gallery at Delta State University. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Vienna, Austria and earned a doctorate in art history from Florida State University. Her research focuses on contemporary public and political art practices with her recent work examining the role of culture in promoting sustainability.
Phyllis T. P. Hill, PhD – Editorial Committee
Phyllis T. P. Hill, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Art Education at Delta State University, Mississippi. She was born in Jamaica, where she studied education at Mico Teachers College and the University of the West Indies; in 2002 she moved to The Ohio State University, where she received a Masters (2004) and a PhD (2006) in art education. She has published in various art education books and journals and is author of The Jamaica Masters Online Project: A Case Study.
Katie Maish – Secretary / Editorial Committee
Katie Maish is an artist based in Memphis, Tennessee. She holds a BS in Biology from Rhodes College, an MFA in Photography from the University of Memphis and a graduate certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Memphis. She has served as a museum and arts administrator for the C.H. Nash Museum and Memphis Social. She currently teaches Museum Studies part time at the University of Memphis and enjoys supporting local artists through her website, Visual Memphis. In Katie’s art practice, she maps personal experience onto cultural production found in museum and library collections.
Carl E. Moore – Outreach Chair
Carl E. Moore is an artist and designer living in Memphis and is Senior Graphic Designer for News Channel 3 a Tribune Company. He is a graduate of the Memphis College of Art with a BFA and MFA in Art and Illustration. He is represented by L | Ross Gallery and is Artistic and Residency Coordinator for Caritas Village Hope Gallery (Non-Profit). His work combines complex content with simple forms and figures creating a narrative between the art and the viewer.
Michael Mitchell – Board Member
Mike Mitchell is an artist who educates at Father Ryan High School. He makes art under the moniker mikewindy (all lowercase and conjoined) as a love note to his beautiful bride of 21 years. Cowboy Concept Y’all is a figment of his imagination and a folk-art critic that creates music and has a youtube channel about artists in Nashville and beyond. Even though he is too old he still skateboards with his 10-year-old son.
Carol Sams – Board Member
Carol Sams Schreiber is an artist based in Memphis, TN. She has a BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Carol has a professional studio practice and is an art instructor based at Square One Studios. She works in the mediums of oil, watercolor, gouache and pastel.…“painting what is in front of me”. Carol is represented by ArtWorks gallery.
Jason N. Miller – Outreach / Social Media
Jason N. Miller is an artist, curator, and gallerist. He founded Masonic Contemporary at Scottish Rite of Memphis non-profit 501(c)3 and the Circuitous Succession Series that led to the formation of the commercial gallery of the same name. Miller serves at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis and maintains an art practice that includes public and private mural commissions, museum and gallery exhibitions, as well as art productions working with diverse individuals ranging from established artists to the homeless. Miller teaches digital art part-time at The University of Memphis and leads workshops that engage the community–also, serving as a member of the Women’s History Month Executive Committee at The University of Memphis.
Shaun Giles – Art of the South Coordinator
Shaun Giles holds a bachelor’s degree in studio art and a master’s in education. He is currently the educator for community engagement at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts where he has been since 2005. He is responsible for overseeing relationships with and providing educational opportunities for over seventy community partner organizations as well as developing resources and training opportunities for middle Tennessee school teachers.
Natalie Tyree – Co-Editor
Natalie Tyree received her BFA from The University of Tennessee at Martin and her MFA from Indiana State University. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Delta State University where teaches all levels of design courses. Natalie seeks to promote and advocate for the Arts in all aspects of society.
Jeanne Seagle – Distribution
Jeanne Seagle has worked as a commercial and editorial illustrator for newspapers, magazines, and children’s books, mural painter, mosaicist, designer of sculpture and maker of public art. Her clients have included John Malmo Advertising Agency, The City of Memphis, MATA, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, St Jude Hospital, Stax Records, Methodist University Hospital, Memphis Magazine and Flyer, and many others. Now she devotes herself full time to fine art, making oil paintings and large pencil drawings of the local landscape and is represented by the L Ross Gallery in Memphis.
Mike Calway-Fagen – Co-Editor
Mike Calway-Fagen is an artist, writer, and curator based in Tennessee. Recent solo exhibitions include the University of Arkansas, University of Nevada in Las Vegas, the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, with group shows at Dimensions Variable in Miami, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and LAXArt in Los Angeles. Mike has attended residencies including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. Recent reviews and essays have appeared in Art Papers, Temporary Art Review, and BurnAway. Recently Mike resigned from his position as Head of the Sculpture Department at the University of Georgia in Athens to take a new position as Curator of Exhibitions at Stove Works, a soon-to-open 75,000 square foot art center in Chattanooga. He is originally from Nashville.
Laurel Sucsy – Fundraising / Grant Coordinator
Laurel Sucsy is a painter and curator living in Memphis, TN. She has exhibited her work nationally, including solo exhibitions at John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY, and at The Medicine Factory and Clough-Hanson Gallery in Memphis. She has attended artist’s residencies at The Ragdale Foundation, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and The Vermont Studio Center and is the 2016 recipient of the ArtsMemphis grant.
David Thompson – Designer
A graduate of Memphis State University, David has spent over twenty years designing and creative directing at advertising agencies, for himself, and now in-house at the Memphis Grizzlies. He and freelance partner Michael Forsythe were invited to design Number: 21, and he hasn’t left yet.