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Youth Programs Manager
Since receiving her BFA from the University of Wyoming, Emily has had 16 years experience teaching art to all ages. She started teaching mentally challenged children and adults as an intern with UW’s Nursing School while completing her post-baccalaureate work teaching painting and drawing. Emily manages the Art Association’s youth department. She works as an artist in the mediums of oil, watercolor and pastel, as well as creates the occasional mural, all illustrating the finest aspects of Wyoming’s diverse and incredible landscapes.
Director of Development
Jill is a native of Boston, Massachusetts and began her Development career with the American Cancer Society. Following that role, she worked for Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. Since moving to Jackson in 2010, Jill has successfully raised funds and executed special events for the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Jackson Hole Community School, and the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Most recently, Jill managed the Jackson Hole Art Auction, an annual destination event with multi-million dollar revenue. She is inspired by all of the creative energy in Jackson, and the wonderful arts patrons. In her free time she enjoys skiing, biking, and adventuring with her rescue-mutt Sadie.
Ceramics, Multi-Purpose + Silversmithing Manager
Sam Dowd was born in Omaha, NE. Sam was introduced to art at an early age and by the seventh grade was enamored by the responsive qualities of clay and has pursued that medium to present day. In 2002, he earned his MFA in ceramics from Kansas State University, and in 1996, his BFA from the University of Nebraska Kearney. In addition to managing the ceramics, multi-purpose and silversmithing departments, Sam has also curated several ceramics shows, bringing together a variety of local, regional and national artists. He has exhibited regionally and nationally. Sam also co-owns a pottery business with his wife, Jenny, named Dowd House Studios. Its wares are sold in many regional art fairs and in local shops. While not pursuing art, Sam enjoys whitewater kayaking in summer, and cross country skiing in the winter. dowdhousestudios.com
Director of Events
Molly brings her arts-focused education and management experience to her role as Director of Events. She received her BA in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Masters in Arts Management from George Mason University. Having a father in the State Department meant exposure to many different places and cultures growing up. She fell in love with Jackson and decided to move here in 2006. She has been working with Art Association events and programs since 2013.
Michelle hails from the Midwest, but her heart is in Wyoming. As a public history and Spanish student at Ball State University in Indiana, she became interested in the power of informal education opportunities. To further pursue this passion, Michelle obtained a Master’s in History with a concentration in Museum Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. With her educational and professional background in museum studies, she has worked under the wings of Charles Lindbergh’s plane, alongside the treasures of the Smithsonian, amid masterpieces from Matisse to Warhol at the Charm City’s BMA, and in the crazy, play and wonder filled spaces of Jackson’s own children’s museum. Michelle now turns her attention to leading the Art Association's Outreach programs.
Originally from coastal Maine, Robin studied Studio Art at Colorado College with a focus in Printmaking. She arrived in Jackson in 2013, intrigued by all of the amazing opportunities for outdoor recreation and exploration in the Tetons. She has continued to make art here in Jackson and exhibits works in various locations around town. The Art Association has been a wonderful resource for her as an artist, and she is excited to be part of the team!
Painting, Drawing & Printmaking Studio Manager and Registrar
From the foothills of South Carolina, Brittany received her BA in Studio Art with a concentration in printmaking and a minor in Arts Management from the College of Charleston. Upon graduation, she took a printmaking residency at the Vermont Studio Center and has interned with master printer and originator of the printmaking technique called Solarplate, Dan Welden. In 2015, Brittany moved to Jackson for opportunities to apply her passion in fine arts and relish the massive outdoor lifestyle Jackson has to offer.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Kathryn is a native North Carolinian, where she studied Strategic Communications and Business Administration at Elon University. In 2015, Kathryn moved to Jackson to explore the beautiful landscape and immerse herself in a passionate community of thinkers and doers. In Jackson she has worked in marketing and development for forward-thinking nonprofits like the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and Jackson Hole Public Art. She was drawn to the Art Association because of her personal interest in visual art, filmmaking and photography. Kathryn is looking forward to a new endeavor with the Art Association!
Youth Studio Manager
Annessa is originally from Accord, New York, a small town 90 miles north of New York City. She has lived in Jackson for 12 years and enjoys exploring the great outdoors and also dabbles in the variety of arts that this community has to offer. Annessa has a degree from NY in Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wyoming. She has worked in the public school system for the past five years and is excited to expand her artistic thinking here at the Art Association.
Mark first joined the Art Association to manage the Painting, Drawing and Printmaking Studio and in April 2016, he was named Interim Executive Director. His background is in fine arts with degrees from the University of Wyoming. He has extensive art material experience and gladly shares information.