Creative Connections via the Arts.

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Cynthia2Cynthia Spencer-Hadlock | Executive Director

Cynthia moved to Corvallis in 1985, becoming a member and volunteer of The Arts Center. She remembers typing show labels on an old IBM selectric without correcting ribbon. As a studio potter, Cynthia sold her work in galleries across the United States and at arts fairs up and down the West Coast. For twenty years she had the privilege of teaching and working alongside hundreds of local potters through Linn-Benton Community College’s Benton Center. She was Director of Corvallis Fall Festival for nine years, and began working for The Arts Center in 2014. She is a long-standing member of the Willamette Ceramics Guild and the statewide Oregon Potters Association, which she credits for teaching her most of what she knows about selling pottery. Her introduction into the world of non-profit arts administration came from being an early Apple Macintosh user when few potters knew what a database was.

Email: – Ext. 654

Hester Coucke | Curator 

Hester is a long term employee at The Arts Center and has served in various roles. She loves to work with her special group of volunteers, the Exhibition Committee. She was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and educated there. She has a teaching degree in art (Academie De Schans, Amsterdam) and a MA in Art History (Universiteit van Amsterdam). She came to Corvallis to join her American husband. She is a intermittent artist in no particular medium specialty and likes to spend time in her garden (especially enjoying the vue!). Once an avid traveller, Ms. Coucke travelled overland from Europe to India and back. These days she hasn’t been east of Pendleton in the United States, other than airports. 

Email Hester Coucke – Ext. 658

jen-corneliusJen Hernandez-Cornelius | Arts Integration, Education and Outreach

Jen is bringing arts education to all corners of the community and helping people discover their creativity through Arts Integration, Education, and Outreach at The Arts Center. She received her BA in History of Art and Visual Culture from UC Santa Cruz, and an MS in Arts Administration from the University of Oregon. Her professional background includes over 14 years experience working with youth-serving organizations and private non-profits to support the growth and development of youth in the community. Ms. Hernandez-Cornelius has worked with schools, child care programs, museums, social services, and arts organizations at all levels of program development and implementation. Within her own household, Jen is considered too conflicted to reliably purchase good ice cream

FMI: Education Program Outreach .

Email Jen Cornelius – Ext. 655


Joni King | Graphic Design, Membership and Rental Coordinator

Joni’s interest in art and training in science and technology found an objective in graphic design. A desire to work in the arts brought her to The Arts Center more than a decade ago. In addition to producing graphics materials for the organization, she’s adopted a variety of roles, including the current positions of coordinating the Member/Donor database, and facilitating building rentals. If you don’t see her at the Saturday market, she’s probably in the woods foraging for mushrooms. Additionally, Joni assists with building rentals.

Email Joni King – Ext. 657

KrKrista staff photo 7_21_16ista Rich | ArtShop Manager

Krista is our ArtShop manager who works with the artists selling in the gift shop. She also coordinates the front desk volunteers. Krista was “home grown” in Corvallis. Previously, she lived on the east coast before returning home as a single mom of three children. After moving back to Oregon, Krista studied at WOU.  She participated in the BFA program where she focused on Painting and Ceramics. Krista received artistic scholarships, awards for excellence, honor roll, and dean’s list. Before joining the Art Center’s family, she spent 6 months as a front desk volunteer. Recently Krista has admitted she’s an online gamer.

Email Krista Rich – Ext. 656

Ellen Fuller

Ellen Fuller | Business Manager

Ellen brings more than three decades of government, government contracting, non-profit and small business owner experience to The Arts Center. She has served for over 25 years in the private sector, specializing in government cost accounting and record keeping, proposal development and indirect rate costing for both federal contracts and grants. As a private business owner, she managed the Business Enterprise Center of Linn and Benton Counties, Inc., a private non-profit business incubator. She attended Oregon State University and graduated from Linn-Benton Community College with a Certificate in Supervisory Management. She has volunteered at the state and local level for over 40 years with various Boards of Directors, the 4-H Program and Boy Scouts. She enjoys photography, cooking, reading, and family amongst many other activities.

Email Ellen Fuller – Ext. 653

Laura Young  | Development & Communications Coordinator

Laura is helping to develop new resources and strategic partnerships as Development & Communications Coordinator. Prior to joining The Arts Center in 2017, she was Development Specialist at Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care (founded as Benton Hospice Service) and Program Manager of the Sitka Center for Arts & Ecology. Laura has an M.A. in Arts Administration from the University of Oregon; and a B.A. in Studio Art and Certificate in Art Therapy from Webster University. Originally from St. Louis, Laura moved to Oregon for graduate school in 2004 with her dog and her pottery equipment. For fun, Laura likes to roller-skate with her kids.

Email Laura Young  – Ext 652

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Jen Bouton | Community Engagement Coordinator

Jen returns to The Arts Center to shepherd the many outstanding volunteers and interns keen to share some of their time with The Arts Center.  She is a seasoned volunteer in the community and is excited to grow and modernize the volunteer experience at The Arts Center.  Jen has a B.S. in Human Development & Social Policy from Northwestern University.  Jen has taught, milked cows, sold fancy Oregon Pinot, written biographies of stuffed animals and was a Chocolate Fantasy volunteer before being on staff here between 2005-2007.  She’s lived in Melbourne, Australia and in the French Alps and speaks both those languages.  Together with her husband, they are award-worthy Auntie and Uncle to numerous nieces and one nephew.

Email Jen Bouton – Ext 662

Claire Elam | Artist Accelerator Program Director

Claire supports professional and economic development for artists through career building workshops and classes with the Artist Accelerator Program (AAP) at The Arts Center. She comes to The Arts Center with a diverse background in non-profits, startup sustainability, and a BFA from Bennington College in Painting & Ceramics. Aside from business and the arts, Claire enjoys backpacking around Oregon and learning about behavioral sociology.

Email: – Ext. 661