Creative Connections via the arts

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Cynthia Spencer-Hadlock | Executive Director

Cynthia moved to Corvallis in 1985 and immediately became a member and volunteer of The Arts Center, she has continued to support The Arts Center over the years until landing the Executive Director position in 2014. Prior to the Arts Center, she was Director of Corvallis Fall Festival for nine years and sold her ceramic work in galleries across the United States. As a professional artist, Cynthia understands the struggles of leading a creative life and running a business. When not in the office, she enjoys time with her dogs and husband. She recommends the third Thursday Corvallis Arts Walk for a great way to see art and explore Downtown. 

Contact: Cynthia Spencer-Hadlock – Ext. 654

Image of Hester CouckeHester 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. Once an avid traveler, Hester traveled overland from Europe to India and back.

Contact: Hester Coucke – Ext. 658

Jen Hernandez-Cornelius | Arts Integration Director

Jen brought over 14 years of experience working with youth-serving organizations and nonprofits to The Art Center’s arts integration program in 2016. Since receiving her BA in History of Art and Visual Culture from UC Santa Cruz, and an MS in Arts Administration from the University of Oregon, Jen has worked to bring arts education to all corners of the community and enjoys helping people discover their creativity. Jen’s own artwork is never far away, as evidenced by her many ink doodles at staff meetings. According to Jen, the rose garden at Avery Park is a must see when visiting Corvallis.

FMI: Education Program Outreach

Contact: Jen Hernandez-Cornelius – Ext. 655

Jony.revised2Joni King | Graphic Design, Membership and Rental Coordinator

Joni joined The Arts Center in 2005 as the in house graphic designer. In the years since she has adopted a variety of roles including coordinating the member database and building management. Prior to joining the staff, Joni spent a decade with Hewlett-Packard. If you don’t see her at The Arts Center she can usually be found foraging for mushrooms, or maybe at Squirrel’s. She suggests grabbing a kayak and paddling up the Willamette River.

FMI: Building Rentals

Contact: Joni King – Ext. 657

Krista RichKrista Conzo | ArtShop Manager

Krista started at The Arts Center as a volunteer and moved into the Artshop Manager position in 2016. As a Corvallis native, Krista was happy to return home after many years on the East coast. As a single mom of three she finished her fine arts degree at WOU. She is a self-identified online gamer and also enjoys spending time working on her painting and ceramics. Krista thinks that everyone should stop by the art shop to enjoy the local talent when they’re in town.

Contact: Krista Rich – Ext. 656

Ellen FullerEllen Fuller | Business Manager

In 2015, Ellen brought more than three decades of government, government contracting, non-profit and small business owner experience to Business Manager position at The Arts Center. 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 spending time with her family. Her favorite place in Corvallis are the plant nurseries.

Contact: Ellen Fuller – Ext. 653

Jen Bouton 2011Jen Bouton | Community Engagement Coordinator

Jen returned to The Arts Center in 2017  as the Community Engagement Coordinator. 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 lived all over the world and has also milked cows, sold fancy Oregon wine, and written biographies of stuffed animals. Jen thinks Willamette Park has the best recreational opportunities for dogs and humans in town.

Contact: Jen Bouton – Ext 662

Claire Elam | Artist Accelerator Program Director

Claire joined The Arts Center in 2017 as the Artist Accelerator director and is most excited to support professional development and community for artists through career building workshops and meetups. Claire comes to The Arts Center with a diverse background in non-profits, startup sustainability, and a BFA from Bennington College in Painting & Ceramics. She also enjoys backpacking and learning about behavioral sociology. Claire thinks that the view from Chip Ross Park is pretty great.

Contact: Claire Elam – Ext. 661

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