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Cynthia moved to Corvallis in 1985 and immediately became a member and volunteer of The Arts Center. She continued to support The Arts Center over the years, becoming Executive Director position in 2014. Prior to The Arts Center, she was Director of Corvallis Fall Festival and sold her ceramic work in galleries across the United States.
As a professional artist, Cynthia understands the challenges 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 as a great way to see art and explore Downtown.
Development & Communications
Michele joined The Arts Center in May 2019. She brings with her a wealth of experience in nonprofit management and a degree in Arts Administration from The Evergreen State College.
A native of Puyallup, Washington, she grew up in a very creative family and has traveled extensively.
She is committed to growing The Art Center, as well as her son Christopher and dog, Cosmo. In her free time, she sings in a couple of bands and enjoys swimming, photography, cooking, and dancing.
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 an MA in Art History (Universiteit van Amsterdam). She came to Corvallis to join her American husband.
She is an 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.
Dawn has worked with several university museum collections over the past 15 years and is currently in the process of cataloging and digitizing a collection of historic textiles and apparel at OSU. Prior to that, she managed two bead shops.
The Corvallis community has been a great source of inspiration to Dawn’s work as an illustrator. She is a member of Voices Art Cooperative, enjoys hiking on Bald Hill, and sitting at the family table making art with her two teenage children.
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.
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.
In 2015, Ellen brought more than three decades of government, government contracting, non-profit and small business owner experience to a 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 places in Corvallis are the plant nurseries.
Vanessa has a strong background in fine arts and graphic design and is a true asset to the organization.
She enjoys spending time with her partner of 11 years and their two dogs, Arrow & Oblio, as well as learning to play the violin.
Currently, Vanessa sits on the Arts Commission for the city of Lebanon and has been greatly involved in the progression of art throughout the surrounding communities.
Barb, an economics graduate from UCSD, moved to Benton County in 1995 in time to see the 75-year flood. She learned to love the rivers and trails while leading the child care center staff right next door to The Arts Center. Her last full-time position was at the Benton Community Foundation as Operations Manager.
She appreciates this creative and generous community, enjoys volunteering, sings in a choir, loves nature hikes, and paddles rivers and lakes.