Lindsey Clausen, Director of Education
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Lindsey Clausen has built a lifetime of experiences with the LUX. She grew up in Lincoln, NE just blocks from the University Place Art Center, now known as the LUX. She was a student and volunteer at the LUX throughout her youth. While studying to get her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln she continued her involvement by becoming a teacher and an education intern. After she received her BFA Lindsey continued to work exclusively for local art and education non-profits. She also spent 6 months in Brazil volunteering with children from a favela doing drawing projects. Lindsey is passionate about helping others and making the arts accessible to people from all walks of life. Lindsey says “I believe the LUX has built a vibrant community and I am very excited I can continue to be apart of it.”
Jo Ann Emerson, Executive Director
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Jo Ann Emerson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history at Metropolitan State College of Denver. She made Lincoln her home six years ago. She has over ten year non-profit management experience which includes strategic planning, program development, business planning, and grant writing. She was hired as the executive director in 2007. Her vision for LUX Center for the Arts is to provide a place where the community can come together to learn about art. Jo Ann says, “We have worked hard to create an environment in which everyone feels as though they have a place. From the skilled art collector to the novice, everyone can come to the LUX to make new discoveries. Watching students’ expressions when they learn a new technique or master a challenging form has been the most rewarding part of my job here. Our students and visitors reinforce our mission everyday.”
Christine Hunt, Director of Community Involvement
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Christine Hunt’s LUX history goes back a few years as a volunteer–teaching art and working on special projects. As the LUX Center for the Arts Director of Community Involvement, Christine is now able to spend her days spreading the word about the LUX Center’s activities, classes and exhibitions, and creating both visual and written content that conveys the LUX Center’s mission and values. Prior to professionally joining the LUX Center, she worked for several local nonprofits in the environmental and health industries.
Happy to be back “home,” Christine believes that art has the power to heal, make people smarter and is a fundamental part of being human. Stop in to say, “hello,” and she’ll personally show you why she loves the LUX Center as much as she does.
Bri Murphy, Education Program Coordinator
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Bri Murphy grew up in the green mountains of Vermont, where she began her career as an artist selling her drawings to her mom for 25¢ apiece. She attended the State University of New York at New Paltz where she earned Bachelor’s degrees in Ceramics, Art Education, and a minor in Art History. After graduating in May of 2013, she moved to Lincoln, Nebraska to be an Artist-in-Residence at the LUX Center for the Arts. Upon completing her year-long residency, Bri is thrilled to assume her new role at the LUX as the Education Programs Coordinator. “Since moving to Lincoln, I have been awed by the support the community gives to the arts, and I am proud to have the opportunity to be a part of and contribute to a place not only holds such ideals, but puts them into action.”
Whitney Lee Perry, Operations Manager
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Whitney Perry was born and raised in Aurora, NE just an hour away from Lincoln. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in Advertising and Public Relations with an emphasis in English and History in December 2012. During her undergraduate study at UNL she developed a love for the non-profit world through her internship with Humanities Nebraska. She is a firm believer in the power of art and its abilities to inspire others and help a community flourish. She is very eager and excited to share the LUX’s mission in everything she does as well as represent an organization with such a high reputation as the LUX. Whitney is an advocate of John C. Maxwell’s “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” and plans to instill that belief through her work and management with the LUX.
Susan Soriente, Lux Museum Curator
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Susan J. Soriente earned her MA in Museum Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2002. She began working at the LUX Center for the Arts as a volunteer cataloging the LUX doll collection in 2003. In 2005, Susan was hired as Curator of the Gladys M. Lux Historical Collections. She also works as the Coordinator for Sheldon Statewide an outreach program of the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Susan said, “I believe that the LUX Center for the Arts is a great resource for our community. From the historical prints given by its benefactor, Ms Lux, to its forward thinking staff, resident artists, and classes, the LUX’s benefits and possibilities for the arts are without limit.”
Susan Stark-Johnson, Gallery Director
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Susan Stark-Johnson was born and raised in Arizona. She earned three Bachelor’s degrees from Northern Arizona University in Theatre, Art Education, and Studio Art with an emphasis in Ceramics. Following graduation, Susan taught Junior High Ceramics and Theatre in Mesa, Arizona and obtained her 300 hour Yoga teacher certification from the Southwest Institute for the Healing Arts. It was then that the home of her paternal family, Nebraska, called to her and she was given a ceramics residency with the LUX. As a resident artist, she spent two years with the LUX before moving to Colorado to begin life as a newlywed. In 2012 she returned to the LUX to serve as the gallery director. With a passion for art and service to others, it is with great pleasure that she finds her ongoing journey to “follow her bliss” has brought her back through the LUX’s door. She is truly honored to be a part of an organization that she says “makes art accessible to all and strives to improve lives and the community through the arts”.