Jo Ann Emerson, Executive Director
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Jo Ann Emerson earned a Bachelor of Arts in history at Metropolitan State College of Denver. She moved to Lincoln in 2003. She has many years of non-profit management experience which include strategic planning, program development, business planning, and grant writing. She was hired as 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.”


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 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 six 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 a part of it.”



Bri Murphy, Gallery Director
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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¢ a piece. 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 2013, she moved to Lincoln to be an artist-in-residence at the LUX Center for the Arts. Upon completing her year-long residency, Bri continued her involvement at the LUX working in Education.  She proudly accepted her full-time role as gallery director and looks forward to contributing to the LUX in new and exciting ways.  Bri says, 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.”


Alexandra Kissel Roth, Fund Development Manager

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Alex Roth earned a J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law with a concentration in non-profit organizations and a Bachelor of Arts in theater and art history from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Before joining the LUX, Alex has helped to raise funds for the Vineyard Theatre (an Off-Broadway theatre in New York City), the Arbor Day Foundation (a national environmental non-profit) and Nature Explore (a national program to get children in nature daily). Alex also serves as vice president on the Preservation Association of Lincoln board. Alex says, “Growing up in Lincoln, I was surrounded by opportunities to experience visual and performing arts. I have a deep love for the Lincoln arts community, and I am thrilled to join an organization that so wholeheartedly believes art should be part of everyone’s lives. I look forward to growing our capacity to reach more people and transform more lives through art.”


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Lesley Warren, Marketing and Administrative Coordinator

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Lesley Warren is new to Nebraska from Burleson, Texas. She graduated in May 2015 from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas with a BS in Mass Communication-Public Relations, summa cum laude, and previously served as editor-in-chief of The University Star, the independent student newspaper of Texas State. Lesley has also interned at Kristy Ozmun Public Relations in Austin, Texas in addition to two years spent as an office assistant in the president’s office at Texas State University. Lesley is an award-winning, published writer, as well as a member of Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society and the College of Fine Arts and Communication’s Council of Scholars at Texas State University. Lesley says, “Though I’m still fairly new to Lincoln, it already feels like home. I’m thrilled to be a part of such a vibrant, welcoming community and grateful for the opportunity to share my passion for the arts.”




Rachel Sullivan, Education Programs Coordinator
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Rachel Sullivan first became involved with the LUX in 2010 as a gallery intern while she was an undergraduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. From there, she gained experience at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Rachel earned her master’s degree from Oregon State University while working at the Benton County Historical Society. After returning to Lincoln in the summer of 2014, Rachel interned with the Sheldon Museum of Art’s education department before joining the LUX staff to expand education and outreach programs.



Susan Soriente, Lux Museum Curator

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Susan J. Soriente earned her Master of Arts 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.  Susan says, “I believe 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.”


Michael Larsen, Gallery Assistant

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Michael Larsen is an artist originally from Lincoln. He attended Nebraska Wesleyan University prior to packing his things and heading to graduate school at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he earned an MFA in Ceramics.  Upon graduating, he was enlisted as the Studio Coordinator of the ceramics department, where he worked closely with professors and students.  He returned to Lincoln in August of 2014 but maintains connections to the art community in Chicago, as well as the rave scene. Michael has a dual role at the LUX as both an artist-in-residence and the Gallery Assistant.  His interests range from art education to electricity to contemporary literature, but he is never too far from a hunk of clay.