Staff

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Joe Shaw, Interim Executive Director
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Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Joe has a degree in Journalism from California State University, Los Angeles. Joe spent 25 years in Southern California, winning awards as a non-profit communicator at the Braille Institute, the AIDS Service Center in Pasadena and more recently as President of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust, leading efforts to save the last privately owned parcels of wetlands in Huntington Beach, CA. “Giving back is what drives me,” Joe says, “I think supporting and volunteering in your community is the rent you pay for being here on this Earth.” Joe served on the Huntington Beach City Council from 2010-2014 and moved to Lincoln in January, 2015. “I’m happy to be here at the LUX, because I know how important art and art education are to the health, well being and quality of life of a city.“

 

 

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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.”

 

 

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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.”

 

 

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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 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.”

 

 

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Rachel Sullivan, Education Programs Coordinator/Gallery Assistant
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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.

 

 

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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.”