Susan McIntosh Kriz, Executive Director
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Susan McIntosh Kriz brings over twenty years of successful executive management experience to the LUX Center for the Arts. As Business Development Director for Leadership Resources, Susan worked with individuals and organizations to engage high-payback solutions to meet complex development needs.
Susan served as director of the Lincoln Partners for Public Art Development, a start-up organization that includes a public/private committee that advises the City of Lincoln regarding public art. Her work included setting the structure for the committee operation and launching an endowment campaign to provide private support for public art long into the future.
Susan’s experience also includes 19 years of service as Senior Vice President of the Arbor Day Foundation, managing growth from 13 people to a staff of over 350. She oversaw all financial, operational, and logistical functions, including accounting services, human resources and talent acquisition, technology and computer development, corporate and direct marketing initiatives, public relations campaigns, membership services, fundraising and development programs, and capital improvements.
Susan is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, earning both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master in Business Administration.
Joe Shaw, Associate 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.“
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 in January of 2015. 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.”
Joslyn Schmutte, Marketing and Administrative Coordinator
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Joslyn Schmutte is a Nebraska native and has been increasingly obsessed with art since she was young. She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Art and minors in Marketing and Business Administration. Joslyn began her time at the LUX as a volunteer on Tuesday afternoons. Developing fervor for all LUX efforts, she decided to pursue a full-time position with the team and accepted her current role as Marketing and Administrative coordinator in January of 2017. “The LUX is a harmonious blend of my passion for the local community, art and art education…I am continually inspired and motivated by what this team seeks to accomplish here in Lincoln.” Joslyn spends her time away from work immersing herself further into her own photography practice and downing espresso.
Katelyn Farneth, Education and Studio Coordinator
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Katelyn Farneth began her career as an artist in Pennsylvania after entering an art competition in fourth grade. She continued to explore the arts throughout high school; it was there she decided to pursue a career in fine art. She attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Painting, and minored in Drawing and Art History. During her time at Edinboro she also studied Art History abroad in Sienna Italy. After graduating in May 2015, she moved to Lincoln to be an artist-in-residence at the LUX Center for the Arts. Upon completing her two year-long residency, Katelyn continues her involvement at the LUX working in Education. Katelyn says “I love the relationships I have built here in Lincoln. I have met so many amazing people in this community that truly have an understanding of the value and impact the arts have on all its members.”
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.”
Cody Weber, Gallery Assistant
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Cody was born in Hastings, Nebraska. He always wanted to be an artist and drew constantly. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and began majoring in Architecture because somewhere along the line he had been told “Art isn’t a real job.” Two years into studying Architecture he decided that art was his calling and jobs are overrated anyway. He graduated with his degree in Fine Arts with a focus in Ceramics in 2010. Cody has been working with the Lux Center for a long time and happily joined the staff of the Lux in 2017.