The Center is dedicated to serving the public through major exhibitions, art classes, lectures, workshops, outreach programs, and intimate performances. We provide affordable, on-site co-operative studio space for working artists in the Club Mud Ceramics Studio. Understanding the importance of art education, the Center not only offers classes, workshops, and lectures, but also has internship programs for those interested in the arts and arts administration.
The Center is run by a dedicated staff and a Board of Directors representing a diversity of professionals in the community. Our priorities include continued Board development, and establishing stabilized financial management. We have much positive work to do, and we hope you will join us in our efforts!
The Maude Kerns Art Center is Eugene's only non-profit community center for the visual arts. Hours are from 10:00am to 5:30pm (Monday through Friday), and from 12:00pm to 4pm (Saturday) when there are exhibits in the main gallery. For more information about Art Center exhibits, classes, or special events, please call us at 541.345.1571.
Mission Statement: To nurture artistic expression and creativity in the individual and to cultivate an appreciation and understanding of art and culture in our community.
Michael Fisher joined Maude Kerns Art Center in 2010 and has served as Executive Director of the Maude Kerns Art Center and the Art and the Vineyard Festival, since 2018. Previously, he served as the Art Center’s Exhibits Program Director and Curator. Michael is a graduate of the University of Oregon’s Arts Administration Master’s Program, where he also received a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from the school of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Michael served as a graduate research fellow with the Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy, a teaching fellow for “Art and Human Values” and “Art and Gender” undergraduate classes, and served as President of the University’s Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network, a program of the Americans for the Arts. From 2003 to 2008 Michael worked as an Operations and Database Specialist with The Madison Consulting Group, a leading training and consulting firm specializing in professional development and leadership training, based in New York City. Michael has served on the Public Art Selection Committee for the City of Eugene's Airport, several local arts grant panels, and is a member of Eugene's Round Table.
Cece Anders has been involved with the Art Center in many different capacities over the years, having served as the 2019 Art and the Vineyard Admissions Coordinator and in 2018 – 2019 as an instructor for youth and young adult classes and summer art camps. Cece has a BA in Art from Western Oregon University and an MA in Arts & Administration from the University of Oregon. She served as the Coordinator of Student and Alumni Relations at the UO College of Design, where she also held positions in online instructional design and as an instructor in the Arts & Administration program.
Liberty Rossel is a BFA graduate from the University of Oregon with a passion for exhibition design. Working primarily in sculpture, ceramics and installation based work, she is very excited to work at the Art Center and build relations with our community of artists and patrons. Liberty also interns at Ditch Projects and volunteers with the University of Oregon's ceramics center in her free time, when she isn't elbows deep in clay or plaster in her own practice.
Marsha Wells Shankman is the Publicity Coordinator for the Art Center. In addition to working on the newsletter, press releases, advertising, proofreading, and all publicity matters, she is a member of the Art Center’s Duchess Committee, which stewards the Center’s collection of the works of Maude I. Kerns. She has an MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and has worked at the Art Center since 1995.
Grace Hanich is a self-taught artist specializing in colored pencil and acrylic painting. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2018 with a BA in Folklore and English Literature. Grace brings customer service experience and enthusiasm for art to her position as an Office and Program Assistant. She assists the Education and Exhibits Coordinator with various projects, engages with the public, conducts sales, and assists with day to day operations.
Ben Davis joined Maude Kerns Art Center in 2011. He designs and updates the websites for the Art Center and its annual summer fundraiser, Art and the Vineyard. He provides photograph documentation for Maude Kerns' rotating lineup of art exhibits and events every year, and creates video content for both the Día de los Muertos exhibit and the online Maude Kerns Member Artist series, an ongoing video series of prominent Art Center member artists based around the community. He has a BFA in Digital Art from the University of Oregon.
Fred Tepfer is an architect, planner, and educator who retired from the University of Oregon Campus Planning Office in 2016. When he’s not fixing things at the Art Center, he likes to bicycle, hike, and garden. He also takes pictures now and then.
Ann Bumb Hamilton has a degree in Art Education from Indiana University and a Fine Arts Graduate degree from Notre Dame. She taught Art in public schools in South Bend Indiana, Indiana University, South Bend, and St Mary’s College. She has exhibited her art extensively in Northern Indiana and Michigan. In 2009 Ann relocated in Eugene where she has shown her art in several venues. Ann was an active volunteer at the Jacobs Gallery, transferring her energies to Maude Kerns when Jacobs closed. She continues her passion for promoting opportunities for artists and participation in art for all.
Raised on Long Island, Jeanne Maasch moved to Eugene over 50 years ago and has never looked back. After an eight year stint as a Metropol Bakery pastry chef, she received a degree in graphic design, working primarily for Cawood—a PR firm—and the University of Oregon’s marketing office. At Cawood, she produced Art and the Vineyard posters, making her first connection with the Art Center. Once retired from the UO, Jeanne volunteered at the former Jacobs Gallery, and then turned her attention to supporting MKAC’s mission. Jeanne has recently shown her photography work at three local galleries.
A native of New Jersey, Louise Bishop received her PhD in English from Fordham University. She held administrative positions at Fordham and lived in the Bronx, New York before moving to Eugene with her husband and children in 1987. Now emerita (retired) faculty at the University of Oregon, she taught wide-ranging courses treating ancient-to-postmodern literature and culture for both the Clark Honors College and the Department of English. She now devotes time to family, her garden, and Aussiedoodle Pulo.
Susan Castillo enjoyed a 14+ year career as a television journalist, working for the CBS affiliate in Eugene. She left reporting to enter into politics and served as a state senator for six years, becoming the first Hispanic woman to serve in the Oregon Legislature. Susan subsequently was elected statewide to serve almost a decade as Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction. Before retiring in 2018, Susan worked on a national level for the non profit Project Lead The Way, to help schools gain access to high quality STEM education. She lives in Eugene with her husband, Paul Machu.
Caroline Passerotti is no stranger to the Art Center, having served in the past on the Board and volunteered for the Art and the Vineyard Festival. A retired Public School District finance administrator, Caroline brings budgeting, financial reporting, and strategic planning experience to the Board. Caroline says about the Art Center: “When I am at the Center these days, it feels like family. Beauty surrounds me; the mission speaks to my heart; and current leadership is strong, capable, and inspiring. The Center appears well positioned to achieve its dreams.”
Nancy Silvers is an artist who has taken painting classes at the Center over the years. Having enrolled in her first formal art class in mid-life, she calls the Art Center a “wonderful community.” She says that its “supportive and welcoming atmosphere reminded her of the love for art and expression she had felt as a child.” Now a Board Member who strongly believes in the Art Center’s mission, Nancy looks forward to supporting the Center in the same way it has supported her.
Cathy Simard is retired from a career working with small businesses in Eugene, and
has a background in graphic design, media messaging, and public relations. She is
“interested in supporting the arts for the intangible benefits they bring to life and
society.” In the last few years, Cathy has been an active volunteer for the Art Center.
During this time, she has been impressed with the many improvements at the Center
and feels that there is great momentum to build upon.
Alice Strong brings strong entrepreneurial skills to the Board of Directors. She has had a career in marketing, especially in marketing garden tools at seasonal events. Strong manufactured a successful product, Seed Ballz, which she has exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show, the Philadelphia Flower Show and Garden, and our own Pacific Northwest Flower Show.