Laila Voss- Executive Director
Laila Voss is an artist and educator who has devoted a career to the cultural vitality of the NEO region. She serves on non-profit boards, has engaged in community art projects,taught both children and adults, managed art departments, and converted an Ohio City school building into artists studio-living lofts.
Laila’s artwork has been featured in important cultural institutions and is held in major collections including the Progressive Collection, University of Volgograd, the Cleveland Museum Art, the Willam Busta Gallery. She has worked with various neighborhoods/CDCs to create parks/gardens. Currently, Laila has been curating outdoor sculpture exhibitions for the Waterloo Arts District.
Ms. Voss has received numerous awards: the City of Cleveland Volunteer of the Year Award; the OAC Individual Excellence; the opportunity to represent Ohio at the FCCA Prague,Czech Republic. Laila maintains a vigorous studio practice in the Tremont neighborhood. She received her BFA from Ohio University and her MFA from KSU.
Emily Splain- Program/Education Coordinator
Emily Splain is a lover of the arts and arts in education. She graduated from Cleveland State University with a B.A. in Art History & Graphic Design as well as a M.A in History & Museum Studies. Her focus throughout her studies has been education and arts administration. Interning at notable non-profits such as Cleveland Museum of Art and ICA has given her great opportunities within the arts sector. Working at Art House she designs and handles all programming within the department and is expanding classes on site.
Chris Dodson-Ceramic Lab Tech
Chris Dodson is a ceramic artist with a BFA in Ceramics from Ohio State University. Chris moved to Old Brooklyn and began working as the Ceramic Lab Tech for Art House, where he manages the clay studio and teaches classes.
Jamie Ausperk- Ceramic Lab Tech
Jamie is a ceramic artist living and working in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a BFA in Ceramics from the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she graduated in 2016. She received the Guy Cowan Pottery Association scholarship for excellence in ceramics in 2014, and presented her work at their annual symposium. Jamie has worked as a technical assistant in the ceramics department and the woodshop at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she learned studio maintenance, kiln building, and workshop safety. She has also worked as an intern at Lauren HB Studios, where she learned slip casting and studio management skills. Jamie possesses skills in ceramics including throwing, hand building, slip casting, clay and glaze making, and kiln firing and building. She also possesses skills in woodworking beneficial to building studio furniture and conducting repairs.
Rebecca Kempton– Accountant/ Office Assistant
Rebecca Kempton provides administrative support to Art House Inc. Rebecca is a Cleveland native who loves her city and is a strong believer in resident- led civic engagement. She is a highly energetic individual who cares deeply for her neighborhood and serves her community wholeheartedly. She is a 2012 graduate of the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program. NLDP is a program of the Mandel Foundation. She chairs the Stockyard, Clark-Fulton and Brooklyn Centre Community Development Office, housing committee which derives its mission and strategy from the residents who volunteer to serve on the committee. She also chairs the Fulton West Block Club. This block club has one of Cleveland’s most successful City Repair projects. This project led to the eventual passing of new legislation that insures residents will have the opportunity to create murals painted on streets and alleys.