Chris Dodson–Ceramic Lab Tech
Chris Dodson is a ceramic artist with a BFA in Ceramics from Ohio State University. This past summer 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.
Nancy Baxter – Administrative Assistant
Before her recent retirement, Nancy Baxter served for seven years as Youth Development Director for Bellaire-Puritas Development Corporation, Lead Agency for the West Park Neighborhood. In that capacity, she was also Coordinator for West Park MyCom, helping to research and network with community groups and agencies to offer quality classes and positive programs to youth of all ages. In that capacity, she was instrumental in developing a strong partnership between Art House and the West Park neighborhoods.
Meri Ruble – Education Coordinator
Meri Ruble has worked as a teaching artist and nonprofit administrator in Cleveland since 2006. Serving as Art House’s Education Coordinator since 2012, Meri works with partner schools to organize studio classes onsite as well as Urban Bright residencies, which pair professional visual artists with students in grades K-12 for programs focusing on deeper learning in the arts. In addition to her work with Art House, Meri is the Outreach Coordinator at Broadway School of Music & the Arts in Slavic Village. She is also an active teaching artist and is involved with Cleveland West Art League, a nonprofit member organization with a gallery at 78th Street Studios. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Kent State University.
Stephanie Kluk – Program & Community Enrichment Manager
Stephanie Kluk is an artist and arts administrator with nearly ten years of non-profit experience. After receiving her BFA in Photography from the Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH, Stephanie moved to Chicago, IL. While in Chicago, Ms. Kluk worked as the Program Director for the Chicago Artists’ Coalition where she coordinated exhibitions and managed professional development workshops for artists. In 2008, Ms. Kluk moved back to Cleveland and became the Program and Community Enrichment Manager at Art House, Inc. In her role at Art House, Stephanie manages a variety of programs that include free art education classes for children and families throughout Cleveland. She also helped developed arts programming for Shore Cultural Center, Euclid, OH., and has sat on the Board of Directors for the Cleveland West Art League (CWAL) for over two years. This past January, Ms. Kluk was elected Board President of CWAL and is helping lead the organization through its first strategic plan.
Amy Craft – Executive Director
Executive Director, Amy Craft, brings over twenty years of visual arts programming and non-profit management experience to Art House. In addition to organizational oversight, she is responsible for creating and maintaining strong working relationships with our roster of professional artists as well as with our community partners. Ms. Craft was selected as one of 25 participants nationally to attend the inaugural (2010) Community Arts Education Leadership Institute offered by the National Guild for Community Arts. The program is designed to assist arts administrators identified as the next generation of community arts leaders.