In The Admin Offices:
Paula Danoff, President & CEO: [email protected]
Paula Danoff currently serves as EAC’s President & CEO. She is responsible for development and fund-raising activities at EAC and directs operational administrative and programmatic aspects of the organization, the school, exhibitions, and the facility. Danoff joined the EAC staff in 2008. Prior to this, Danoff served as Director of Special Events and Fundraising at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Danoff has studied Ikebana, the Art of Japanese Flowering arranging for 30 years, and holds a 3rd-level teaching certificate from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. She has exhibited in the United States and Internationally. She holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, and a BA from Knox College, Galesburg, IL.
Larry Boswell, Director of IT & Administration: [email protected]
Larry Boswell has over 25 years of experience with the Evanston Art Center. He is responsible for oversight and maintenance of registration in partnership with the Director of Education. Additional responsibilities include coordination and training of Information Technology for the Art Center. He is also responsible for the smooth operation, maintenance, and safety of the facility, and maintaining computer records including the membership and donor databases.
Ellie Hazlett, Director of Education: [email protected]
Ellie Hazlett serves as the Director of Education. She is responsible for overseeing the school which entails all classes and workshops both virtually and in person. In addition, she coordinates all outreach programming with various organizations. Prior to joining the Evanston Art Center, Ellie worked at the Art Institute of Chicago and later became the Assistant Director of Education at One River School of Art and Design. During this time she taught all ages in various mediums including painting, drawing, and digital programs. Ellie has her BA from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Emma Rose Gudewicz, Director of Development: [email protected]
Emma Rose Gudewicz (she/her) serves as the Director of Development. She is responsible for creating an overarching philanthropic focus throughout the EAC by creating and implementing fundraising strategies and initiatives. This includes annual giving, grant writing, special events, membership, and corporate and foundation support. Emma Rose graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in Fiber Material Studies and Painting, and from Colorado State University with a Masters in Art Leadership and Cultural Management.
Audrey Avril, Manager of Exhibitions: [email protected]
Audrey Avril (she / her / hers) serves as the Manager of Exhibitions, coordinating all solo, group, and curated exhibitions in each EAC gallery. This includes the Studio Exhibition Series, which provides EAC students with the opportunity to display their work in a gallery setting, and the In-Focus Lecture Series, which brings thoughtful speakers to EAC each month. Audrey graduated from Kenyon College with a BA in Studio Art and a minor in English.
Katie O'Neill-Sneed, Manager of Special Projects: [email protected]
Katie O'Neill-Sneed serves as Manager of Special Projects. In this capacity, she supports EAC staff in administrative operations, specifically online classes, and donor relations. In addition, she assists with special events, including visual merchandising for Winter Expo and Spring Benefit. Prior to joining the Art Center in 2019, Katie enjoyed nearly two decades of retail experience on Central Street as manager, buyer, and merchandiser for Perennials. She studied English at Lawrence University and photography at Columbia College Chicago.
Front & Center:
Joanna Goodson, Evelyn Morales, Samantha Nelson, Ashleigh Pastor