Dee Boyle-Clapp, M.F.A., M.N.M., Director of Arts Extension Service, leads training programs in a variety of arts management topics for state arts agencies around the country, teaches in AES’ arts administration degree and certificate programs, and conducts AES research projects. Dee is a sculptor, installation artist and lecturer on 'green' topics and has over 25 years of experience in the arts, teaching a variety of studio, art history and arts management courses at UMass Amherst, museum schools, and community colleges. Dee co-owned the Artemis Gallery and was a founding member and the first director of the Art Bank, and was part of the restoration team for this 1860's bank building in Shelburne Falls, MA. As Director she ran all programming for two galleries, studio art courses, the Children’s Blue Snow Performance Series, the adult performance series, festivals and community events. Dee directed a local humane society, and established successful humane education and outreach programs, doubled the organization’s endowment and annual operating budget, and prepared the organization for a $5 million capital campaign. She was program coordinator for the Fostering the Arts and Culture Partnership creative economy project organizing business and marketing training, exhibition and web opportunities, and networking for artists. She joined the staff at the Arts Extension Service in 2008. Dee's work has long involved sustainability. She has greened two organizations, co-founded and co-chaired a UMass Green Team, and lectures on sustainability issues. Dee lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and son on a solar-powered off-grid llama farm. She holds bachelor's degrees in art and art history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an MFA in sculpture from UMass Amherst, and a Master's in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Courses taught: Introduction to Arts Management, Financial Management, Fundraising, Greening Your Nonprofit Arts Organization.
Todd Trebour, M.M., Project Coordinator for Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative, is an arts manager, operatic performer, theatre artist, and educator based in Western Massachusetts. Todd is currently the marketing and development director at Chester Theatre Company (CTC), a professional summer theatre company in Chester, MA. Todd recently oversaw the rebranding of CTC including the creation of a new website, logo, and communications strategy. Todd worked as a professional operatic performer and concert soloist, performing with companies throughout the United States and Canada. Todd was a member of Houston Grand Opera's Opera-to-Go, HGO's touring operatic ensemble, giving over 500 performances in 9 different productions. To pursue his dream of original performance creation, Todd became an apprentice actor, musician, and company member at Double Edge Theatre, where he studied their movement-based improvisation and original work development methodologies. Following his tenure at Double Edge Theatre, Todd created the experimental opera-theatre piece Come and Sleep: An Operatic Fantasy for Voice, Cello, and Silence, the flagship production of his company, Alchemical Opera Project. Developed over the course of two years, Come and Sleep toured internationally throughout the northern United States and Canada. In his community-based work, Todd served as treasurer, board member, and fiscal consultant for Northampton-based c3, a creative community collective, and project development consultant for Art At Work-Holyoke, a project part of the national initiative Art At Work. Todd received his BA from Whitman College, where he studied biology and music, his M.M in Voice from Rice University in Houston, TX, and his Core Certificate in Arts Management from the Arts Extension Service. Course taught: Foundations in Arts Entrepreneurship.
Priya Nadkarni, Administrative Assistant, is a painter who was born in New Jersey. She received her MFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she was a Graduate School fellow in her final year. She also received her BFA in Printmaking from Rutgers University. Priya’s work has shown in spaces such as the Kimmel Center Galleries at NYU, the Jersey City Museum, Cuchifritos Gallery NYC, the Zimmerli Art Museum, Concordia College and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. She is a recipient of the international Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant and was a 2013 artist-in-residence at the Blue Mountain Center. Priya is also an art educator and taught undergraduate classes in the Art Department at UMass from 2011-2014 and was previously a teaching artist at BRIC Arts|Media|Bklyn as well as other non-profit arts organizations. Priya has worked on various arts advocacy projects, collaborations and curatorial projects since 2008. For more information on her work, visit her website at: www.priyanadkarni.com
Erika Jurlina, Administrative Assistant