Lisa is a visual artist with 20 years of experience serving as an arts administrator, educator, and rural arts advocate. She thrives on creating fresh, dynamic arts opportunities to inspire artists and captivate audiences. In addition to her work with HCA and maintaining an active studio practice, Lisa is part of the Rural Aesthetic Initiative Project, which produces a variety of curatorial and public art projects.
Tom Peterson has spent most of his life working in the nonprofit sector and dedicated to the arts community. He has worked as an artist in multiple disciplines including video, theatre, music, and television. In addition to Tom’s work for HCA, he is a staff member of Hutchinson Community Video Network and the co-host of Into the Stream, a locally created arts and entertainment program. Tom believes that the arts are the heart and soul of any community.
” I love that the arts let us express ourselves as individuals and allow us to discover the deeper connections we all share as human beings.”
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Alan is currently the Dean of Instruction Liberal Arts and Sciences at Ridgewater College, with an interest in the theatre arts. Stage has served as Staff Sergeant with the U.S. Army. Alan, along with his wife Emily and two children, reside in Hutchinson.
Julie is a Hutchinson native and has always loved the arts. Formerly the Executive Director of Crow River Habitat for Humanity Julie currently works as an Office Manager for New Journey United Church of Christ, serves on the Hutchinson Library Board, and would say the “non-profit” world is where she likes to be. Julie has two boys with her husband, John.
“When the opportunity to serve ont he HCA Board was offered to me, I thought this was a great way to help promote the arts….I am looking forward to working with the great staff and board members of HCA.
Born and raised on a farm near Canby, Minnesota, Jerry attended Southwest Technical College studying architectural drafting. He worked as a draftsman and a CADD technician for a number of years and became a registered architect in 1995. Jerry eventually became a principal with the firm Group II Architects of Marshall, MN and Sioux Falls SD. The last few years he worked for TSP, an architectural / engineering firm also located in Sioux Falls, SD. Jerry is now retired.
He is a self-taught pen and ink artist and has enjoyed drawing and other creative endeavors for as long as he can remember. Jerry is always inspired by being around other artists or the work they have created. Jerry and his wife Jeanette moved to Hutchinson three years ago to be closer to their grandchildren, and it seemed a natural to get involved with the Hutchinson Center for the Arts.
It is Jerry’s opinion that the arts greatly improve the community’s quality of life.
It’s funny where hot dogs can lead. Today he works for the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) in the Microenterprise program. His association with SWIF started in 2009 when he became the first ‘poster senior’ of the newly created Encore Entrepreneur program. Since then, Greg has presented the Encore Entrepreneur message throughout southwest Minnesota and at national conferences including the Association for Economic Opportunity Conference in Washington and the national AARP Convention in New Orleans.
He believes in the Picasso quote: The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
Corey was born and raised in Hutchinson. He interest in the arts started in elementary school and later in high school where he became interested in sculpture and pottery. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead and later transferred to Minneapolis College of Art and Design majoring in Environmental Design. After college he attended multiple classes for pottery at the Minnetonka Art Center which lead to being an apprentice potter for two years in St. Paul, MN.
Corey is a founding member of the Hutchinson Center for the Arts and has been involved in multiple aspects of its growth through the years. He has been the President/CEO of Stearnswood Inc., a family company for over 15 years. He also sits on multiple Boards and committees throughout the Hutchinson area and volunteers for numerous other events and causes.
Karlene Ulrich, was born and raised in Hutchinson. She has been married for over 34 years, have 3 grown children and 3 grand boys. She has always enjoyed the arts and the creative side of things. Kar enoys painting, drawing and looking at other artist’s work. She has helped other organizations with signs and paintings. You can also find Kar working at Zellas as your friendly server! She is looking forward to working with all of you!
Jon Otteson was born and raised in the farming community of Paynesville, Minnesota. His art related work background includes the printing industry, motion picture processing & production, custom framing along with a 30-year investment in the quality, training and supplier management departments at 3M. During this time, he was also actively involved in portrait and wedding photography. He retired from 3M in 2002 and spends much of his time experimenting with fine art photography that has a primary emphasis on landscapes, natural elements, and abstracts.