There is a dynamic power house of leadership driving the Hutchinson Center for the Arts. Our Board of Directors is comprised of community members from all backgrounds who are passionate about building a strong arts community. It is my honor as Executive Director to work with each of them.
Each month I will be introducing this team of extraordinary Arts Advocates helping to support our creative community which is vibrant, inclusive, and a vital part of the local economy. With their leadership and vision Hutchinson has become a regional hub for arts and culture.
Jeri Jo A. Redman is a fourth generation Hutchinson resident. She comes from a long line of artisans. Her maternal great-grandfather, MC Madsen, carved wooden shoes in Denmark before becoming a brickmaker/potter here in Hutchinson. Her maternal grandmother, Alma Zavoral, owned A & Z Art Studio at a time when women rarely owned their own businesses.
JJ loves the book arts, photography, quilting, ceramics, painting, drawing, multimedia sculpture. She collects hand blown glass, vintage handwoven Indigenous baskets, and pottery. JJ is always looking for ways to incorporate her love of nature with her love of the arts.
JJ attended Normandale CC and the University of Minnesota. Before becoming disabled she was an Administrative Assistant. She also owned a consignment store with the dream of showcasing Minnesota artists. She is a Minnesota Master Naturalist; Certified Instructor for Project Learning Tree, Project Wild, and Project Get Outdoors; and a Freshwater.org Certified Water Conservation Advisor. She is an Americans with Disabilities Act Advisor . She has also been a volunteer for RiverSong Music Festival.
During the warm months you can usually find her cruising the river trails, with her beloved dog Ava riding shotgun, and enjoying the art of Nature. “Art and Nature are my healing balms–my sanity–good medicine.”