Carly is an artist from Monroe, Michigan who relocated to Batesville in 2010. She earned a BFA in Printmaking from the Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Toledo, Ohio. She worked as the Director of the Kresge Gallery at Lyon College for over four years, and has served as a board member of Number, Inc. an arts journal based in Memphis, TN, which is dedicated to promoting the art of the South. She also served on the BAAC board for four years and is grateful to now lead the organization as Executive Director. Carly is also an active artist who has exhibited her work both regionally and nationally.
Juli Howard is the gallery assistant at BAAC, bringing her fresh perspective and passion for the arts to the institution. In 2023, she earned her degree in Art and Economics from Lyon College, where she honed her skills and deepened her understanding of the art world. Beyond her work in the gallery, Juli is a versatile artist, proficient in multiple mediums. Her artistic journey is centered around the creation of enchanting narratives and the discovery of magic within the ordinary. With a passion for blending creativity and economics, she aspires to make a lasting impact on the art community.
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Kim Whitten is the Physician Recruiter for White River Health. She also spent 20 years in local higher education and has a passion for community development. She has an MS in Community and Economic Development and BBA in Marketing from the University of Central Arkansas. Her love of community has provided her with opportunities to serve on several boards and volunteer organizations. She enjoys drinking copious amounts of coffee, hiking, yoga, mixed media art, travel, and an eclectic mix of music.
Abby Perrine is a professional writer and marketer who moved to Batesville with her family in 2020. She holds a Master’s in Professional Writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and works as Senior Proposal Coordinator for the Aviation team at Garver. Art, music, and creative writing have always been part of Abby’s life. She loves all kinds of creative projects, like making crafts with her kids, renovating her family’s historic home, and sewing her own clothing.
Aaron Herndon is Assistant VP and Consumer Loan Officer at Citizens Bank’s headquarters location in Batesville. He earned an Associate of Applied Science Business Services degree, with a Banking and Finance focus, from the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. He is a graduate of the Barret Graduate School of Banking and the Citizens Bank EDGE leadership program. Aaron, who is a native of Cave City, also serves as a member of the Old Independence Regional Museum. He is excited at the opportunity to expand the support for and appreciation of the arts in our community.
Victoria Hutcheson is an Art Therapist and artist originally from Missouri. She moved to Batesville in 2015 to attend Lyon College where she got a B.A. in psychology and art. After graduation, she attended graduate school at Florida State University where she obtained an M.S. in Art Therapy. Victoria currently works as the Director of Mental and Behavioral Health at Lyon College. As an artist and therapist, Victoria is excited to be a part of the Batesville community and a board that is so involved in bringing art to all people within it.
Kori Bowers is the Marketing and Branding Manager at Mascot Media, a company based in Fayetteville, AR. She earned her Bachelors of Art at Lyon College and spends her free time taking care of her houseplants, spending time on the White River, doing freelance graphic design, and creating digital collages. Kori is excited to serve on the board and is looking forward to the many opportunities it will provide to bring art to her hometown.
Hannah is a graphic designer, marketing strategist and Batesville native with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Being the daughter of photographer Keith Sturch, her entire life has been immersed in the arts, and her greatest joy is being able to express herself creatively. Upon marrying her high school sweetheart after college, Hannah moved to Chicago. She and her husband have now returned to Batesville to get back to the community that has always made them feel at home. Hannah is excited to take part in the Batesville Area Arts Council and help Independence County experience the vibrancy the arts have to offer its citizens. In her personal life, Hannah is regularly found making crafts, working on her lifestyle blog, and doting on her two cats, Bowie and Theodore.
Jessica Harber is a Special Education Teacher for the Southside Public School District and has been teaching education for the past 10 years. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Science in Educational Theory and Practice from Arkansas State University. Jessica's hometown is North Little Rock, but Batesville has been her home for the past 11 years. She also serves on the White River Reading Council. Bringing the love of Literacy to her community is a big passion of hers. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, cooking, crafting, and traveling.
Sarah and her husband Kirk relocated to Batesville fall of 2021. Sarah is a Lyon College alumna, (BA Fine Arts ‘93) and retired Art Educator from Lake Charles, LA, where she taught 6-12th grade Art for 20 years with Calcasieu Parish Schools (retiring in 2015). As an artist and educator she is excited to serve on the Batesville Area Arts Council board. She is an ACE certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. She was the Group Fitness manager and a personal trainer at GiGi’s Downtown in Lake Charles, LA. until fall of 2020 when hurricane damage caused the gym to close. Sarah teaches group fitness classes at the Batesville and Bethesda community centers. She also serves on the BCT board, Gallery 246 board, sings in BCS, and is an active member of St Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Dr. James Martell
James Martell is Associate Professor of Romance Languages at Lyon College. He co-edited Samuel Beckett and the Encounter of Philosophy and Literature (Roman Books) with Arka Chattopadhyay in 2013, with Fernanda Negrete, in 2018, a special volume of Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui, titled ‘Beckett Beyond Words,’ and in 2021 Tattooed Bodies: Theorizing Body Inscription Across Disciplines and Cultures (Palgrave) with Erik Larsen. His book, Modernism, Self- Creation, and the Maternal: The Mother’s Son (Routledge) was published in 2019. He is currently editing a book on the Marquis de Sade and modernism, working on a short book on Beckett and Derrida for Cambridge Elements, and on a monograph on surfaces of thought in European literature and philosophy.
Megan is from Evening Shade, AR and graduated from Cave City High School in 2010. She received the Arkansas Regional Scholarship and attended Ozarka College for her associates degree. Renihan received a transfer scholarship to Arkansas State University where she completed her degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Sociology. During her time at ASTATE Renihan worked at Region 8 News as an assistant producer, had an sports reporter internship with both the Sunbelt Conference and the Jonesboro Radio Group, and served up never ending soup salad and breadsticks at Olive Garden. Graduation brought a job opportunity at 5NEWS in Fayetteville where she worked as a Digital Sales Assistant and On-Air Personality. She gained digital marketing, sales, advertising and media management experience which led her to Pioneer Nation in 2016. Renihan is now our Communications Coordinator and manages our PR, advertising, marketing, social media, and website design. When you don’t see her with a camera in her hand, she enjoys spending time with her family, spoiling her nieces and nephews, and caring for animals at her parents’ farm. She is currently a member of Leadership Batesville for the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and a board member on the Batesville Area Arts Council. Renihan said her favorite part about working for the Batesville School District is working with so many amazing people who truly care about putting Students First.
Holly Smith is the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville and has spent the last 17 years working in two-year colleges. She holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. A native of Evening Shade, Holly and her family reside in Cave City. She has a love for all things outdoors, fitness, and sports related. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, gardening, and experiencing all that our beautiful state has to offer. She is excited to serve on the board and further support the amazing community development and cultural opportunities the BAAC provides.