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2017 Statewide Arts Conference
No Time Like the Future

Conference Presenters


Note: Additional information will be posted as details are finalized.



Opening Keynote

Workshop Presenter


Elizabeth Merritt

Elizabeth Merritt

Believing that museums can change the world, Elizabeth Merritt is devoted to helping museums create a brighter future for their communities. As founding director of the American Alliance of Museums’ Center for the Future of Museums, she applies the tools of strategic foresight to the nonprofit realm.


Ms. Merritt conducts trends forecasting and scenario development for museums, sharing her work through publications, social media and presentations. She is the author of CFM’s annual TrendsWatch report and produces the weekly e-newsletter Dispatches from the Future of Museums. She frequently keynotes at conferences in the U.S. and abroad. In recent years, her work has expanded to encompass libraries, orchestras and opera as well.


She earned her B.S. from Yale and an M.A. in cell and molecular biology from Duke University, and has trained in futures studies at the University of Houston.



Closing Keynote



Jane Chu


Jane ChuJane Chu is the eleventh chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. With a background in arts administration and philanthropy, Chairman Chu is also an accomplished artist and musician. She leads a dedicated and passionate group of people to support and fund the arts and creative activities in communities across the nation.

Chu was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and raised in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, the daughter of Chinese immigrants. She studied music growing up, eventually receiving bachelor's degrees in piano performance and music education from Ouachita Baptist University, and master's degrees in music and piano pedagogy from Southern Methodist University. Additionally, Chu holds a master's degree in business administration from Rockhurst University and a PhD in philanthropic studies from Indiana University.

In addition to awarding more than $240 million in grants during her tenure to-date, Chu has issued new research reports on arts participation and the impact of the arts and cultural industries on the nation's gross domestic product; has made hundreds of trips to communities across the nation to see first-hand how the arts are impacting people and places; and launched the Tell Us Your Story project that demonstrates the importance of the arts in our lives.

As part of the NEA’s 50th Anniversary, Chairman Chu launched her signature leadership initiative, Creativity Connects, to investigate the current state of the arts in our nation, and explore how the arts connect with other industries. The initiative includes a pilot grant program that awards grants to arts organizations for projects involving partnerships with non-arts organizations; a “bright spots” interactive, digital graphic that shows the mashup of arts with other non-arts sectors; and the report, Creativity Connects: Trends and Conditions Affecting US Artists, about the current infrastructure of the arts and working conditions for artists.


Chu has a deep understanding of and commitment to the arts. From 2006 to 2014, Chu served as the president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, overseeing a $413-million campaign to build the center. She was a fund executive at the Kauffman Fund for Kansas City from 2004 to 2006, and vice president of external relations for Union Station Kansas City from 2002 to 2004. Previously, she was vice president of community investment for the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation from 1997 to 2002.




Robyn AdamsRobyn Adams


South Carolina State Museum


Robyn Adams is the registrar at the South Carolina State Museum, where she manages the care and records of the museum's permanent collections and active loan program. Prior to coming to the SCSM, she was an assistant collections manager at George Washington's Mount Vernon in Virginia.


Adams has a B.A. in history from Clemson University and her M.A. in Public History from North Carolina State University. She is also an active member of the Professional Development Committee for the South Carolina Federation of Museums.




Dee CrawfordDee Crawford

Vice Chairman

South Carolina Arts Commission


Dee Crawford has served as a board member or advisor for numerous organizations in the greater Aiken, S.C. area, including GRU - Augusta State University School of Business; USC Aiken School of Business; SCANA;, the USC Aiken Inclusion Advisory Council; the Center for African American History, Art and Culture of Aiken County; the Augusta Chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities; and the Board of Directors of Juilliard in Aiken Music Festival. Additionally, Crawford is a Fellow of the Riley Diversity Leadership Institute at Furman University. 


As a McDonald’s franchisee, Crawford has won numerous Outstanding Restaurant awards. Currently, she is President of a McDonald’s organization that includes seven restaurants with over 400 employees.


Crawford has received several honors, including the Female Entrepreneur of the Year award, the Minority Business of the Year award, the Girl Scouts of America Women of Excellence award, and USC Aiken’s Distinguished Citizen award.





Tom FalveyTom Falvey

Director of Education

South Carolina State Museum


Tom Falvey is the director of dducation at the South Carolina State Museum. He has  been in museum work for more than 20 years, and can’t imagine a better career, aside from being a famous jazz trumpeter. He was fortunate to be part of the team for the museum’s 2014 expansion that included the planetarium, 4D theater and observatory. He oversees education programming at the museum, including observatory and planetarium activities.


Falvey received his undergraduate degree in communications and a graduate degree in environmental education. Not a natural scientist, Falvey’s graduate degree dragged him reluctantly into science education. In addition to his museum education responsibilities, he currently is the curator of science & technology, and worked with Robert B. Ariail in order to bring Mr. Ariail’s excellent telescope collection to the museum.





Harriett GreenHarriett Green

Visual Arts Director

South Carolina Arts Commission


Harriett Green is the visual arts director of the S.C. Arts Commission. She received her B.A. degree in art history from USC in 1980.  From 1980-1988, she was the registrar and assistant curator (1988) at the Columbia Museum of Art. Green has curated or co-curated exhibitions in South Carolina and New York City. She is also the curator of the S.C. Arts Commission State Art Collection.


Green has served as project coordinator for collaborative efforts with other state arts agencies such as the Kentucky/South Carolina Exchange (1992) with the Kentucky Arts Council; Craft of the Carolinas with the North Carolina Arts Council (1993); and KY/SCnyc with the Kentucky Arts Council (1996); with arts organizations statewide for Views from the Edge of the Century; and for the S.C. Arts Commission 50th Anniversary Visual Arts & Craft Fellows exhibition. She also served as project manager for a multi-state arts agency partnership (Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Kentucky Arts Council, Tennessee Arts Commission and North Carolina Arts Council) exhibition titled Thresholds: Expressions of Art & Spiritual Life.


She is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Penland School of Crafts and the advisory committee for the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston, SC, and serves on the advisory committee for 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia.




Henry HorowitzHenry Horowitz


South Carolina Arts Commission

Greenville, S.C.


Henry Horowitz is the co-founder, principal and managing partner of Oxford Capital Partners LLC, a real estate investment firm in Greenville, S.C. and Dallas, Texas. He is a managing principal of MedProperties Holdings LLC, a private equity firm in Dallas. Previously, he served as president of RealtiCorp and in various executive management roles with Insignia Financial Group.


Horowitz is chairman emeritus and founder of Greenville’s Artisphere Festival and serves on the Bon Secours Health System Board of Directors and the Wells Fargo Bank S.C. Regional Advisory Board of Directors. He is the former chair of the Metropolitan Arts Council of Greenville and former president of the Charity Ball Board of Directors. Horowitz previously served as vice chairman for the Arts Commission.




Liz KlimekLiz Klimek

Planetarium Manager

South Carolina State Museum


Liz moved to Columbia during the summer of 2014 from Las Cruces, New Mexico to become the planetarium manager at the South Carolina State Museum.


While studying physics and astronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she began volunteering at the University of Nebraska State Museum planetarium, and was inspired by the dome environment and its immense potential as both a teaching tool and a creative space. She went on to pursue an advanced degree in astronomy at New Mexico State University, remaining active in astronomy education and outreach and the planetarium field whenever possible. The call of the dome was so strong that she took her current position a few months shy of graduation and is thus currently working on finishing her doctoral dissertation in all her “spare time.”  



Lori KornegayLori Kornegay

Curator of Art

South Carolina State Museum


Lori Kornegay joined the South Carolina State Museum as curator of art in January 2017. She previously served as curator of art & public engagement at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, S.C. Before joining the Halsey, Kornegay was director of the Summer Study Program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, where she was responsible for directing academic standards and program design for courses covering topics in art business and contemporary art. Previous to her time in NYC, she worked in the South Carolina arts community, including teaching in the Arts Management Program at the College of Charleston and working in the visual arts department at the South Carolina Arts Commission.


Kornegay holds a bachelor's degree in microbiology from Clemson University and a master's degree in art history from the University of South Carolina with a concentration on 20th-century art.





Jennifer LeeJennifer Lee

History and Art Education Manager

South Carolina State Museum


Jennifer Lee is the History and Art Education Manager at the State Museum, a position that combines her passion for history, art, and education all in one jazzy package! 


Beginning her career at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, she soon found great joy in living history and 18th c. interpretation. While at the University of Maryland, her Master’s thesis on model Alexa Wilding shone light on a hitherto unexplored area of Pre-Raphaelite art and life.  During her time at the University of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology and the British Museum in London, she created tours and educational activities for the institutions’ youngest visitors. Now, she shares an office with a slew of historical costumes, Rev War weaponry, and dozens of her favorite prints and paintings.




Flavia LovatelliFlavia Lovatelli



Italian-born artist-entrepreneur Flavia Lovatelli moved to the U.S. in 1979. A consummate sustainable artist, Flavia embraced the lighter side of Dadaism, inspired by the pop and ready-made movement. Her work has morphed into an eclectic mixture of fiber tapestry-found objets d'art.


In 2011, Lovatelli co-founded the Art Ecologie Group with colleagues Monique Luck and Marcee Musgrove. Having all participated in the Passport for Fashion Show where they created wearable art pieces from recyclable products, they decided to organize their own Trashion Show as a means to promote creativity and bring attention to their art. Each year, Art Ecologie organizes a recycled fashion show and invites artists to push the boundaries of their comfort level in creating three-dimensional work. Lovatelli’s work has been featured in a number of magazines, newspapers, blogs, including the Charlotte Observer, the Cornelius Herald, and Currents Magazine. She is a member of the Trenholm Art Guild of S.C.




Paul MathenyPaul Matheny

Director of Collections

South Carolina State Museum


Paul Matheny received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Winthrop University in 1996 and his Master of Arts in Arts Administration in 2011. 


While attending Winthrop University, he was the assistant city art coordinator at the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, responsible for exhibiting local artists in citywide public art spaces including City Hall Galleries. He served as associate curator of art at the Museum of York County from 1997 until 2001, when he accepted the position of curator of art at the South Carolina State Museum. He has served as the chief curator of art (2002-2014), chief curator of Collections (2014-2015) and director of Collections (2016-present) for the S.C. State Museum. During this time, Matheny has completed more than 30 major art exhibitions and seven major publications and has collaborated on documentaries with SCETV. Since 2001, Matheny has exhibited the work of over 800 artists in the State Museum’s Lipscomb Art Gallery. 




Ken MayKen May

Executive Director

South Carolina Arts Commission


Ken May is executive director of the South Carolina Arts Commission, where he has served in several positions since 1985. 


He has been a panelist and site visitor for the National Endowment for the Arts; a panelist, presenter, consultant, and facilitator for national, state, and local arts organizations; and a guest lecturer in the arts administration programs at the College of Charleston and Winthrop University.  He is a member of the board and current treasurer of SouthArts serves as treasurer of the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance board, and is an active alumnus of the Diversity Leaders Initiative of the Riley Institute at Furman University.  


Before beginning his career in arts administration, he worked in the for-profit world, holding positions with ARA Services Magazine and Book Division and McGraw-Hill. Prior to his long sojourn in the realm of day jobs, he worked as a professional musician.  He received undergraduate and master’s degrees in music history and musicology from Florida State University. 




GP McLeerGP McLeer

Executive Director

South Carolina Arts Alliance


GP McLeer is the executive director of the South Carolina Arts Alliance and leads the organization in efforts to ensure that all South Carolinians have access to quality arts experiences and arts education at the state and federal level through public policy initiatives, public awareness, and leadership development for creative professionals.

Previously, McLeer served as the administrator of the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Mauldin, S.C., where he was responsible for developing and managing the Mauldin Cultural Center, the Mauldin Public Art Trail, and the Railroad Concert Series, as well as managing all city-wide marketing, and advising on economic development projects.

McLeer is currently on the Board of Trustees for St. Joseph’s Catholic School, and the College of Charleston’s School of the Arts Council. He also serves on the board for Palmetto State Arts Education and as a Steering Committee member for the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project.






Blake MontgomeryBlake Montgomery

Senior Vice President

Wells Fargo Bank


Blake J. Montgomery is currently the Senior Vice President for Business Development with Wells Fargo. Montgomery manages the bank's South Carolina commercial banking outreach efforts and supports 36 commercial lenders spanning all corners of South Carolina. Montgomery is a specialist in structuring term debt, working capital lines of credit and treasury management.


Montgomery received his MBA from the University of South Carolina's Darla Moore School of Business and his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in Political Science.



Tabitha OttTabitha Ott



Tabitha Ott received her Masters of Fine Arts in Jewelry/Metals from Kent State University in 2012 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture: Jewelry/Metals from Winthrop
University in 2008. Originally from Orangeburg, she now resides in Cayce, S.C.


Ott has been teaching full-time in the Department of Art at Claflin University since 2014. She currently has a studio at Tapp’s Art Center in downtown Columbia, S.C.




Margie Johnson ReeseMargie Johnson Reese

Principal Consultant

MJR Partners

Wichita Falls, Texas


Margie Johnson Reese has a 30-year portfolio as an arts management professional, leading large-scale projects in West Africa, Los Angeles, and Dallas. She has contributed to public policy in the arts and cultural planning. Her career accomplishments include serving as director of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, general manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and program officer for the Ford Foundation’s Office for West Africa. She is currently executive director of the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture.


Reese is vice president of the Board of Directors for Americans for the Arts, and chaired the Board’s Equity and Diversity Task Force.  Under her leadership, the Board adopted a national statement on cultural equity aimed at launching local conversations around access and equity in the arts.


Reese is a graduate of Washington State University in Pullman, Washington and earned an MFA in Theater from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.  She is adjunct professor at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.



Rodney Lee RogersRodney Lee Rogers


PURE Theatre

Charleston, S.C.


Rodney Lee Rogers is the co-founder of PURE Theatre. An award-winning playwright and screenwriter, his feature film Steaming Milk won runner-up Best Actor and Best Director awards at the 1997 Seattle International Film Festival and was chosen as a Best of the Fest of both The Seattle Times and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He is a two-time winner of the National/LAFF Screenwriting scholarship and winner of the 2010 Playwriting fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission. His plays and one-acts, including The Trial of the Gentleman Pirate Stede BonnetThe TragedianKilling ChickensFairgroundsWhat Comes AroundTellCowboys, and Waffle Haus Christmas, have been produced in New York City, Seattle, Charlotte, Charleston, and Plovdiv, Bulgaria. 


Rodney received an MFA in Screenwriting with honors from National University in Los Angeles. He teaches screenwriting at the Carolina Film Institute and facilitates artist development in South Carolina through Artists U.



Cassie WardCassie Ward

Collections Outreach Manager

South Carolina State Museum


As the collections outreach manager at the South Carolina State Museum, Cassie Ward acts as the liaison between the public and the Collections Department. Ward also manages the Museum’s Traveling Exhibits Program. 


Ward is originally from Jackson, Mississippi. In 2016, she relocated to the wonderful city of Columbia and quickly fell in love with South Carolina.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre and Design from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre from the University of Delaware.  She has worked with the South Carolina State Museum since September 2016.




Doug WoodwardDr. Doug Woodward


Division of Research

Darla Moore School of Business

University of South Carolina


Dr. Doug Woodward is professor of economics and the director of the Division of Research at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin in 1986. He joined the University of South Carolina faculty in 1987.

Woodward’s primary research interests are regional economics, firm location, urban and industrial clustering, and foreign direct investment. He is co-author of a book on foreign direct investment in the United States, The New Competitors, ranked as one of the “top ten business and economics books” by Business Week and listed by Fortune as one of the books “CEOs are reading." He has published widely in academic journals, including the Journal of Urban Economics, the Journal of Regional Science, Regional Science and Urban Economics, the Journal of Economic Geography, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. His recently published papers have investigated local area labor matching and knowledge spillovers. Woodward also has ongoing research comparing regional economic cluster development across the world. He has ongoing research investigating foreign investment and economic development in Africa.

Over his career, Woodward has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and many other funding agencies. He has testified before local, state and national government committees and has presented his research at many conferences around the world, including the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He has often appeared in the media discussing economic development and related topics. 





Joy YoungJoy Young

Program Director

South Carolina Arts Commission


Since joining the S.C. Arts Commission a decade ago, Joy's duties have expanded to cover both programmatic and administrative areas of the agency. Joy leads programs and services related to arts entrepreneurship, leadership and organizational development, cultural tourism, performing arts and presenting. As a member of the agency management team, her supervisory responsibilities include finance and human resources. 


Prior to working at the Arts Commission, Joy was the director of training and technical assistance with the S.C. Association of Nonprofit Organizations -SCANPO (presently, Together S.C.).  In addition to training in arts administration, nonprofit governance, executive transition/succession planning, risk management, and mediation, Joy holds a certificate in Human Resources/Employee Law Relations, Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College, voice performance education from Manhattan School of Music, Master of Arts from City University of New York, and extensive post-graduate education in organizational leadership. Her unique combination of education, knowledge and skills are put to use in service to the community as a board member, consultant, conference presenter, guest lecturer, adjunct faculty, and student mentor. 


JoAnn ZeiseJoAnn Zeise

Curator of Cultural History

South Carolina State Museum


JoAnn Zeise is currently the curator of cultural history at the South Carolina State Museum. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Public History. Her area of study was the 18-century South with a specialization in the Civil War and Reconstruction with emphasis on material culture.


Her most recent exhibition work includes: South Carolina’s First Astronaut, Charlie Duke and the Apollo Missions; Beyond Bollywood: Indian Immigrants Shape the Nation; Supergroovalisticaprosifunkstacation (about Parliament Funkadelic); and South Carolina and the Great War. Upcoming projects are an exhibition on South Carolina furniture and an exhibition on South Carolina during Reconstruction.






About the 2017 Conference

For more information, please contact Joy Young (803-734-8203).