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Sara Steffens is a St. Louis native. She received her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts with a emphasis in Photography and a Minor in Art History at Missouri State University in Springfield of 2014. Additionally she had the pleasure of working with a lead photographer in advertisement and a curator of a museum. Sara also attended a semester in Florence, Italy at Santa Reparata International School of Arts for photography and mixed media. Sara drew inspiration from the diverse cultures presented in Italy. At the end of the semester, Sara had an exhibition containing portraits of strangers she met on the streets of Italy. Her most recent photography exhibit, My Room, consisted of intimate portraits of children in their rooms. This exhibition centered on bringing back feelings of nostalgia, imagination, and space for the viewer. Steffens is immensely delighted to have accepted the position of Director for The Arts Council of the Southeast Region. It is her prerogative to fill out the mission of the council, provide opportunities to artists, and be a main resource for artists in our region.


Conley was born and raised in Cape Girardeau. He attended Southeast Missouri State University where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture. As a student there, he had the opportunity to work for a year as the studio assistant for Chris Wubbena, the head of the Sculpture department. He also spent time working as a gallery attendant in the River Campus Student Gallery. His graduating thesis exhibition, titled This Is the Voice I Want To Use, centered on sexuality, gender, identity, and the societal constructs of masculinity and femininity. In the exhibition, Conley made use of found objects, light, sound, and performance to juxtapose hard and soft, light and shadows, to create a cacophonous environment. Conley is overjoyed to have accepted the position of Gallery Manager. He is dedicated to filling the mission of Arts Council and to be of assistance to all artists and community members in the Southeast Missouri region. 

Julienne Riendeau 

Julienne is from St. Louis, Missouri. She is currently working towards her Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Digital Art at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. She is a new artist and is interested in interning for the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri because of her love for art, and to learn more about it.

Molly Burns

Molly is from Edwardsville, Illinois. She is a senior student working towards the completion of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Graphic Design at Southeast Missouri State University. She loves working in Adobe suites but also enjoys embroidery and painting in her free time. She is very excited to be able to intern for the Arts Council and is very thankful for the opportunity to learn   from so many great artists and creative minds.

Board Chair: Jerry McCearley
Past Chair: Peter Nguyen

Vice-Chair: Mark Moore
Treasurer: Annie Criddle
Secretary: Dr. Joni Hand

Board Directors:
Dr. Gabrielle Baffoni
Debbi Bollinger
Dave Carter
Nona Nan Chapman
Randy Hays
Carletha Kosk
Brittney Lee
Lia Mastronardi
Jamie McDowell
Tom Neumeyer
Valerie Ochs
Victoria Pfau
Larry Rhodes
Craig Thomas
Mark Welker

Emeritus Directors:
Caroline Kahler
Jerry Ford
Vicki Outman