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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. 

    Iyanna McCurdy was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a student athlete at Southeast Missouri State University majoring in Entrepreneurship.  She has always been passionate about the arts since she was a young child. In elementary school, she was a part of an after school arts program. Her artwork was once selected to be in an annual arts show at Temple University. She also has a passion for music. Iyanna has been playing the drums since she was nine years old and plays at a local church in Cape Girardeau. She also plans on picking up many other instruments as she moves forward in her music career. Iyanna’s passion about the arts has motivated her to help others reach their full potential as artists.

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