Meet the Board of Directors

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Lee Little
President
Mary Schroer
Past President
Rhian Swain
Executive Vice President
Kigwana Cherry
Vice President of Development
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Marsha Loda
Vice President of Programs
Trey Allen
Treasurer
Tonia Gibbons
Secretary
Rebecca Rogers
Vice President of Public Art
Meet the Board Members

Art Abdon
Ryan Abel
Christy Beckham
Jonathan Davis
Rob Foster
Sean Frantom
Josh Gaudin
Laverne Gold
Karen Gordon
Latasha Louis
Jay Markwalter
Lillie Morris
Mukti Patel

David Peltier
Eleanor Prater
Stacy Pulliam
Sanjeev Singhal
Dennis Skelley
Mike Sleeper
Ceretta Smith
Joan E. Smith
Jody Smith
Sincerai Stallings
Wesley Stewart
David Sulak
Tamara Toogood

Meet the Staff

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Brenda Durant 
Executive Director
Saundra Plunkett
Admin Manager
Pax Bobrow
Project Manager
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Rhian Swain
Marketing & Promotions Manager
Jamie Jackson
Missions Specialist
Faydia Ramnarine
Arts Calendar Coordinator

Meet the Public Art Advisory Panel

Voting Panel Members

Kenneth Benson (Term: 8/19-12/21)

 

Graphic Designer & Illustrator
Augusta Sportswear Brands
Term: 2019 (partial)-2021
Resident of Commission District 3

 

“Growing up in Augusta in the Harrisburg neighborhood and as a local artist/designer, I have a passion to see art in my community. For me to volunteer with the Public Art Advisor Panel, allows me an opportunity to help foster that passion into reality for other artists and see first-hand the process of how a small idea for public art can become a city tourist spot.”

Jennifer Bowen (Term: 1/20-12/22)

 

VP of Destination Development
Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Terms: 2017-2019, 2020-2022
Resident of Commission District 7

 

“Public art enhances and vitalizes a community. When a city is filled with unique public art it creates a desirable destination and entices visitors to experience it firsthand. I volunteer with the Public Art Advisory Panel to help Augusta become a premier public art destination.”

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Kigwana Cherry (Term: 5/19-12/21)

 

Musician, CEO Pop Up Augusta!
Project Manager, NIKA Solutions
Term: 2019-2021
Resident of Commission District 7

 

“I joined the public art panel to support viable art to enhance the edifice of our GREAT city!!!”

Nick Dickinson (Term: 9/20-12/22)

 

President, CEO, Principal Architect
Dickinson Architects PC
Term: 2020 (partial)-2022
Resident of Commission District 3

 

“As an architect, I work in the same public realm as the proposed installations that we are charged to review. I find this to be an engaging opportunity to serve within our community that parallels my professional skill set.”

Audrey Sala Adenike Jeter-Allen (Term: 9/20- 12/22)

 

Visual Artist, Musician, Composer, Dancer, Teacher
Term: 2020 (partial)-2022
Resident of Commission District 5

 

“I joined the Public Art Advisory Panel to add my voice to the Artistic landscape of Augusta, GA.”

Cameron Bentley (Term: 5/21-12/23)

Director of Distance Education
Augusta Technical College
Resident of Commission District 2 

“Public art bridges gaps in diverse populations and reminds us of the human aspirations we hold in common. I’m constantly awed by the talent within our community and hope to contribute to the amazing work of the GAAC in supporting the artists who give us joy, wonder, and introspection to enrich our experiences and lives in Augusta, my hometown.”  

Harvee White (Term: 6/21- 12/23)

 

Education Manager, Augusta Museum of History
Term: 2021 (partial)-2023
Resident of Commission District 1

 

Harvee is happy to be on a team committed to advocating for more public art in the region. She believes that impactful art builds stronger communities, and she’s excited to be a part of the conversation. Thank you for this opportunity!”

Want to get involved? email pax@augustaarts.com

Artist Resources:
What Is Public Art? 
Guide to Public Art Permitting Process

Ad Hoc and Ex-Officio Members

Corey Rogers
Historian, Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History

 

Maurice McDowell
Director, Recreation & Parks

 

Bobby Martin
Assistant Director, Recreation & Parks

 

Takiyah Douse
Director, Central Services

 

Shawn Edwards
Director, Augusta GA Land Bank Authority

 

John Ussery
Assistant Director, Traffic Engineering

 

Carla Delaney
Assistant Director, Planning & Development

 

Shauntia Lewis
Deputy Director, Housing & Community Development

Jay Markwalter
Chair of Public Art Advisory Panel and Board VP of Public Art, Greater Augusta Arts Council
Executive Director, Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus

 

Dennis Skelley
Past Chair of Public Art Advisory Panel and Board Member, Greater Augusta Arts Council
Board of Directors President/CEO, Georgia Rehabilitation Institute, Inc.

 

Rebecca Rogers
Board Member, Greater Augusta Arts Council

 

Brenda Durant
Executive Director, Greater Augusta Arts Council
brenda@augustaarts.com
706-826-4702

 

Pax Bobrow
Project Manager, Greater Augusta Arts Council
pax@augustaarts.com
706-826-4702