Dr. David Butler joined the Knoxville Museum of Art as executive director in 2006 after serving as the director of the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University since 2000; director of the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana 1995-2000; and the Emerson Gallery at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York 1992-1995. He was also an instructor in art history at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and at Washington University in St. Louis. Butler earned a Bachelor’s Degree Magna Cum Laude in Art History in 1976 and a Master’s Degree in Art History in 1980, both from Florida State University. He received his Ph.D. in Art History with concentration on 17th century Italian Art from Washington University in 1991. Butler is a peer reviewer for the Museum Assessment Program and Accreditation Program of the American Alliance of Museums (2004 Excellence in Peer Review Service Award) and has served as a visual arts panelist for the Tennessee Arts Commission, has served on the board of the Art and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, the City of Knoxville Public Art Committee, the Knox County Historic Zoning Commission, and is past president of the Southeastern Museums Conference.
Denise DuBose’s primary responsibility has been to support KMA’s governing board. She assists the director as needed and serves as the office’s tech assistant, managing technological issues with computer services and equipment. DuBose spent nearly 10 years working for Lockheed Martin as a computer analyst and programmer. She joined the KMA as a volunteer and started working as an operations assistant in 2006. In 2009, she stepped into the role of the manager of L’Amour du Vin, KMA’s largest fundraiser. DuBose holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Bridgewater College, Virginia, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, in Computer Science with added coursework in Accounting.
Collections & Exhibitions
Stephen C. Wicks served as curator of collections and exhibitions at the Columbus Museum (Georgia) between 2003 and 2006, and in a similar capacity at the Knoxville Museum of Art between 1993 and 2003. He holds a Master’s Degree in Art History and Museum Studies from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from the University of Tennessee. During his 19-year curatorial career, Wicks has organized dozens of exhibitions devoted to contemporary art, including Forest of Visions (1993), Awakening the Spirits: Art by Bessie Harvey (1998), Richard Jolley: Sculptor of Glass (2000) and New Directions in American Drawing (2006).
Clark Gillespie joined the Knoxville Museum of Art full time in August 2007. Gillespie manages the community gallery, an exhibition space dedicated to strengthening bonds and building awareness for non-profit arts and cultural organizations in East Tennessee. He coordinates all aspects of exhibition design and installation. He currently fulfills the duties of the museum registrar maintaining the care and upkeep of the museum collection and archives. While earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Arts and a minor in Art History from the University of Tennessee, Gillespie helped found Three Flights Up gallery in downtown Knoxville.
Robmat Butler is a graduate of The University of Tennessee’s Master of Fine Arts Program in sculpture. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts with a minor in Art History from The University of South Florida. Butler is an active contemporary artist, whose work has been shown both nationally and internationally. His work has, most recently, been included in Miami’s Art Basel and featured in The Brevard Art Museum’s show Naval Gazing. Butler also works as a freelance fabricator while pursuing an interest in curating local and regional art events.
Brittney Barb joined the KMA as a curatorial assistant and brings with her a diversity of experience from years of working in the art world, particularly in Tennessee and Georgia. She has managed private collections and has commercial gallery marketing and sales experience. Originally from Texas, she is a graduate of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York where she focused on Art Business and she also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Spanish from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Her expertise is in 20th century and contemporary fine art photography and she has a strong knowledge base of contemporary artists living and working in the state of Tennessee.
Mary Walker joined the KMA as director of development in February, 2017. Prior to her tenure at the museum, Walker worked at the Episcopal School of Knoxville and held a variety of management positions in Knoxville and Memphis. Walker holds a BA from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
Margo Clark joined the museum in 2000 bringing with her more than 11 years experience in non-profit membership, special events, and fundraising. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee. During her career at KMA, Clark has written numerous successful federal, state and local grants, including four recent NEA grants. She also serves as a visual arts panelist for the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Maggie Meyers joined the KMA in 2013 as the development administrator. Meyers comes to the museum with over 18 years of development and event experience in the non-profit sector, the last seven of which were with Emerald Youth Foundation. A Knoxville native, she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in public relations and advertising, from Carson-Newman University.
Carla May Paré joined the KMA staff in January of 2012 after working as the outreach coordinator for East Tennessee PBS, Knoxville’s public television affiliate. She has over ten years of experience in fundraising and event production; and serves on a United Way Allocation Committee for Health & Human Services. Paré has a Bachelor of Science in Communication degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Rosalind Martin joined the education department in 1993 and became the assistant curator of outreach and teacher services in 2003, overseeing youth outreach and family programs, pre K-12 grade student and teacher services, and tour scheduling. She holds a degree in business and a certificate in leadership and management from the U.S. Air Force. Prior to coming to the museum, she worked as an audiovisual media specialist, and as a training coordinator for a group of 18 government agencies. Martin was selected by the Tennessee Art Education Association (TAEA) to receive the prestigious Art Museum Educator of the Year award in 2005. In 2012, Martin was honored as the Tennessee Art Educator of the Year, the only non in-classroom educator to ever earn this title.
DeLena Feliciano began as a front desk volunteer in 2005 after graduating with a BFA in Studio Art. She has worked for High Museum of Art in Atlanta in the museum gift shop from the time of their grand reopening through their Louvre Atlanta exhibit. In 2008 she returned to Knoxville and began working part time as a visitor services representative at the KMA. In 2012 she was hired as visitor services manager for the museum overseeing and coordinating the front desk volunteers and visitor services representatives. She also serves on the Volunteer Advisory Council.
Jonathan Hash began working at the museum in 2008 as a Visitor Services Representative, after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art, concentrating his studies in watercolor painting. In 2010 he became the Lead Visitor Services Representative/VSR Coordinator, where he oversaw Visitor Services Representatives and attendance data entry. Needing more time in his personal life and to bring his artistic endeavors to fruition, he stepped down from that role a year later. He stayed on at the museum as a Visitor Services Representative. Within a couple of years he began an art business called “Mapping of Jon,” spanning projects in watercolor painting and digital artwork. In 2014, with things in order, he became a full-time staff member at the museum and was also juried into the Knoxville Watercolor Society, where he is an active member. In 2015, he became the Visitor Services Assistant Manager.
Chelsea joined the KMA staff as a Visitor Services Representative in April of 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alabama with a concentration in Sculpture and a minor in Printmaking. She was promoted to Volunteer Coordinator in July of 2018 and is also the liaison between the Volunteer Advisory Council and the museum staff.
Angela Thomas started November 2006 as the director of marketing. For six years prior to coming to the museum, Thomas worked as marketing & communications manager for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in Durham, North Carolina. She has over 20 years experience in the marketing & communications field, having worked in various industries including financial services and higher education. Thomas has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee.
Joyce Jones has been on staff at the museum since 1995. She began her tenure as an accounting assistant and was promoted to current position of director of finance in 2003. Prior to joining the museum, she worked in several accounting positions in the manufacturing sector.
Alive After Five coordinator. He coordinates all aspects of producing and presenting the approximately 35 Alive After Five musical performances each year. Gill holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee, and prior to coming to the museum, his experience included production assistant, entertainment coordinator, emcee, deejay, co-editor of The Jazz Scene, board member of the East Tennessee Jazz Society, and board member and president of the Knoxville Blues Society.
Susan Creswell joined the museum as shop manager in 2004. Creswell holds degrees in retailing and art from the University of Tennessee, and has also studied at The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. Creswell has enjoyed a successful career in retail management and taught retail merchandising courses at the university level.
Senea Worden joined the Knoxville Museum of Art in November 2015 as the Assistant Gift Shop Manager. Senea has retail experience, most recently having worked at Mast General Store in downtown Knoxville. Senea has a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from University of Tennessee and a Master of Science in Social Work from University of Tennessee.
Diane Hamilton joined the museum staff in 2010. Hamilton holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing and Master of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of Tennessee. She is an accomplished artist and participates in local and regional events. She is a member of the Southeastern Pastel Society.