Staff

Stephanie Schumann Mitchell
Executive Director

Stephanie Schumann Mitchell has worked in the arts for over a decade. She brings to Lawndale curatorial and development experience from institutions including The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Drawing Center in New York City, as well as The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, where she received her Master's in the History of Art from Williams College. Before relocating to Houston with her husband, Mitchell co-directed the first on-line art fair, VIP Art Fair, and directed the curatorial program at Leo Koenig, Inc., a contemporary art gallery in Manhattan's Chelsea district. 

Lauren Lohman
Administrative Coordinator

Lauren Lohman is a photographer based in Houston, Texas. A native of Baton Rouge, Lohman received her Bachelor's of Fine Art with a concentration in Photography from Louisiana State University in 2011. She received her Master's of Fine Art with a concentration in Photography and Digital Media from the University of Houston in 2017. Lohman has a background in traditional/historic printing processes as well as digital medias. Her work ranges from abstract darkroom photographic techniques to digital cellular images.

Lisa Gertsch
Controller

Lisa Gertsch contracts via her LLC. Lisa and her associate, Linda Westwick, handle all day-to-day transactions and are responsible for all internal and external financial reporting. Lisa holds a degree in Economics from Stanford University, earned her CPA while working for Coopers & Lybrand in Silicon Valley, and completed the Rice University, Glasscock School of Continuing Studies Nonprofit Finance Certificate program. Linda holds a BBA in Accounting from The University of Alaska and worked at KPMG Peat Marwick where she earned her CPA.

Emily Fens
Gallery Attendant

Emily Fens is a Houston-based artist interested in scale in nature. As Lawndale's Gallery Attendant, she is in charge of visitor services, creating educational contemporary art workshops, and coordinating Lawndale's volunteer program. Emily holds a BS in Neuroscience from UCLA.

Bruce Chao
Web Editor/ Graphic Designer

Bruce Chao is responsible for the editing and design of all weband print materials for Lawndale. He is currently working towards a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Houston.

Interns

Ileana Yordan
Ileana Yordan is a graduate student currently working towards an MA in Arts Leadership from the University of Houston. She is interning with Lawndale for her practicum placement and is contributing primarily towards the development of a new rental program.

Leah Bydalek

Jasmine Monsegue

Past Interns

For more information on Internship Opportunities, please contact askus@lawndaleartcenter.org.


Lawndale Art Center

Lawndale Art Center develops local contemporary artists and the audience for their art.

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