Board of Directors
Water Street Studios is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.
Mission: Batavia Artists Association at Water Street Studios was founded to advance art education and appreciation by developing the promotion of fine arts in Batavia and neighboring communities. As an integral part of our community, the Batavia Artists Association at Water Street Studios strives to create a personal and diverse venue for creativity, collaboration, expression and education.
Joi Cuartero - Art Director / Executive Director (WSS
Joi holds art, no matter what the form, in high esteem. From sculpture and painting to music and the theater, she loves it all. That is why she wanted to help create Water Street Studios. She believes in the vision of having a place for artists to create, tech and learn; all while giving the community a place to hang out, view art, take classes and be proud of their local talent. She loves walking into the Art Center and seeing people working in their studio, while someone is playing music in the gallery and others are taking a class.
She comes from an arts background, with a degree in Arts,
Entertainment, Media Management. Her education gives her the
ability to be a great liaison between the artistic and business
side of this project. Currently, she works for Batavia
Mainstreet, a not-for-profit, community-based organization
devoted to enhancing downtown Batavia's identity as the heart of
the community through dedicated volunteer efforts. Before that she
worked at HD Ready, a music-television production company that
co-produces the show Soundstage and is now working in 3D music
films. Her experience in production allows her to engage with this
project in order to help Water Street Studios grow even more. You
can find Joi Cuartero on IMDb.
Álvaro Amat is director of exhibition design at The Field Museum and is currently pursuing his masters in arts education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Álvaro and his wife Michele Norman have been resident artists at Water Street Studios since 2010. Álvaro works artistically as a sculptor and his piece Nebula was named as an honorable mention piece in last years iLLUMINATE Show.
Laura is a dedicated volunteer and patron of the artistic community in the Fox Valley area. After moving to St. Charles from Chicago ten years ago, Laura has served as a member of the St. Charles Arts Council and creator/curator for their NeXt Gallery pop-up gallery program. Laura's has a doctorate in clinical psychology and was formerly the executive director of The Theraplay Institute. As an undergraduate, she majored in studio art and worked in oil painting and mixed media. Laura is active at Water Street Studios with fundraising and gallery programming.
Past Board Members
The Batavia Artists Association acknowledges the valuable contribution and ongoing support of our past board members.
Jim Kirkhoff: Co-founder, Director of Development and PR
Kari Kraus: Co-founder, Education Director 2008-2012
Sharon Sychta: Co-founder, Marketing Director 2008-2011
Steven Lockwood: Co-founder, Gallery Director 2008-2014