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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.

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Joi Cuartero - Art Director / Executive Director (WSS Founding Member)

 

 

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.

 

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Hennie Reynders

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Dr. Hennie Reynders is Professor in Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As architect and designer his work crosses disciplinary boundaries and includes art installations, product design, architecture and landscape urbanism projects. His research and teaching focuses on spatial relationships, citizen infrastructure, design theory and interdisciplinary thinking and making at the intersection of art, design and science. He regularly exhibits and lectures internationally. Hennie and Andrea moved to St Charles in 2009 and are both active in cultural initiatives in the Fox River Valley, Chicago and beyond.

 

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Álvaro Amat

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.

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Laura Spicer

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.

 

 

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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
2008-2014

 


Kari Kraus: Co-founder, Education Director 2008-2012

 


Sharon Sychta: Co-founder, Marketing Director 2008-2011


Steven Lockwood: Co-founder, Gallery Director 2008-2014

 

 

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.