Water Street Studios Staff
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.
Jill Kramer Goldstein - General Manager and Education Director
Jill received her MA in Art Education from the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago and her BFA in printmaking from Kent State
University. She has been teaching for over 15 years in both
museum & community art settings and has facilitated programs
for preschoolers to senior citizens. In 2009, she was chosen by the
National Park Service to act as artist in residence at Acadia
National Park in Maine and her prints were used to promote the 3rd
Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival. More recently, Jill facilitated
an international print exchange, titled "Un-Natural
Disasters". The prints were exhibited in Canada, Mexico, Nicaragua
and the United States. Her involvement in arts administrative
work has found place in both public schools, museum and various
community art organizations. As a practicing artist, she is drawn
to the democratic
nature of the print as a means to lend group voice to pertinent social and environmental issues. Her artistic practice reflects some of these issues via her focus on landscape & environment, it's deterioration and idealization. Jill works from her home studio in Oak Park where she lives with her husband and two children. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Kirkhoff - Co-Founder, Development Consultant
Jim is a co-founder of Water Street Studios and served the organization for 5 years as Director of Development and PR and 3 years as Board President. In this capacity, Jim worked to continually reinvent Water Street Studios as the organization grew and evolved. Jim developed a new business plan and budget in line with recommendations of the strategic planning committee and worked with staff and the board to implement the plan. In addition, Jim has cultivated a wide variety of funding opportunities as well as strategic partnerships with a wide variety of regional arts organizations. With this experience, Jim continues to serve the orginization in the capacity of Development Consultant through building and maintaining relationships with a wide range of funders and working with other staff in program development.
Jim currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Suzy, and two cats, Han and Chewie. Artistically, Jim is a photographer and you can see his work here: http://jimkirkhoff.carbonmade.com
Jen Evans - Chairwoman of the Water Street Gallery and Interface Collaborative Residency Program
photo by Jim Kirkhoff
Jen Evans is the chairwoman of the Water Street Gallery and Interface collaborative residency program. Jen maintains a studio practice at Water Street, focusing on large-scale, abstract, mixed-media painting. In addition to her work at Water Street, Jen teaches Foundations and Art History at the Art Institute of Illinois and Waubonsee Community College. Jen and her husband, artist Chris Evans, are raising three daughters, a giant hound dog, and a front yard vegetable garden in Aurora, IL. See Jen's work at jenevansart.com.
School of Art
MaryBeth Steurer - Registration Manager
PrintLab Manager - Kim Fredricks
Kimberly Fredricks earned a fine art degree from Northern Illinois University in the spring of 2010. She specializes in hand pulled printmaking techniques and recently attended the 2011 Frogman's Print Workshop with the help of a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. She also attended Tom Huck's 2010 Woodcut Bootcamp. Kimberly lives in North Aurora and enjoys biking to Water Street Studios and to her job at The Olive Mill in Geneva. Her dream is to one day open up her own printshop to teach printmaking and support art in the community.
Teala Irons - Gallery Manager
Hello there, I am Teala Irons, a recent graduate from Eastern
Illinois University. I received a bachelor of the arts degree
in art history and ceramics. I have been working with clay
for the past 8 years. The last 4 years I have studied art
history of all different times and places of the world. Being
surrounded by art and its creators is everything an art student
could ask for. I strive to build artistic relationships that
inspire, motivate, and contemplate original ideas for the future of
the art world. An art gallery is where I belong. A curator is
what I hope to be. A passionate lover of the arts is who I
Steven Lockwood - Preparator
Steven is a co-founder of Water Street Studios and currently getting his Master's degree in sculpture at Northern Illinois University. Not only is Lockwood part of the Gallery Committee and Proprietor, he is a founding board member of Water Street Studios. Outside of his gallery duties, Steven works as a professional sculptor. As a formalist artist, he works primarily with metal to create his geometric shapes. His work's artistic value is entirely determined by its form-the way it is made, its purely visual esthetic, and its medium. As an artist concerned mostly with form, the context for the work, including the reason for its creation, childhood memories, or life as an artist, is considered to be of secondary importance. Lockwood has recently finished a number of commission pieces including one for Redmoon Theater in Chicago. You can view Steven's work here: www.stevenlockwood.com.