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: jillkgoldstein@gmail.com



Jim Kirkhoff - Co-Founder, Development Consultant

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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 - Director of Programming of the Water Street Gallery and Interface Collaborative Residency Program

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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

Caroline Baty-Barr has been a resident artist at Water Street Studios since its move to the permanent location at 160 S. Water Street in August 2009. Caroline holds a BFA in Visual Communication from N.I.U. and has fond memories of loving all things art from the age of three. Born and raised in North Carolina, she was exposed to the art community in Durham and remembers the smell of tempera paint when walking into the Durham Arts Council building for a class like it was yesterday. Upon learning about Water Street Studios during the Batavia Green Walk in the summer of 2009, Caroline knew immediately that she wanted to be a part of Water Street. She dove right in and became part of the creative team developing print materials, marketing tools and website development. While throwing functional pottery on the wheel is her artistic outlet, she has discovered that it is even more satisfying to simply help and be a part of the developing Art Center. The presence of WSS in the Fox Valley has created an avenue for anyone and everyone to connect with art. Stepping into the role of School of Art Director is exciting and Caroline plans to continue to nurture the program that Kari Kraus, founding member and previous Education Director developed over the past four years. The opportunities that Water Street Studios offers opens the world of art to anyone and everyone from Awesome Art Afternoons - FREE family art every Sunday, visiting artists, trimester classes and Art Flow, the community outreach program. What inspires you? Join us to find out.

MaryBeth Steurer - Registration Manager


Access Program

PrintLab Manager - Kim Fredricks

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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.