The Frederick Arts Council’s Board and Team members bring together a wide variety of experience which is combined in service of advancing and supporting Frederick’s creative community. We are proudly connected to our mission and we believe that Frederick’s flourishing depends on the flourishing of the arts.

John Bekier, Marketing & Research Resources, Inc.

Bruce Zavos, Zavos Architecture + Design LLC
Vice President

Paula Rubin-Wexler, Paula Rubin-Wexler Fine Art

Terri Almacy, Almacy & Co. CPAs

John D’Amore, D’Amore Partners
Richard Davies, Frederick County Bank
Jessica Fitzwater, Frederick County Council
Frank Goldstein, Law Offices of Frank R. Goldstein LLC
Karlys Kline, Founder, Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County
Dr. Peter Kremers, Frederick Regional Health System
Tim Kueberth, Edward Jones

Donna Kuzemchak, City of Frederick
Lusmerlin Lantigua, Chemical Engineer and Painter
Ted Luck, Hood College
Anthony Owens, Anthony Owens Remodeling & Repair
Robert Robey, Civil Engineer
Ted Robinson, Monocacy River Photography
Linda Roth, Vice President, FCB Bank
Andrew Rosenfeld, Mount St. Mary’s University
Bill Watson, Artist and Illustrator


Louise Kennelly, Executive Director

Ms. Kennelly joins the Frederick Arts Council after nearly five years as Executive Director of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, a membership organization dedicated to providing access to world class arts for all public school students which functioned as the formal arts education partner of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Prior to that position, she was a Director at the federally funded National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research. Ms. Kennelly is a published poet and painter and a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, a North Carolina State Arts Council Grant, and is qualified as a Maryland Artist in the Schools through the Maryland State Arts Council Arts in Education Artist-in-Residency program. She was an adjunct faculty member of Hood College and is a graduate of Yale University, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and has an MFA from the University of North Carolina.


Emily Holland, Communications Associate

Emily is a 2014 graduate of the University of Chicago, where she majored in English. She has completed journalism internships at the Frederick Gorilla and The New Republic, and spent a year after college as an AmeriCorps volunteer literacy tutor in a DC Title I elementary school. She has a varied arts background in dance (ballet) and music (piano and voice), and she also enjoys writing fiction.


Gabriella Smith, Director of Operations

Gabriella received her Cultural Studies degree in 2016 from Towson University. Her career focus is community outreach with the inclusion of the arts for underserved youth and young adults.  Smith spearheaded an exhibition installation at Towson University’s MFA gallery for “Mission Universe: A Cuarnaut’s Journey” in Summer 2016, and she has been a student of classical ballet since she was very young.

Maura Parrott, Sky Stage Coordinator 

Maura trained in art history with an MA from George Washington University, and early work in collections research and documentation for the Phillips Collection and National Gallery of Art. She has served on the Rockville, MD Cultural Arts Commission, the Las Vegas Arts Commission and the Southern Nevada team of the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child initiative toward arts access and integration in K-8 education. Maura particularly enjoys community collaborations on all incarnations of art in public spaces.

Charlotte Marra, Public Art Program Manager 

Charlotte is the Frederick Arts Council’s Public Art program manager. Charlotte holds Masters degrees in Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism and in Art Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was the Director of Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago before moving to London where she held the post of Director at both the Alison Jacques Gallery and Seventeen. Subsequently she lead the Artist Editions program at Studio Voltaire, a leading not-for-profit institution in London which focuses on supporting underrepresented artists.


Katie Barnes, FAC Associate

Katie graduated with a BBA in Music Business from Belmont University in May 2020. She has experience working in artist management, creative sync, event management, music publishing, PR, production, radio, and social media marketing in Nashville, TN, Los Angeles, CA, and Frederick, MD. She enjoys spending time discovering new music and helping songwriters connect with industry professionals through the Speed Pitch. Having grown up in Egypt and Kazakhstan, she is passionate about bringing cultures together through various forms of art and entertainment.

Virginia Warwick, Volunteer

Virginia Warwick was born in 1982 and grew up in Frederick, Maryland. Growing up in the country and being surrounded by nature has no doubt influenced Virginia’s art making. She graduated from University of Maryland, College Park in 2005, and soon entered Rinehart School of Sculpture at MICA and was part of the Artscape Outdoor Sculpture Competition for two consecutive years. Since graduating Rinehart in 2008 she has been showing consistently. She considers herself a multidisciplinary artist and all her artwork exist between realities and revolves around the themes of nature and transformation. Her work has been show at such places as the Arlington Arts Center, ConnerSmith, Edison Place Gallery, Hood College, Goucher College, City Arts Gallery, Metro Gallery, Creative Alliance, Current Gallery, and Visarts at Rockville. She has been included in the Transmodern Festival in Baltimore multiple years and has participated in two performance arts festivals in New York. One at the Brooklyn International Performance Arts Festival in New York City and the other at the Infridgement Festival in Buffalo, New York. Virginia currently lives and works in Frederick, where she teaches and creates art.

Laura Sherwood, Volunteer

Laura has spent most of her life in Hawaii, where she worked as a photographer, photographing everything from products to local celebrities. Laura spent ten years working with women to perform annual monologues to raise awareness and support programs that address violence against women. She is currently working on her Ph.D. at Fielding Graduate University, utilizing Arts-Based Research methodologies. She is deeply interested in art as a tool for social and personal empowerment. Her research includes an in-depth study of Photovoice methods and, female activists using art to mobilize social change in India. Currently, Laura is working on developing programs that empower vulnerable communities through art.

Karin Birch, Volunteer

Karin Birch works in a hybrid medium of painting, embroidery and beadwork combined to create mesmerizingly detailed and textured abstractions that invite the view on an imaginative
journey. Drawn by the proximity of the Potomac River and the accessibility of nature, Karin has lived and maintained a studio in Brunswick, MD, for several decades, while exhibiting nationally and internationally. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Renwick Gallery / Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C., the United States Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan as well as many private collections. Her work was included in the seminal exhibition Pricked: Extreme Embroidery at the Museum of Art and Design in NYC. More recent exhibitions include “Material Women” at the Joan
Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington DC and “Strictly Painting 12” at McLean Project for the Arts, McLean VA where she received an honorable mention. Among her awards are the 2019 Carl R. Butler Visual Artist Grant, the first individual visual arts award given in Frederick County, MD, a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award and the American Craft Council’s Searchlight Award. Karin studied at Corcoran School of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and Penland School of Craft working in a wide variety of mediums. After leaving school, she developed her idea of incorporating hand embroidery as an element of painting. Currently Karin is working on her 11th solo show, which will be presented at NOMA Gallery, in Frederick, MD, June 2021. She is represented by Graver’s Lane Gallery in Chestnut Hill, PA and NOMA Gallery in Frederick, MD.