Staff

Barb Whitney
Executive Director


Barb Whitney serves as the Executive Director of Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center, where she is responsible for strategic leadership, management, fund development, and public relations. Barb’s work is driven by a belief in the arts as a vehicle to change lives and build community………………………………. read more


Katrina M. Daniels
Exhibitions and Gallery Sales Director


Katrina’s experience includes over ten years in the arts field with particular expertise in gallery settings and community engagement. Katrina holds degrees in Art History and Visual Culture with a minor in Museum Studies, as well as Interior Design. Katrina coordinates an exceptional selection of contemporary exhibitions and artwor…. read more


Michelle Carlson
Education Director


Throughout her professional career, Michelle has worked to improve communities, find the inspiration in every day, and to cultivate appreciation for the arts. She has implemented a wide variety of arts programs and holds a Masters of Public Administration. read more


Carmen Carlton
Bookkeeper


Carmen joined the staff at Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center in 2008 as Bookkeeper. Carmen facilitates the preservation and presentation of financial records and reports. With over 30 years of experience in the financial industry, she is an invaluable asset to the team. An avid cyclist, Carmen crossed the Mackinac Bridge twice with the DALMAC.



Hailey Lamb
Communications & Programs Assistant


Hailey is a graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design with a BFA in Photography. Hailey has extensive retail and visual art experience, and is passionate about accessibility in the arts and beyond. She plans to someday continue her studies with a focus in Art Therapy.




Kyle R. Richard
Administrative Assistant


Kyle Richard is a visual artist and former educator with a background in social studies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and Group Social Studies from Grand Valley State University. Kyle is passionate about the environment and is involved with the Citizen’s Climate Lobby, an organization advocating for legislation to combat the future effects of climate change. Most recently, Kyle founded Wayward, an interactive sci-fi visual arts experience that chronicles the story of a team of animal astronauts. 




Val Ackerman
Gallery Associate


Val earned a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Art Studio from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Since graduating in 2016 she has relocated to Lansing, Michigan. Her background in graphic design and art studio lead her to Lansing Art Gallery where she has found a new community to share with her passion for the arts.



Zane Kemper
Exhibitions and Gallery Assistant


Zane recently earned a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University. He holds a degree is in Arts & Humanities with minors in Art History and Museum Studies. In addition to his role at the gallery, Zane works as an exhibition producer at the MSU Broad Art Museum. A former Lansing Art Gallery intern and former Communication Coordinator for our 2018 public art project, ARTpath, Zane is excited continue his professional career in his position as Gallery and Exhibitions Assistant.


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