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Marlo Angell has a degree in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California. She is the founding director of the Free State Festival, co-founder of the female filmmaking collective, Women of Lawrence Film (WOLF), and the Curator of Film and Media at the Lawrence Arts Center. Marlo is a member of the Film Festival Alliance, the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission and a community tourism ambassador for Explore Lawrence. Her short films have been screened in festivals across the country and she has short plays produced in the Kansas City area. Marlo has worked as a story analyst, freelance journalist, documentarian, film/writing instructor, and television producer and her recent work centers around film as public art.



Peter Jasso graduated from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts with a degree in Film/ Video Production. He taught at the New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles office and worked in development at American Zoetrope and Esparza-Katz. Peter is an alumnus of Film Independent’s Project Involve Mentorship program and has directed the documentaries, Mariachi Estrella and From Football to Futbol. He has served on the State of Kansas Hispanic and Latino Cultural Affairs Commission, is a recipient of the Mana de Topeka award and currently works as the Director of the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission.

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Lawrence Arts Center Exhibitions Director

Ben Ahlvers began his role as Gallery Director at the Lawrence Arts Center in the fall of 2009. Prior to that Ben served as Associate Education Director at the Arts Center. Ben has curated exhibitions and coordinated symposiums that have been featured in international publications. He also is an active artist in his own right, exhibiting regularly around the country. Ben received his M.F.A. from Ohio University, in 2004, preceded by a B.F.A. from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.


Lawrence Arts Center Exhibitions Coordinator

Blanca Herrada is a Queer, Mexican American Artist living and working in Lawrence, Kansas. In 2014 Blanca received a Bachelor of Fine Art with an emphasis in Painting and a minor in Art History from Emporia State University. Since that time, she has shown her work regionally and locally. Blanca enjoys working on oil paintings that they often incorporate with mixed media to create contemporary pieces that bring traditional methods and new methods together. Blanca enjoys working within the intersections of art and activism and is passionate about her community. Over time, they have been privileged to coordinate and work on several public art projects. Blanca enjoys working with diverse communities to spread her love for the arts and strives to make art spaces more accessible and welcoming to everyone.

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Jonathan Christensen Caballero is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Utah. He received his A.S. in art from Snow College, B.F.A in ceramics and sculpture from Utah State University and M.F.A. in ceramics from Indiana University. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in venues such as the Clay Center of New Orleans in Louisiana, Standard Ceramic Supply in Pennsylvania, Carbondale Clay Center in Colorado, and Tsukuba Museum of Art in Japan. Christensen Caballero recently moved to Lawrence and became the Interdisciplinary Ceramic Research Center Artist in Residence at University of Kansas. His work has been featured on the cover of Ceramics Monthly’s September 2020 issue and is a recipient of the ISC Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. Christensen Caballero’s work focuses on the human figure and advocates for the Latin American labor community.



After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Kansas and taking photography classes at the Lawrence Arts Center, Ann Dean went on to pursue a graduate certificate from the New York Institute of Photography and has worked and studied with several different photographers in the Lawrence area. She has been an instructor at the Lawrence Arts Center for 16 years teaching darkroom and digital photography classes for all ages and also offers private photography lessons. Ann also works as a freelance photographer shooting events & portraits but her main area of fine artwork lies in travel and street photography. "I appreciate visiting new places and experiencing different cultures around the world. I want to promote education and understanding among people through my photographs.” Ann has participated in several shows in the Lawrence & Kansas City areas over the years and enjoys passing on her knowledge through teaching.

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Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, and known for large-scale installations and sculptures that manifest his interactions with American pop culture and the Latinx experience, Justin Favela has exhibited his work both internationally and across the United States. His installations have been commissioned by museums including the Denver Art Museum in Colorado, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas and El Museo del Barrio in New York. He is the recipient of the 2021 Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship. He holds a BFA in fine art from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.



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