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Jennifer Lewis

Interim Executive Director

Jennifer Lewis has a passion for the visual arts and a wealth of experience in non-profit management. After graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara, Jennifer began her career in Jewish Community Centers. As the Cultural Arts Director for the Jewish Community Center in Irvine she planned multiple arts, books and film festivals and ran a gallery featuring local artists. Among her proudest achievements was the creation of Live Yes Studio, an alternative arts based day program for adults with developmental disabilities in Lincoln Nebraska. When not working, Jennifer focuses on her son, a budding artist in his own right, who loves musical theatre.

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Phyllis Mescon

Director, 4 Bridges Arts Festival

A South Carolina native, Phyllis Mescon is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and has lived in Chattanooga since 1982. She has been married to Jed Mescon for 27 years and they are parents to Caroline, who lives in Los Angeles and works in production for the television comedy, Modern Family. Her career experience has centered on nonprofit administration, specifically working for art-related organizations or agencies that provide services to underserved audiences. An enthusiastic supporter of the 4 Bridges Arts Festival, she considers this job a perfect professional opportunity.

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Kreneshia Whiteside

Chief Curator

Since graduating from Center for Creative Arts, Kreneshia Whiteside has become an advocate for the arts. As an Anthropology and Art History graduate from East Tennessee State University, she has a passion to sustain culture in the community. Kreneshia has been curating exhibitions since 2015 and has worked at various entities such as The Hunter Museum of American Art, Frist Center for Visual Arts, and the Nelson Fine Art Center.

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Association for Visual Arts 2016-2017 Board of Directors