David Butler | Executive Director
Dr. David Butler joined the Knoxville Museum of Art as executive director in 2006 after serving as the director of the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University since 2000; director of the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana 1995-2000; and the Emerson Gallery at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York 1992-1995. He was also an instructor in art history at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and at Washington University in St. Louis. Butler earned a Bachelor’s Degree Magna Cum Laude in Art History in 1976 and a Master’s Degree in Art History in 1980, both from Florida State University. He received his Ph.D. in Art History with concentration on 17th century Italian Art from Washington University in 1991. Butler is a peer reviewer for the Museum Assessment Program and Accreditation Program of the American Alliance of Museums (2004 Excellence in Peer Review Service Award) and has served as a visual arts panelist for the Tennessee Arts Commission, has served on the board of the Art and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, the City of Knoxville Public Art Committee, the Knox County Historic Zoning Commission, and is past president of the Southeastern Museums Conference.
Denise DuBose | Director of Administration
Director of Administration
COLLECTIONS & EXHIBITIONS
Stephen Wicks | BARBARA W. AND BERNARD E. BERNSTEIN CURATOR
Barbara W. and Bernard E. Bernstein Curator
Clark Gillespie | COLLECTION MANAGER
Natalie McLaurin | Exhibitions Manager
Kelsie Conley | Curatorial Assistant
Lori Calvert | Director of Development
Lori Calvert joined the KMA as Director of Development in August 2019 after serving as Director of Stewardship & Donor Relations at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and UT Graduate School of Medicine since 2015. At UTMC, she served as the organization’s strategic leader for donor relations, stewardship, advancement-related communications, and special event programs. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Development Programs at the University of Tennessee Foundation from 2009-2015 where she was responsible for major donor board management, special events, stewardship, and donor relations.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Margo Clark | Director of Membership and Grants
Margo Clark joined the museum in 2000 bringing with her more than 11 years experience in non-profit membership, special events, and fundraising. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee. During her career at KMA, Clark has written numerous successful federal, state and local grants, including four recent NEA grants. She also serves as a visual arts panelist for the Tennessee Arts Commission.
DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP AND GRANTS
Maggie Meyers | Assistant Director of Development
Maggie Meyers joined the KMA in 2013 as the development administrator. Meyers comes to the museum with over 18 years of development and event experience in the non-profit sector, the last seven of which were with Emerald Youth Foundation. A Knoxville native, she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in public relations and advertising, from Carson-Newman University.
Assistant Director of Development
Chelsea Lloyd | Administrative Coordinator for Development
Chelsea joined the KMA staff as a Visitor Services Representative in April of 2017. She was promoted to Volunteer Coordinator in July of 2018 and then again to Administrative Coordinator for Development in April 2022. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2008 from the University of Alabama with a concentration in Sculpture and a minor in Printmaking. During her time there she was awarded the Arts & Sciences Outstanding Sophomore and became a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and the Golden Key Honor Society.
ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR FOR DEVELOPMENT
Sarah Kaplan | Marketing Manager
Taylor Broyles | Fundraising Events Manager
Fundraising Events Manager
Rosalind Martin | Director of Education
Director of Education
DeLena Feliciano | Assistant Director of Education
Assistant Director of Education
Jonathan Hash | Visitor Services Manager
Visitor Services Manager
Danielle Mann | Volunteer Coordinator
Joyce Jones | Director of Finance and Operations
Director of Finance and Operations
Brandon Gallagher | Facility Manager
Donald Fain | Maintenance Technician
Travis Solomon | Security Manager
Vicki Wyrick | Gift Shop Manager
Gift Shop Manager
Selena Friess | Facility Rental Coordinator
Facility Rental Coordinator
Brian Clay | Soundscapes Coordinator
Brian is also a veteran radio broadcaster with 25 plus years of experience. He began his radio career in the Atlanta radio market as an air-personality. He has since created a weekly syndicated radio program called “JAZZSPIRATIONS with BRIAN CLAY” which airs on several stations across the country.
Brian was honored to receive the 2019 Martin Luther King Commemorative Commission of Knoxville Arts Award. He is a two-time Gospel Choice Award Winner. In 2018, Brian placed 5th in the “Lee Ritenour International Piano competition. He is a major influencer in Knoxville’s music scene performing in venues in Knoxville and across the southeast.
One of Brian’s accomplishments he is most proud of is the creation of “The Piano Project of Knoxville.” The Piano Project of Knoxville is a public art and music initiative that commissions visual artists to decorated pianos, and the pianos are placed in public spaces around the city for community engagement.