Emerging Arts Administrators Fellowship

The NCAA Fellowship includes a one-year membership in NCAA and a waiver of the NCAA conference registration fees. In addition, NCAA Fellows are matched with a seasoned NCAA member who serves as a mentor before and at the conference. Candidates for the fellowship are nominated by another arts administrator and have an endorsement from an administrator at their home institution.

2018/19 NCAA Fellows: 

Justin Boyd (1974) lives and works in San Antonio, TX. He graduated with his MFA from The California Institute for the Arts in 2003. As an artist whose work explores landscapes using sound, image and objects he has had the privilege of being included in many group shows, solo exhibitions and performances. 

He is the Chair of the Sculpture and Integrated Media Department at the Southwest School of Art since 2013, and continues his long-standing radio show each week on KRTU 91.7 FM.

Justin Boyd, Faculty Chair, Academic Affairs, Southwest School of Art is being mentored by Jim Burke, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Bree Edwards has been the Director of the Center for the Arts at Northeastern University in Boston, MA since 2013. Her career in the curation, production and administration of contemporary art has included director positions at the Asheville Art Museum in North Carolina and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston in Texas. She has been a Curatorial fellow at DeAppel Centre for Contemporary Art, in Amsterdam and a Susan Vogt Fellow with the Boston Consortium. Bree holds an undergraduate degree from Goddard College, and a graduate degree from Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies. She has served served on the advisory boards of the Northeastern Public Art Initiative, The Aurora Picture Show, Western Carolina Media Arts Alliance, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership Public Art Committee, and the Blaffer Art Museum. She has also participated in numerous grant and award panels for organizations, including New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), and the Houston Arts Alliance’s Civic Art + Design committee. 

Bree Edwards, Director, College of Arts, Media and Design, Northeastern University
is being mentored by Kate Bonansingakn, University of Cincinnati

Pia Johnson is a graduate of Parsons the New School of Design (BBA, Design and Management) and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MA, Arts Administration and Policy). Pia is academically trained to integrate business strategy and design principles as a response to the everyday needs of consumers. In doing so, Pia created a dynamic company Details By Pia that emerges as the preeminent source for creative event planning, strategic marketing and branding, curatorial planning, and broadly put, the circulation of the arts. Pia is a recognized innovator, executor, and experience advisor for notable clients worldwide.

Chicago-based and world-connected, Pia is also currently Owner and Director of Good Details, LLC—a multi-dimensional creative arts incubator, gallery, and artist hub located in Chicago’s Art District. Although Pia’s ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high-octane environment was established at Parsons and in New York City, her reputation as a lifestyle and arts manager was cultivated through her successful career as Director of Hebru Brand Studios.

At Hebru Brand Studios, Pia provided brand management solutions from top to bottom for visual artist Hebru Brantley and all aspects of the artist’s various projects and program phases, as well as provided innovative leadership and support for interdisciplinary industry partnerships. During her tenure in this position, Pia was the heartbeat of the studio and the driving force between Brantley’s multi-faceted business entities, external business partnerships, internal departments and global arts relationships.

Pia Johnsonco-owner Good Details Gallery, Chicago, Illinois is being mentored by Jonathan Fohrman, MiraCosta College.

Sandra Murchison is beginning her third year as the Director of the School of Art & Design at Eastern Michigan University with an aim to do meaningful work at the forefront of her thoughts. Prior to EMU, she was a faculty member at Millsaps College for 17 years.  While at Millsaps, she served as Chair of the Art Department and founded a non-profit arts center off campus in Jackson, Mississippi. An active member of SGC International, she served first as Archivist and then Vice President for Internal Affairs of the organization.  Apart from her duties as school director, she also has primary responsibility for guiding the Jean Noble Parsons Center in northern Michigan.

Sandra's artistic work most frequently takes the form of mixed media paintings and prints and emphasizes the innate tension between how we hold sacred our history, sense of place, and local community in an age of rapid production, virtual culture and lack of conservation.  Her work has shown internationally, and she has been invited as a visiting artist at institutions across the country.  In addition, she has taught at such places as the Center for Contemporary Printmaking and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts.

Sandra MurchisonDirector, School of Art & Design, Eastern Michigan University is being mentored by Hester Stinnett, Tyler School of Art at Temple

Brooke White is both a practicing artist and educator specializing in art photography and video art, with an M.F.A. from Cornell University and a B.F.A from Alfred University, New York State College of Ceramics. White has exhibited her photographs and videos nationally and internationally including the Hammer Museum, Mississippi Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in India and is a recipient of numerous Mississippi Arts Council Individual artist grants. Her work has been published in Aint Bad Magazine and the Oxford American and is part of the Do Good Fund collection. White is represented by Galerie MB in Paris, France. Much of her work, both photographic and video, is created while traveling in areas such as East Africa, South East Asia, South America and the deep southern United States and deals with issues surrounding identity, place and the landscape. Her ongoing project, The New South Project, makes transnational comparisons between specific areas within the Global South and focuses on the ways that agricultural, oil, water and development impact these vulnerable landscapes. To date the project includes India, Cuba and the deep southern United States. White resides in Oxford, MS where she is Chair and Professor of Art in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Mississippi.

Brooke White, Assistant Chair and Professor, Department of Art & Art History, University of Mississippi is being mentored by Lee Ann Garrison, Director, School of Arts and Communication, Oregon State University

Paige Williams is a visual artist and educator whose creative work explores contradictory extremes, as well as that which makes us human: varied degrees of elegance, awkwardness, clumsiness and grace.

Williams has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally including exhibitions in Germany, the Ukraine, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York and has been selected as an Artist in Residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts in New York, The University of Alaska in Anchorage, and The Neu Rathaus Gallery in Munich, Germany. She has been awarded the Summerfair Individual Artists Award and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Creativity Excellence Award.

Williams joined the full-time faculty at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2002 and served as Chair of Studio Arts from 2014-2018. She has just been named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Painting form the University of Cincinnati in 1990 and is a two-time recipient of the Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Connection Excellence in Teaching Award.

Paige Williams, Chair, Studio Art Program, Art Academy of Cincinnati is being mentored by Jim Hopfensperger, Vice President for Committees + President Elect, College Art Association.