258 Main Street Lander, WY 82520
Tuesday - Thursday 10am-6pm
Friday - Saturday 10am-4pm
Lander Art Center
258 Main St.
Lander, WY 82520
Executive Director: Ari Kamil
Outreach Coordinator: Oakley Boycott
Education Coordinator: Clara Shanley
Ari Kamil (they/them)
Ari is thrilled to be joining the Lander Art Center as Executive Director!
They studied Ecology and Environmental Science at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and subsequently moved to NYC to pursue a career in the arts. Following the onset of the COVID pandemic, they moved to Lander and continued their ecological career at Sinks Canyon State Park. They have most recently held the position of Executive Director at Lander Performing Arts (formerly Lander Community Concerts Association) and Sinks Canyon Summer Camp. In addition to singing with WyoJazz, they are also an active community organizer working towards a future of equitable visibility and accessibility.
Photography Credit: Oakley Boycott
Oakley Boycott (she/her/they/them)
Oakley Boycott was born and raised in Lander.
The daughter of local artists, Diane Corsick and Bill Boycott, Oakley is elated to be serving their home community as the Lander Art Center Outreach Director after 15 years of working in theatre, film and television in New York City. She is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and has worked for various arts organizations throughout the country including the Metropolitan Opera, International Center of Photography, School of Visual Arts, as well as numerous regional theaters and production companies. Locally they have worked for the Museum of the American West, the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame and as a creative consultant for Flappers to Fringe Vintage.
Their production company Boycott...the Production focuses on works that bridges the gap between juxtaposed community experiences.
Clara Shanley (she/her)
Clara began acting and filmmaking when she was thirteen, focusing on narrative pieces and the performing arts. When she was twenty-one years old, she took a solo backpacking trip through Ireland’s countryside and, during a seemingly idyllic trip, encountered the country’s prevailing suicide crisis. The following year she returned and filmed her first documentary, “The Lads,” which was screened at schools to help youth feel supported. This propelled Clara into a filmmaking career, where she produced further documentaries, as well as promotional films.
She joined the amazing LAC team in September 2022, and can most likely be found using the word “magical” far too often, or poking her camera into people’s faces, asking strange questions.
Clara continues filming narrative and documentary pieces today. She loves the magical LAC family and is so excited that you are here. Happy Creating!
Photography Credit: Mikki Schaffner
Nancy Pieropan: Board Chair
Nancy Pieropan has been on the Lander Art Center Board since 2015 and has served as Chair since 2018.
Raised in rural New England surrounded by a family of artists and educators, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1980 and moved to Lander later that year.
In the years since, Nancy went on to serve on the Lander City Council, Lander Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Fremont County Weed & Pest District Board of Directors. During her terms on these Boards she presided as President or Chair. She also served as Secretary of both the Wyoming Weed & Pest Council and Northern Rockies Invasive Plant Council.
Nancy enjoys fiber arts and is an avid gardener.
Lynette St. Clair: Board Member
D. Lynette St. Claire, E. Shoshone, is an education consultant and specializes in the language, cultural background, and history of the Shoshone people. She received her undergraduate degree at Montana State University and her Master of Science in Native American Leadership from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Lynette strives to represent the Native American community in a positive manner while amplifying the voices of the people through demonstrated leadership. She has dedicated much of her career to correcting the historical inaccuracies taught to us for generations.
Her work also includes assisting with development of statewide standards initiatives that address how the contributions of American Indians are taught in Wyoming classrooms, representing an authentic voice for Indigenous people in the authoring of history. Her efforts to implement technology for Native language instruction earned her the honor of National Johnson O'Malley Teacher of the Year in 2015. She was also honored in 2019 as one of Wyoming's Women of Influence in the category of Education and also in 2020 as one of the Women of the Century for Wyoming by USA TODAY. Lynette currently resides in Fort Washakie, Wyoming, with her husband, Orville, and is the proud mother of daughters Jenny and Gabby.
PC: @Women in Wyoming
Noelle Weimann van Dijk: Board Member
Noelle is a passionate person who believes deeply in the mission and vision of the Lander Art Center in supporting artists throughout Wyoming and connecting them and their work with the world. She knows that the LAC is more than just a place for art and art education, but also a place that supports tourism and commerce in our rural little town, enhancing community connectivity and sustainability within Lander. She sees and values the events put on by the LAC as they become a part of a larger creative movement, enriching the lives of others and engaging the community on a deeper level.
Noelle is a full time artist who works predominantly with painting. Previously, she had a 15 year tenure in the healthcare industry before making the leap to become a full time professional artist. Noelle currently has regular business hours at SweetWater Studio and is a member of the Alchemy Artists Cooperative here in Lander.
Noelle’s dedication and commitment to art and LAC highlight her abilities to advocate for and be a valuable resource for the arts community and people in general. She appreciates taking the time with others to enjoy a good laugh, share matters of the heart, and explore and engage the courage it takes to live a life of continual growth and impact. She truly looks to be an asset to our community in all of these respects.
In her free time, Noelle enjoys painting, hiking, walking, swimming, and generally exploring this vast world and all that inhabits it.
Laura Koch: Board Member
After 45 years backstage on Broadway Laura retired to Lander. Like Bill Cody she too “ has worked very hard and am tired of the towns, and anxious to get back to the free life of the country.”
Laura has been a member of the LAC since first visiting Lander in 2013. Since then she has contributed to the 2019 through 2022 Members Show and is currently serving on the Board.
Alan Garms: Board Treasurer
Alan Garms is a Licensed Master Social Worker with an Advanced Practice Certification. He worked in administration providing services to persons with intellectual and physical disabilities for more than 40 years, primarily in Texas. His most recent position was leading a team of social workers and RN's who investigated allegations of abuse and neglect in long term care homes. He retired in 2018 and moved from the Houston, Texas area to Lander, where his daughter and son-in-law reside.
Alan has served on a number of Boards' of Directors including the United Way of Greater Houston, the Texas Association on Mental Retardation, the Private Providers Association of Texas and the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Advisory Board of Harris County.
Alan and his wife are avid collectors of fine art and were supporters of the Arts in the Houston area. This included season passes to the Houston Symphony and the Alley Theatre as well as frequent attendance at visual art presentations in Houston. Alan believes that all types of art are critical to the overall health of a community and its citizens. The Lander art scene is remarkably diverse for a community of this size.
In his free time Alan enjoys hiking with his dogs in the mountains, fishing, rock climbing and biking.
Audie Cunningham: Board Secretary
Audie was born and raised in Lander, Wy. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of Santa Fe and a Master’s in the Business of Art and Design from MICA. She is a librarian at the Fremont County Library in Lander and also owns her own small business, Audie Rose Design, a stationery line featuring her own original artwork and designs. She also does freelance print design for apparel, fabric and other stationery brands.
In her free time, she loves to mountain bike, read and do yoga. She is passionate about growing and nurturing the art community in Lander and is thrilled to be a member of the Art Center board.
Carolina Jaramillo Schadebrodt: Board Member
Carolina Jaramillo is a Chilean-born resident of Lander. She and her husband Judd (a Wyoming native) chose Lander as a place to raise their two children many years ago. Carolina has been developing her trade as a ceramicist for over 30 years. During this time she has launched programs to empower women artists in rural communities, volunteered at the Tucson Museum of Art, and taught pottery to children through grant-funded projects in both Chile and in Lander. As an artist she has exhibited her works in Coyhaique, Chile, Tucson, Arizona, and Laramie, Wyoming.
Carolina joined the LAC board in 2021. She believes strongly in the its mission to educate and engage Fremont County in the arts through learning opportunities and exhibitions that foster a strong arts community.
Carolina has an associates degree in K-12 education and currently works for FCSD#1 as a substitute teacher. She is an alumna of both Central Wyoming College and NOLS. Her hobbies include hiking, mountain biking, sea kayaking, gardening and photography.
Sophie Barksdale: Board Member
Sophie Barksdale relocated from Australia and joined the LAC Board in early 2017.
Her background is in arts administration, with one of her career highlights being with The National Gallery of Victoria, one of Australia’s premier cultural institutions, for several years. Over the past 10+ years, she has also worked for Handle Media and Music Recruitment in London, the Bord Scannan na hEireann/the Irish Film Board in Ireland and on film festivals in Australia, Ireland and the U.S. She brings a wide range of experience to the LAC Board, having worked in production, project management, promotion, human resources, and venue & event management.
While project management is her forte, her passion is for storytelling through film and she currently produces documentaries with local film company Caldera Productions. Sophie now lives permanently in Lander, where she gets to elevate underrepresented voices and advocate for art and access within the community. She loves to hike and rock-climb year round with her family.