Staff

Our Team

Andreana Donahue

Art Manager

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Anna Kramer

PCSA

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Anne Cauley

Director of Development & Communications

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Anne Cauley is the Director of Development & Communications. She was drawn to join the studio in 2017, after learning about Arts of Life mission and culture.

“I was searching for an organization that was committed to strengthening and positively impacting our community, to building a collaborative and creative team, and to creating a sincere and healthy work environment. I found all of that and more at Arts of Life.”

Cauley graduated from Butler University, in 2007, with a B.S. in Arts Administration. She loves traveling, theatre, cooking, movies, reading and crafting. In addition to her involvement in Arts of Life, Cauley is the Executive Director for the Chicago Fringe Festival.

Ariella Miller

Chicago Arts Coordinator

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Ariella Miller is the Chicago Studio Arts Coordinator. She earned an Undergraduate degree in Art History and Studio Art from Marlboro College in 2010, and her Masters in Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in 2016.

Miller joined Arts of Life in 2017, seeking an opportunity to utilize her educational background outside of a traditional classroom. Since joining, she has found the studio to be the perfect fit for her interests and skill set.

Miller enjoys spending time outside, going on bike rides, and collecting house plants. She draws inspiration from the creative endeavors of her friends and Arts of Life studio.

“The studio is bursting at the seams with inspiration. The artistic community in Chicago is so diverse and full of new ideas.”

Catherine Norcott

Community Resources Manager

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Catherine Norcott is the Community Resources Manager for Arts of Life. She joined the studio in 2014, after learning about the Arts of Life from Core Members in L’Arche Chicago.

“Since graduating from college, I have been drawn to community spaces.  Arts of Life felt like the perfect pairing of engaged community and creative exploration to me.  Since joining, I have been pushed to grow and have created space for others to reach towards their goals.”

Norcott earned her B.F.A. from The Art Institute of Boston in 2011, with a focus in Printmaking, and Minors in both Psychology and Art History. She continues her practice, making small fiber works and prints.   She is also an active member of Spudnik Press Cooperative. Her work has been featured in exhibitions in the Spudnik Press Annex and the Arts of Life.

Outside of the studio, Norcott can be found fueling her love of life long learning though educational opportunities, and frequenting her local library.

Christea Parent

Chicago Studio Coordinator + Administrative Assistant

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Christea Parent is the Chicago Studio Coordinator and Administrative Assistant at Arts of Life. They joined the studio in 2017, as Personal Care Studio Assistant (PCSCA).  They discovered the Arts of Life through their network of disability rights activists.

A performance artist, Parent strives to create and participate in work that “examines queerness and social expectations.” They graduated with a B.F.A. in Theatre, from NYU Tisch School for the Arts, in 2011.

In addition to their work at Arts of Life, Parent is a drag and burlesque soloist, and is always working to expand and develop new programming in Chicago. 

They find inspiration in communities created around “otherness,” absurdism, and being very, very silly.

Denise Fisher

Co-Founder & Executive Director

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Denise Fisher co-founded Arts of Life in 2000 and currently serves as Executive Director. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University, with a B.A. in Education and Psychology. Denise has over 25 years experience working to improve the leadership opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Seeing the lack of choice on the day/ employment side of services, Denise partnered with two artists, (one with and one without intellectual disabilities) to open Arts of Life.  She’s inspired by the people she works with and the personal and professional growth that comes from practicing Arts of Life model.

Diane Florian

North Shore Studio Coordinator

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Diane Florian is the North Shore Studio Coordinator. She graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and Psychology, and minors in Art History and Italian.

She learned about Arts of Life from a friend who volunteered at the Chicago Studio and joined the organization in 2017 as a Personal Care Studio assistant.

When inspiration levels are high, Diane can be found carving out linocut prints that explore the impacts of the urban environment on its wild animal denizens.

Diane is a lover of fries and enjoys lounging in her hammock by shores of Lake Michigan.

Domenic Bucci

Van Go Go Band Manger

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Erica Bittner

Grant Writer

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Erica Bittner is a Grant Writer. She joined the team in 2017, compelled by Arts of Life mission and culture.

“I find it easiest to write about things I feel genuinely passionate about… The generosity and sense of community at Arts of Life is truly inspiring.”

Bittner earned her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in 2011. She also earned a Certificate from the UK’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2014. A lover of all things theatre and dance, she has performed in several Jeff Recommended shows and television series.

Bittner also enjoys yoga, baking and traveling abroad. She finds inspiration in “honest connection to others through art of any form.”

Lexi Krebs

Community Resources Coordinator

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Megan Harrigan

North Shore Art Development Lead

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Megan Harrigan is the North Shore Art Development Lead at the Arts of Life. 

Harrigan graduated from Western Illinois University with a B.S. in Photography with minors in Art and Journalism. She also earned an A.A.S. in Digital Media and Design from the College of Lake County.

Harrigan enjoys yoga, live music, and daydreaming. She is inspired by emotion, human observation, abstract thinking, and curiosity. Her work has been featured in galleries and museums across Chicago and Illinois.

Morgan Mandalay

Communications Consultant

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Vincent Uribe

Art Director

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Vincent Uribe is the Art Director. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Visual and Critical Studies.

Uribe joined the Arts of Life in 2013, after hearing about the organization from a friend.

“I came into the studio, for the first time, for an interview and was amazed by the vast creative energy that was being fostered here and couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of it sooner.”

As the studio’s Art Director, Uribe aims to pull the Arts of Life into the Contemporary Art scene. Outside of the studio, Uribe is the founding director of LVL3, an artist-run gallery and online publication. He has curated dozens of notable exhibitions within Chicago and abroad. He has a dog named Milo, a pizza tattoo and loves to dance.