Shannon Morris .

Executive Director

Shannon blurs the boundaries of art and life to summon the beauty of everyday living. Informed by both fine art and the formal elements of design, Shannon’s practice spans a variety of media including printmaking, fiber art, installation, industrial/interior design, painting and sculpture. Formally trained as a photographer, Shannon transforms interior and exterior spaces by repurposing found objects and materials and by carefully selecting textures, prints and paint to reframe the ambiance of any given room. Marked by the whimsy of imagination and a sophisticated, economical approach to creative design, the spaces Shannon remodels are permeated by comfort and calm; above all, Shannon believes that our surroundings should channel one’s personality in a visually pleasing way. Her inspirations are wide ranging and include discarded objects, old postcards, vintage wallpaper, and the sleek, practical simplicity of 20th century modernism. Her creative approach to life and art is highlighted in her popular blog

Shannon lives and works in Cleveland Heights, OH, with her husband Adam, her two daughters and their puppy, Loki.

Brady Dindia .

Board President

A native of Shaker Heights, Brady now resides in University Heights with her husband Eric Mundson. In 2006 Brady left the corporate world to launch
A BCD Creative. A few years later, Eric joined her and they now offer print and web design services to several area businesses. A self-described “possible work-a-holic”, Brady enjoys putting her all into her projects. While lucky enough to do what she loves every day, and to work from home, she also enjoys offering her talents and her time when she can.

A long-time friend of Shannon’s, and co-“Team Tuesday” member, Brady was thrilled at the prospect of helping to bring ARTFUL to fruition. After a discussion with Shannon in the winter of 2015, she decided to put her heart and soul into this endeavor. Growing up, Brady loved accompanying her artist mother to her studio and watching the artists create. A graduate of Fine Arts from Kent State, Brady looks forward to getting back to her painting and the prospect of learning from new artists.

Rachel Williams .

Board Secretary

Rachel was born and raised in Cleveland Heights, and has always had a passion and appreciation for the arts, and a great love for people. Working as an advertising producer and art buyer has taught her the fine skills of organization, negotiation and project management. She brings to ARTFUL excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work on several tasks simultaneously. She has thorough experience in managing timelines and campaigns from inception to completion, as well as working with talent and media. In addition to a background in advertising, Rachel also has a Masters in Library Information Science, with a specialty in image database management. As ARTFUL grows, her knowledge in this area will be a wonderful bonus! Rachel now resides in Akron with her husband and two children, but maintains an active social and working life in the Heights area.

David King .

Board Member

David King was born in Stow, Ohio and currently lives in Cleveland Heights. He received his MFA in Painting from Kent State University. He retired in 2014 from teaching high school art for thirty years. He has been on many committees and juries. He has worked with gifted high school students as the On-site Coordinator for the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colorado for 20 years. He has been an Advanced Placement Reader and Table leader for the past 13.years. Mr. King currently is on the exhibition committee for Heights Art and is an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University in the Art Education Department as a Secondary Student Teaching Supervisor.

Mr. King’s work has evolved to a contemporary style using a variety of media. He has exhibited his work in many juried shows including The NEO Show-Cleveland Creates, The Utah Arts Alliance, Salt Lake City Utah, and The Faculty Show at Case Western Reserve University. His work is in many collections including Aetna Insurance, The Ohio State University, The State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio, The Ohio Education Association, The Parkersburg Art Museum, The Cleveland Administration Building, Cleveland Metro Health Center and many more.

Sarah Curry .

Board Member

Sarah Curry was born and raised in Cleveland and graduated from Shaker Heights High School.  She received her B.F.A. from Kansas City Art Institute with a major in Illustration. Her love of teaching both children and adults at The Cleveland Museum of Art inspired her to attain her Master’s degree in Art Education from Case Western Reserve University. She has since been teaching art to high school students for sixteen years.

Ms. Curry works in a wide variety of styles ranging from realism to abstraction. Among many endeavors, she has established herself as a portrait artist as well as a freelance illustrator and muralist. She has spearheaded over ten public art installations in the Cleveland area collaborating with local artists, students and community members. Much of her time is spent using art to make connections between local schools, businesses, members of various communities and artists of all ages. Her personal work narrative revolves around storytelling that addresses women’s roles in society.

Curry’s work has been exhibited at the following galleries: Bay Arts; Case Western Reserve University; Cleveland Public Theater; Cleveland Public Library; Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery; Gallery Nine; Good Goat Gallery; Hedge Gallery; Independent Art Gallery; Kemper Museum of Art & Design; Lake Erie College – B.K. Smith Gallery; Legation Gallery; Make Room for Kids; Mayfield Park Synagogue; March of Dimes Art Auction; Nona Gallery; National City Bank – Corporate Art Source; Ninth Street Gallery; North Canton Angel Auction; Northern Ohio Live; Spaces Viaduct Gallery; Urban Arts Gallery; Valley Art Center; Walleye Gallery; Wickenden Gallery.

Hillary Lyon .

Board Member

Hillary, the recipient of the David J Akers Leadership Award, was part of the 2015 class of the Bridge Builder’s program through the Cleveland Leadership Center. An experienced events and development professional, she serves on several local boards/committees and is a supporter of the arts and culture in NEO.