OUR MISSION

The mission of the Kennesaw Art and Culture Commission is to

promote and support community economic viability and quality of life

through the developmentof multidiscipline art and cultural initiatives.

OUR PEOPLE

Clemens Bak, Chair

Director of the Red Onion Press and active in the arts for many years, he is retired from Fabrico, a manufacturing company in Kennesaw after 27 years of service.

Daniel Bernard, Secretary

Valerie Dibble, Commissioner

Karen Backus, Commissioner

Carol SillsCommissioner

Jessie Blowers, Former Board Member

Kim Meachum, Former Board Member

Jessy Patterson, Former Board Member

The mission of the Kennesaw Art and Culture Commission is to

promote and support community economic viability and quality of life

through the developmentof multidiscipline art and cultural initiatives.

OUR PEOPLE

Madelyn Orochena, Chair

Madelyn is a KSU graduate with a BA in Dance who was born and raised in Kennesaw. She is a mother, dance educator, performer, and choreographer within the local community.

Clemens Bak, Vice Chair

Director of the Red Onion Press and active in the arts for many years, he is retired from Fabrico, a manufacturing company in Kennesaw after 27 years of service.

Daniel Barnard, Secretary

Daniel Barnard joined the Commission in 2019 and has become an active supporter of the arts in Kennesaw, and public art in general. His background at KSU lead him to join the Commission, after participating in several public arts projects on behalf of the school. He is currently a 2-D and 3-D artist, working primarily with ceramics and portraiture.

Valerie Dibble, Commissioner

Professor of Art and Coordinator of the Printmaking Concentration in the School of Art and Design at Kennesaw State University.  She is an active artist and a neighbor on Main Street. 

Lance A. Lewin, Commissioner

After being in the garment industry 33 years, including twelve years as a business owner in Kennesaw, in 2013 transitioned into Telecommunications as co-owner of a small subcontracting business. Recently semi-retired, jumped back into photography as an instructor and writer while also serving a Directorship position with the Photographic Society of America, and board member, co-director and curator at Gilmer Arts Gallery in Ellijay, Georgia. You can learn more about Lewin’s photography at his website: http://www.visualizingart.com/.

Kimberly WatkinsCommissioner

Kimberly Watkins is a part time Assistant Professor of Psychology at Kennesaw State University and a strong supporter of the arts in Kennesaw.

Kim R Meacham, Commissioner

Kim Meacham is a local, small business owner specializing in proposal and grant writing. She is also an artist and avid gardener. Kim is a long-time resident of Kennesaw and holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Western Connecticut State University.