"It is my mission as an artist and as an educator to promote the arts as an integral part of our lives. I believe that the arts are the components of our lives that remain long after a person is gone. They are the remembrances of our story. Our paintings, music, sculptures, and photos tell about our passions, tragedies, faith, love, and losses."
Trisha has over 19 years of museum experience,17 of which has been with DACO. In addition to her work at the Center, she is a fine artist, adjunct faculty and gallery coordinator for Ohio University Lancaster. She holds a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design and an M.A. focusing on Museum Education from Ohio University Athens. Her personal website is www.trishacliffordsprouse.com
"We all speak a common language and that is often spoken through Art. Art can touch, move and inspire us. Art points to our common humanity.
I have had the privilege of traveling extensively and often to developing countries. I've experienced a powerful beauty in the richness of how art is expressed. It is a common language, much like music, and the acknowledgement of it comes with open smiles and eyes that beautifully say, 'You see who I am. You see me through what I've created.'"
Elizabeth Brown joined the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio as Director of Development in 2016, following several years as a respected board member. Previously, the Lancaster native, mother of two sons, was closely involved with global initiatives as a volunteer and as a member of the International Staff of The Hunger Project, a global non-profit organization. Elizabeth also worked in professional service for United Airlines. In each role of her career the focus has been on education and as a facilitator with a focus on relationship and team building.
Museum Shop Manager
"My passion is to learn something new every day, be that by meeting someone new or experiencing something new; I want to soak up and take in as much as possible, my curiosity makes every day an exciting new day."
Jordan serves as the Museum Shop Manager for the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio and is responsible for buying and merchandising the shop for daily consumption and in preparation for exhibitions. She was hired for this position in March 2016. She previously was an intern for the museum in Summer 2014. She has a B.A. in Fashion Merchandising from The University of Akron. She has worked in retail for two years, at Justice and Lane Bryant along with 6 years of life guarding at Pleasant Valley View Swim Club. She is an active member of Alpha Gamma Delta International Fraternity. She also has a lifestyle and fashion blog that can be found at http://kjbmeetsworld.blogspot.com/
"My passion is to promote intellectual curiosity, learning, and growth. I believe in the power of history to explicate our current world, our place in it, and our future."
Christine is the Museum Assistant for the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio. She facilitates the smooth operation of the many facets of DACO. Christine graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in history, and interned at the Ohio Glass Museum during college. She has a background in education, working with the After School Programs of Lancaster. She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society.
"I believe we all have a level of artistic sensibility, whether it be in making art ourselves or appreciating others' talent. The Decorative Arts Center gives all of us the opportunity to participate either way through excellent exhibitions and classes."
Cathy is the Weekend Manager of the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio. She oversees the daily operations on weekends, including the museum shop. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio University and has previous experience with Music in the Air and Columbus College of Art and Design.
Volunteers and Community Relations
"I strongly believe art is for everyone. Museums should be welcoming places that champion the democratic nature of art."
Judith manages volunteers and community relations at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, bringing a wealth of experience in public relations and the arts from her decades with companies such as Los Angeles Magazine, Brown-Forman Corporation, WOSU, and The Ohio State University. Her entrepreneurial ventures include the Anson Group, Oppenheimer Wine Club, and Fine Art: Fine Wine. She is a proud Ohio native and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science/education from The Ohio State University.