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Wendy Snow Walker, Executive Director
Wendy Snow Walker is excited to bring two decades of arts administration experience to the position of Executive Director of the Arts Council of Wayne County. As an arts administrator, Wendy has served as Director of Henry Mancini Arts Academy at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center near Pittsburgh; Managing Director at the Cumberland Theatre, Director of Performing Arts, KIDZART; Producer, Miss Cumberland Scholarship Program; and Director/Choreographer, KinderStars.
Most recently she completed a project working in conjunction with the Vietnam Veterans Association and the Midland American Legion which paid tribute to veterans in all branches of the military. The HMAA H.E.R.O.E.S. Project included a mixed-media visual art show in the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center Atrium Gallery as well as a 90 minute stage production of poetry, songs, and dances created from stories shared by Pennsylvania veterans. Under Wendy's direction, students from Henry Mancini Arts Academy performed side-by-side with veterans and professional artists to create this powerful tribute.
Over the years Wendy has also spearheaded visual art and photography exhibits as well as concerts, dance troupes and theatrical productions at various schools and arts organizations in Maryland and Pennsylvania including the nationally recognized Blues in the Schools program.
Wendy has also enjoyed a successful career as an actor, stage manager and costumer in professional theaters. Favorite role include: Witch #1 in Macbeth (NYC production); Miss Maudie in Too Kill A Mockingbird, and Joy the joyless Stepsister, in Cinderella. She has created costumes for hundreds of productions in the US and abroad including: Appalachian Patchwork, Fringe Festivals in Edinburgh, Scotland and Adelaide, Australia; Disco Jesus and the Apostles of Funk, Capitol Fringe 2013 winner of Best of Fringe Award; A Dream Within A Dream, Capitol Fringe 2014 winner of Best Venue-Specific Production as well as a revival at the Torpedo Factory in Virginia 2016. She has also served as Cumberland Theatre's Resident Costumer since 2007. You may recognize her from appearances on the small screen as President Walker's Secretary on the Emmy Award Winning Netflix Original Series "House of Cards" Seasons One and Two; co-host of "Scholastic Update", as well appearances in independent films and commercials. Wendy is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and IATSE Local 487.
Karen Kestler joined the Arts Council of Wayne County team in April of 2016. She is a long time resident of Goldsboro. She has had a very diverse career path with two constants, her love of educating children and her passion for the arts. Her experiences include public schools, non-profits, and most recently sole proprietorship. Outside of working hours, Karen’s family is what brings her the most joy. Husband Joe and Karen are proud parents/step-parents of five incredible children and 4 grandchildren. She also enjoys reading, cooking, hiking and sewing.
Emily Figueras, Gallery Director
Emily joined the Arts Council of Wayne County team in July of 2016. A native to North Carolina, Emily has had a passion for the arts from a young age. She has a background in performing arts through dance and music. Since her youth she has enjoyed anything creative. She has worked in filmography and video editing, interior design, lighting and stage design, and went to school for studio art. Emily has had the opportunity to go on mission trips around the world to experience different cultures and has a Bachelors Degree in Applied Theology. She and her husband, Matt, have recently moved to Goldsboro, NC, with their puppy Emerson. Emily is excited to be a part of seeing art promoted and the city being revitalized.
Josiah King, Gallery Assistant
Josiah King (b. 1989) earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2016, after obtaining an art degree from the University of Mount Olive in 2012. King’s paintings are largely focused on finding interesting yet typically unnoticed moments from his everyday surroundings. His work has been shown in many public venues, including the North Carolina Museum of Art, Greenville Museum of Art, North Carolina Contemporary Art Museum, United States Capitol Building in Washington DC, and the Erie Art Museum. King’s work received special honors in Self, Observed, an artists’ exhibition held in conjunction with the Rembrandt in America exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art. He is the recipient of the Congressional Art Award, which reserved an exhibition spot in the Congressional Building in Washington D.C. for one year. King’s paintings have been included in the Chimera 13 Art Journal and featured on the cover of Voices Journal. King is an adjunct art professor at the University of Mount Olive, and currently paints in a studio space at the Arts Council of Wayne County.
To view more of his work, visit: www.JosiahKing.com