MEET THE STAFF & BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

April Christiana Cluess

Executive Director

Education:

BA Psychology, SUNY New Paltz

BFA Studio Art, FSU

April Cluess is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus in drawing, video, and sculpture. Her most valued work experience includes janitorial services in Manhattan and home health aide services for disabled seniors & dementia patients. Locally, Cluess has worked with non-profit Cat Family Records to curate and coordinate pop-up art events, direct/edit/film documentary projects featuring local artists & social issues, and lead design concepts for larger zine projects. Her personal work has been shown in southern art exhibitions and film festivals such as Tallahassee Film Festival, Art Fields SC, and Signal Flo. Cluess’s documentary project ‘No Islands’, co-produced and directed with Will Crowley, creates new connections to artists in Tallahassee and throughout the Big Bend. The Executive Director’s responsibilities include administration of all gallery operations, programs and exhibitions, operational policy making and implementation, health and safety for staff & public, ADA compliance, internship program management, promoting collaborative relationships related to programming and business opportunities, fiscal management and fundraising, facility management, public outreach and promotions. This position is currently 621 Gallery’s only paid position.

 

Joshua Johnson

President of the Board 

Education:

BA Political Science, FAMU

MA Global Securities, FAMU

Joshua Johnson is a teacher, adjunct professor, and political consultant. He is a principled partner at Stephenson, Johnson, and Johnson a marketing firm that consults and manages movements in non-profit, political, and art sectors and an adjunct professor of political science at Tallahassee Community College. He is also a teacher of economics and social sciences for the Leon County School system. A native of Tallahassee, Johnson has spent the majority of his career in political spaces formally and informally as an activist and politico. In 2016, this work was most notable as Johnson was a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives. Johnson has always been extremely active in his community serving on the boards of the Florida Council of Crime and Delinquency, Keiser University advisory board, Tallahassee Rotary, Market Days Tallahassee, and the GLNH Visual Art Guild. His tenure on the 621 Gallery Executive Board of Directors began in January and has been defined by a deep knowledge of the community and social activity that surround the gallery. Josh is an avid jogger and biker, and considers himself a writer, though no one else does. Joshua spearheads our Art & Activism Series Lectures at the gallery.

 

A.J. McCarthy

Member of the Board

Education:

BA Fine Arts, FSU

McCarthy’s interests include graphic design, illustration, graphic novels, screen printing, and art history. He has been working as a board member since fall 2021. He develops workshops and assists with events, fundraising, and working with interns to maintain the mission at 621. His goal is to work in an art community where collaboration and ideas flourish. Currently, AJ heads the First Saturday Screenprinting Workshop which invites beginners to try their hand at a new skill and bring their creation home.

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