MEET THE STAFF & BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Lauren Ashley Shepherd Baker, Executive Director | MFA from Florida State University. Outside of 621 Gallery, Baker is an Adjunct Professor at FSU in the areas of sculpture, drawing, and contemporary art history. She has over 12 years of experience organizing artist collectives and curating exhibitions. Baker’s Executive Director responsibilities include: administration of all gallery operations, programs, and exhibitions, policy making and implementation regarding operations, health and safety for staff & public, ADA compliance, oversight of the internship program, promoting collaborative relationships related to programming and business opportunities, fiscal management and fundraising, facility management, public outreach and promotions. Baker creates monthly reports for the Board of Directors monthly meetings and works closely with the board President. Baker continues to invest in advancing her administrative abilities through expanded workshops with Leadership Tallahassee and the Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence. Baker continues to expand her contemporary art connections through participating in national & international art festivals, connections to the Rauschenberg Foundation Residency Program, and participation in virtual forums such as the American Alliance for Museums. 621’s Executive Director is currently our only paid position.
Sophia Ballesteros, Director Assistant | Current bachelor candidate for Psychology and Museum Studies at FSU (2020). Ballesteros’ interests include art administration and art education. Working closely with the Executive Director, Ballesteros has developed and implemented marketing and PR strategies and helped in the development of the Safer Space Policy. Ballesteros spearheaded the development of the Gallery’s podcast “I Did It For Art.” She also assists in event planning, fundraising, grant writing, working with interns & volunteers to fulfill 621’s mission.

Richard Ensor, President of the Board of Directors | Ensor received his MFA in studio art at Goldsmiths University of London in 2018. Ensor is currently employed as the Sculpture Lab Manager at FSU. Ensor works closely with the Executive Director and oversees the board of directors. Ensor has been serving on the Board of Directors since January 2019. Ensor has exhibited his work throughout the southeast, New York, and London. Utilizing a background in sculpture, Ensor has volunteered to head a project to restore 621 Gallery’s collection of outdoor sculptures on view at Railroad Square Art Park. In addition to the work he does as a board member, he feels that using his technical background is another value he can contribute towards the Tallahassee arts community. Ensor is utilizing his background in sculpture to lead the effort in our Sculpture Garden Restoration.

“My goal for serving on the board is to advance contemporary art in the region and to make sure that 621 Gallery can continue to provide programming that is both contemporary and cutting edge.”

Joshua Johnson, Treasurer of the Board of Directors | BA in Political Science and a MA in Global Securities from 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.

 

Ann Kozeliski, Board Member at Large | BS in Art from Illinois State University, Kozeliski brings her 8.5 years of experience as Director of LeMoyne Art Foundation (2010-2018) as well as 30 years experience of professional art practices to 621. Kozeliski is the  President of Artists Helping Artists (AHA) and a member of the National Association of Women Artist League (NAWA) and recently has been appointed the Executive Director of Havana Main Street in Havana FL. Kozeliski specifically adds in PR & Outreach as well as orchestrating workshops at the gallery. She as curated rotating artists featured in our 621 Store.