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Indiana Arts Commission 
100 N. Senate Avenue, Room N505
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone (317) 232-1269
Fax (317) 232-5595
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Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office is closed on weekend and state holidays.

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Executive Leadership

Lewis Ricci

Lewis Ricci

Executive Director 
lricci@iac.in.gov
(317) 417-2300

Lewis is responsible for the implementation of the Indiana Arts Commission’s strategic plan, advocacy efforts, and research.

Previously to his tenure at the IAC, Lewis was the director of the International Jazz Collections at the Lionel Hampton Center at the University of Idaho, where he was also an adjunct faculty member. Lewis was director of development for university programs at Penn State University, and served as executive director of the Columbus Area Arts Council for five years. Lewis received a Bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University, and a Master’s degree in Arts Administration from Indiana University.

Miah Michaelsen

Miah Michaelsen

Deputy Director of Operations
mmichaelsen@iac.in.gov
(317) 903-6728

Miah oversees day-to-day operations, strategic planning, capacity building and outcomes assessment work.

Previously, Miah served as the Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts for the City of Bloomington. She has taught arts marketing as an arts administration adjunct faculty member at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and has served as an independent consultant to Indiana communities seeking direction on cultural and community planning. She continues to serve the field as a grant panelist and a juror for numerous exhibitions and festivals. She also presents and provides trainings on the intersection of municipalities, economic development and the arts.

Paige Sharp

Paige Sharp

Deputy Director of Programs
psharp@iac.in.gov
(317) 416-8536

Paige oversees, directs, and manages statewide services and grant programs funding over $3.5 million state and federal dollars to Hoosier artists and organizations each year.

She graduated with a BFA from the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago and has served as a passionate arts professional ever since. Her over 20 years of arts service has focused on arts education, community arts program development, exhibition development, and grants-making. She has also served on multiple boards and committees on a local and national level.

Programs

Stephanie Haines

Stephanie Haines

Arts Education and Accessibility Manager
shaines@iac.in.gov
(317) 450-9973

Stephanie oversees the Partnering Arts, Communications, and Education “PACE” research initiative and serves as the central Indiana grants manager for Region 7. Additionally, Stephanie guides the agency and fields questions from grant recipients regarding ADA requirements and accessibility. She has a Bachelor’s degree in arts education from the University of Indianapolis and a Master’s degree in Arts Administration from Indiana University.

Anna

Anna Tragesser

Artist and Community Services Manager
atragesser@iac.in.gov
(317) 508-6115

Anna oversees various programs including Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites, Individual Advancement Program, On-Ramp, and Statewide Cultural Districts. Anna is passionate about supporting artists and communities working together. She has a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Taylor University and a Master's of Public Administration degree from Indiana University.

Communications

Bridget Eckert

Director of Marketing and Communications
breckert@iac.in.gov
(317) 607-3505

Bridget is responsible for planning and implementing communications strategies, supervising the agency's social media presence, and collaborating with program staff on approaches for the agency to serve as a resource for artists and communities.

She graduated from Herron School of Art and Design in 2016 with a BFA in visual communication design. Bridget joined the Arts Commission in 2014 as a Governor's Public Service Summer Intern. In 2016 she was hired full-time as the Communications and Community Engagement Manager and in 2019 was promoted to Director of Marketing and Communications.

Headshot of Jasmine Bejar

Jasmine Bejar

Communications and Community Engagement Manager
jbejar@iac.in.gov
(317) 220-4705

Jasmine is responsible for writing and publishing content in a variety of media, including website content, press releases, newsletters, social media and more. She graduated from the University of Saint Francis with a BA in communication and a concentration in public relations. 

Grants Management and Administrative Support

Deanna Poelsma

Deanna Poelsma

Grants, Research, and Information Technology Manager
dpoelsma@iac.in.gov
(941) 932-5395

As the Grants, Research and Information Technology Manager at the Indiana Arts Commission, Deanna is responsible for planning and management of information systems and data deemed critical in meeting the agencies mission. This includes the agency's online grants management system, data collection, research and reporting, technology support and services, contracts, and technology training.

Hailing from Florida, Deanna currently resides in Indiana and holds BFA in Fine Art from Columbus College of Art and Design. Through her previous roles as an Art Instructor, an Art Restoration Technician, and freelance Ceramics Artist, she brings a wealth of knowledge and unique perspective to arts administration. A passionate advocate for the arts, she has served on multiple boards, juried for the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Ohio Excellence in the Visual Arts Awards, and curated a number of exhibitions in Columbus, Ohio.


Stephanie Pfendler

Stephanie Pfendler

Executive Assistant
spfendler@iac.in.gov
(317) 450-6717

Stephanie assists with day-to-day operations, provides information to the public, and organizes meetings and special events for the agency. She has a Bachelor’s degree in arts history from Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI.

Chapin Schnick

Contracts, Operations, and Information Technology Assistant
cschnick@iac.in.gov
(317) 619-9306

Chapin assists with data and asset management; project costing and federal draw billing; grant payments and accounting; and technology for the agency. She was introduced to the IAC as an award-winning, veteran K-12 art educator of 10 years, when she was chosen as the inaugural InstaGrantee at the first Indiana Arts Homecoming in 2017.

She has a BA in Art Education, BFA in Ceramics, and minor in Art History, from Purdue University; a Master’s degree in Arts Education from the Maryland Institute College of Art; and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from SPEA at IUPUI.