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Christine Olivier – Executive Director

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Christine Olivier assumed the position as Executive Director in January, 2018 after serving as the organization's Program Director since 2015.*

Prior to joining GARNER, Olivier served as the Director of Programming for the Institute for Arts & Culture at Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania where she was responsible for the programming and operations of 60-80 events per year across three venues while overseeing extensive re-branding and strategic planning initiatives. While at Mercyhurst University, Olivier presented at Arts Reach Conference in Toronto & New York City on the subject of millenials and their interaction with the arts, served on multiple granting panels for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, curated a panel discussion for the “Girls World” expo on the subject of women in the creative workforce and contributed as a member of the Erie Community Foundation’s Arts & Culture Vital Signs Committee formed to oversee data collection and reporting goals for artistic and cultural vitality within the Erie region. Olivier was named one of the “Top 40 under 40 Leaders Changing the Face of Erie”. Olivier graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. in Theatre Arts Management and prior to joining GARNER Arts Center has worked for Steppenwolf Theatre, American Theatre Company & Spoleto Festival USA.

*Olivier was hired as Program Director thanks to a Workforce Development Grant made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Melissa Mower-Yannuzzi – Programs & Operations Associate

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Melissa Mower-Yannuzzi received a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from SUNY New Paltz in 2003. She worked as Gallery Assistant at GARNER Arts Center since 2008 before moving into her current position as Programs & Operations Associate in 2017.  Melissa also works at Blue Hill Art & Cultural Center, in Pearl River, installing exhibitions.

Jonathan Shorr – Curator-at-Large

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Jonathan Shorr is recognized internationally as a leading curator, gallerist and cultural anthropologist. Jonathan Shorr Art Consultants advises cultural institutions, nonprofit organizations, companies and individuals on Contemporary, Modern, and Performance Art.