Arts Center Staff

Maureen Joyce is the Executive Director of the Hammond Regional Arts Center. Joyce's diverse career in the arts ranges from teaching art history at Louisiana State University and Baton Rouge Community College to owning her own restaurant, MJ's Cafe, which regularly featured original art and local musicians along with a farm to table, vegetarian menu in Baton Rouge. She also served as the Marketing Director of the Greater Baton Rouge Arts Council from 2008-2011. Upon selling her restaurant in the summer of 2017, Joyce returned her attention more directly to her own artwork. She brings her many years of teaching art history, her marketing and entrepreneurial skills and most importantly, her genuine passion for the arts to the Hammond Regional Arts Center. 

Tara Bennett is the Media Coordinator for the Hammond Regional Arts Center. A graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Ms. Bennett has worked extensively in the theatre department as an actor, makeup designer, and publicist. In 2012, she obtained her Master's degree in Organizational Communication, focusing on news media and social media. Since accepting her position in April 2014, Ms. Bennett has applied her extensive education to the application of modern technologies to increase the HRAC presence in print, radio, and online media. In her spare time, Ms. Bennett is an involved member of the Hammond arts community as an active alum of Southeastern's chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, serving on the board for the Hammond Horror Festival, and dancing as a member of La LA Tribal Belly Dance.

Board of Directors

Lacy Landrum (Board President)
Lacy Landrum grew up in windy west Texas, graduated from Texas Tech University, and then left Lubbock to pursue a Ph.D. in Technical Communication at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. During that pursuit, she began writing grants for nonprofits, taught classes and coordinated a statewide fire safety program for people with disabilities. She moved to Hammond shortly after Katrina, finally found home, and began working for the City as a grants writer. She was promoted to Director of Administration in September of 2014, has served with two mayors, and absolutely loves helping to run the city. When she moved to Hammond, she rented an apartment next door to the Hammond Regional Arts Center and promptly began volunteering and writing grants for the center. She is honored to serve on the Board and to promote the value of arts throughout the region.
 
Brandon Mulina (Board Vice President)

Brandon Mulina has been involved with Hammond Regional Arts Center since 2006 and joined the board in 2016. Brandon is the Customer Service Mananger for Dixie RV Superstores. He also volunteers as an adviser for Theta Chi Fraternity at Southeastern. He loves to share what the Arts Center has to offer the community and is working to expand the platforms of art offered even further with music, theatre and dance.

 

 
Phillip Colwart (Board Secretary) Phillip Colwart is a professional photographer with a broadcasting background who grew up in New Orleans, and has lived in Hammond, LA since 1986. Colwart spent fourteen years as audio visual producer for Neill Corporation, where his talent for photography was developed. He opened his studio in 2003, became a Certified Professional Photographer in 2007 and received his Craftsman of Photography degree in 2013.  He contributes photography to the Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation, Junior Auxiliary of Hammond, Crimestoppers of Tangipahoa/St. Helena, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep and other worthy causes. Colwart is a member of the Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographers of Louisiana, Greater New Orleans Professional Photographers Guild, Hammond, LA Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as board secretary of the Board of Directors of the Hammond Regional Arts Center.
 
Alvon Brumfield (Board Treasurer) was born in Hammond LA. His first home was with an Aunt that lived between Robert LA and Ponchatoula LA. At a young age he was a world traveler, frequently living in other countries. Always returning to Tangipahoa parish, between adventures and for summers with relatives. After graduating from Amite High School he embarked on adventures as an adult. First as a US Marine, then other branches of the military, adding two more continents and many countries to his list of cultural experiences. Often attending college classes wherever his adventures took him, collecting degrees and certifications in engineering and electronics. After leaving the military he worked for hi-tech companies like Intuit (Quicken/Quickbooks). He worked several years at Apple Computer as a Genius, that was his actual job title.In 1995 a friend took him to a Renaissance Festival. He immediately said this is awesome! I want one of these in Louisiana. After five years of preparation he and one other business partner opened the Louisiana Renaissance Festival. The year 2014 marks its 15th year in business. The Ren-Fest brings in approximately 600 people to produce one of the most artistic and eclectic events in Louisiana, making it one of the most entertaining festivals in the US (One of the Top 100, according to Travel Magazine).  In 2002 Alvon grew even stronger roots in our community, by marrying Amy Dawson a graduate from Hammond High.  And, raising their three children right here near the crossroads of I-55 and I-12.  

Pat Macaluso is an artist who was born in Kansas in 1948, and raised in Oklahoma and Kansas until 1963.  She spent her high school years in Alabama and Louisiana.  After graduating from Southeastern Louisiana College in 1970, she lived and worked in public relations in New Orleans, LA until 1974, when she returned to Hammond to marry attorney Ron S. Macaluso and raise their four children.   Since then she has been active in the community in the arts and other organizations including Hammond Garden Club, Friends of the Library, Tangi Food Pantry, Holy Ghost Catholic School Board, SLU Alumni Board and many others. Macaluso was a charter board member of the Hammond Cultural Foundation, which later was renamed the Hammond Regional Arts Center.  She has served on the HRAC Board for several terms serving on the Executive Committee many times.  
 
For the past seven years, Pat has owned and operated The Oak Street Gallery presenting exhibitions of local and regional arts. The Oak Street Gallery has been a corporate sponsor of the HRAC for several years. Macaluso’s career as an artist has included participation in many national, regional and local invitational and juried shows with prizes and awards for her work. She continues to create work and exhibit throughout the US. Pat serves the HRAC Board by participating in First Friday Art Walks, serving on the Gallery Committee, Culinary Arts, and the Literary Fest Committee. www.patmacaluso.com

Denise Tullier-Holly is an accomplished artist and award-winning arts educator. Ms. Tullier-Holly is a longtime member of the HRAC and a critical element to our community educator outreach. Ms. Tullier-Holly is one of only two lifetime members of the HRAC Board of Directors.






Dana Goblowsky, as a former educator is passionate about providing access to art for children in the greater Hammond area. She believes art and art education are critical parts of an individual’s well-being and a community’s growth and development. Ms. Goblowsky is a life-long resident of Hammond. She is the proud mother of a daughter who lives and works in Texas.

 
 

Mia Lake Marshall is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University with a BA in Visual Arts focused on Painting and a Certification in Art Education. She is a retired Art instructor from Tangipahoa Parish School System.  Ms. Marshall has been married for 26 years to Lemar F. Marshall.  She has two sons, Aaron and Ellis and a daughter in law, Josiane. A lifelong advocate of the arts, Ms. Marshall continues to teach private lessons, volunteer, exhibit and paint under the watchful eye of her big, red Labrador, Clifford.
 
 
 

Barry Bradford grew up in Birmingham, Alabama.  He moved to New Orleans in 1985 and got his Library and Information Science degree from LSU.  He has worked at the New Orleans and Chattanooga public libraries, and moved to Hammond in 2008 to be the Director of the Tangipahoa Parish Library, the position he currently holds.  Barry is a playwright and three time winner of the Southern Playwrights Competition.  He and his wife Becki work with Wing and a Prayer Players at First United Methodist Church in Hammond and produce a musical every summer.  Barry is new to the Board of HRAC and is looking forward to being actively involved with the organization’s many projects.
 
 
Shayla Kelly
Shayla M. Kelly is a native of Hammond, LA. She graduated from The Art Institute of California San Francisco with a B.S. in Media Arts and Animation. Along with being a freelance artist she has worked for several small indie game studios. With a passion for creating children's educational content and art education, she decided to further her knowledge with earning her M.A. in Art Education from Boston University. Shayla is also a member of the Art Education Committee, teaches private art lessons, volunteers teaching art, and is an advocate for the arts.
 
 
Hayley Taff
Hayley Fellows Taff is a certified Health & Life Coach and owns Front Porch Coaching. Hayley holds a bachelor's of accountancy from the University of Mississippi and a master's of business administration from Southeastern Louisiana University. 
Hayley is a member of the Hammond Regional Art Center Board of Directors, the Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation Gala Board, and the Krewe of Omega, reigning as Queen Omega XXX in 2016. She is a mentor for the Young Entrepreneur’s Academy and a volunteer for the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow. Hayley serves as Board Member and Small Business Committee Chair for the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce.
 
Jordan Kenning
Jordan Kenning is a Studio Art and Art History Educator from Lockport, LA. From a very young age, he was heavily influenced by his mother Allison Comardelle Kenning’s extensive music teaching legacy as well as the painting and sculpting expertise of his Grandmother Lourie Breaux, who was a student of Henry Hensche. Jordan is one of the early graduates from Southeastern’s Art History, Theory, and Criticism concentration launched by the illustrious Dr. Irene Nero. He began studying the relationships between art, architecture, and automotive design while traveling throughout Europe and especially while in Germany; these relationships continue to be a main intellectual interest. Currently, Jordan teaches Art I-IV & Fine Art Survey and is the Visual Art Society sponsor at Loranger High School. If he’s not hiking or kayaking, Jordan loves to explore the Northshore with his wife (also named Jordan) and their son, Atticus.
 
Jim Creel
Originally from Baton Rouge, attending Northeast University before joining the Marines.  Returning home, attended LSU for the next four years with a major in Computer Science and minor in Law Enforcement.  Worked as programmer analyst until moving to Tangipahoa parish where in 1980 joined The sheriffs office.  In 1996 after a brief acting career, opened Cherokee Lock works in Hammond.

It wasn't until 2009 that I pulled an old lathe out of the cobwebs and dust and started to turn a few bowls and functional items to go along with my woodcarving.  Then the bug bit deep and after retiring became fully immersed with every concept of turning.  Going through the gambit of every phase of turning, bowls, pens, hollow vessels, piercing and carving, I saw my interest headed more to the artistic side of turning.  By 2012 I was a full time turned wood artist.  Within the next two years, I had been the featured 3D artist in several galleries, and made the back cover of the American Woodturner magazine December 2014 issue, demonstrated at the SWAT Symposium, and assisted at John C. Campbell folk school teaching finial turning.  Feeling the need to  share my turning skills, I began traveling around the southeast giving demos and workshops at numerous clubs and organizations. Continuing toward the artistic side of turning, I use many things to enhance my creations.  From metallic paints and patinas, to carving, to copper leaves and wire, all blend together to express my art form. Married to wife Susan, who is a retired R.N., have two children and five grandchildren, we currently reside in Hammond.

 
Pamela Bankston
Pamela Cali Bankston became acquainted with the Hammond Regional Arts Center by participating in their annual “Celebration of the Written Word” and through attending events with her husband, local architect and previous board member, Chris Bankston. A writer in the community, Pam is the author of the Frizzy Frieda Books, a series of middle-grade children’s novels that use humor to cope with fitting-in at school.  Along with practicing as a Registered Nurse, certified in Pediatrics, she also writes a weekly social column titled #OhMyHammond for “The Daily Star Newspaper.” A native of Hammond and mom to Holy Ghost Student, Brennan, what Pam most loves about the HRAC is their wide support of the various forms of art.  Pam enjoys both attending and participating in the center’s many unique events held throughout the year and, of course, writing all about them! 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2974
Hammond, LA 70404

Gallery / Office / Gift Shop Address:
217 E. Thomas Street
Hammond, LA 70401

Phone:
985.542.7113

Fax:
985.277.5520

Email:
info@hammondarts.org

Gallery / Office Hours:
Wednesday through Friday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday through Sunday closed

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