The Clinton Arts Center Staff

Learn more about the Clinton Arts Center, the staff, board of directors, and much more.

Ruth Knoll


Ruth is a resident of Clinton, Michigan and the Founder of the Clinton Arts Center.  Ruth has 30 years experience working on large collaborative community based projects. With a keen knowledge of technology, and an expertise in 501(c)3 start-ups, Ruth’s experience serves the Clinton Arts Center and the greater community through her passion for economic development throughout the village.

Nancy Grott

Executive Director

Experienced in business start-ups, Nancy has owned her own company as well as coached and mentored hundreds of company employees and business owners during her 25 years in business. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

“The best part of managing day to day operations is working on a project that assists in the economic development of Clinton, Michigan as well as create a vibrant place for creative endeavors”

Jane White


Jane’s expertise is in ceramics education and studio management, she has taught and worked in a variety of studios for the past 30 years. She manages the day-to-day ceramics studio operations and facility management for the Clinton Arts Center. She holds a BFA from Eastern Michigan University and a MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has taught at Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, The Center for Creative Studies, The Ann Arbor Potters Guild, and Pewabic Pottery. She has manager experience from Ceramic Studio Lab Demonstrator for the University of Michigan and Kilnroom Manager, Fabrication Director, Adult Education Studio Manager at Pewabic Pottery.

Grant Recipient: Michigan Individual Artist Grant

“The Ceramics Studio at the Clinton Arts Center offers beginners to experienced potters a full service experience with fast kiln turnaround and a vibrant ceramic community”

Kristine Haddox

Glass & Metals

Renaissance Woman

Kristine manages the Clinton Arts Center Glass and Metals Studios. Kristine is a metalsmith, sculptor, glass, ceramics, 2D and textile artist.  She also loves languages and gardening. She holds a BFA from the University of North Texas and a MFA from Texas A & M University-Commerce. She has taught at Texas Women’s University, Collin County Community College, Paris Junior College, all in Texas, and the Ann Arbor Art Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Kristine is an award-winning artist whose work is in several private collections.

“If you can dream it, I can assist you in how to make it” 

Susan Amstutz

Two Dimensional Arts

Exhibitions & Special Events

Susan holds a dual degree in Scientific Illustration & Painting & Drawing from the University of Michigan, with a minor degree in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphic designer and educator for over 20 years, and was the owner of Black Door Gallery, in Tecumseh, MI. Susan taught in the Visual Arts and Technology, Graphic Design Department, at Washtenaw Community College.  She also taught at Ann Arbor Art Center and from her studio located in the Carnegie Library, in Tecumseh, MI.  Classes taught by Susan include basic/advanced painting, drawing, graphic design, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Her artwork can be found in private and corporate collections across the United States.

“The visual arts are a way to express yourself where words won’t do”

Emily Lopresto

Mold Maker

Emily is the Mold Maker for the Clinton Arts Center. Before becoming the Mold Maker for the Clinton Art Center, Emily has held a number of different jobs in the field of ceramics.  She has worked as a studio manager and instructor of ceramic programs at several art centers in Michigan and as an assistant in two separate artists’ studio. Emily received her BFA in Crafts with a focus on Ceramics, a minor in Jewelry Metals and a Business Concentration from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Emily is also a working artist with her own studio where she creates functional slip cast wares. Emily’s experience includes work in all forms of ceramics, mold making with plaster and rubber, jewelry metals, loom woven works, 3D modeling in Rhinoceros software and amateur woodworking.

Barry-Alan MacRae

IT Manager

Web Designer / Developer

Barry-Alan MacRae is the lead IT Manager at the Clinton Arts Center. Barry-Alan has graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science.

Tricia Crawford


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