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Kim Soerensen is an advocate of the arts and an entrepreneur, who has been featured in publications including the New York Times and Oprah Magazine.
With an extensive career in design and global business, Kim evolved locally to be a dedicated advocate for Central Virginia’s creative community. She has served on the board of the James River Council for the Arts, is currently part of the City of Lynchburg Arts & Cultural Board and a panel advisor for the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
While leading Riverviews Artspace, in 2016 Kim has also collaborated on other projects by spearheading Cultivate Amherst and guiding the Bower Center for the Arts in Bedford, VA into an Arts and Cultural Center.
In 2017, Kim was nominated for the “50 for 50 Arts inspiration Award”, celebrating 50 years of the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
In her free time, Kim loves to travel with her family, explore new cultures and foods, host friends from around the world or garden at home, accompanied by her two cats and a dog. You can also see her riding around town on her Vespa as a member of the local Scooter Club.
Brooke Marcy has an A.B. in Studio Art from Hamilton College, a post-baccalaureate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a MFA in painting from George Mason University. She has worked for the Museum of Modern Art and Art Capital Group in New York City. She taught Studio Art at George Mason University and currently teaches at Randolph College. In addition to being the curator of Riverviews, she is also the Visiting Curator of the Legacy Museum, and the curator of the Art to the People project.
Her own realism paintings have been exhibited in Richmond, Boston, Washington, D.C.; New York City; and Szechuan, China; and are in various private collections in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Boston, and New York City.
EXHIBITIONS & PROGRAMS MANAGER
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Meg Weston started working at Riverviews on the weekends while completing her BFA in Studio Art at Randolph College. After a brief stint of working at a museum in Lexington, VA, she returned as Riverviews' Exhibition and Program Manager in 2016. From overseeing the contemporary art exhibitions in the main gallery and working with exhibiting artists and curator from start to finish to planning out annual programming and partnering with other local arts organizations to bring the community together, Meg does a little bit of everything.
Also a visual artist, Meg enjoys combining traditional drawing media and more abstract watercolor painting. When not living behind her computer at work, she enjoys taking selfies with her cat, Chaz, and husband, Logan, both of whom do not like selfies, angsty punk-rock music, quoting Star Wars, and playing video games.
EDUCATION & MEDIA MANAGER
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Stephen Kissel came to Lynchburg to complete his BFA in Graphic Design at Lynchburg College and has spent the last 10 years living and working in the community. Previously, he worked as a designer in product development for brands such as WoodWick® candles. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the James River Council for the Arts and Humanities.
Stephen currently works as an illustrator on a variety of projects. When not making things, he might be found passionately consuming movies and animation, browsing various antique shops, baking for friends, or lounging with his energetic cat, Lucy.
Tom Bentson first fell in love with the City of Lynchburg as a student at Lynchburg College, where he earned a B.A. in Communications Studies. He spent several years working in the Washington D.C. area, prior to moving back to Lynchburg in 2007. Tom brings over 13 years of non-profit development experience to Riverviews. Previously, he worked in marketing for PBS Distribution and as the Director of Annual Giving for the University of Lynchburg. As Development Director, Tom works to create development and communication strategies that support the RVAS mission and strategic plan.
Tom lives in the city with his wife, Anna, their two dogs, Scout & Grace, and their cat, Maybel. He loves spending time with friends, enjoys a good pick-up basketball game, trips to the Blue Ridge parkway, watching old movies, sketching, and is an avid vinyl collector.
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Victoria Towns has a B.A. in Studio Art with an emphasis in Painting and Extended Media from Mary Baldwin. She moved to Lynchburg in 2014 and began an Arts Administration internship at Riverviews Artspace. She later became the Gallery Sitter, and now also organizes the Emerging Artist Series, and facilitates the Art to the People project.
Victoria is also a founding board member of the local theater group, Rogue Productions. She is an artist herself who abstracts the world she lives in which is filled with as much travel as she can hope for, many board games with friends, pop culture references, puns, and new discoveries about life through the journey of motherhood.
GALLERY ASSISTANT & EMERGING ARTIST SERIES COORDINATOR
Genette Dahlby has grown up in the arts; dance, puppetry, theatre and storytelling. Moving to Lynchburg in 2007 for her schooling, she has grown to love and enjoy being apart of the community. She currently loves to express herself through dance and has been participating and now owns Lynchburg Salsa.
“In owning a business you realize the importance of supporting local and that’s what I hope to continue to do as the new Hospitality Manager for Riverviews Artspace.”