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Executive Director

Dianna began volunteering at the Art Center in 2009, shortly after she moved back to Corpus Christi. In the 30 years prior, she had opportunities to work in revered art institutions such as the Dallas Museum of Art, Gloria Luria Gallery (Miami), Sotheby’s (New York and London), and Sotheby’s affiliate Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate (Bedford Village, NY).  Dianna was selected as Executive Director for the Art Center in 2011. She immediately focused on invigorating programs and building a team of professionals who are equally devoted to the creative community.

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Administrative Manager

Sheila Froelich Gritte was born and raised primarily in West Texas, relocating to Corpus Christi, Texas in 1990. The first indication that she would one day become an artist was at the age of five, when she dropped out of kindergarten over artistic differences with the teacher regarding the proper color to use for grapes. She would later continue her arts education by completing an Associates degree in Art Education from Del Mar College in 2005, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi in 2007, and a Master of Arts, with a focus in printmaking, from Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi in 2010. She was an active volunteer of the Art Center of Corpus Christi for many years prior to becoming the Administrative Manager in 2019. 



Exhibits Coordinator

Joanna was born in Germany and grew up in different areas of Texas and Oklahoma before moving to Corpus Christi in 2005. She completed her high school education at Moody High School and stayed in CC to attend university. She has degrees in Biomedical Science, BS, and Secondary Education, MS, from TAMU-CC. Out of college, Joanna worked in medical aesthetics for nearly 8 years. From there, she pivoted to non-profit work in 2020 and during the pandemic she started a small business, Pickled by Pitman.  Joanna has 2 fur babies: Molly (dog) and Gus Gus (cat) and many fin babies at home. As hobbies she enjoys cooking, creating & photography.  She loves exploring, discovering, learning, science, and watching the Harry Potter films on repeat.



Rental Coordinator

Olivia is a Corpus Christi native and active member of its thriving art community since 2015. In her free time, she loves to support the music scene, dance, and advance her learning in marketing! Participating in many photoshoots, fashion shows, festivals, music videos, and public events, has earned her a name and countless experiences in executing a successful production.

Olivia is our new Rental Coordinator. She Manages Renting out the Art Center for Private and Public events! Want to throw an event here? Get with Olivia! Schedule your tour with her today.

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Education Coordinator

Alex, a native of Corpus Christi, has been deeply ingrained in the local art community for over 15 years. Prior to joining the Art Center, she served as the Curatorial Assistant at The Art Museum of South Texas, where her responsibilities spanned across exhibitions, education, and marketing initiatives. In addition to her role at the Art Center, Alex is a dedicated potter and performing artist. She is the proud owner of Moonstone’d Pottery, a business she established in 2016. Beyond pottery, Alex is actively involved in her family's theatre, The Aurora Arts Theatre, where she both works and performs. When she's not immersed in the arts, Alex enjoys spending quality time with her fur babies and loved ones. You can often find her pursuing her hobbies, whether it's capturing moments through photography, nurturing her garden, or delving into a good book.



Community Relations

Chloe was born in Arlington, TX, but grew up in the Bay Area of Northern California. She returned to Texas to attend Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi receiving her B.F.A in December of 2022. Chloe is an “out of practice” artist…. having had a residency at the New York Academy of Art and a wonderful internship at The Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum in Solsberry, Indiana. Chloe has always been intrigued by the tight-knit community artists create and is passionate about creating outreach opportunities so EVERYONE can get involved with ART!  Chloe also coordinates our weekly Artisan Market.




Born and raised in Kansas, Erin moved to Corpus Christi in 2014 with her now husband after graduating with a Business Finance & Marketing degree from Washburn University.  To help a friend, she worked as an art camp assistant at the Art Center in the summer of 2015.  By the end of it, Dianna asked her to stay on as an employee and 8 years later the rest is history!  She has gone from exhibits manager, to office manager, to bookkeeper and does a little bit of everything.  Unfortunately, she clicked her heels and went back to Kansas in July of 2021 to raise her growing family where she continues to work for the Art Center remotely. 



Facility Manager

Brian was born in Frankfurt, Germany but raised in Refugio, TX.  This now Corpus Christian started working at the Art Center in 2015 helping with special events.  In December of 2021 he became our Facility Manager.  When Brian isn't keeping the Art Center looking beautiful or hanging artwork, he loves fishing, gardening and taking care of his cats.  

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Clay Studio Tech

Adam is an explorer of the human condition, using the arts to delve into what defines us and how we can evolve collectively. He reignited his passion for ceramics in 2016 at The Art Center of Corpus Christi, following an elective course at Del Mar College in 2012. Adam gained valuable experience and knowledge working with local artist William Wilhelmi, which led to opportunities at The Art Museum of South Texas. Graduating with a BFA in 2023 after returning to TAMUCC in 2020, Adam now co-manages a ceramics business with his partner, specializing in utilitarian wares sold at art fairs and local markets. As a wheel throwing instructor at The Art Center of Corpus Christi, Adam has found his niche, sharing his passion for ceramics and finding fulfillment in teaching others.

2024 board of governors

Dr. Anne Matula, Chair

Helen Vela, Treasurer

Liz Dumas-McMullan, Secretary

Dr. Larry Lee, Parliamentarian

Sierra Bonilla (Member Elected)

Phil Stapleton (Member Elected)

Laura Orchard (Member Elected)

Mark Brodeur

Ramon Ramos III

Pat Eldridge

Dr. Jose M. Gomez

Connie Burns

Charles A. Durham

Elana Rodriguez


Thank you to all Board members, both past and present!

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