DIANNA BLUNTZER SHERMAN
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.
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.
SINDI ALVARADO SCHMITT
Sindi has been wrangling the Education department at the Art Center since March of 2014. She handles all aspects of our art classes & summer art camps, not to mention she is the magic behind our incredible Family Art Time. Sindi also does our Artisan Market and social media.
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.
ERIN L I C H T E R
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 7 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 where she has continued to work for the Art Center remotely.
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.
2022 board of governors
Dr. Larry Lee, Chair
Dr. Anne Matula, Incoming Chair
Connie Burns, Treasurer
Ramon Ramos III, Secretary
Kim Schmid, Immediate Past Chair
Dr. Jose M. Gomez
Liz Dumas-McMullan (Member Elected)
Meghan Saunders (Member Elected)
Phil Stapleton (Member Elected)
Susan Trujillo (Member Elected)
Thank you to all Board members, both past and present!