Our Team

Cherington Love Shucker
Executive Director

Cherington is a native of Greenville and recently returned to the area after living in Asia and New York City. She achieved a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Communications from Samford University. After graduate school, Cherington was selected to be a Henry Luce Scholar in Guangzhou, China. After traveling in Asia, she spent a decade working in New York City with Eagle Capital Management, LLC, an asset management firm founded by Ravenel and Beth Curry and then, Keeling & Associates, LLC a higher education consulting firm. Cherington is married to ceramic artist, Darin R. Gehrke and they have one daughter.



Liz Rundorff Smith
Art School Director

Liz received a BA in Studio Art from the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH in 2000. She studied abroad at The Marchutz School of Painting in Aix en Provence, France in 1998 and The British Institute of Florence in Florence, Italy in 2004. From 2000 to 2003 she served as Program Director of the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts in New Castle, PA where she developed and organized exhibitions and educational programming. In December of 2005, she received an MFA in Painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Liz moved to Greenville in 2006 to serve as Program Director for the Artisphere arts festival until July of 2016.  During Liz’s tenure with Artisphere the festival gained national recognition and top industry rankings. Liz continues to exhibit her work in solo and group exhibitions. She lives in Travelers Rest with her husband Brad and daughters Piper and Tessa.  



Marlowe S. Whitaker
Operations Manager

Marlowe is a graduate of Newberry College with a BA in Studio Art. She completed a work-study at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and worked for the Governor's Office of Ombudsman. In 2014 Marlowe moved to Greenville and worked as an Administrative Assistant for the GHS Office of Philanthropy & Partnership. Her professional background is in administrative support of constituent services and donor relations. Marlowe is a practicing amateur potter focusing on utilitarian pottery.



Julie Hamer

Julie graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2017 with an MFA in Art Studio accompanied by a Graduate level certificate in Museum Management Studies. She served as a Graduate Assistant at the McKissick Museum at USC during her studies. After graduate school, she worked for Carolina Conservation and as a Curator and Museum Manager in Barnwell, SC. She is a member of the Professional Development Committee for the South Carolina Federation of Museums.  Julie is new to the Greenville area and actively creates precious metal clay jewelry and other 3D artworks. She also enjoys participating in art shows around the east coast such as ArtFields. Julie is delighted to be working as the Coordinator and is dedicated to meeting the mission of the Art Center through the Annual Fund and Membership.


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Marta Lanier
Exhibitions Coordinator

Marta Lanier received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Education from Emory University. A passion for the arts has since led Marta to work with a number of arts organizations including Emory University's Youth Symphony and the Art Department of Furman University where she currently serves as Art Program Specialist. As the Art Program Specialist Marta is responsible for organizing and implementing exhibitions for the Roe Art Building Thompson Gallery. She also works as student liaison and head of all Art Department events and student activities. In addition to her role with Furman University, Marta serves as Exhibition Coordinator for Greenville Center for Creative Arts and is responsible for overseeing coordination of Main Gallery exhibitions, from artist communication and scheduling to exhibition design and install. Marta will complete a Masters in Business Administration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Clemson University in August of 2018. 


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Ben Tarcson
Gallery Attendant & Marketing Assistant

Ben graduated from Allegheny College with a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Painting and a minor in History, While at Allegheny College, he worked as a Gallery Assistant/Attendant for the college's Bowman-Penelac-Megahan art gallery where he assisted exhibiting artists and the Director & Curator with installations of exhibits and other art-related events. Ben is also a practicing artist in the Greenville area, working mainly in large acrylic paintings and installations. He has recently moved to the Greenville area and is excited to become a contributing member of the art community.