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. She spent six of the last 10 years working in New York City for Keeling & Associates, LLC a higher education consulting firm. Cherington is married to a 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. Her professional background is in administrative support of constituent services and donor relations. She moved to the Greenville area in the fall of 2014 in order to engage in the many artistic opportunities, local natural attractions, and cultural events the Upstate has to offer. Marlowe aspires to have a pottery studio in the future, but for now, she is excited to work with the people of Greenville to further enhance visual arts education and appreciation.



Staff Photography by The Needed Image