Arts Administration Faculty & Staff
Associate Professor of Art & Art History
Director of Arts Administration Program
Rebecca Miller is an Associate Professor of Art & Art History and the Coordinator of the Photography Program. Prior to teaching at Drury, Rebecca was a Visiting Lecturer of photography and drawing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. She moved to Springfield in 2000 and currently teaches all levels of silver based photography, alternative photographic processes, digital photography, commercial photography and the history of photography. In addition to teaching in the art and art history department, Rebecca has taught several semesters in the general studies program.
Rebecca’s mixed media photographic works range in concept from abuses of power and civil debate, especially in regards to the natural environment and American politics. She is also interested in architectural photography and has done a number of extensive documentary series of construction and demolition projects on Drury’s campus including the Pool Art Center, Tindle Mills and the O’Reilly Family Event Center.
B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute, 1993
M.F.A., Florida State University, 1998
Drury University faculty member since 2003
Associate Professor since 2009
Sara R. Leonard
Sara R. Leonard is an arts management consultant and researcher specializing in audience development, strategic planning, emerging leader development, and team building. Her experience includes more than a decade in nonprofit administration, including her most recent position as Manager of Concert Programming, Production, and Publicity at Amherst College. Current clients include Missouri Contemporary Ballet and the Delaware Valley Opera Company.
To complement her consulting with nonprofit arts organizations, Sara presented a paper entitled, “Creating Identity, Creating Community: Using Technology to Build Vital Organization-Based Audience Communities for the Performing Arts” at the International Conference on Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts, and co-led a roundtable discussion, “How to Create Communities: 4 Keys to Developing Loyal and Engaged Audiences,” with Steppenwolf Theatre at the National Arts Marketing Project Conference, both in fall 2013. She has twice been an invited blogger for the National Arts Marketing Project Blog Salon.
In addition to her independent work, Sara collaborates on arts and cultural sector research with MBK Analytics, LLC. Her team is current recipient of a contract from the National Endowment for the Arts under which they are analyzing and writing a report on arts data from the General Social Survey, with emphasis on the motivations and barriers that impact arts attendance.
Sara finds opportunities for teaching to be among her favorite and most rewarding work, and is thrilled to work with Drury’s arts administration students. She also serves as a guest lecturer and adjunct thesis advisor for Goucher College’s MA in Arts Administration program, and will be an adjunct instructor at Westminster College (Fulton, MO) in Fall 2014.
Sara holds a BA in Theatre from Davidson College, and an MA in Arts Administration Goucher College, where she was 2012 recipient of the Jean Wilhelm Award for best graduate thesis paper for her community-generating approach to audience development for nonprofit theatre.
B.A., Davidson College, 2003
M.A., Goucher College, 2012
Scott Giffen, CFRE
Scott Giffen currently serves as the Vice President of Development for Greenville College in Illionois. He also is a senior consultant for Robert Swaney Consulting, Inc; providing national fundraising counsel and assessment services and creating and implement strategic fundraising and sponsorship marketing initiatives. As a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Scott offers full-scale training for development officers, management executives and board members to maximize their fundraising potential
Previously, he served as the Executive Vice-President at the Creamery Arts Center. In this role, Scott led an innovative, multi-year collaborative endowment campaign in partnership with the Springfield Regional Arts Council, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Ballet, Springfield Little Theatre at the Landers, SRO Lyric Theatre and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative.
He earned his degree in business with emphases in arts management and finance and vocal performance from Greenville College, where he was recently awarded Outstanding Young Alumnus. Scott also completed a masters-level intensive through New York University’s Visual and Performing Arts Administration program in Holland, Germany & Spain.
B.S., Business Management, Greenville College
Emilia Carlson is a licensed attorney in Missouri. She received her J.D. from the University of Kansas, and her Bachelor's in Speech from Northwestern University. She earned a graduate degree in Arts Management from the University of Florence, Italy. While in Italy, she worked for the Spoleto Festival, and as an on-camera host for an arts and culture program. Other arts-related positions include The Kennedy Center's Festival of China, and touring as Kate in The Taming if the Shrew with The National Players.
Iván Garnica is from Kansas City, MO. He obtained his Associates degree from Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City and transferred to Drury to finish his Bachelor's in Arts Administration and Art History.
During his time at Drury, he had a six-month internship with Sculpture Walk Springfield, a newly created nonprofit focused on the rejuvenation of parks and public art in Springfield. Iván was the communications intern and was in charge of creating a website featuring all the photography he took of the art along with a page dedicated to donations. Iván also created a database of all the public art in Springfield with artist names and locations.
Once graduated in May, he took the graduate assistant position for the Arts Admin and the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship in order to finish his Master's in Communication with an emphasis in Nonprofits. Iván is the Drury on C Street gallery manager and will be helping the practicum class for the next two years.
Hannah Beckmann is from St. Louis, MO and came to Drury in the Fall of 2014. She is currently a sophomore and is studying arts administration and theatre. She worked as the Arts Administration Office Assistant over the past year and has once again taken the position for the upcoming academic year.