Emerging Arts Administrators Fellowship

The NCAA Fellowship includes a one-year membership in NCAA and a waiver of the NCAA conference registration fees. In addition, NCAA Fellows are matched with a seasoned NCAA member who serves as a mentor before and at the conference. Candidates for the fellowship are nominated by another arts administrator and have an endorsement from an administrator at their home institution.

2019-20 NCAA Fellows: 

Dana Clancyis an artist and the Director of Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Visual Arts. Clancy has taught at BU SVA for almost 20 years and is Associate Professor of Art in Painting.She is represented by Alpha Gallery in Boston and has also had solo shows at the Danforth Museum of Art, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Babson College, Laconia Gallery, Harvard University Medical School, Boston University and other venues. 

She has been included in group exhibitions nationally and internationally in Florence and Como, Italy. Related to particular projects and exhibitions, Clancy has been the recipient of a St. Botolph Club Foundation Award, a grant from the Artists Resource Trust, and a Tinkertank residency at Threewalls gallery in Chicago. She has been artist in residence at Camac Centre d’Art in France, in part supported by Fondation Tenot as well as having done a Vermont Studio Center residency supported by a Clowes Award. She is featured in the book 100 Boston Paintersand has been included several times in New American Paintings Northeast Edition.

Dana Clancy - DirectorSchool of Visual Arts, Boston University is being mentored by Marie Bukowski -Kent State University.

Robert A. “Rob” Lopezis a designer and educator with experience in a wide range of 2D and 3D design. He is an Associate Professor of Design and currently serves as the Interim Director of the School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is also the co-founder of Deft Lunch, a small design team based in Carbondale. He received his BFA and MFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign (UIUC).

His most recent creative work includes: incorporating VR technology into the product development process, concept development as a design consultant for Boom Design, and research and design development for a book project titled: “Diseñemos Latino/Hispanic Industrial Designers in the United States”. Rob also serves as Design Director for a range client-based projects as part of his Collaborative Design Studio course. This course, run through the Design Program’s Design Research Studio, brings together students from the Communication Design and Industrial Design specializations.  Clients include Emerson Tool Company, St. Louis, MO; Elan Polo International, St. Louis, MO; Harman International, St. Louis, MO; School Outfitters, Cincinnati, OH; Symrise Inc., Teterboro, NJ.

Previous to his appointment at SIU, he was an Assistant Professor of 3D Design at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne, a Visiting Assistant Professor for the Industrial Design Department at UIUC, and an adjunct faculty member for the Graphic Design and Narrative Media Departments at UIUC

Rob Lopez- Interim Director School of Arts & Design - Southern Illinois University, Carbondale IL is being mentored by Michael Henderson - Sam Houston State University.

Christopher McNultyis a visual artist who creates sculptural objects, video, and works on paper. His work has explored the limitations of human thought and performance, and the tensions that exist between our ideals and everyday lives. His current work explores how environmental space penetrates the body, creating relationships among individuals, species, and objects. 

He has exhibited work in galleries and museums throughout the U.S., including the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Rochester Art Center, and Saltworks Gallery in Atlanta. His diverse art practice has been featured in many publications including Art PapersNew American PaintingsThe Atlanta Journal Constitution, and The Week

McNulty has received many grants and awards including a Hemera Foundation Fellowship, Alabama State Council on the Arts Grant, Madison CitiARTS grant, and Rowland Fellowship. He has completed artist residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Marble House Project, the Hambidge Center, and the Vermont Studio Center. A dual citizen of France and the US, McNulty holds an MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin and is currently a Professor and Chair of the Department of Art & Art History at Auburn University. 

 Christopher McNulty – Chair - Department of Art & Art History, Auburn University is being mentored by Lynn Tomaszewski - University of Florida

Suzanne Proulxis a visual artist and educator working in drawing and sculpture, and uses everyday household materials as diverse as orange skins, milk jugs, dust and baby hair to record her family’s domestic life and the passage of time. She has has exhibited at the International Gallery of Art in Anchorage, AK, the Erie Art Museum in PA, Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, the Indianapolis Art Center, and the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art among other places. 

 Her work has been written about in national and international outlets such as ArtpapersNishaRipley’s Believe it or NotAnnual Book, theHuffington Post, Connecticut’s NPR affiliate, and her “Dust Bunnies” sculptures were featured in a national PR campaign for Kaz/Febreeze air purifiers. She earned her MFA at Syracuse University and BFA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and joined the faculty at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania full-time in 2006. She is currently Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of the Art Department, and serves as head of the Foundations program. 

Suzanne Proulx- Assistant Chair, Edinboro University of PA is being mentored byLauren Lake- University of North Texas.

Sara Raffo specializes in civic design, data visualization, and interaction design. She is Interim Chair and Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at California College of the Arts. Her work includes partnering with academic groups to explore possibilities for more mindful and fruitful exchanges, and co-convening symposia on diversity and inclusion, agency, and the purpose of higher education. 

In addition to teaching, Sara works with local governments, community planners and designers who create inclusive, human-centered environments. A longtime supporter of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, she has developed and led national STEM conferences and conducted grant-funded studies that champion the integration of art and design thinking.

Sara Raffo - Assistant Chair/ Incoming Interim Chair, California College of the Arts is being mentored by Troy Richards- Fashion Institute of Technology.


Binod Shrestha lives and works in Denton, Texas. He received MFA (1999) from Bangalore University and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2005). Shrestha's work straddles between traditions, amidst their fault lines as the sense of place, memory, identity, and displacement using drawings, images and objects, and temporary installations and performance.

His works have exhibited at various national and international venues including Beijing Biennale and Minneapolis Institute of Art Museum. He is the inaugural director of the newly re-organized Foundations Program at the College of Visual Arts and Design, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.

Binod Shrestha- Director of Foundations Program - College of Visual Arts and Design,University of North Texas is being mentored byJade Jewett- California State University Fullerton.