Located in historic downtown Golden, Foothills Art Center (FAC) leads and inspires the community through art, education, and cultural excellence. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, Foothills Art Center is committed to delivering engaging exhibitions and diverse educational programs for adults and children. Founded in 1968 and an official member of the United States National Registry of Historic Buildings, the main gallery is housed in an 1872 Gothic style church and an 1892 Queen Anne style manse, set behind a sculpture garden designed by Saarinen Landscape Architecture. The Foothills Art Center Community Gallery is located next door, in Victorian era mansion built in 1899 by Perre O. Unger.

  Hassan Najjar Executive Director hassan@foothillsartcenter.org Hassan wants to live in a world where the arts are appreciated, valued, and used to help people think critically about the world around them. As a museum professional with 13 years of experience, he’s utilized mission-focused thinking and community input to create memorable museum experiences for learners of all ages. He jumps out of bed each day with a smile on his face because he gets to work in a field that is chocked full of creative and passionate people who solve problems in unique ways. When he’s not teaching people how to pronounce his name, you can find him enjoying the outdoors with his wife, Alysia. He’s also been known to spoil their two dogs (Madison and Bowser) and their mischievous cat, Lucky.

 

Hassan Najjar
Executive Director
hassan@foothillsartcenter.org

Hassan wants to live in a world where the arts are appreciated, valued, and used to help people think critically about the world around them. As a museum professional with 13 years of experience, he’s utilized mission-focused thinking and community input to create memorable museum experiences for learners of all ages. He jumps out of bed each day with a smile on his face because he gets to work in a field that is chocked full of creative and passionate people who solve problems in unique ways. When he’s not teaching people how to pronounce his name, you can find him enjoying the outdoors with his wife, Alysia. He’s also been known to spoil their two dogs (Madison and Bowser) and their mischievous cat, Lucky.

  Maura McInerney Curator of Education maura@foothillsartcenter.org Maura is an artist, a strong advocate for youth and her community, and is thrilled for the opportunity to serve as the Curator of Education.  She leads and creates educational experiences at Foothills Art Center, and spends her days with emerging artists in summer camps, hosting tours and adult classes, and is responsible for in-gallery experiences and outreach. She is a Colorado native and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western State University of Colorado and a Master of Arts from F.I.T, a State University of New York. She is also a Jeep girl who loves to lift heavy on leg day.

 

Maura McInerney
Curator of Education
maura@foothillsartcenter.org

Maura is an artist, a strong advocate for youth and her community, and is thrilled for the opportunity to serve as the Curator of Education.  She leads and creates educational experiences at Foothills Art Center, and spends her days with emerging artists in summer camps, hosting tours and adult classes, and is responsible for in-gallery experiences and outreach. She is a Colorado native and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western State University of Colorado and a Master of Arts from F.I.T, a State University of New York. She is also a Jeep girl who loves to lift heavy on leg day.

  Eriq Hochuli Exhibitions Manager eriq@foothillsartcenter.org Eriq was born and raised in New York and after receiving his MAT in Visual Arts, he relocated to Colorado in 2010. He began working at FAC as a summer camp instructor in June of 2013, and shortly thereafter took over as Education Coordinator. Starting in August 2013, Eriq took on the Exhibition Preparator role, which provided him with a new and exciting relationship within the organization and the arts in general. Recently Eriq has pivoted towards a dedicated position in exhibitions to focus on the design and curation of FAC’s shows.  Eriq enjoys helping FAC provide members and participants with opportunities for growth, learning and artistic passion.

 

Eriq Hochuli
Exhibitions Manager
eriq@foothillsartcenter.org

Eriq was born and raised in New York and after receiving his MAT in Visual Arts, he relocated to Colorado in 2010. He began working at FAC as a summer camp instructor in June of 2013, and shortly thereafter took over as Education Coordinator. Starting in August 2013, Eriq took on the Exhibition Preparator role, which provided him with a new and exciting relationship within the organization and the arts in general. Recently Eriq has pivoted towards a dedicated position in exhibitions to focus on the design and curation of FAC’s shows.  Eriq enjoys helping FAC provide members and participants with opportunities for growth, learning and artistic passion.

  Cheryl Tittsworth-Lavender Guest Services & Volunteer Manager cheryl@foothillsartcenter.org Cheryl is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, coming to Colorado in early 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and European History from Belmont University. Cheryl retired in 2010 after 35 years as Accounting Manager and Board Secretary from Corporate Communications Incorporated of Nashville, and Corporate Design Inc. Cheryl is a poet and songwriter, painter, avid gardener and enthusiastic devotee of the arts. Cheryl start as an FAC volunteer and now serves as an integral staff member that works closely with our community. 

 

Cheryl Tittsworth-Lavender
Guest Services & Volunteer Manager
cheryl@foothillsartcenter.org

Cheryl is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, coming to Colorado in early 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and European History from Belmont University. Cheryl retired in 2010 after 35 years as Accounting Manager and Board Secretary from Corporate Communications Incorporated of Nashville, and Corporate Design Inc. Cheryl is a poet and songwriter, painter, avid gardener and enthusiastic devotee of the arts. Cheryl start as an FAC volunteer and now serves as an integral staff member that works closely with our community. 

  Brandon Chapin Gift Gallery Manager brandon@foothillsartcenter.org Brandon is a Golden-native, and recalls family visits to Foothills Art Center being part of his life growing up. He says he always saw himself working in an art gallery someday. Now, he brings an artistic eye to curating the art and gifts in Foothills Art Center Gift Gallery. Brandon holds a BA in photography from the Art Institute of Colorado, and has extensive knowledge of film, videography, digital photography, alternative photographic processes, cyanotype, Van Dyke, and more. He enjoys spending free time with his family and friends playing games, enjoying a movie, or exploring the great Golden outdoors.

 

Brandon Chapin
Gift Gallery Manager
brandon@foothillsartcenter.org

Brandon is a Golden-native, and recalls family visits to Foothills Art Center being part of his life growing up. He says he always saw himself working in an art gallery someday. Now, he brings an artistic eye to curating the art and gifts in Foothills Art Center Gift Gallery. Brandon holds a BA in photography from the Art Institute of Colorado, and has extensive knowledge of film, videography, digital photography, alternative photographic processes, cyanotype, Van Dyke, and more. He enjoys spending free time with his family and friends playing games, enjoying a movie, or exploring the great Golden outdoors.

  Sherry McEachran Business Manager sherry@foothillsartcenter.org Sherry is a financial and administrative professional with experience in small business ownership, large corporations and local government. Sherry graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. A long time resident of the Golden community, Sherry has served on the Board of Directors of the Jefferson Symphony Association for the past eight years and also volunteered as an officer and project coordinator with Golden’s elementary, middle and high school PTA’s . 

 

Sherry McEachran
Business Manager
sherry@foothillsartcenter.org

Sherry is a financial and administrative professional with experience in small business ownership, large corporations and local government. Sherry graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. A long time resident of the Golden community, Sherry has served on the Board of Directors of the Jefferson Symphony Association for the past eight years and also volunteered as an officer and project coordinator with Golden’s elementary, middle and high school PTA’s .