The Art Experience, an established community art and art therapy studio, and its Board of Trustees has appointed Audra Pieknik as the new Executive Director.
Ms. Pieknik has played an integral role at The Art Experience since her internship in 2012 through Oakland University’s English department, being placed in charge of communications. A grant award through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts allowed her to be hired as the first Communications Coordinator in 2014, where she grew the online footprint of the studio and worked to institute new systems to collect and analyze data. Not one to turn down opportunities or challenges, she was also employed in 2013 as the studio’s bookkeeper, thereby gaining further knowledge of studio operations.
Ms. Pieknik is a musician, a wordsmith, a teacher, a mother of two, and has an uncanny ability to remember names, faces, and make people feel at home. Her education includes BAs in both History of Art (Michigan State University, 2002) and English (Oakland University, 2012). Professional experience in museum education, sales, customer service, and translation have a common theme of inspiring others to be their true selves and making connections with others. As the new Executive Director, her passion for the arts and the human condition will lead her to naturally be a fierce advocate for everyone’s artist within. She looks forward to developing innovative ways to engage with the community and expanding the reach of The Art Experience.