We are governed by a 13 - 18 member volunteer Board of Directors who are elected for three-year terms.

Meet Our Board of Directors and Staff:







Lindsay Barrick joined the Caldwell Arts Council as our Social Media Manager in 2016. In late April 2017, she stepped in to the role of Executive Director.  She brings to the position a lifelong passion for the arts. She looks forward to further promoting the arts community and engaging with the diverse population of local and regional artists as an encourager and supporter in order to strengthen the community as a whole.




Kim Greene McClure


Kim’s art focus has primarily been in the performing arts. She played clarinet in the Happy Valley School band, before switching to bassoon in 9th grade at Hibriten High School. Kim continued playing bassoon at Appalachian State University, as a member of the Wind Ensemble. She currently plays in the Harper Band, part of the James C. Harper School for the Performing Arts. Kim has been on the board of directors for the Caldwell Arts Council since January 2012, and also serves on the board of directors for the Historic Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention.







Erik and Kourtney have been Lenoir residents since 2005. Although careers brought them here, the aesthetic of the Appalachian Mountains, its culture, and its art forms were a definite draw. While here their family grew with the birth of their two girls. Kourtney is an English teacher at Hibriten High School, and Erik is an Associate Professor and Area Director of the Recreation Management Program at Appalachian State University. Originally, Erik is from Virginia and Kourtney from the midwest. While from diverse backgrounds, both Erik and Kourtney were exposed to the arts throughout their whole lives and their appreciation for art, in all of its forms, has blossomed. 


 Matt Underwood


Matt is Network Systems Engineer at Siemens Healthcare for Caldwell Memorial Hospital, and is also owner/operator of the famous Mystery Hill in Blowing Rock, NC.  Matt served as President of our Board in 2013 & 2014 and then served in an advisory capacity 2015 & 2016, re-joining the Board in 2017 as Vice President. 






Originally born and raised in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Jimmie Griffith attended Appalachian State University and moved to Lenoir, NC in 2004 where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He currently works at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute as an instructor and amongst other things coordinates the College’s Brazilian educational partnerships and co-chairs the CCC&TI Global Diversity Committee. Jimmie is also a musician/composer that has participated in several different musical projects (
Banana da TerraMaisCéu and UNC- Chapel Hill’s Viva Cackalacky – Latin Music in the New South) promoting Brazilian music in NC since 2000. As an educator, artist and Caldwell County resident, Jimmie is delighted to be a board member of the Caldwell Arts Council in order continue to bring cultures and people closer together through the arts, education, and business.






Sam is a native Texan who with her husband, Don, has found a wonderful home and community in Lenoir. She was introduced to the world of arts and crafts as a child by her grandmother. As an adult she has explored a wide variety of mediums, from pottery to stained glass, but has found her true passion lies in the fiber arts. Samantha is a knitter, crocheter and most of all a weaver and felter. An active participant in Lenoir’s vibrant fiber arts community, she occasionally teaches fiber arts classes and contributes annually to public street art projects. She enjoys volunteering with the Caldwell Arts Council and is grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community by serving on the Caldwell Arts Council Board.





Allison Butler has always had a fond appreciation for the arts, and is a life-long learner and supporter of many mediums. She attended Appalachian State University as a NC Teaching Fellow, and taught 3rd Grade in an Arts Integrated school in Asheville. She moved to Lenoir in 2013 with her husband and daughter. You can find Allison in the Children’s Room at the Caldwell County Public Library. She is a former Grassroots Grantee, and is thrilled to join the Arts Council as a Board Member in 2017!





Bill Karr is originally from Westchester and Dutchess Counties in New York and now lives at The Coves at Round Mountain in Collettsville. As a retired guidance counselor for 6th-8th grade students, Bill believes the Arts, in all its forms, are some of the best influences kids and adults can have in their lives. 

 Pete Lupo



My wife, Sheree and I are native North Carolinians. We currently live in the Kings Creek area of Caldwell County. My wife and I love the outdoors and try to spend as much of our free time there as possible. I have been a practicing artist for 30 years and recently my wife has become involved more with her passions of pottery and photography.Becoming involved with the Caldwell Arts Council has introduced us to like minded people who share the love of small town living and an appreciation of the incredible amount of artistic talent that the area has to offer. 





Andrew grew up in Burlington NC and moved to Lenoir his senior year at Appalachian State. While working at the restaurant Sweet T's (now Cafe 1841) he met his wife and Lenoir native, Anna Bruton. He is active in the arts community through his job at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center as well as an accomplished local musician and songwriter. Andrew is excited to be part of the Caldwell Arts Council and the future of the arts in Caldwell County.









A recent transplant to Lenoir, Kevin lived for 24 years in Southern California where he had a career as both a professor and freelance designer in theatre, film, television and corporate industrial productions. He holds a B.F.A. from the Theatre School at DePaul University and an M.F.A. from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and is a member of the Art Directors Guild, IATSE, Local 800, Set Designers and Model Makers.







Ann Smith is a retired banker who served the community in that capacity for more than 40 years. Ann and her husband Rozzy live in Hudson and have a son Rozzy Jr. who is a teacher at Hudson Middle School.  Always a strong supporter of the Arts, Ann previously served on the Arts Council board in the late 90s. She currently serves as a Hudson Town Commissioner, member of the board of trustees at CCC&TI and on the Caldwell County Economic Development Board.

Rozzy is a visual artist who lives in Hudson with his wife Ann. He paints in acrylics and oils, does pastels, pen and ink, and also enjoys cartooning. He is retired from the Caldwell County school system. He taught language arts, social studies and science at Granite Falls and Hudson middle schools. Before his teaching career, Rozzy was a reporter and former city editor of the Lenoir News-Topic and Hickory Daily Record. He also did political cartooning during his time with those newspapers. He is one of the founding members of My Happy Place Gallery artisan cooperative in Lenoir.









Tom is the director of CCC&TI's art program and a regular instructor at Hickory Museum of Art and beyond.  







Jenny has been the Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Lenoir since 2013. Prior to coming to the City of Lenoir, she worked as a community planner for the City of Orlando.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in English (creative writing focus) and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, both from University of Florida. While she has found her calling in urban planning, art has been an important part of her life since she was a child. The daughter of a painter and a musician, she dabbled in all kinds of visual and performing arts growing up. Now, as a planner she pulls from her art background every day to encourage arts-based community development and create visually appealing graphics and documents to inspire investment and redevelopment. She also serves on the board of Caldwell County Pathways and is very involved with the planning for Lenoir’s greenway system. Jenny lives in Lenoir with her two kids and can frequently be found patronizing the wonderful businesses in and around Downtown Lenoir!