Board & Staff

Cara Leepson

Executive Director

After interning at Redux in 2009, Cara Leepson moved to Washington, DC to pursue her MA in Art + Museum Studies at Georgetown University. Her experience as an intern at Redux helped shape her graduate studies and her career to follow. Upon the completion of her degree, she went on to work for a number of arts organizations in the DC area including Hillyer Art Space, Glenstone Foundation, and Transformer. Cara is committed to serving the artistic community and will do so through anticipated public programming and curatorial projects. 

As Executive Director Cara is excited about reinvigorating the organization and working on presenting exhibitions and programming which emphasize the mission of Redux. She is striving to continue to providing the artistic community of Charleston with a hub for creativity, a nourishing environment where people can engage with and create contemporary art. 

Greg Colleton

Operations/Creative Director
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A native of Charleston, Greg developed a passion for the arts at a young age as a student at the local School of the Arts. In 2004, he attended Winston-State Salem University, where he received a BA in studio arts with a concentration in sculpture. As a student, he was the regional student rep/curator for the 4D Gallery, Dada Center of the Arts, and the university gallery.
 
Upon graduating, Greg was involved with the Greater Greensboro Commission for the Civil Rights Museum, where his bronze sculpture is permanently displayed. Following college, he moved back to Charleston to pursue his career as an intern at Eye Level Art gallery. With a desire to highlight the gray area of art, Greg and local writer/friend, Elizabeth Bowers started curating with their pop up art concept, Gris Galerie. The two changes locations, artists, medium/entertainment, while trying to bring fresh talent to the city and highlight the local, underrepresented artists. Their goals are to bring about progression and help to change the contemporary art scene in Charleston for the better.

Megan Collier-Bansil

Education and Outreach Coordinator

A South Carolina native, Megan grew up in Columbia, SC before going off to college in the upstate.  Earning her first two degrees in Education (BSc) and Liberal Arts (MLA) from Winthrop University, Megan then began to pursue her visual art studies.  From 2004-2005, she studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City before transferring to the Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta, GA where she completed her BFA in Illustration in 2007. Upon graduation, Megan combined her passions for art and education, and began teaching art at the elementary and high school levels while working freelance in the fields of illustration and graphic design.  In 2011, she returned to SC, moving to Charleston. In Charleston, she continued to teach at the elementary, high school, and college levels, while also working to complete her MFA in Illustration with SCAD in 2016.  Her MFA culminated with a thesis show at Redux’s own Conolly Gallery in Spring 2016.

Now, with 10+ years of teaching experience behind her, and an SC Certified teacher, “Highly Qualified” in the areas of Early Childhood and Elementary Education (P-5) and Art Education (K-12), also certified in Advanced Placement Studio Art, and an active member of the NAEA, the National Art Education Association, Megan has joined Redux as the Education and Outreach Coordinator.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Francis Ervin

President

Francis Ervin is an attorney at Rogers, Townsend & Thomas, P.C. (www.rtt-law.com) in Charleston, SC. Francis has a B.A. in History from the University of South Carolina, a M.A. in American History from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. Francis’s wife, Jennifer Ervin, is a photographer and studio artist at Redux. Francis also serves on the Board of The Sustainability Institute of South Carolina (www.sustainabilityinstitutesc.org) located in Charleston. His interests include music, kayaking, motorcycle touring, cooking and a love for the arts.

Jonathan Oakman

Secretary

Jonathan Oakman is the Director of Business Services for the City of Charleston, SC.  He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College and a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University.  He has held positions in both federal and municipal government, and his career experience ranges from economic development to public finance to affordable housing development.  Jonathan lives in Charleston with his wife and 2 children, and his interests include investing, acoustic guitar, watercolor painting, and ultimate frisbee.

Kirsten Moran

Treasurer

Kirsten Moran received her MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design and her BFA in Painting and BA in Cinema from Binghamton University. Moran’s paintings intuitively explore the history of girls and women from the corporeal, environmental and psychological perspectives. They reflect a journey of our ancient ancestral roots: a matrilineage that connects us all through our bodies, the land, and psyche. Recent solo exhibitions include Ruin at Fahm Hall Gallery in Savannah, GA and Evocation at Atelier Gallery in Charleston, SC.

 

Christopher Morgan

Vice President

Christopher Morgan is Director of the City of Charleston’s Planning Division, and has worked with the City for over 15 years. He received a BA in Urban Studies from the College of Charleston, with a minor in Art History, and Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has served in Charleston on a number of local boards and committees on issues ranging from historic preservation to the environment. Christopher lives in downtown Charleston with his wife and twin daughters. His interests include the local visual arts scene, photography, and travel.

Buff Ross

Buff Ross founded Alloneword Design to focus his services on museums, artists and other cultural organizations, in addition to commercial clients. Prior to this he served as the Assistant Director and curator for The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. His life is littered with a rangy collection of other occupations including roofer, painter, associate professor, cook, ship worker, fishmonger, potter’s assistant, archeologist and budding restaurateur.

Erin Nathanson

Erin Nathanson has been dedicated to visual arts in the American South for over a decade. Important roles include curating the City of Charleston’s public art space, The City Gallery at Waterfront Park for nearly five years, a founding member and owner of Charleston Supported Art, and served as the Arts and Cultural Relations Director of ArtFields to establish a foundation and provide direction for the then new art competition and festival.

Nathanson most recently opened The Southern in January of 2016 alongside her husband Justin Nathanson in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The Southern is a contemporary gallery dealing in art created by artists connected to the American South. Visit www.thesouthern.gallery to view current, upcoming, and past exhibitions.

Allison Grass

Allison Grass has a multiplicity of experience in both the natural and built environments. She has over 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors in planning and preservation, grantwriting, non-profit management, fundraising, research, technical and creative writing, partnership development, and community and government affairs. Allison is grateful to have worked with many remarkable organizations in a variety of capacities, including serving as Vice President of Institutional Affairs and Director of Community and Government Affairs for the American College of the Building Arts and Interim Planning Administrator for the City of Charleston. Through her consulting business, Allison assists clients in developing community and preservation plans and documents, such as the Johns Island Community Plan and scenic byway management plans that led to the federal designation of 2 of only 4 National Scenic Byways in SC, as well as helps organizations with funding research, proposal development, and grantwriting. Allison is also the owner and maker of handcrafted jewelry behind Naturally Awear.

Allison double-majored in Art History and Sociology at Converse College and received a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University. She graduated from the Coastal Master Naturalist program and enjoys continuing her education through advanced training in native flora and fauna communities. Allison volunteers with the local non-profit (and REDUX partner) HEART and serves on the City of Charleston’s Board of Zoning Appeals-Zoning and the Charleston Trees Committee. She is the proud mother of Sophie Bello, who enjoyed attending REDUX summer camps as a child.

Meghan White

Meghan White is a Canadian born, Michigan bred, and now Charleston local.  She moved to Charleston in 2002, graduated from The College of Charleston in 2006, and has never once considered moving out of this vibrant city.  She owns a bookkeeping company where she services and strives to grow and develop small local businesses.  Her art interests include photography, jewelry, and unpretentious paintings. By being a part of the Redux Board, Meghan hopes to put her practical business knowledge to work and help improve Redux’s already stellar reputation as an invigorating art hub.  Meghan and her boyfriend live in Wagener Terrace, and her interests include 80’s corporate rock, golf carting, parks, wine, cheese, wine & cheese, stand-up comedy, and travel.  Finally, she loves the adage “People don’t buy what you do, but why you do it!”

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