The Schmidt is pleased to welcome Nicole Dutton, our new curator and facility coordinator.
A little about Nicole:
Nicole Dutton was born and raised in Olney, Illinois. She attended Greenville College, where she received a BA in psychology with a minor in sociology in 2000.
In 2002, she married and moved to the St. Louis area. She worked as a clinical interventionist at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Granite City, IL, counseling children suffering from acute behavior disorders. It was through this experience that she became more interested in art therapy. However, as she began to paint and draw, her passion turned more specifically to art. She took drawing classes at SWIC with Dale Threlkeld and Spyros Karayiannis. Spyros encouraged her to apply to Fontbonne University’s MFA program, which she was accepted into in 2003, and completed in 2007. During that time she worked at Jefferson College as an adjunct art instructor teaching Art Appreciation and Watercolor.
After graduation in 2007, she began work at Chesterfield Arts – first as Director of Education and Outreach, building an art education program for children and adults, and later as Associate Director overseeing the gallery, off-site exhibition spaces, and an extensive public art collection.
Nicole took her new post as Curator and Facility Coordinator of the Schmidt Art Center at the end of July 2012. She looks forward to continuing the efforts of bringing art and education to the students and faculty of SWIC and the surrounding community.