Artist Advisory Board (2022 - 2023)

The Artist Advisory Board was created to further involve artist community in the growth and development of ArtLifting. The board is composed of five current ArtLifting Artists and supports who are committed to ArtLifting's mission, serving a term of one year. By sharing their insights, experiences and ideas the Artist Advisory Board provides critical insights into how ArtLifting can best support its creative community. All with diverse backgrounds, each individual represents many facets of our community and contributes valuable perspectives to support our success as an organization. 


ArtLifting is delighted to introduce the 2022-2023 cohort below and thank members for their time and energy to improve our platform. Upon completion of this term in July 2023, a new cohort of artists will represent our community and continue to share their important perspectives.

Rick Ruark

Rick Ruark

Rick is a unique, concept-driven artist whose eye for shape and color is palpable. Peripheral neuropathy and arthritis affected his ability to use his hands for computer work, which was key in his career, so he became an artist. Rick feels that his years of experience as an art professional as well as his experience in large corporate America will help the Advisory Board. Rick has extensive experience in corporate sales and marketing, as his professional work deeply intersected with these. Rick shares, “My 13 years with General Electric supporting sales and marketing (of locomotives of all things) and being embedded in their processes, was an exceptional learning experience that I was able to carry forward to the other corporations I worked for.” These varied professional experiences and Rick’s focus on refining processes for ArtLifting Artists will undoubtedly benefit the greater ArtLifting community.

Leisa Hammett

Leisa Hammett

In representation of Grace Goad

Leisa Hammett is the mother and representative of ArtLifting artist Grace Goad. Grace was diagnosed with moderately severe autism, intellectual disabilities, and severe speech/language disorder as a child. Grace hopes to show others that art is a window to the beauty and potential of people living with disabilities. Her advanced use of color and composition has been featured in numerous local and national newspapers, magazines, television segments, and other online media and books.

Leisa has spent a quarter of a century representing her daughter's art and that of other artists who have disabilities through numerous and various forms media interviews and representation, organizing solo and group exhibitions, coordinating permanent installations, and more. She initially championed the cause of art opportunities for this marginalized population, but shifted in her daughter's adolescent and now young adult years to focusing on equity in art opportunities and representation for artists who have disabilities. Leisa expresses, “It is very important to show the world the professionalism and unique visual contributions of a too often forgotten and unseen population.”

Dale Wayne

Dale Wayne

Dale is a multidisciplinary artist and former educator living in Florida. In addition to creating captivating alcohol inks paintings, she also creates glass jewelry and recycled plastic installations. She has been a working artist since 2001, as well as a professional in arts education for 11 years. She helped to develop a school program that was successful in getting students involved in public art projects. After a work-related accident left her with severe joint problems, chronic pain, and debilitating fatigue, she was forced to depart from teaching art. Since leaving education because of disability, she has put her energies into installations involving communities across the country and overseas. 

Chris Van Loan Sr.

Chris Van Loan Sr.

Chris is an Austin-based artist, veteran, father, and a talented musician. A tech writer by day, Chris pursues his creative ventures in his down time. Aside from ArtLifting, Chris runs a group on Facebook for Black artists to share their work and support each other. This online network unites artists who are often underrepresented in the art world, in an effort to build visibility, support, and community. Chris believes that he can especially provide insight on ArtLifting artists that are African American and/or military veterans and has a strong focus on cooperation and communication. Chris shares that he is motivated to join the Advisory Board in order to help the community of artists. “I am happy for other ArtLifting artists when their art sells. I believe "the pie" is big enough for everyone to have a slice based on the artistic needs of the customer,” he expresses.

Quána Madison

Quána Madison

Quána is an artist, mindfulness teacher, self-leadership coach, model, and artist-philanthropist. Expressive arts revived her soul after enduring cancer previvor treatments and developing disruptive life-changing chronic illnesses. Her perspectives are informed by diverse and dynamic experiences as an expressive artist, educator, healing arts facilitator, leader/manager, advocate, board director for community organizations and professional work experiences in non-profit, private and public sectors. She values diversity, equity, inclusion, collaboration, and creative thinking. Bringing a positive attitude, passion and a growth mindset, Quána is excited to share her thoughts for the betterment of the entire artist community and organization.


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