Andrea Purnell has had a successful career as both an artist and an arts administrator. As an artist, she uses her background in the arts to educate the community on matters related to public health. As an administrator, Purnell currently serves as the audience development assistant with the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) where she assists in implementing initiatives to increase and diversify the museum’s audience profile. In addition to her public relations duties at SLAM, Andrea is an actress, writer, director, and stage manager. Her acting credits include theater, commercials, industrial films, and movies. Among her writing credits is the play, “Depression, Whose Disease Is It Anyway,” which she produced for the stage as part of a performing arts program she created designed to match the actor and the professional in addressing mental health challenges.
In addition to her service on the board of the Regional Arts Commission, Andrea also serves on the Disability Awareness Commission for the city of Florissant and the Fontbonne University Council of Regents. For these accomplishments, she has received the Grand Center Visionary Award-Emerging Artist, North County Incorporated 30 Leaders Award and ALIVE Magazine Buzz Listing. Purnell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Fontbonne University and is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Arts Management and Leadership from Webster University.