Interim Director of Artist Programs and Services
Olivia Lahs-Gonzales joined the Regional Arts Commission in the fall of 2019 as interim director of artist programs and services at the Regional Arts Commission, where she is responsible for RAC’s Artist Fellowship and Artist Support Grants. She is also tasked with providing the curatorial vision for the Regional Arts Commission’s Gallery.
In her role at RAC, she is excited about being able to make a difference in artist’s lives by facilitating the Individual Artist Grant programs and looks forward to curating exhibits that showcase RAC’s good works in the community.
Previously, Olivia directed and curated about 15 exhibits yearly at The Sheldon, which focused on diversity, inclusion, and community. The exhibits featured local, regional, national, and international artists, architects, and collections in all media. From 1992 through 2001, Olivia worked at the Saint Louis Art Museum, most recently as assistant curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. She also spent three years working at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.
Olivia loves to engage with artists and to think and write about art. She has published essays and catalogs on photography, drawing, painting, and printmaking. Also a working artist, she received her M.F.A. from Columbia College, Chicago, and her B.A. (Honors) from West Surrey College of Art and Design (Now the University of the Creative Arts), Farnham, Surrey, England. Olivia’s photographs and drawings that speak to the power of nature, its sometimes-terrible beauty, and its resilience in the face of human intervention, have been shown in one-person and group shows in Chicago, London, Taipei, Tokyo, and St. Louis.