Staff

Michael Gill – Executive Director, Editor/Publisher

Having worked as an arts journalist, arts administrator, and as an individual artist, Michael Gill was uniquely prepared to be co-founder of Collective Arts Network and founding editor/publisher of CAN Journal. His writing for publications including the National Endowment for the Humanities magazine (Humanities), Cleveland Magazine, the Cleveland Free Times, and Cleveland Scene has won multiple awards from the Press Club of Cleveland, including in the Best in Ohio: Essays category, in 2007. He has a BA in English from Hiram College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. His wood block and letterpress artist books have been exhibited in solo shows at William Busta Gallery, Tregoning and Company, and BAYarts.

 

JoAnn Dickey – Designer

JoAnn Dickey is a graphic designer and artist who lives and works in Cleveland. Born and raised in Michigan, she relocated in 1999 to accept an amazing opportunity, to be the head of the Graphic Design Department at the Cleveland Museum of Art. In 2007 she shifted to higher education, as the Design Manager in the Marketing Department at Case Western Reserve University. In May of 2010 she started her own business, JoAnn Dickey Design, specializing in publication and magazine design as well as book design, branding, annual reports, higher education, and arts organizations. She’s been the Art Director of CAN Journal since its inception in 2012. Her work has won acclaim by AIGA Cleveland, FOLIO, APEX, Admissions Advertising Awards, and The Society for Experiential Graphic Design. When not designing for clients she works on her mixed media “plaid bird” line and volunteers for local causes through pro-bono design work and other service opportunities.

 

Brittany Hudak – Communications Manager

 

April Bleakney – Development Manager

April graduated from Kent State University in 2008 with a BFA in Fine Arts, Printmaking and a BA in History. After working in youth development in the nonprofit world after college, she officially launched her creative business, APE MADE, in 2011 – specializing in eco-friendly hand screen printing. She has worked as a self-employed artist since then, primarily as a screen printer but is versed in a variety of other media.

 

Laura Fratus – Copy Editor

Although she did earn a minor in art history along with her English degree from Hiram College and her graduate study in library science, the language of art is not one in which Laura Fratus is fluent. Thus, every typo, every dubious “fact,” every instance of atypical syntax in copy by and about visual artists may have a creative intent that she might discover. It makes for a meditative editorial process.

 

Seth Foerstner- Advertising Sales

Seth joined CAN in winter, 2019 on the verge of graduating with a BA from Ohio University.