Jeffrey EbelingExecutive Director

Jeffrey Ebeling studied Visual Arts and Culture at Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA, and Studio Art at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Passionate about engaging communities and empowering people through creativity, Jeffrey’s love of art sparked his entrepreneurial spirit to open Art Lab 9, an arts incubation space and fed his love for community through service in several roles for The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN, and the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, Mason City, IA. In 2016, Jeffrey accepted the Executive Director position at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley, Minnesota until May 2019 when he left to join the Clear Lake Arts Center as Executive Director.  In his free time, Jeffrey loves family time with sons Drake and Evan, and his granddaughter, Brynn. You might also find him gardening, cooking, and engaging in his own studio or fiber art practices in his spare time.

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Mariah PiippoPrograms Director

Mariah Piippo studied Art History, Studio Art, and Mathematics and holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa. Cedar Falls, Iowa

Born and raised in North Iowa, Mariah has always had an interest in the local arts. Volunteering and attending art clubs in both high school and college, Mariah built her knowledge and love of art and the creative community. While attending the University of Northern Iowa, she jumped at the opportunity to help in both the Gallery of Art and as a student assistant for the Art History Department. After graduating in May of 2020, Mariah worked as support staff at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, Mason City, IA until accepting the position of Programs Director and joining the team at the Clear Lake Arts Center. Mariah enjoys time spent with tea, snacks, and movies at home with her cats. In her free time, she engages in her own painting and textural art practice.

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     Position Open – Fall 2021 Internship (September – December)



Board of Directors

        Kathy IngramPresident

        Mike SogardTreasurer

        Mandi Pralle – Secretary

        Krista Billhorn

        Diane Ostendorf