Executive Director

Phil Gilchrist, MPA

Phil began working part-time with the Anton Art Center as Grant Coordinator in 2009, and assumed his current role as Executive Director in October 2015.

He studied photography and ceramics, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Northern Michigan University in 2005, and a Master of Public Administration from Wayne State University in 2013. Phil has exhibited in more than two-dozen art exhibitions and served in leadership roles in the Mount Clemens Art Association and Mount Clemens Kiwanis Club, and serves on the Marketing and Programs Committee of the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce and Program Councils for Leadership Macomb and Junior Leadership Macomb programs. In 2019, Phil was appointed by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel to the Macomb Art Institute Authority.

As a nearly life-long resident of Mount Clemens, Phil is passionate about making a difference in his community through the arts, and focuses on creating opportunities for people throughout Macomb County to experience creativity firsthand. He takes interest in how the arts support education, health, community, and economic development, and the role that arts play in different cultures and communities.


Office Hours: Tuesday-Saturday

Email: pgilchrist@theartcenter.org

Exhibition Manager

Stephanie Hazzard

Stephanie joined the Anton Art Center team as an intern in February 2012, an opportunity that quickly led to a full-time position as the Exhibition & Education Manager. With the arrival of her son in August 2016, Stephanie re-focused her role as Exhibition Manager in a part-time capacity.


She organizes professional exhibition and arts education programming and specializes in community outreach efforts, visual art curating, exhibit installation, social media and web administration, and promotional media graphic design.

​She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, in Studio Art (Painting) and Art History from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and is a certified Mental Health First Aider.

Office Hours: Wednesday-Friday

Email: sahazzard@theartcenter.org

Education Coordinator

Peggy DiMercurio

Peggy joined the Anton Art Center staff as the Education Coordinator in May 2018. She works with instructors to plan arts and culture educational offerings to meet community needs and to fulfill the AAC’s mission to provide access to quality visual arts.

She has twenty years of program coordinating experience, an Associate’s Degree in Marketing from Macomb Community College, certification as a Training Generalist from Langevin Learning Services, and is a licensed Zumba instructor, focusing on programs with seniors, kids, and people with special needs.


Peggy is a founding committee member of the Eastpointe Community Garden, Special Olympics of Michigan volunteer, and arts appreciator.

Office Hours: Vary

Email: pdimercurio@theartcenter.org

Graphic Artist

Conrad Schmerheim

Conrad joined us in September 2019, through the Macomb Community College Work-Study program, with a focus in Graphic Arts and Animation. At the Anton Art Center, he supports the organization's photography, graphic design, and custom marketing needs.


Conrad has fifteen years work experience in the entertainment industry and continues to pursue his passion for involvement with performance art of all kinds, including event production, concert photography, marketing design, and film animation.

In addition to his studies, he is a Production Coordinator at Saint Andrew’s Hall and supports the Detroit Symphony Orchestra ticketing office, specializing in curating memorable arts and culture experiences for all.

Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday
Email: graphics@theartcenter.org
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Office Manager

Mary Need

Mary began working part-time at the The Art Center as the Financial Coordinator in 1997. After the historic building was updated with an addition in 2006 and became the Anton Art Center, Mary began working full-time as the Office Manager.


She manages volunteers, budgets, accounts, vendors, and technology for the organization. Mary is involved in supporting the Center's programming, special events, building, and grounds.


Mary is a graduate of Mount Clemens High School, as well as a Master Gardener and an art appreciator.


Office Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, no Thursday

Email: maryneed@theartcenter.org

Grant Coordinator

Greg DeLauro

Greg joined the Anton Art Center staff as Grant Coordinator in January 2018. He develops funding proposals to support operational and projects' activities and administers the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program for Region 10A for Macomb and Oakland County.

He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Eastern Michigan University and his Master of Communications from Wayne State University.


Office Hours: Wednesday-Friday

Email: gdelauro@theartcenter.org

Anton Art Market Coordinator

Nancy Garcia

Nancy Garcia began​ regularly ​volunteering​ for the Anton Art Center with exhibits, Anton Art Market, and Holiday Market efforts in 2004. She is the creator and author of the AAC's colorful Blog, where she posts photos and content about the hand-selected artists and their work that is showcased in the shop, and the featured Artist of the Month.


Nancy became our​ volunteer Art Market Coordinator in March 2019. In addition to operating the blog, she schedules all Art Market & Holiday Market artists, installs ​the retail space displays,​ and keeps track of sales and re​stocking. 


Office Hours: Tuesday and Saturday

Email: artmarket@theartcenter.org


Volunteer Coordinator

Sue Durbin

​Sue joined the Anton Art Center as Volunteer Coordinator in 2020. She has a love for the arts, and enjoys the opportunities the Anton Art Center provides for her to see local and regional artists' work. Some of Sue's favorite volunteer opportunities are working in the Anton Art Market, Holiday Market, and doing art activities with community members at off-site events. Sue is a proud mother and grandmother, and enjoys encouraging creativity in her family.

Email: volunteers@theartcenter.org

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Anton Art Center
125 Macomb Place
Mount Clemens, MI 48043

Phone (586) 469-8666

Fax (586) 469-4529



Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Sunday & Monday: Closed



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