Phil began working with the Anton Art Center as Grant Coordinator in 2009, and assumed his current role as Executive Director in October 2015.
Phil 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 served in leadership roles in the Mount Clemens Art Association, Mount Clemens Kiwanis Club and Macomb County Pride, 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, and in 2020 Phil received was appointed by Mayor Laura Kropp to the Board of the Mount Clemens Downtown Development 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.
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.
Stephanie joined the Anton Art Center team in February 2012. She organizes the nonprofit's exhibitions and supplementary arts education programming, specializing in community outreach events, exhibition curating and installation, and marketing.
She is a lifelong resident of Macomb County and an enthusiastic advocate for the important role of arts and culture in our communities. Stephanie studied Studio Art Painting and Art History, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Stephanie is a mixed media artist, novice gardener, and foodie, and lives with her spouse, their young son, and dog.
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.
Samantha (or Sam) is our newest team member who joined us in February 2021. Sam has earned two associate degrees from Macomb Community College, a Bachelors of Fine Art from Wayne State University, and a Masters of Fine Arts from Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Sam is a sculptor, and in alignment with the heart of the Anton Art Center, she believes that art is for everyone. She teaches at select community colleges in Southeastern Michigan and exhibits and volunteers with various nonprofit art spaces. In addition to her love of visual arts, she's also passionate about food and music. She has volunteered with the Anton Art Center over the last ten years as an artist and is glad to be a part of the team in her new role.
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.
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.