Melissa Whitwam | Executive Director & Exhibition Manager
Melissa Whitwam has coordinated nearly fifty exhibitions at Foundry Art Centre since 2013 as Exhibition Manager, a role she continues to lead as the new Executive Director. Melissa received a B.A. in Literature and a B.F.A. in Fiber Arts from Truman State University in 2003, earned a M.F.A. from Arizona State University in 2007, and now resides in St. Charles, MO. As an artist, she exhibits her work throughout the country and is a member of many local art organizations, including Missouri Fiber Artists, Surface Design Association, Women’s Caucus for the Arts – St. Louis, and is a supporting member of Craft Alliance and Laumeier Sculpture Park. Since accepting the role of Executive Director of the Foundry Art Centre in November 2015, Melissa has striven to connect the Foundry to the community, establish relationships and connections to local businesses and organizations, and elevate the Foundry’s role in the arts community.
Melanie Sanders | Event Manager
Melanie Sanders was hired as Event Manager of the Foundry Art Centre in 2015 and is currently enrolled in the New York Institute of Art and Design earning a certificate in Event Planning. A graduate of St. Louis Christian College, she earned a B.S. in Education and was a children’s programming director for six years in Streator, IL, followed by a ten year career as Merchandise Manager and Event Manager at Barnes & Noble. She is excited to bring her love of event organization to the Foundry Art Centre and has already coordinated many successful events and concerts. Melanie lives with her family in St. Peters, MO.
Evan Wagman | Education Manager
Evan Wagman is the new Education Manager at the FAC and brings years of experience as an exhibiting artist, art educator, mentor, and program developer. Evan earned his BA in Sociology from Rider University and an MFA in Ceramics from SIUE before continuing his education both in the US and in various locations around the world. His enthusiasm to enrich the lives of students and the community through art is aligned with the Foundry’s mission and programming.
Logan Rohlf | Media Coordinator
Logan Rohlf studied at Florissant Valley Community College and worked as a freelancer for Lee Allen Advertising. Upon graduating in 2014 with a graphic design degree, Logan accepted the role of Media Coordinator at the Foundry Art Centre where his skillful designs are utilized to brand the facility's events, programs, and exhibitions. Along with design, Logan’s other interests are drawing and painting, writing music, and his two cats.
Bruce Alves | Gallery Assistant
Bruce Alves grew up in the St. Louis area and received his B.F.A. and B.S.E. from Missouri State University in 2006 and his MFA from Texas Tech University in 2012. Bruce is involved in the Saint Louis arts community as a ceramic artist, working primarily on sculptural assemblages, a ceramic instructor at St. Louis Craft Alliance, and as Exhibitions Assistant at the Foundry Art Centre.
David Helling | Facility Manager
Helling has nearly a decade’s worth of experience as the Foundry Art Centre’s facility manager. From gallery lighting and installation assistance to administering the numerous receptions, fundraisers, and corporate events held at the center, Helling’s acute attention to detail and extensive knowledge of the inner workings of the center is key to maintaining the highest quality and reputation the Foundry is known for.