Dublin Arts Council operates as a small but dedicated team of professionals who are committed to the organization’s mission of engaging the community, cultivating creativity and fostering life-long learning through the arts.
david s. guion, ph.d.executive director
David S. Guion, Ph.D., has served as Executive Director of Dublin Arts Council, Dublin, Ohio, USA, since 2005. For more than 30 years, he has worked with nonprofit arts organizations and educational institutions in New York City, the Bay Area of California and Columbus, Ohio. Guion has had the privilege of working with such iconoclastic artists as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg, among others. He received an M.A. in Art Education from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 1988 and his Ph.D. in Art Education from OSU in 2008. He currently teaches graduate courses as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy at OSU. Guion has conducted fundraising seminars and workshops for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations and arts professionals in Ohio, Poland, Taiwan, New Zealand, Scotland, England and Chile. He has been recognized for his leadership as a Smart 50 awardee by Smart Business magazine in 2015 and has served as a panelist for the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Culture Works in Dayton, Ohio. He is a committee member of the Collaborative for Arts Education in Ohio and has adjudicated numerous arts exhibitions for a variety of organizations throughout the region.
Our Valuable Team Members
janet cooperdirector of engagement
Janet joined Dublin Arts Council in 2006, managing media relations, marketing communications, audience engagement, program development and community relations efforts for the organization. Janet moved to central Ohio from Arizona, where she was involved in the marketing of a number of arts organizations, including the Scottsdale Arts Festival, the Arizona Indian Arts Alliance, the McDowell Mountain Music Festival and the Scottsdale Gallery Association. Her corporate and agency experiences include Director of Media & Public Relations / Investor Relations for U-Haul International, Inc., and Public Relations Director / Account Manager for R&R Partners, the Las Vegas-based agency responsible for the “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas” campaign. Janet is the recipient of a Rocky Mountain Emmy Award for public affairs programming and currently serves on the Greater Columbus Events Council and the Digital Communications Committee of the Columbus Arts Marketing Association. She received a B.S. in Marketing Management from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City.
Paige DempseyCommunity Engagement Coordinator
Paige supports Dublin Arts Council’s community programming, including the Visual Arts Series, promoting fundraising efforts and implementing the Community Arts Grants program. She has worked with the Wexner Center for the Arts, McConnell Arts Center and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Paige has an M.A. in Art Education with a specialization in Museum Studies from The Ohio State University and a B.A. in Writing from Butler University.
michele gatzdirector of finance & administration
Michele manages Dublin Arts Council finances, human resources and administrative activities. She received a B.A. and M.A. from The Ohio State University and completed coursework in accounting at Ohio Wesleyan University. She has been with Dublin Arts Council since 1999.
katy marqueeducation and development manager
Katy cultivates community and school relationships through the design of hands-on field trips, gallery tours, and arts-based workshops. Further, as development manager, Katy coordinates DAC’s grant and stewardship efforts. She comes to the council with significant community arts experience through her work at Minerva Financial Arts, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, and The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. Katy graduated from The Ohio State University with a M.A. in Art Education and B.A. in Arts Management.
ava morganpublic art manager
Ava manages the Art in Public Places program and develops educational opportunities for both inside and outside the gallery. Ava received her Ph.D. in Arts Education from the Ohio State University in 2020, a M.A. in Arts Administration from Goucher College in 2015 and a B.A. in Philosophy from Earlham College in 2009. While working on her doctorate, Ava served on the education team for Art & Resilience, a suite of gallery-based programs at the Wexner Center for the Arts. She also served as Executive Assistant for Ohio Humanities, the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.