Christina deRoos

Christina deRoos is an artist (mixed media, multimedia, performance), curator and arts organizer. Her work lies at the intersection of art, activism and personal reflection, and draws from her background in political science (B.A., University of Colorado) and law (J.D. with honors, University of Washington). Previously based in New York, Christina co-founded Bushwick Open Studios and Arts in Bushwick, and was the Managing Director of Chez Bushwick, a Brooklyn nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinary art and performance, with a strong focus on experimental dance. From 2009 – 2016, Christina was the co-director of Spread Art, an artist-run nonprofit providing residencies to local, national and international artists, and presenting contemporary and experimental work across all disciplines.

Katie G. McGowan
Managing Director

Katie G. McGowan is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural producer, and committed advocate for creative workers. Originally from the metro area, Katie returned to Detroit in 2011—following  a decade of working as an artist, educator, and writer in several U.S. locations and in Croatia—to collaboratively build the Department of Education and Public Engagement at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). In this position she co-founded the museum’s DEPE Space residency program and helped launch and program the Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead (a sculptural edifice on the museum’s grounds), in addition to designing and executing museum programming. Subsequently she has lectured at the College for Creative Studies and Eastern Michigan University, created and run an art consulting firm, and served as program director for the Ann Arbor Film Festival—the oldest experimental and avant-garde film festival in North America. Katie’s artwork explores empathy and affect. She engages in genre-bending performance, writing creative nonfiction, and working as an amateur private eye. She holds an M.F.A. from The University of Iowa in Intermedia as well as M.A. and B.A. degrees from Wayne State University, in English. katiegracemcgowan.com/


Nicole Peterson
Interim Operations Manager

Nicole Peterson is graduate of Oakland University, where she earned her B.A. in Art History and Drawing with a minor in Graphic Design. She graduated with departmental honors in both majors, and received first place in the research essay category of writing awards for three consecutive years. Nicole has presented twice at the Meeting of Minds Undergraduate Research Conference, and has been published in its subsequent journal on each occasion. In addition to her role as Program Coordinator at Kresge Arts in Detroit, Nicole is also a freelance graphic designer. Her clients include Sidewalk Detroit, Creative Many Michigan, Allegro Dance, and Aspire Pilates, to name a few.


Reshounn Foster
Program Assistant

Native Detroiter Reshounn “Sun” Foster performs community arts work with a congenial flair and a mix of talents that include arts administration, intuitive consulting, wordsmithing/copywriting, community engagement, and event planning. Reshounn is the founding board member of the Oakland Avenue Artists Coalition (creators of the North End Urban Expressions Art Festival and partner of the O.N.E. Mile project), member of Model D Media’s On The Ground: North End Editorial Advisory Board, volunteer and venue host forMake Music Detroit, storyteller in the 2017 Oakland Avenue Urban Farms N.E.S.T documentary, and creator/director of Hip n Zen Northend, a home-based gathering space where she hosts cultural and healing arts salons. She is also the production/artist relationships manager for Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts, supporting the creative and business relationships and the implementation of program activities, events, and communications. Reshounn received her B.A. from Wayne State University from The College of Liberal Arts/English with special interest in special education and psychology.

Michelle Perron
Founding Director

Michelle Perron runs three major cultural programs at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies: Center Galleries, Woodward Lecture Series, and Kresge Arts in Detroit. Michelle has curated countless exhibitions, hosted over 90 lectures by major international artists and scholars, served on boards and committees of Detroit’s major visual arts organizations, and has been an active arts community activist since the mid-1980s. A native Detroiter, Perron’s professional career has included posts at organizations such as Michigan Gallery and O.K. Harris Works of Art in the Detroit area, and Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Art et Industrie Gallery, both in New York.