General Contact Info
Meeghan received her BA in Art History from Oberlin College. She joined the staff of the Ashtabula Arts Center in 1992 as Visual Arts Coordinator. In her tenure here, she has taught thousands of classes, curated gallery exhibitions, painted dozens of sets, made costumes and props, managed the permanent collection, partnered with outside organizations, created outreach programs, raised funds, planned classes, hired and managed a teaching staff, and advocated for local artists. Promoted to Deputy Director at the beginning of 2016, Meeghan has taken on an increasing number of administrative duties, and was named Executive Director by the board in June 2016.
Director of Dance
Clover Robinson is a native of Ashtabula and began her dance training at the Ashtabula Arts Center under the direction of Shelagh Dubsky. Clover holds a BFA in dance from Wright State University, where she trained and performed with the Dayton Ballet and was a faculty member for the Dayton Ballet School. Furthering her career in Chicago, Clover performed with Ballet Theatre of Chicago, The 58 Group, and eventually joined Hubbard Street 2 under the direction of Julie Nakagawa (Artistic Director, DanceWorks Chicago). Working with choreographers Lou Conte (founder, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), Robert Battle (Artistic Director, Alvin Ailey), Jessica Lang (Artistic Director, Jessica Lang Dance), Ron De Jesus, Harrison McEldowney, and Ginger Farley, among many others, was an exceptional artistic experience in Clover’s career. During her time with Hubbard Street 2, Clover was part of a trade mission and cultural exchange between the State of Illinois and South Africa. She performed for the Governor’s Delegation among other audiences in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and worked closely with South African dancers in the cultural exchange. Clover retired and moved home to teach dance at the Arts Center beginning in 2001. She became Assistant Artistic Director of Ballet Theatre Ashtabula and worked closely with Shelagh Dubsky for more than a decade.
Director of Theater and Music
Visual Arts Coordinator
Nancy Nelson-Brotz is an East Coast native who joins the AAC staff having been part of the arts family in Madison for years through her art education work at Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, the Painesville Recreation Department, Perry Library, Madison Library, Mentor Senior Center, the Painesville Senior Center, and Stella’s Art Gallery. She is a Madison transplant, hailing originally from East Hampton, Conn. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art from California University of Pennsylvania, where she specialized in printmaking. As fate would have it, she immediately abandoned printmaking for a three-credit elective class in stained glass. After teaching and creating Tiffany-method stained glass for years, she had many scraps, which has led her to her current obsession: mosaics. Recently, she has been spending most of her energy and spare time with tweezers in hand, placing tiny pieces of glass and found objects into some semblance of order – typically until she can’t see straight. She has won many awards for her mosaic work (and even clay pieces). She also spends time creating oil pastel, inspired by the beauty and nature around her. She is especially inspired by Lake Erie. Her current projects include creating a studio space at home, playing with a new pottery wheel, and having fun teaching classes. Nancy and her husband Phil Brotz have two children, Bailey and Morgan. She always says it’s a good thing she married a patient woodworker because Phil is extremely helpful in making Nancy’s visions come to life – no matter how insane he might think they are – often creating custom frames in record time.
Marketing and Public Relations Director