River Arts Alliance Board of Directors

In December of 2015, our community lost Bernadette Mahfood—artist, arts advocate, and founding board member of the River Arts Alliance. Please visit her tribute page to learn more about this incredible woman.

The River Arts Alliance board is an advisory board made up of 7-11 volunteers. During their two-year term, each board member is asked to serve on one or more committees and work on community outreach and arts promotion.

Ken McCullough

Vice Chair

Committee: Communications

Ken McCullough was born in Staten Island, N.Y., but spent his formative years in St. John’s, Newfoundland. More recently, he has drawn inspiration from the mountains of Montana and Wyoming and the blufflands of the Upper Mississippi. In 1992 he was adopted into the Miniconjou band of the Lakota Nation. He is a graduate of St. Andrew’s School, the setting for Dead Poets Society, and has degrees from the University of Delaware and the Writers’ Workshop of the University of Iowa.

McCullough’s most recent books of poetry are Walking BackwardsSicomoro.Oropéndola (published in Colombia), and Broken Gates, as well as a book of stories, Left Hand. He has received numerous awards for his poetry. McCullough has worked closely with Cambodian poet U Sam Oeur, survivor of the Pol Pot regime; they have published Sacred Vows, a bilingual edition of U’s poetry, and Crossing Three Wildernesses, a memoir. McCullough has two sons, Galway and Orion. He lives on a farm outside Winona, MN with his wife, Lynn Nankivil, a playwright. In 2014, McCullough began his second term as Poet Laureate of Winona.

Linda Klabo


Committee: Finance

Linda Klabo is a watercolor artist who has spent much of her life with a brush in hand painting everything from signs to earn money for college, murals in her children’s school library to sets for community theatre productions. Two years ago she and her husband Dale built Mississippi Mornings Art Studio, a space that inspires creativity with breathtaking views of the river and surrounding bluffs. They have since become active participants in the Winona arts community hosting classes and workshops and gallery space for local and regional art studio tours.

Anne Scott Plummer


Anne Scott Plummer is a ceramic artist who recently moved her studio, Island City Clayspace, to a storefront in downtown Winona, where she organizes a pop-up gallery for special occasions. Her sculptural work is inspired by the human figure and other forms from nature. She also produces one-of-a-kind vessels and functional ware.

In 2019 Plummer retired from a career of teaching sculpture and ceramics at Winona State University, where she was a tenured professor and served at various times as Gallery Director and Art & Design Department Chairperson. She earned her BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA at Claremont Graduate University in southern California, where she studied with renowned raku artist Paul Soldner. Plummer maintained a studio in downtown Los Angeles for ten years before moving to Minnesota.

Plummer has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, has been an Artist-in-Residence in several institutions, has won many grants and awards, and was commissioned by the City of Rochester, MN to design and build the mastermold for the Rochester Riverfront Mural, an 80-foot-long public, cast-concrete relief mural that is integrated with the 6oodwall on the banks of the Zumbro River.

Julia Crozier

Board Member

Committee: Projects

Julia Crozier grew up in Minnesota in a family of artists and outdoor enthusiasts.
She learned to paint outdoors with watercolors at an early age and became comfortable with many mediums and styles. In the early 1980’s Julia attended The St. Paul School of Associated Arts, which helped her hone her technical skills and foster discipline. Julia has worked on murals, public art projects, illustrated books and other publications. In 2007 Julia opened the Blue Heron Studio and Gallery in Winona, MN. She sold her work primarily from that location until she sold her building in 2012. Since then she has exhibited at The Minnesota Marine Art Museum and galleries in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Throughout the years Julia has traveled to seek inspiration for subject matter. Some favorite locations have been Scotland, the desert Southwest, the Grand Canyon, the Dakota Badlands and prairies, and the bluff lands of the Mississippi River valley for her landscapes. Sometime her subjects relate to house and home, industry or architectural themes. The main goal for Julia with her art is to draw the viewer into her world for a while, whether it be in a realistic or abstract painting. She would like to share these places and perspectives, in the interim encouraging the viewer to experience something new about life, nature, and our relationship to nature and to each other.

Terri Karsten

Board Member

Committee: Membership

Terri Karsten has been a writer and educator all her life. She was born and raised in California. When she landed in Winona in 1980, she fell in love with the river, the bluffs, and the people, and has been here ever since. After twenty-one years teaching high school English, she now works as a writing coach and focuses on writing historical fiction. Her debut novel, A Mistake of Consequence (2015, B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree) takes readers into 18th century Colonial America. Her second novel, When Luck Runs Out (2017, Bronze Moonbeam Award) is an orphan train story for middle grade students. Terri writes both fiction and non-fiction with publication credits in a variety of magazines, newspapers and encyclopedias, including Highlights for Children, The Winona Daily News and An Encyclopedia of Women’s History. Her short stories have also appeared in anthologies such as Easy Nickels, Under a Brass Moon, and Rattlesnake Valley Sampler.  

In 2010, Terri started Wagonbridge Publishing, an independent publishing company for readers on a road less traveled. In addition to publishing Terri’s own work, Wagonbridge Publishing provides editing and formatting services for writers. The company’s most recent project is Lost and Found, Tales of Things Gone Missing, a collection of short stories and poems by 58 different authors.

Jean Patzner Mueller

Board Member

Committee: Communications

Jean Patzner Mueller grew up in rural Winona County. She is a Winona State University graduate, majoring in Art Education and Art History.

Her love of texture in design lead her to her many years of designing and weaving contemporary textiles. Her studies in textiles across the United States and London has made the continuation of her work in contemporary textiles expand into woven sculptural pieces.

Jean’s art journey has included art grants from the National Endowments for the Arts in the ’80’s and SEMAC 2016 international artist for workshops in art. Her life on the beautiful valley farm has inspired textiles and her newly revised work in drawing, pastels and watercolor.