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.

Vicki Englich

Board Chair

Committees: Communication & Membership (chair)

Vicki Englich has been active in the Winona community for the past 30 years as a Master Gardener, a Winona Public School Board member, Community Liaison at Winona State University, and has served a variety of local, non-profit organizations such as Project FINE and Friends of the Winona Public Library. She co-founded River Arts Alliance with the late Bernadette Mahfood and currently serves as Chair of the RAA Board of Directors.

Sara Enzenauer

Treasurer

Sara Enzenauer grew up in a musical family that fostered her love of the arts. She played countless instruments from Elementary school until college. In 2015, Sara received a degree in Mass Communication: Electronic Media and a minor in Film Studies where she created several video projects of her own. Her first job out of school was at WXOW-TV filming and editing commercials. She is currently the Executive Director of the Frozen River Film Festival. Her previous positions in the organization included Technical Intern, Technical Director, and Program Director. She currently volunteers with other arts festival in Winona, MN and serves on the River Arts Alliance board of directors.

Julia Crozier

Board Member

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.

Julie Johnston

Board Member

Julie Johnston is a Winona based visual artist who is passionate about drawing in pastel and charcoal as well as oil painting. Her early studies were at The American Acadamy of Art in Chicago and later at SMU in Winona.

Julie has taught drawing at SMU, the MMAM, and the MCA. In 2008 Julie co-founded the Winona Area Figure Drawing Group which meets weekly at SMU to draw from live models.

Linda Klabo

Board Member

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.

Ken McCullough

Board Member

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.

Jean Patzner Mueller

Board Member

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.

Anne Scott Plummer

Board Member

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.

Jim Reineke

Board Member

Jim Reineke . . . bio to come.

Catherine S. Tuggle

Board Member

After a radical move to Minnesota from Kentucky in 2015, I have been shifting the focus of my work from writing a book back to visual art where it began. The stimulating scenery around the Winona area, plus discovering the River Arts Alliance and the amazing service it provides artists of every discipline has really helped make this transition a positive one. I am honored to be participating as a member of the River Arts Alliance board.