Left to right: Tamirah Collins, Anna Walker, Emily Fens, & Jeremy Johnson. Image by Tamirah Collins.

Anna Walker
Executive Director
Anna Walker has dedicated her professional life to art and artists. She comes to Lawndale from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), where she served as Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design and the Windgate Foundation Curatorial Fellow for Contemporary Craft. Prior to joining the MFAH, Anna was the Curator at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), a kunsthalle-style space where she oversaw up to 12 exhibitions a year. She holds a BA in Art from Otterbein University with a focus on ceramics and printmaking and an MA in Arts Administration from Indiana University.

Emily Fens
Assistant Director
Emily Fens has worked in cultural institutions for a decade, beginning with the education department at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in 2012 and then Lawndale in 2016. She holds a BS in Neuroscience from UCLA and is a practicing artist, including recent collaborations with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Music on the Plaza ft. Wild Moccasins) and Musiqa (LiveWire: an evening of modern music in conversation with dance and neuroscience).

Jeremy Johnson
Operations and Exhibitions Manager
A native Houstonian, Jeremy recently took on the role of Operations & Exhibitions Manager at Lawndale Art Center, where he works with the Lawndale team to develop exhibitions and projects that center artists of the Gulf Coast region. Jeremy has worked in the arts at various types of institutions across Houston, always maintaining a writing practice that was recently recognized with an honorable mention in the 2022 Alexandra L. Rowan Memorial Writing Competition in Nonfiction at the University of Houston.

Lisa Gregory

Tamirah Collins
Gallery and Communications Assistant
Tamirah Collins is a visual artist based in the Houston, TX area. She has recently obtained her B.F.A. in Photography at Sam Houston State University. She is devoted to blending her passions of fine art and documentary photography as a form of expressing her Afrocentrism. Collins has been a pillar in her community of Third Ward through her dedication to the arts, having her work displayed at the annual Eye on Third Ward exhibition with Jack Yates High School (2015-2017) and also working with inner community social justice and art spaces such as, National Black United Front (NBUF), S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, FotoFest, Harambee Art Gallery, and The Community Artists’ Collective.

MaeLea Williams
Outreach and Programming Assistant

Board of Directors

Jessica Seff, Chair
Mary Catherine Jones, Vice Chair
Adrienne Moeller, Treasurer
Ryan LeVasseur, Secretary
Nick Barbee, Chair, Advisory Board
Anna Walker, Executive Director
John Bradshaw
Alexa Clements
Piper Faust
Michelle Matthews
Meghan Miller
Nic Phillips
Teresa Porter
Aaron Reimer
Stephanie Roman
Nicole Laurent Romano

Advisory Board

Nick Barbee, Chair
Sterling Allen
Andy Campbell
Lily Cox-Richard
Jamal Cyrus
Saúl Hernández-Vargas
Erika Mei Chua Holum
Gerardo Rosales