Kelly White{Executive Director}

Kelly White joined 40 North | 88 West in September 2009 as Project Coordinator of two programs specific to downtown Champaign: Art & Sol - an outdoor performance series, and Sight Specific - a series of storefront exhibits. White was previously the manager of Verde Gallery in downtown Champaign where she supervised the planning, development and installation of all exhibitions as well as related events. Prior to re-locating to the Champaign-Urbana area, Kelly held the position of Assistant Museum Curator and Collections Manager for the SCAD Museum of Art at the Savannah College of Art and Design where she received her MFA and MA in Art History and Painting. She is also currently an Art History instructor at Parkland College. 

Merry Mitchell{Operations & Outreach Coodinator}

Merry Mitchell joined 40 North | 88 West in January 2020, taking the role of Operations and Outreach Coordinator. Merry studied at Illinois State University where she received a BA in History with a focus in Anthropology and a minor in French. Since then, Merry has worked as a manager for a local coffee shop where she spent time getting to know the community, volunteered at several museums, working with donated materials from community members, as well as a Project Coordinator for a museum fabrication company, overseeing projects from start to finish. Merry is a Champaign native who has experienced the great benefits that 40 North | 88 West provides for many years, and is excited to be working with the community once more. 

Board of Directors

Champaign-Urbana Adventures in Time and Space
Executive Director
Champaign County Economic Development Corporation
Office Administrator
Krannert Art Museum
Strategic Creative Director & Lead Writer
Surface 51
Banking Center Manager
Midland States Bank
Assistant Vice President | Branch Manager
Busey Bank
Outreach & Wellness Manager
Urbana Park District
Owner, Coach,Therapist
Independent Publishing Specialist
Assistant Collections Manager
Spurlock Museum
Champaign City Council
At Large
Champaign County Board
District 6
Graphic Designer
Illini Union Marketing | UIUC
Creative Director
Flex-N-Gate Corporation
Organizer & Moderator
Speak Café
Vice President of Marketing
Visit Champaign County
Chief Technology Officer