Our Current Board

David Prowler, President
Emily Dubin, Vice President
Cindy Morton, Secretary
John Jordan, Treasurer
Edward Baba
Ruth Berson
Clair Bright
Brit Epperson
Ilan Hornstein
Hannah Kahn
Jeannine Merritt-Elzey
Greg Price
Gargi Talukdar
Cheryl Ward

Ruth Marcus
Development Director

Ruth Marcus grew up in Berkeley with an appreciation for all the arts and culture the Bay Area has to offer, especially the ones near public transportation.

She completed a BA in English and Visual Art from Columbia University in New York and an MA in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo, then received a Fulbright grant to create a series of paintings in Tunis, Tunisia. The paintings were exhibited in a solo show in Carthage and were displayed at the US Embassy in Tunis.

After exploring a great deal of the world, Ruth came to the realization (which some contend she should have already known) that the Bay Area is the best place to live. She returned in 2010 and has lived in Oakland since then, working in non-profit fundraising for arts organizations so that as many people as possible can benefit from connections to art. Ruth joined the staff of Creativity Explored in 2015.

You can view Ruth’s website here.


Administrative, Management & Support Staff

Amy Auerbach, Gallery and Exhibitions Manager
Shaelyn Hanes, Office Manager
Linda Johnson, Executive Director
Ann Kappes, Director of Licensing
E. Francis Kohler, CE2 Studio & Services Manager/Visual Arts Instructor
Ruth Marcus, Development Director
Paul Moshammer, Studio Director
Elena “Bety” Ortiz, Habilitation Aide
Ken Paul Rosenthal, Art & Exhibition Preparator
Jaime Wong, Gallery Associate

Teaching Artists

Victor Cartagena, Visual Arts Instructor
Suda Changkasiri, Visual Arts Instructor
Gilles Combet , Visual Arts Instructor
Leeza Doreian, Visual Arts Instructor
Carole Fitzgerald, CCSF Visual Arts Instructor
Andrew Gilson, Visual Arts Instructor
Veronica Graham, Visual Arts Instructor
Kelley Kerslake, Visual Arts Instructor
Judith LaRosa, Visual Arts Instructor
Eric Larson, Assistant Studio Manager & Visual Arts Instructor
Joseph McGovern, Visual Arts Instructor & Volunteer Coordinator
Geri Montano, Visual Arts Instructor
Larry Morace, Visual Arts Instructor
Michael Napper, Visual Arts Instructor
Pilar Olabarria, Visual Arts Instructor & Services Coordinator
Glenn Peckman, Visual Arts Instructor
Horace Washington, Visual Arts Instructor
Danielle Wright, Visual Arts Instructor

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General Inquiries
Executive Director
Linda Johnson
Amy Auerbach
Development Director
Ruth Marcus
Ann Kappes
Joseph McGovern
Ellen Dahlke

Studio / Gallery / Offices
3245 16th Street (at Guerrero Street)
San Francisco CA 94103

(415) 863-2108 Phone
(415) 863-1655 Fax

Studio Hours
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm

Gallery Hours
Monday – Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Or by appointment

Second Studio (CE2)
One Arkansas Street (at 16th Street), Studio E
San Francisco CA 94107

(415) 863-2946 Phone
(415) 863-2922 Fax

CE2 Studio Hours
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm

CE2 Public Hours
Monday – Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Or by appointment

Online Store
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