Board of Directors
Carla McGrath, Executive Director
Cole Rogers, Artistic Director & Master Printer
Dennis Michael Jon, Chair, Associate Curator - Minneapolis Institute of Art
Colleen Carey, Vice-Chair, President - Cornerstone Group
Neely Tamminga, Treasurer, CEO - DISTILL
Michelle Klein, Secretary, Head of Business Development and Sales - Minneapolis Institute of Art
David W. Johnson, Human Resources - Target Corporation
Rebecca Lawrence, Managing Director - Piper Jaffray Companies
Stuart Nielsen, Artist
Jennifer Phelps, Director - Burnet Fine Art & Advisory
Ty Schlobohm, Managing Director - Oxford Financial Group, Ltd.
Jerry Vallery, Category Advisor - Newell Brands
Carla McGrath, Executive Director
As a co-founder and Executive Director, Carla McGrath manages the day-to-day operations of Highpoint (including, but not limited to financial management, personnel and marketing activities); plans and participates in grant writing and fundraising activities undertaken by the Board and staff; and designs and implements educational and community programming. Ms. McGrath is also charged with building board leadership and capacity. Carla McGrath previously served as Art Lab Coordinator in the Department of Education and Community Programs at the Walker Art Center from 1995–2000. While at the Walker she was responsible for designing and teaching hands-on art projects for a wide range of visitors, with emphasis on K-12 education. Ms. McGrath holds a BA in English from Connecticut College and earned her JD from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Cole Rogers, Artistic Director & Master Printer
Cole Rogers is a co-founder of Highpoint and HP’s Artistic Director and Master Printer. From 1995–2000 he was Printshop Director and Printmaking Coordinator at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he taught, shaped curriculum and advocated for the art of printmaking. Previously he was chief printer at AKASHA in Minneapolis, and a Senior Printer at Tamarind Institute in New Mexico. He earned his BFA in Printmaking from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, an MFA in Printmaking from Ohio State University, and a Master Printer certificate from Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Highpoint Editions’ print publications created in collaboration with Rogers over the last ten years are represented in the permanent collections of many major museums, corporations and numerous private collections throughout the United States and abroad.
Zac Adams-Bliss, Senior Printer
Zac Adams-Bliss, Highpoint’s Senior Printer, grew up in Gillette, Wyoming. He received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in December, 2003. Prior to moving to Minnesota, he earned two Associate's Degrees at Northwest College in Powell, WY.
Zac began working for Highpoint Editions as an intern in 2003 and became a staff member in 2004. In his role at Highpoint Editions, he collaborates with local, national, and international artists to publish limited editions of their artwork. This includes all stages of proofing and editioning of prints such as pre-press preparation, color-matching, printing, and finalization of prints.
Outside of Highpoint he enjoys his vegetable garden, riding his bicycle, walking, and occasionally makes art. He usually chooses screen printing for his own artwork as it is the first form of non-commercial printing that he studied. The work is focused on the border between transience and permanence, and the futile impulse to stop change. Or the work is about something he thinks is funny at that moment.
Megan Anderson, Apprentice Printer
Megan Anderson is Highpoint’s Apprentice Printer and works with the Master Printer and Senior Printer. An artist and printer, she attended Savannah College of art and Design where she obtained a BA in photography in and minored in printmaking. Megan came to Highpoint Center for Printmaking as an intern in 2011 and continued as Assistant Printer until she was accepted into the Printer Training Program at Tamarind Institute. She received her Professional Printer Certificate in stone lithography from the Tamarind Institute in 2013. Her love for lithography and collaboration have stayed with her since. Megan came back to the Twin Cities area and has remained a contributing member to the Highpoint community, including contract printing and co-op membership.
Josh Bindewald, Director of Artist Programs
Josh Bindewald, Highpoint’s Director of Artist Programs, has been a member of the Highpoint family since July of 2012. As Highpoint has grown and evolved, so has his multi-faceted role within the organization. Josh coordinates the artist programs at Highpoint including the McKnight Fellowship for Printmakers, the Jerome Emerging Printmakers Residency, and the artists’ cooperative printshop. He manages exhibition logistics and is part of the exhibition planning team. Josh is responsible for preparing and shipping art to and from Highpoint. He also oversees the Studio Internship program, helps develop adult classes, and coordinates individual instruction in printmaking. Finally, Josh is vital to the appearance and condition of Highpoint facilities, inside and outside the building. In warmer months, he is often found tending the plants in Highpoint’s raingardens.
Josh studied Studio Art at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and after a few years of balancing day jobs with a studio practice, he sought an MFA. For his thesis exhibition in 2011, the Graduate School at Bradley University awarded him the Distinguished Graduate Scholarship Prize making him the first MFA candidate to receive the award. He was thrilled to join Highpoint a year later in a capacity that plays to his strengths and interests, yet is diverse and challenging enough to be continually exciting, and rewarding. Outside of Highpoint, and sometimes within, Josh’s interests vary widely. Topping the list would be dogs, gardening, golf, music, movies, memes, and podcasts. He also maintains an active studio practice. Josh’s artwork can be viewed at joshbindewald.com.
Sarah Mering, Operations & Communications Manager
Sarah Mering, Highpoint’s Operations and Communications Manager, has been involved at Highpoint in different capacities for most of her professional career. First, as an Education Program Intern in 2015, then as the Education and Community Programs Fellow from 2017-2018, and now in her current role. This position has allowed Sarah to combine her BFA in Studio Arts and BA in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota with her interest in making artwork and art programming more accessible to all. Sarah is excited to further utilize her skills in non-profit business operations, event planning, marketing, and fundraising while working at an organization that continues to improve the community she lives in.
Tyler Green, Education & Community Programs Manager
Tyler Green, Highpoint’s Education and Community Programs Manager, schedules and coordinates workshops, plans and runs community events, manages the classroom studio, and leads our amazing education team. He strives to bring the printmaking arts to the community, particularly to those who are underserved. “Teaching kids and adults a new art form is an incredible gift, people light up when they pull their first print,” says Tyler, “I can’t imagine a more inspiring job than the one I have.” In addition to working in Highpoint’s classroom, Tyler is an active Highpoint co-op member, maintaining his own printmaking practice. He also designs album art and posters for local bands. Tyler’s hobbies include camping, canoeing, biking, tabletop roleplaying games, aquarium keeping, and music.
Mari Marks Mondanelli, Gallery Director
Mari Mark Mondanelli, Highpoint’s Gallery Director, joined HP in June of 2018. With a background in gallery work and a BFA from Peck School of the Arts, University of WI Milwaukee, as well as Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence Italy, Mari has thorough knowledge of both local and international contemporary art.
In her position, Mari coordinates the exhibitions hosted at Highpoint Center for Printmaking, overseeing local, international, and juried shows. Mari serves as the main liaison of Highpoint’s publishing arm, Highpoint Editions, organizing marketing, preparing for print fairs, and developing traveling exhibition opportunities. Mari has greatly enjoyed the close knit community created at Highpoint and it’s commitment to increasing the appreciation and understanding art.
Nancy Ariza, Education and Community Programs Fellow
After graduating from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a BA in Art History and BFA in printmaking, Nancy joined Highpoint as an education intern and artist co-op member and later served as the Access/Print Teen Mentor from 2016-2017. Over the past six years, Nancy has been facilitating and developing youth art education programming throughout the Twin Cities. Most recently she served as the Education Programs Coordinator at the Walker Art Center where she developed K-12 school programs and served as the interim facilitator of the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC).
Kristin Bickal, Access/Print Teen Program Artist Mentor
Kristin began studying printmaking after a long career as an advertising Art Director. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design with a concentration in Fine Art Photography, and currently works as a freelance graphic designer. She was introduced to Highpoint through her daughter’s involvement with the Teen Access/Print program almost a decade ago, and was an Education intern for two semesters last year. She’s excited to return as Teen Mentor for the A/P program this Fall, while continuing to work on her own printmaking.
Interns & Volunteers:
Holly Rapoport, Studio Intern
Cass Macgowan, Studio Intern
Emerson Bartch, Education Intern
Laura Nakasaka, Education Intern
Madeline Cochran, Education Intern
Highpoint would also like to thank our former staff, interns, & volunteers. -more here