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

Founding Directors:

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.

Highpoint Staff:

Zac Adams-Bliss, Senior Printer

Zac Adams-Bliss began working for Highpoint Editions as an intern in 2003. He received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Megan Anderson, Apprentice Printer

Megan is an experienced printmaker: she earned her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and she holds a Professional Printer Certificate from the Tamarind Institute. Her extensive hands-on printmaking experience, enthusiasm and cheerful attitude will be invaluable as apprentice printer.

Josh Bindewald, Exhibitions & Artists’ Cooperative Manager

Josh has an MFA in printmaking from Bradley University and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. From 2010–2012 he taught printmaking, foundations, and intro art courses at Bradley University and Illinois Central College. Josh maintains an active artistic practice primarily working in screenprinting, intaglio, monotype, and collage. 

Sarah Mering, Operations & Communications Manager

Sarah moved to Minneapolis from North Dakota in 2012 to attend the University of Minnesota. There she obtained her BFA in studio arts with a focus in printmaking, as well as a BA in communication studies. While attending the U of M Sarah was an Education Intern at Highpoint, and served as the Education and Community Programs Fellow from 2017-2018.

Tyler Green, Education & Community Programs Manager

Hailing from White Bear Lake, MN, Tyler finished college at UW Madison with a BFA in printmaking and a minor in Environmental Studies. He began working at Highpoint in 2012 as an Education Intern. He has held positions at all levels of Highpoint's education program before eventually becoming the Education & Community Programs Manager. Tyler also works with youths with autism, and maintains his own printmaking practice.

Mari Marks Mondanelli, Gallery Director

Mari graduated from the University of WI Milwaukee, earning a BFA in Fine Arts, with a focus on ceramics and painting. She spent a year living in Florence, Italy, studying contemporary European Art and the Italian Renaissance. Having returned to her home state of MN, Mari is thrilled to be joining Highpoint where she can increase her knowledge of printmaking, be part of a larger artistic community, and share her passion for 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:

  • Blake Love, Studio Intern

  • Cecelia Richter, Studio Intern

  • Stella Williams, Education Intern

  • Stanzi Schalter, Education Intern

Highpoint would also like to thank our former staff, interns, & volunteers.  -more here