GO ART! Staff


Jennifer Gray 
Executive Director
(585) 343-9313
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  JENNIFER GRAY is the current Executive Director at GO ART!, the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council located in Batavia, NY. Jennifer earned a B.A. in Art Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo, with a minor in Art Therapy. She worked as a middle school art educator for seven years in both New York and North Carolina where she was in charge of designing the current visual arts program for Wakefield Middle School. Jennifer served as the Wake County Middle Schools Arts Ed Coordinator, creating continuing education opportunities and enrichment for middle school arts teachers. She was apart of both state and national arts educators associations and presented workshops in the NY State Arts Education Seminars. Recently, Jennifer served as the Marketing & Advertising adviser for her family owned and operated restaurants in Raleigh, NC and Batavia, NY. She assisted in the creation of several ad campaigns working specifically on logo, slogan, and print advertising. Jennifer is the mother of two elementary children and currently resides in Batavia, NY. Her passions include drawing, painting, sculpting, and most recently quilting. Jennifer appreciates the traditional/hand-crafted arts more than anything and enjoys the story telling discoveries associated with collecting these pieces.


Gregory A. Hallock
Assistant Director & DEC Grant Coordinator
ghallock@goart.org (585) 343-9313
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  GREGORY A. HALLOCK is Assistant Director at Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council. He is also the DEC Grant Program Coordinator, New York State Council on the Arts, for Genesee and Orleans Counties. Gregory holds an M.A. in Arts Management from the University at Buffalo, a B.S. from SUNY Brockport in Theatre with an acting concentration and minor in dance, and an A.A. from Genesee Community College in Theatre Arts. Having a background in arts and cultural studies, Gregory has traveled to and studied in Italy, The Netherlands, England, The Philippines, Japan, and Singapore. In Singapore he was part of the Theatre Training & Research Programme, "The Arts and Cultural Identity in a Borderless World," which focused on current issues of international arts management such as international models of arts funding, public policy making, and performance & visual arts. Gregory is also an Eagle Scout. With the Scouts he traveled to the 18th World Jamboree in The Netherlands where the theme was Future is Now . The event was attended by Royalty from the Netherlands, Sweden, Jordan, and Sadako Ogata, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Gregory has also represented Congressional Districts from Western New York, New York City, Hawaii, and California at Museum Advocacy Day in Washington D.C., meeting with four Congressional Representatives discussing the needs of and for Museums. He has lived in Cattaraugus, Erie, and Genesee Counties, along with New York City, Los Angeles, and Honolulu. Prior to GO ART! Gregory has worked at Shea's Performing Arts Center and Squeaky Wheel/Buffalo Media Resources.


Karen Canning
Traditional Arts Coordinator
folkarts@goart.org (585) 343-9313
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KAREN CANNING is the founding Director (1997) of GLOW Traditions, a program that documents, researches and presents traditional arts and folklife in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties. She holds an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, where her research focused on Mexican indigenous music and American traditional dance and music. Canning’s work in western New York includes traditional American music genres; ethnic music, dance, and arts (Hispanic, Italian, Polish); artists’ residencies; world dance traditions; foodways; Native American arts; occupational folklore; rodeo arts; and rural-based arts. Her public programs encompass concerts, lectures, workshops, arts education residencies, festivals, and exhibits. Canning is an active member of the New York Folklore Society and American Folklore Society, frequently participating in statewide initiatives to support New York’s traditional cultures. She is also a cellist and steel pan player, and a member of Panloco Steel Band.


Carol Hertel
Program Assistant
volunteer@goart.org (585) 343-9313
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  CAROL HERTEL is the AmeriCorps intern at GO ART!. Carol holds a Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing from D’Youville College and a Master of Science in Nursing from SUNY Buffalo. She has spent 45 years as a registered nurse in a variety of nursing roles. The majority of those years she was employed by the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Batavia and most recently at Batavia Hematology-Oncology. Carol and her husband are working on their bucket travel list, enjoying the culture, history, art and traditions of the countries they visit. She takes great pleasure in her four granddaughters. Carol is still looking for her inner artist. She has dabbled in writing poetry, creating needlework, sewing medieval clothing, playing instruments, painting in watercolor and photographing her travels.