GO ART! Staff

GREGORY A. HALLOCK is the Executive Director at the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council. 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 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. 



Mary Jo Whitman
Education/SCR Coordinator
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MARY JO WHITMAN is the Education/SCR Coordinator at GO ART!. She earned a MA in Critical Museum Studies from the University of Buffalo. Graduating from SUNY Brockport summa cum laude, she holds a BA in Studio Arts with a concentration in Sculpture and a minor in Art History. She also has an AAS in Fine Arts from Genesee Community College. Prior to accepting the position at GO ART! Mary Jo was the Art Gallery Coordinator for the Rosalie “Roz” Steiner Art Gallery at Genesee Community College, where she focused on enhancing the students’ education through exposure to a variety of mediums and art forms while curating diverse and dynamic exhibitions for the community to enjoy. Passionate about promoting and fostering the arts, she served on the Board of Directors at GO ART! from 2015-2018, chairing the External Affairs and Gallery Committees. Mary Jo has also had the honor of speaking as a guest lecturer to several artistic and educational groups, as well as served as a juror for many exhibitions across the region, including the Congressional Art Competition for the 27th District.  

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Jodi Fisher
Administrative Assistance
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JODI FISHER is the Administrative Assistant at GO ART! Jodi has a MS from the University at Buffalo with a Professional Business Management Certificate.  Jodi had the opportunity to live in France for a year while she was 14 years old.  While she was there she enjoyed traveling around Europe and emerging herself in the history, arts and culture.  Jodi enjoys visiting museums, art galleries, art shows, writing poetry, spending time outdoors and spending time with her family.


Alison Lincoln

ALISON LINCOLN  is the bookkeeper at GO ART! Alison has a BS from Keuka College where she holds a dual major in Accounting and Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. She gained her experience from previously working as an auditor for Freed Maxick. Alison enjoys attending performances at Shea's Performing Arts Center as well as spending time outdoors with her husband, 3 boys and a dog.


GO ART! Artist in Residence/Teaching Artist

Susan Ferrari Rowley   Susan Ferrari Rowley has been an artist and arts educator her whole life; choosing both as a career. Her degrees are in Art Education, with a Master of Science in Teaching and a Master of Fine Arts. Susan is a Professor Emeritus at Monroe Community College. Her art exhibition career has spanned decades, with major exhibitions early in her career such as Young Americans, a selection of 50 artists under age 30 that represented the future, and the Venice Biennial of Sculpture 2018, where she was one of 30 selected sculptors internationally.
Jill Pettigrew

Jill Pettigrew has been an Artist ever since receiving her first box of 64 Crayola Crayons at the age of five! Jill graduated summa cum laude from Edinboro University of PA, earning a degree in Art Education and a Master’s degree in Painting. Her career in the Arts spans several decades and includes teaching K through 12 with 11 years spent as a high school Art teacher; Paint & Sip Instructor; grocery store artist; owner & operator of her own teaching studio offering art classes and workshops;  public mural designer and painter; Art show judge; adjunct Art Education professor at Nazareth college; and most recently, Winner of the 2021 “Taste of Buffalo” Poster Contest! As a trained and experienced Art teacher, Jill’s expertise not only lies in her knowledge and skills within a wide-variety of Visual Art mediums and genres, but she is passionate about simplifying techniques and processes, sharing and teaching others, specifically those who don’t consider themselves “artists” or who are intimidated by the Arts and art-making in general. Jill’s vision and mission is to help provide Arts-Participation Opportunities within our communities, taking a constructivist approach - to learn by doing! “Everyone IS creative and can experience the satisfaction, personal joy, and FUN of the Art-making process.”  In addition to enjoying a wide variety of arts & crafts, Jill is an avid reader, loves cooking, baking, gardening, camping, fishing, playing games, working on house projects with her husband Jeremy and hanging out with their 6 grandkids and 4 dogs. 

Gaitrie Subryan  
Gaitrie Subryan is a Guyanese born, Bronx raised, Buffalo based Choreographer, Dancer, Yoga Instructor and Teaching Artist, who loves to share her upbringing, culture and tradiations through dance, yoga and visual art. She is honored to have worked with organizations that include Young Audiences of Western New York, Nichols Academy, Zodique Dance, and her own dance troupe, Devi Bollywood Performing Arts. Gaitrie’s work has been financially supported by Pick of Crop, NYSCA, Arts Services Initive, and the Arts in Education Roundtable. She is a 2022 Women in Business honoree through the Women’s Business Center at Canisus College and a SPARK award nominee for Leading where you are, which celebrates sand recognizes an individual from across the Western New York arts community for their dedication, talent, and impact on the arts and cultural sector. Gaitrie focuses on building and creating relationships within the community through her work. She recently produced her first short film titled “Speak Up, Speak Out” movement-based film that focuses on bringing the issue of domestic violence out of the shadows while encouraging healing conversations through the transformative power of dance, music, and storytelling. She holds endless gratitude for her family, friends, mentors and supporters who continue to support her through her journey.  
Ted Canning  

TED CANNING, a percussionist and native of Cleveland, Ohio, has done extensive freelance work in the northeast United States performing classical music, theater, big band and jazz.   His world music studies and performances include Ghanaian, Haitian, Brazilian and Senegalese drumming in a variety of ensembles.  From his start as a lead pan player and founding member of the Pandemonium Steelband of Wesleyan University, Ted now performs with the steel drum here in the US as well as in Europe and Latin America.  He performs in numerous styles, from Caribbean dance music to new classical works.  Ted was the steel drum soloist in performances in Siena, Italy, Mexico City, Mexico and at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, and has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester, New York.  He has performed as well with national champions “Phase II Pan Groove” in Trinidad and Tobago, and with numerous steelbands in Brooklyn, New York.  Ted now leads the Panloco Steelband, the “Steel Alchemy” Community Steelband, and the RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) Steel Band.  He performs with the Trinidad and Tobago Steelband, and has performed with “pan” players from Trinidad and around the world.    

Since 1993, Ted has been devoted to arts in education as a lead teaching artist.  He has presented performances, workshops and residencies in schools, colleges, and community settings throughout Western New York and Pennsylvania.  In addition to presentations of steelband and other world musics, Ted has used music to teach fundamental curriculum skills such as math, language skills, social studies, history and science, illuminating concepts to students and opening doors to other styles of learning. 

Ruben T. Ornelas   Ruben T. Ornelas has taught dance at K-12 public schools, community colleges, universities and professional schools in the Americas, Europe, and East Africa.  He has a BFA in Dance from Juilliard, and a  MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan. Ornelas has had the privilege of presenting his work at venues in Canada, U.S. Mexico, Guatemala, and Uganda.  He has been a Fulbright Specialist to Mexico and Guatemala, and an Artist in Residence at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in New Mexico. 
Keith Walters   Keith Walters is a professional photographer and video producer from Geneseo, NY with over a decade of experience. After spending ten years working in media production for higher education, Keith opened The Gallery in the Valley and pursued his passion for visual arts full time. His experience in the field of photography and videography has taken him around the world for a variety of clients. At his core is a passion for storytelling and a love for the outdoors, which shows most predominately in his landscape photography. His landscape photography seeks to inspire a sense of awe, incorporating large skies, bold colors and dramatic contrasts of light and dark. He currently lives in the village of Geneseo with his wife, Joanna, and their two children, Rowan and Finn.
Annette Daniels Taylor   Annette Daniels Taylor, is an award winning theater artist, poet, and artist-filmmaker. The author of the children's series The Marvelous Marvella J.Q: Marvella Finds Her Magic (west44books, 2022) about an Afro-latina who talks to animals, and her novels in verse, Shoot the Storm (west44books, 2022) and Dreams on Fire (west44books, 2018). Poetic journeys following Black teenage girls facing challenges living in Buffalo, New York’s East side. As a filmmaker Annette's cinematic poems are screened and exhibited internationally. Her poems are featured in The Poetry Collection of the University Libraries Buffalo, New York's 15th Three Poems chapbook series. Other books include Street Pharmacist and other poetic tales; and Hush now, poems to read aloud. Honors include recipient of the Creatives Rebuild New York Artist Employee Program, New York State Public Humanities fellow, Arthur A. Schomburg fellow, and Lincoln Center Education Leadership fellow. 
Annette teaches Writing for Broadcast at SUNY Buffalo State College Communication Department and Acting with D'Youville University's Dramatic Theater Arts MFA program.



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