Wild Goose Creative is about a lot of things: sustainable partnerships and artistic collaborations. It’s about giving artists resources and facilitating their work. It’s about creating a space for people to experience art and engage each other, to tell stories and listen. It's about participating in the growing arts culture of Columbus, Ohio. Mostly, Wild Goose Creative is about helping to build a vibrant community of people who care about creativity.
Our mission: To build a creative community at the intersection of art, risk and meaning.
WGC is always looking for community leaders, volunteers, committee and board members. Drop us a line if you're interested in getting involved! Visit our events page to see the creative artistic projects and collaborations that call Wild Goose Creative home."
Patrick often says, “I’m not an artist, but I love the arts.” He has spent his career supporting artists and is dedicated to fostering growth in the organizations that support them.
Patrick is a native of Columbus and has been working in the non-profit sector for more than 17 years. He came to us after serving as the Executive Director of Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus. His volunteer experience in the arts is extensive and includes work as an Arts Day Committee Member for Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation and as Membership Co-Chair for Columbus Arts Marketing Association.
Before joining Wild Goose Creative as Operations Coordinator in 2017, Lydia completed her Bachelor's in Arts Management from Ohio State University and Master's degree in Advanced Chinese Language and Culture at Peking University.
Lydia has worked for internationally recognized galleries and museums in America and China, as well as completed two years of extensive research regarding cultural policy in Beijing.
Our Board of Directors advocate for art in Columbus and guide the organization with their talents, time and pocketbooks.
Heather Lynn Kyle, President
Heather Lynn Kyle is a graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design, with experience in galleries, non-profit and marketing. She is currently the Design Director for the Employee Experience team at JPMorgan Chase. Heather, a painter and performance artist, is the founder of Performance Art Day and has been spearheading Wild Art Columbus, our biannual fundraiser, for the past few years.
DOUG CRAVEN, SECRETARY
Douglas Craven has a passion for small business, creative entrepreneurs, and community development. Most recently he joined Geben Communications, a PR firm that helps emerging brands and forward-thinking, established companies excel in a social world. Previously, he spent 6 years with ECDI in various roles including Director of Marketing and Corporate Advancement. Originally from New Jersey, Douglas relocated to Columbus for Masters and Doctoral Programs at The Ohio State University.
JESSIE GLOVER BOETTCHER
Jessie Glover Boettcher is a collaborative theatre artist, teacher, and advocate for the arts. She is the founder and lead facilitator for the Ohio Prison Arts Connection, a coalition that brings people and art together inside and outside of prisons. She teaches theatre and arts administration at Otterbein University and Ohio State University, and leads Theatre of Conviction, a company of men making theatre at Marion Correctional Institution. Along with several wonderful friends and artists, she co-founded Wild Goose Creative in 2006 and has served on the board of directors to build programs and oversee the organization ever since. She holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota and lives with her husband Karl and two great kids, Max and Amos.
A graduate of Columbus College of Art & Design, Graham Fisher serves as Partner & Creative Director at CivitasNow, an experiential activation firm in Columbus, Ohio. He’s a strong advocate for the arts and an avid art collector. He sits on the Pizzuti Pacesetters Steering Committee and his work has been locally and nationally recognized, including a One Show Pencil and a National Addy award.
KRIS HOWELL, TREASURER
Kris Howell is the CXO of Columbus Idea Foundry. He holds a B.A. in English and Political Science from Miami University of Ohio with an additional focus on poetry, philosophy, and etymology. His past work includes Facilities Manager at CoverMyMeds and contributing to the development of 400 W. Rich and Strongwater Food and Spirits. He was led to the neighborhood as the co-owner of ThoughtCo, a screenprinting and design company that focused on public interaction and artist collaboration.
Jessie received her Master’s Degree in Arts Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University in 2016. Currently, she is the Assistant Director for Alumni and Constituent Engagement for The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is also the author of the blog Creativity in the City. She is a pianist, lifelong lover of the arts, and a passionate advocate for arts education and access to the arts for all members of the community.
MICHAEL J. MORRIS
PERFORMANCE ART DAY
Michael J. Morris is choreographer, performer, writer, yoga teacher, and Visiting Assistant Professor at Denison University where they teach in the Department of Dance, Queer Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Michael’s writing has been published in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater and a number of academic journals, and they regularly present research at conferences in dance and performance studies, queer studies, and transgender communities. Michael holds a PhD in Dance Studies from The Ohio State University.
Samantha Nawrath is a visual artist and student of the History of Art & Visual Culture program at Columbus College of Art & Design, with concentrations in curation and printmaking.
Loke Shao Xun is a driven business professional and pathblazer. He is working on PatronArt.com, an online art marketplace that helps independent artists sell their artwork and services. Via this vehicle, he hopes to bring the global art ecosystem into the 21st century. His mission is to create value for society by promoting fine art and to provide an avenue for art practitioners to live with dignity. Loke believes in sincere interactions, and that the hard times naturally herald the good. His family is based in Singapore and London, and he lives and works in Columbus Ohio on an E2 Treaty Investor Visa.
Patrick Katzenmeyer is Director of Development for the Pizzuti Companies. He also owns Market 65, a fast-casual restaurant on Capitol Square specializing in locally-sourced food. Previous roles include Emerging Brands Director for Print Syndicate, Shops Director at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Policy Director for Obama for America, Special Assistant on Economic Development for Ted Strickland, and public relations work at Paul Werth Associates. Patrick has a BA in Finance and Economics from Ohio University and an MBA from The Ohio State University with a focus on strategy.
Barbara Allen is the Co-Founder of Columbus Unscripted, Director of The Columbus Improv Festival, founding member of Sassy Do! Improv, and Stand Up for Stand Up and Co-Director of Educational Initiatives. She celebrates the practical applications between improvisation and leadership working most recently with The Columbus Blue Jackets, The Child Development Council of Franklin County, The Praxis Communities of Southern Ohio, The Theatre Roundtable of Columbus, The State of Ohio Training Association (SOTA), The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), The United Way of Central Ohio Neighborhood Leadership Academy, Ohio Dominican University and The Ohio State University.
MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT
Carl McKinney is a visual artist based out of Columbus, Ohio. He spends most of his creatively-focused time in photography but has interests that range from architecture and urban planning to health and wellness, to music and writing
Erin Aluise is an artist from Columbus, Ohio. She lived in Phoenix and enjoyed working at the Tempe Center for the Arts before returning to her hometown. Large-scale fiber and outdoor sculpture are her preferred modes of expression. Many works take on organic shapes with vibrant colors and textures. Currently working with acrylic, charcoal, and performance in addition to her sculptural work. She is developing a database for artists and makers. Her hope is to create a usable interface that will help keep artists organized and become business conscious. Erin received her BFA in Sculpture from Ohio University and her Office Specialist Certification from CSCC.
The Wild Goose Creative Advisory Board meets twice yearly and provides valuable feedback to the Board of Directors and represent Wild Goose Creative in the community.
Blake Compton, Advisory Chair, Compton Construction
Lori Gum, Stonewall Columbus
Amy Tillinghast, Experience Columbus
Michelle Isroff, Big Red Rooster
Lenny Kolada, Commonhouse Ales
Chris Hamel, Gateway Film Center
Jesse Jones, Columbus State Community College
Kristen Schmidt, Freelance Writer
Tyler Steele, U.S. Green Building Council
Melissa Starker, Wexner Center for the Arts