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Board & Staff

As a nonprofit organization, the Upstairs Artspace operates with an advising Board of Directors. These Directors are nominated by current Board members and serve on a voluntary basis for a term of two years. The Board is organized into sub committees such as Exhibits, Marketing, Programs, Executive, Finance and Hospitality that meet regularly or an an ad-hoc basis depending upon the level of activity each committee requires in order for the Gallery to operate. Committee members can be community members that do not sit on the Board of Directors but who have a vested interest in the success of the Gallery and their area of interest.

Current Board Members

  • John Walters

  • Secretary:
  • Vice President:

    Jim Cullen

  • Treasurer:

    Patti Troubaugh
    I was pleased to be invited to join the UA board in 2018 where I currently serve as Treasurer.  I moved to Tryon in 2016 and part of the appeal of this area was the very visable artisitc community.  As a semi-retired Interior Designer I believe that art is essential for a vibrant community and UA adds tremendously to that effort.  Being on the board is a small way I can help insure we highlight the rare talents among us and inspire others we have yet to discover.

  • Past President:

    Mary Prioleau

Board Members

  • J. Alan Peoples
  • Alexia Timberlake Boyd

Gallery Staff

  • Jen Gordon
    Over the past 15 years, I have worked in the field of arts administration, particularly museum and gallery management, non-profit management, event coordination, and curatorial advising and exhibition coordination. I have a breadth of experience working in varying gallery environments from University galleries to non-profit community arts organizations. Simultaneously, I have been civically engaged in public art installation, creative place-making, and collection management for both Tampa, FL and Asheville, NC.

    In 2003, while attending Humboldt State University (HSU), I began working as the Assistant Director for the HSU Reese Bullen Gallery. There I was responsible for all aspects of managing the permanent collection, acquisitions, database management, exhibition design, and gallery management. Additionally, I was the Program Director for the campus Student Access Gallery program responsible for running 3 locations, writing and implementing annual budgets, and curating student exhibitions. I also worked as a gallery assistant for the University’s auxiliary site, the 1st Street Gallery, and sat on their advisory committee. As an intern for the Morris Graves Museum in Eureka, CA, I worked on database design, collection assessment, and digital cataloging. I graduated from HSU in 2006 with a double major in Studio Art and Art History with a certificate in Museum and Gallery Practices.

    When I moved to Asheville in 2008, I immediately became involved in the art community through civic engagement sitting on the Downtown Master Plan Arts & Culture Subcommittee providing input on best practices for municipal facilitation of public art. By 2010, I was the Executive Director of local arts non-profit, Arts 2 People, the Vice Chair of the Public Art and Cultural Commission (PACC) for the City of Asheville, the Festival Director
    for the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival (LAAFF) and Goombay! In 2012, I became the Exhibitions Manager for the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC). During my tenure with the AAAC, I had the privilege of developing a project for an innovative production facility in a 15,000 square foot industrial building in the South Slope called the Refinery Creator Space. All AAAC programs and operations, including their Artist Resource Center media lab, Artist Business Brainstorms, & Exhibitions, were housed in the building along with 4 other non-profit organizations and 10 individual artist entrepreneurs.

    I am passionate about contemporary art and culture and believe that it is essential for the health of our communities as well as our society at large to have access to and a dialogue with those active in creating.

  • Elena Hernandez-Rubio

    Gallery Assistant

A gallery such as the Upstairs requires untold hours of selfless devotion and dedication. While we would love to name all of the wonderful Gallery Managers, Co-Managers and Volunteers past and present, in this limited space, we can only list a few of the many currently involved.

Current Volunteers

  • Marie King
  • Steve King
  • Dale McEntire
  • Wyndy Morehead
  • Jen Packard
  • Diane Samsel
  • Alexia Timberlake Boyd
  • David Zacharias
  • SueAnne Lang
    SueAnne Lang


  • Nancy Holmes

Committee Members

  • Nancy Holmes

    Nancy Holmes

  • Dale McEntire
    Dale McEntire

    A native of Western North Carolina, Dale has been involved in the visual arts since his training at Mercer University, and has continued to evolve as an artist through private studies in the U.S. and Europe, and training at Penland School of Craft.  His interest in the spiritual essence of nature can be seen in his use of color and form.  Dale produces both oil and pastel paintings and sculpture (stone, steel, glass, bronze) out of his studio in Saluda, North Carolina.  He has been represented by galleries in Western North Carolina and the Southeast, and for the past several years has been selected to participate in public art events and outdoor sculpture shows.  

    I have been connected to the Upstairs Artspace in various roles over the years and in for the past few years have been a part of the Exhibits Committee. This is a function of the gallery that is interesting to me and I appreciate the opportunity to learn about new artist and their process. The gallery has long provided a space to bring new and diverse work to the with the community and the ongoing support is encouraging. I realize I am not going to be a champion of everything the gallery presents but I find that to be a learning experience also.

  • Polk County Community Foundation
    Polk County Community Foundation

    Upstairs Artspace is supported, in part, by the Polk County Community Foundation