Pullman Arts Foundation was founded in 2020 as a catalyst for creative expression on the Palouse. Pullman Arts Foundation supports projects that engage local community members and regional artists. Pullman Arts Foundation is committed to bringing positive change to Pullman by giving local artists and community members a platform to share their ideas, as well as building national and international connections with other artists and communities.
Executive Director, Founder, and Board Member
Joe Hedges is an intermedia artist, community organizer, and former major label recording artist. Hedges was born and raised in rural Ohio and now lives in eastern Washington State. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and has led community public art projects in Pullman, Washington, Cincinnati, Ohio, and northern Kentucky. Recent solo exhibitions include Chase Gallery in Spokane, WA, and Artworks in Loveland, CO. Hedges is a recent recipient of an Innovate Artist Grant and a GAP Grant from Artist Trust in Seattle, WA.
Creative Director, Cofounder, Board member
Jiemei Lin is an artist born in Hangzhou, China, currently living and working in the Inland Northwest, Washington State. Lin works with digital and traditional media to create paintings, murals, and illustrations. Her works frequently take on themes of individual and cultural identity with a particular emphasis on design and color. Lin’s mission as Illustrator is to represent and communicate with all audiences from underrepresented groups in her own visual language. As a public artist, Lin has been designing and executing large-scale public murals in both the pacific and inland Northwest. These murals function like vignettes or moments of stories, inviting the viewer into the scene in order to imagine possible narratives.
June T. Sanders
Creative Director, Board member
June T Sanders is a trans artist, educator, and curator from South Central Washington State. She is an Assistant Professor with the Digital Technology and Culture Program at Washington State University and has also recently taught at Lightworks Photo lab and the New York Summer School of the Arts. Her work has been shown at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center (Denver), Amos Eno Gallery (Brooklyn), and Cascade Paragon Gallery (Portland) — and has appeared in Vice, Paper Journal, Leste Magazine, Humble Arts Foundation, and Lenscratch. She is a recent recipient of the 2020 Blue Sky Curatorial Prize & the New Hampshire Institute of Art Teti Research Fellowship
Development Director, Board member
Meg Gollnick is the Co-founder of the Pullman Schools Pantry Program and founder of the Pullman Food Rescue Program. Before becoming a professional volunteer, Meg spent 13 years as the Laboratory Director for the Wheat Genetics and Breeding Program at WSU. She now organizes and plans food rescue events and helps facilitate food/toiletries/toys delivered directly to homes via community volunteers. Meg has also chaired two individual mural projects at two elementary schools and was a committee member of the WA State Arts Commission.
Project Coordinator, Board member
Sarah Elizabeth Barnett is a painter from North Texas, presently residing in Washington State. She received her MFA in 2022 from Washington State University, where she currently teaches as an adjunct instructor. Sarah has exhibited both regionally and nationally, including the 2021 AXA Art Prize Exhibition at NYAA, MANIFEST in Cincinnati, OH, the Women’s Museum in Fair Park, Dallas, TX, and the Chase Gallery in Spokane, WA. A devoted oil painter with a background in figure drawing, Sarah’s figurative works are highly rendered and distorted. Recently, she has contributed to several public mural projects in the Pullman community.