Our Board

Liz Dodson, President

Liz Dodson graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and she received her BS and MS Art Education degrees from the University of Minnesota. After living two years in South Africa during the 80’s, she traveled for 14 months through 26 countries.

In 2003 Liz, video artist, curator, social activist, co-president of the MN Women’s Caucus for Art, WCA . Her artwork.has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. She served on the WCA National Board, and was appointed with Jeanne Philipp to serve as co-chairs of the WCA New Media Committee. Liz brought ten years of WCA board experience, WCA Midwest regional leadership and development as well as media work with Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, WILPF to the committee. She curated WCA New Media Video Shorts Exhibitions in Atlanta, Seattle, New York and LA. In 2004 Dodson and Philipp co-shared a College Art Association, CAA Conference session “Negotiation Collaboration in Aesthetics and Social Change” in Seattle.

Liz received a Puffin Grant for her video artwork in 2004 and 2009.   Outcomes from that puffin grant were further curated exhibitions“A Place at the Table” exhibitions in Chicago, in 2007 and the Michigan WCA Chapter in Ann Arbor, MI in 2008.

Some of her curated art exhibitions that included her artwork, Elements 2000 , video/sculpture installation, a collaboration with her sculptor son, James Brenner was exhibited in NYC and traveled to the Art/ Technology Museum in Connecticut.  Another video/sculpture collaboration H2O Pixel Pixilated was installed at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY in 2007. These were part of a series of mother/son art collaborations, including one in the Women and Water Rights Exhibition, WWR, titled Restoring Balance, 2010 at the Katherine E.Nash Gallery, U of MN, in Minneapolis, MN., another later that year in Rochester, MN.  The Restoring Balance II version has traveled to Saint Paul, MN, Houghton MI and Hudson WI. Also, the Restoring Balance I and II, video/sculpture installations, were part of the Boundary: Art and Life Exhibition shown internationally in Tianjin, China, 2013, and then in another exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum there in China, 2014. In 2016 they exhibited again in Tianjin Museum in, Tianjin China.

As co-coordinator, she curated the Women and Water Rights Exhibition at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, in 2010, on women and water activist issues, the website is available at womenandwater.net. Because of the tremendous response to this exhibition she has been asked to be on the steering committee and include another art installation for both the Sustainable Acts Mother Earth Embrace Exhibition, SAMEE in 2015/16, on the MN St.Paul Campus and served as a planer and consulter of the Women and Money Exhibition, 2016, at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery.

Ellen Schillace, Vice-President (Fundraising & Chapter Relationships)

Ellen Schillace, an artist, curator and social pioneer, currently the vice president for International Association of Female Artists.  She has been past President of the Minnesota Women’s Caucus for Art, co-founder of the WAVE GALLERY in lower town St. Paul in the early 80”s and on the board of WARM. She has shown her work nationally and internationally including Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, International Design Center in Minneapolis, and had Many of her images have been used for such organizations as Partners for Women’s Equality, CODE PINK, St. Anthony Park Neighbors for Peace and Celebrate Yourself. Her curatorial debut of the WOMEN AND MONEY PROJECT at the University of Minnesota Katherine E. Nash Gallery stretched her to new levels. Her work is in multiple private collections throughout the United States, Canada, China and Africa.

Meng Tang, Vice-President (Memberships Chair)
Meng Elizabeth Tang, vice-president of the International Association of Female Artists, was born and raised in China. Her life has given her extensive experience in dealing with the cultural differences that inspire much of her work. She earned Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Beijing Film Academy, a Master’s degree in Media Art at NYU, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in New Media Arts at the University of Minnesota. As an artist, she works in many different media  – including film, video installation, photography, sculpture, and performance art. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and collected by Korean Cultural Center in Beijing, as well as by many private collectors in the U.S. and China.  She has curated five art shows in China and two in the United States; and she has published one translated book, two catalogs, and many articles. She is currently vice-president of the Minnesota chapter of Women’s Caucus for Art and was recently named Executive Director of Education of US-CHINA CULTURAL MEDIA GROUP.


Lynette Black, Vice-President (Fundraising & Chapter Relations)

Lynnette is an artist seeking to raise awareness of global issues such as mass migration, equal rights, environmental justice, and racial justice.  A cooperative member of Highpoint Center for Printmaking, she has exhibited nationally, including twice at the Katherine Nash Gallery, Regis Center for the Arts, University of Minnesota, in “Women and Water Rights” and “Women and Money”. In 2018 her print “Wood Nymph” was selected by Juror Crawford Alexander Mann, curator for Prints and Drawings, Smithsonian American Art Museum, for the Biennial International Juried Exhibition, Highpoint Center for Printmaking.

She is a long-term member of Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA), and also an active member of the International Association of Female Artists (IAFA) and Art to Change the World.

Becky Fillinger, Vice-President (Communications)

As Director of Project Management, Becky oversees and supports the implementation of strategic partnerships and initiatives.  Becky has many years of experience in non-profits – She is a Board member for the West Virginia Access Center for Higher Education and was a former Board member at Dakota Woodlands, a women’s homeless shelter in Eagan, MN.   Her board work includes program development and execution, fund raising and innovative solutions for persistent problems.

Becky holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia Tech, a law degree from American University and a mini-MBA in non-profit management from St. Thomas University.
She is passionate about equity in education and justice, cross-cultural artistic and historical programs and the anything related to the sport of bicycling.

Our Directors and Chairs

Laurel O’Gorman, Director of Operations
Joko Edu, Chair (Nigeria Chapter)