Jeffrey Ebeling is the Executive Director of Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts.  Jeffrey studied Visual Arts and Culture from Lesley University College of Art and Design and Studio Art from the University of Northern Iowa. Passionate about engaging communities and empowering people through creativity, Jeffrey’s love of art sparked his entrepreneurial spirit to open Art Lab 9, an arts incubation space, and feed his love for community through service in several volunteer rolls for the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum. He can be reached at or (763) 574-1850.

Artists-in-Residence and Writer-in-Residence

Susan Gangsei began her residency in September of 2018 and it will continue through February 2020. Her residency will finish with an exhibit of her work created while at BLCA. The exhibit is scheduled for January 4 to February 1, 2020.

Sarah Ratterman Beahan is the Banfill-Locke Writer-in -Residence through June 2019. During the residency she is working on her own writing and also leads the monthly critique group NorthWords Writers, which meets the fourth Saturday of the month. Sarah can be reached at

Board of Directors

BLCA is governed by a board of directors who provide financial oversight, governance, vision, and volunteer support to BLCA. The board meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7 pm.  If you are interested in learning more about the board or attending a meeting, please contact the Center. The current Board of Directors include these hardworking individuals:

Ann Bolkcom, President
Fridley City Council and RN

Mary Schmidt, Vice President / Treasurer 
Accountant and Writer

Joan Gilmore, Secretary
Sailing Instructor

Elna Goodspeed
Textile Artist

Farida Hughes
Saint Paul
Artist, Designer, Communication Specialist

Joyce M. Schmidt

Chris Spencer
Artist and Theater Producer

Mary Jo Truchon
Artist, Naturalist, and Soil & Water Conservation Board, Anoka County

Christopher Van Rybroek

Joyce Vander Wyst
Arden Hills
Artist and Teacher

Charlie Weaver
General Manager, Minnesota Daily Newspaper

Honorary Directors:

Lois Scholzen
Artist and Gardener


Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts depends on volunteers to help in a variety of ways.  In 2017 volunteers gave over 1420 hours of volunteer time to BLCA.  Guest services volunteers staff the gift shop, answer the phone, register individuals for classes, and greet visitors.  Special events volunteers assist with exhibitions, Family Art Sundays, and Art at Rice Creek.  Office volunteers help with a variety of tasks, including mailings, data entry and filing.  Volunteers can work weekly, monthly, or as needed and volunteer tasks can be tailored to meet your schedule and interests.  If you are interested in volunteering at BLCA, please contact or 763-574-1850.


Each season an arts administration intern is selected to learn about the field and how governance, marketing, development, program planning, and general operations work at BLCA.  Generally internships are Winter/Spring, Summer, and Fall/Winter.

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts seeks motivated, organized, and hardworking individuals who can assist the organization in its work through an internship.  Hours are flexible, but are approximately 5 hours per week during regular business hours, with occasional evening and weekend work.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting with organizational marketing initiatives related to BLCA programs and events through traditional press releases, print materials, email marketing, website and social media.
  • Helping with the educational program, including registrations, confirmations, classroom preparations, evaluations, etc.
  • Work with writers and visual artists and the presentation of their work.
  • Assisting with fundraising initiatives, including grant writing, special events planning, gift shop sales, and membership engagement.

Banfill-Locke offers a stipend of $150 at the conclusion of the internship.

Applicants should have a basic understanding of office procedures, a desire to work in a creative art community, patience, strong writing skills, and be able to work as part of a team as well as independently.

Please send a resume and cover letter to or via mail to Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, 6666 East River Road, Fridley, MN 55432.