Jeffrey Ebeling is the Executive Director of Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts.  He can be reached at or (763) 574-1850.

Artists-in-Residence and Writer-in-Residence

Greg Lecker began his residency in March of 2017 and it will continue through August 2018. Greg looks forward to sharing his love of nature and art with Banfill-Locke visitors and students, and especially residents and workers of Fridley and the northern metropolitan Twin Cities. His residency will finish with an exhibit of his work created while at BLCA. The exhibit is scheduled for July 28 to August 25, 2018. Greg can be reached at .

Diego Vázquez Jr is the Banfill-Locke Writer-in -Residence through December 2017. During his residency he is working on his own writing and also leads the monthly critique group NorthWords Writers, which meets the fourth Saturday of the month. Diego 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, Treasurer 
Accountant and Writer

Joan Gilmore
Sailing Instructor

Elna Goodspeed
Textile Artist

Farida Hughes
Saint Paul
Artist, Designer, Communication Specialist

Joyce M. Schmidt

Lois Scholzen
Artist and Gardener

Chris Spencer
Artist and Theater Producer

Peter Stein

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

Joyce Vander Wyst
Arden Hills
Artist and Teacher


Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts depends on volunteers to help in a variety of ways.  In 2016 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.