Abby Kosberg is the Executive Director of the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts.

Her background is in art history and curatorial work and her passion for art accessibility through education, exhibitions, and public art projects is what has led her to her current position at the BLCA. She has worked at a host of arts organizations including museums, nonprofits, and commercial galleries such as the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, GA, Rebecca Hossack Art Galleries in London, and the Wriston Art Center in Appleton, WI. Most recently she served as the Gallery and Education Director at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation in Watkinsville, Georgia. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Studio Art, and German from Lawrence University, and her Master’s in Art History from the University of Georgia.

She can be reached via email at or phone at (763) 574-1850.


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 (January 4 – February 1, 2020).

Sarah Ratterman Beahan is the Banfill-Locke Writer-in-Residence through December 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

The 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 us.

Ann Bolkcom – President
Fridley, Fridley City Council and RN

Charlie Weaver – Vice President
Minneapolis, Executive Director, Minnesota Daily Newspaper

Joan Gilmore – Secretary
Fridley, Sailing Instructor

Dave Ostwald

Stephanie Ostwald

Chris Spencer
Minneapolis, Artist and Theater Producer

Christopher Van Rybroek
Blaine, Attorney

Honorary Directors:

  • Lois Scholzen
  • Elna Goodspeed
  • Mary Jo Truchon
  • Joyce Vander Wyst


Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts depends on volunteers to help in a variety of ways including staffing the gift shop, organizing events, and setting up exhibitions.  If you are interested in volunteering at BLCA, please contact or call (763) 574-1850.


The BLCA is always looking for qualified interns to join our team! If you are interested in interning with us, please email Abby ( The BLCA offers stipends, class credit, or community service hours as compensation.