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Class of Fall 2023

  • Jennifer Lanham

    As a former music teacher and emerging arts leader, Jenny is mission-oriented and advocates for equitable arts education for students of all ages. Born and raised in Houston, Jenny grew up playing the flute and participated in a variety of performing ensembles during her school days. She attended Baylor University and earned her Bachelor of Music Education in 2013. For the next eight years, she taught music at a Title I elementary school in West Houston. In 2021, she began her MA in Arts Leadership with the University of Houston with hopes of expanding her professional skillset and gaining a new perspective. During this time, she assisted the Arts Leadership department as Program Coordinator. Also, she worked with the Education and Community Engagement department at the Houston Symphony where she supported their Student Concert Series, Family Concerts, Community Connections, and other programs and events. She is looking forward to continuing her journey at the University of Houston in her new role as Ensemble Support and Events Manager for the Moores School of Music!

    "Joining the Arts Leadership program at UH has been one of the best decisions I've made in my career. It has irrevocably impacted my life, and I have transformed not only as a professional but as a person. This degree has challenged me, pushed me out of my comfort zone, and allowed me to learn and grow in more ways than I thought possible. As I graduate, I am taking away invaluable knowledge, experiences, and resources including the best professional network I could have asked for."

  • Madi Murphy

    Madi Murphy is a dynamic arts professional who combines her passion for visual arts with experience in curatorial administration and exhibition coordination. Madi holds a Master of Arts in Arts Leadership and a Graduate Certificate in Museum and Gallery Management from the University of Houston, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Maryland Institute College of Art. In her present role as Curatorial Administrative Assistant for Modern and Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Madi plays a pivotal role in supporting the curatorial department's diverse activities. Prior to her current role, Madi served as Curatorial Assistant and Research Associate at FotoFest and Exhibitions Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). At FotoFest, Madi’s writing and curatorial assistance for the 2022 Biennial, If I Had a Hammer, was critical to the success of the exhibition. She contributed six artist essays to the 2022 Biennial book and curated a film screening for the Biennial Symposium. At MFAH she was awarded a competitive one-year fellowship in the exhibitions department. As Exhibitions Fellow, Madi coordinated the 2023 Staff Art Show and served as a Curatorial Assistant for the Woven Wonders: Indian Textiles from the Parpia Collection exhibition. Madi's commitment to the arts also extends beyond her professional roles. She engages with painting, photography, and graphic design, showcasing a versatile mastery of creative skill sets. Her artistic endeavors also include various artist residencies, such as Wildacres Retreat in Little Switzerland, NC, Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC, and Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts in Seattle, WA. Madi's multifaceted background reflects her passion for the arts and commitment to making meaningful contributions to the cultural landscape.

    “My time in the Arts Leadership program has led to so many amazing opportunities in a short amount of time. I have been lucky enough to develop connections throughout the Houston visual arts community that will guide me as I move forward in my career. I look forward to keeping in touch with the program as an Arts Leadership alumnus.”

  • Tanja Peterson

    Tanja Peterson, originally from Cologne, Germany, began her artistic career in photography in Germany and Houston. Years later, she enrolled in the University of Houston College of Education, earning a bachelor's degree in education. For nine years, Tanja dedicated herself to shaping young minds as an educator. When the artistic realm called her back, Tanja assumed the role of Curator at the nonprofit arts organization Redbud Arts Center. Her passion and dedication propelled her to the position of Executive Director. Tanja's transformative journey took a pivotal turn when she enrolled in the Arts Leadership Program, a decision that fueled both her professional and personal growth as an arts leader. She is a natural connector, innovator, and creative, thriving in bringing people together through the arts. She continues to spearhead initiatives that not only celebrate artistic expression but also contribute to the cultural enrichment of the community she serves. In her free time, she enjoys dinners with her sons, long walks with her dog Lotte, cooking, reading, and writing.

     "The M.A. in Arts Leadership Program played a pivotal role in shaping and solidifying my position as an arts leader. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all the faculty members for their unwavering support and guidance throughout this transformative journey.”

  • Ming Wang

    Ming is an emerging arts leader with a background in classical music, especially in a choral setting. Ming developed his passion for music through his high school choir, where he first found a community he felt belonged in and experienced music's life-changing effect. Since then, he moved to the US to pursue an education to make music more accessible for everyone. Ming earned his bachelor's degree in music with a minor in marketing from California State University Fullerton. Throughout his education journey, he had worked and volunteered for numerous renounced organizations, including the Pacific Symphony, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, and the Apollo Chamber Players. With the Master's degree, Ming is eager to dive into the music nonprofit field and start making changes, one note at a time.

    "The Arts Leadership program equipped me with the knowledge and soft skills necessary to succeed in the music nonprofit field. Thanks to the program, I have grown into a better leader and even a better person. I am tremendously grateful for my mentors and colleagues from the program and feel the utmost confident heading into this profession."


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