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The Bascom Staff


Teresa Osborn, Executive Director 
Teresa Osborn joined the Bascom in 2016 as Executive Director with over 25 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. 

While she began her career in sales and marketing, in 1990 she made a career change into the nonprofit sector when she became the first executive director of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, Georgia Chapter. She led that organization through a successful transition to a Regional Office of the national organization and was with them for ten years. For the next eight years, she had a consulting business which focused on board development, strategic planning and change management. In 2008 she became the Executive Director of the Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts and led that organization through a successful turnaround. She was there until she joined The Bascom in October 2015. 

She was on the board of Georgia Arts Network Board and ArtWorks Gwinnett and was active in the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, CEO Roundtable, Georgia Museum, Galleries Association and HRMA. 

She was a graduate of Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta, Leadership Gwinnett and CEO Peerspectives. She received both the Outstanding Arts Professional and the Vision Award from ArtWorks Gwinnett, and the Pinnacle Award from the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. 

Raised in Atlanta, she attended University of Georgia, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English/Political Science. She completed PhD coursework at Vanderbilt in Political Science. She and her husband Jim love living in Highlands and are visited frequently by their adult children who live in Atlanta. Contact Teresa at 828.787.2895 or tosborn@thebascom.org.

Will Barclift, Director of Community Outreach

Will Barclift is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, and has been a frequenter of the Highlands-Cashiers plateau throughout his entire life. He became Director of Community Outreach at The Bascom in 2015, after having served as Director of Education since 2012. Before returning to the South, he was Programs Coordinator at ArtSeed, San Francisco, Art Advisor at Linearis Institute, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and Preparator at John Berggruen Gallery. Between 2007-2010, he wore many hats at San Francisco Art Institute, including Director of the Diego Rivera Gallery, Admissions Recruiter, and Lead Editor of the WAM ("Ways and Means") exhibition. In 2008-2009 at Red Hill Studios, Larkspur, CA, he contributed to multimedia museum exhibitions in Connecticut, Denver, and San Mateo. 

Will is a member of the Advisory Committee for Appalachian Art Farm, the Macon County Arts Steering Committee, and an active volunteer at multiple regional nonprofits. He is passionate about community and available to participate in planning committees, exhibition juries, and artist studio visits. Outside of The Bascom, Will's studio practice incorporates painting, ceramics, digital photography, video, and recently, woodturning.  

Will has a Master of Arts in Teaching Comprehensive Education (Visual Arts) from Western Carolina University, where he was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Prospective Teacher award. He is an Advanced Certified K-12 art teacher in North Carolina. He has a Master of Fine Arts in New Genres and Post-Baccalaureate in Painting from San Francisco Art Institute. He received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Studio Art (Painting) and Music Composition from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon. Contact Will at 828.787.2897 or wbarclift@thebascom.org.

Tracy Gihl, Chief Financial Officer
Tracy joined The Bascom as CFO in September 2014. Tracy comes to the Bascom with over 25 years of experience in Finance. A certified public accountant, Tracy joined The Bascom from Angel Medical Center where she served in the roles of Controller and CFO. Tracy is responsible for all of the Accounting and Finance functions of The Bascom. 

Tracy began her career as an auditor with KPMG in Atlanta, GA. There she worked with clients from diverse industries, but mainly concentrated in Real Estate, Insurance, Healthcare and other non-profits. After working in Atlanta for many years, the opportunity to return to her mountain hometown presented itself and, as the saying goes, “the rest is history”. 

Tracy is a graduate of the University of Georgia where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She is active in her church and also serves as the Treasurer there. 

In her free time, Tracy enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter enjoying the beautiful mountains of Northeast Georgia and Western North Carolina. Contact Tracy at 828.787.2885 or tgihl@thebascom.org

Billy Love, Director of Education

Billy Love is an artist, educator, and designer living in Western NC.  Always avoiding idle hands, Billy is constantly exploring new forms of creative expression and innovation.  A self-proclaimed "maker of things," Billy's creative interests reach far and wide.  As a professional muralist, he has completed over 30 murals, both individually and collaboratively, including work on the "Milltown Murals" project in Lakeland, GA. The "Milltown Murals" project has been recognized as a historic landmark by the State of Georgia.

Billy is an art educator who has instructed figure drawing and art education courses at Western Carolina University.  A certified K-12 educator, he has instructed at the high school level, and has conducted several youth art workshops in Western NC. Billy also has experience with the theater arts, including scenic design, set and prop construction, and scenic painting.  Currently, he is designing and constructing a series of up-cycles lamp designs that incorporate the use of the recylced bicycle parts as inspiration for the lamp forms. Contact Billy at 828.787.2881 or blove@thebascom.org.

Frank Vickery, Director of Ceramics

Frank Vickery has been working in clay for 20 years with multiple years devoted to instruction in clay arts. His personal art works are concentrated in wheel throwing but Frank also has extensive experience in hand building and creating and embellishing clay forms. Frank has a Bachelors in Art Education and Bachelors in Fine Art from Winthrop University and a Masters of Fine Art from Western Carolina University. Contact Frank at 828.787.2892 or fvickery@thebascom.org.

Julia McRae, Community Engagement Manager 

Julia McRae is originally from Aberdeen, North Carolina and has been in the Franklin area for a little over a year. She became the Community Engagement Manager at The Bascom in July 2017.

 

Prior to her employment with The Bascom, Julia was a volunteer grant writer for ReDefiners World Languages, a nonprofit organization that offers foreign language education to elementary aged students in Tampa, Florida; a customer support representative for Drake Software; and the sole proprietor of Scribblers, a small business offering writing consultation services in Macon and Moore counties.

 

Julia has a Bachelor of Arts in Writing from Catawba College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She also is an active professional poet and vocalist who has had the opportunity to teach on those subjects and perform in venues ranging from college campuses to Disney World. Contact Julia at 828-787-2864 or jmcrae@thebascom.org.


Maurice Laderoot,  IT and Facilities Manager

Maurice has been a contractor, a custom wood-worker, and a property manager in Highlands for 35 years. He enjoys camping and fishing with his three sons and spending time with his family. He has developed a passion for keeping the climate right at The Bascom, and also all of the IT up and running.  He attended Rabun Gap Nacoochee School and lives in Scaly Mountain. Contact Maurice at 828.787.2884 or mladeroot@thebascom.org.


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