February 10, 2016

Meet the Founder


Madeleine Marie LeMieux is an artist and arts administrator.  She received her BFA with an emphasis in Art History, Theory and Criticism from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and her MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University in 2011, receiving the Samuel Eshborn Service Award in recognition of her superlative and extraordinary service, and for exhibiting the value of strong leadership in school activities.

LeMieux has a unique history of experience which includes owning and managing the OAO Galleria while still obtaining her undergraduate degree, cataloging an impressive collection of 18th and 19th century works for a private athletics club, and designing a youth arts program from scratch and developing innovative fundraising strategies for a Chicago community center. She has been exhibiting her artwork nationally since 2004.

In 2009, LeMieux moved to New York City to obtain her graduate degree. She first worked with No Longer Empty (NLE), which at the time had just started exhibiting site specific artwork in empty storefronts. Highlights of her experience include her work at Momenta Art, where she  implemented and constructed a database that allowed the organization to more strategically conduct grants and outreach activities; from 2010 – 2013, she was integral in restructuring Groundswell‘s identity including their brand, website, and printed materials, additionally, her fundraising efforts helped to grow the organization’s operating budget by more than 20%; in 2012, she conceptualized and led Groundswell’s Youth Media Council, a program which taught teens communication tools and empowered them to create youth driven marketing content surrounding Groundswell’s flagship Summer Leadership Institute; in 2013, LeMieux began at Brooklyn Metal Works (BKMW) as Managing Director, where she worked to improve BKMW’s daily operations, increase market penetration and develop strategic partnerships.  LeMieux served on NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs’ Non-Performing Arts Selection Panel of experts to determine funding allocations for over 200 applicants in 2012, and in 2013.

In 2014, LeMieux founded Resident Arts. In 2016, LeMieux received the 20 under 40 award for outstanding young business people in Columbia. She was also the Office of Cultural Affairs Traffic Box artist. In 2017, she began her second masters in the MFA program at University of Missouri. She continues her work at Resident Arts, building a community of artists who feel that keeping the arts strong in Mid-Missouri is of the utmost importance.