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PACE Board

As a North Carolina Public School (funded in large part by tax dollars), ArtSpace Charter School is not under the jurisdiction of Asheville City or Buncombe County School Districts but is governed by a nonprofit corporation.

Our parent corporation is Partnership for Art at the Core of Education, Inc. (P.A.C.E., Inc), a 501(c)3 and ArtSpace is governed by the P.A.C.E., Inc. Board of Directors. The Executive Director of ArtSpace Charter School is hired by and directly reports to the Board of Directors.

To contact the Executive Committee of the Board:

Board Chair    Candace Reilly

Secretary        Gretchen Brown


2021-2022 School Year Meeting Dates

  • July 20th 
  • August 17th 
  • August 28th - Workshop (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
  • September 21st 
  • October 19th 
  • November 16th  
  • December 14th 
  • January 18th 
  • February 15th 
  • March 15th 
  • April 19th 
  • May 17th 
  • June 21st - Annual meeting

While meetings are held virtually you can find the Zoom link on our Events Calendar. Meetings begin at 6:00 pm. 

 Candace Reilly- Board Chair
Candace Reilly is the assistant director and curator at Blue Spiral 1 gallery in Asheville. She has been an active member of the arts community in Asheville for almost a decade. Candace currently serves as a community member on the ArtSpace Board, and is also Vice-Chair and Secretary of the North Carolina Glass Center Board and Co-Chair of the Downtown Asheville Arts District. She holds an MFA in painting and contemporary theory from Savannah College of Art and Design and a BA in art history from Saint Mary’s College, University of Notre Dame. A former art educator and career advocate for the arts, Candace believes that integrated arts education creates a deeper foundation for learning and a more socially cohesive and enriched community. 


 Matthew Baldwin – Vice-Chair
Matthew C. Baldwin is Professor and Coordinator of Religion and Philosophy at Mars Hill University. A resident of Asheville for more than 18 years, he has two children in ArtSpace, JZ in 5th grade and Lena in 8th grade. He holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from the University of Chicago and has published on the Theory and Method of Religious Studies and on the History of Early Christianity. His passions include books, water and surfing, and mycology.   
Gretchen Brown - Board Secretary 

Dan Carroll – Board Member

David Earnhardt - Board Member 
David Earnhardt is the Associate Director for Employer Relations at UNC Asheville. Prior to this role he was an Academic Advisor in the College of Management at UMass Boston, where he ran a co-curricular professional development program for more than 2,000 students. In his experience before UMass Boston, he was a Resident Director at Nichols College, and has formal training in radio broadcasting, management, sales, and promotions work. David holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications & Master's Degree in College Student Personnel from Western Carolina University and has found a great deal of satisfaction working with college students. On a more personal note, environmental sustainability is a core value, he watches a ton of movies, and cares more about the Carolina Panthers than he probably should. David recently bought a home in the area, and plans to set deep roots in the community for years to come, which is why he was drawn to the board at ArtSpace.
Nicole Cockey - Board Member 
Cockey Nicole teaches English at Owen High School, where she also serves as co-chair on the Restorative Practices Implementation & Leadership Team. She holds undergraduate degrees in English and Women's and Gender Studies from UNC Wilmington and a Master's in English from Western Carolina University. Before joining the staff at Owen High School, Nicole served as a teaching fellow with teachNOLA, a teacher residency program in New Orleans, and taught 7th and 8th language arts for an open-enrollment K-8 charter school for many years. Her son, Finn, enters ArtSpace as a kindergartner this year, and her daughter, Sasha, will follow suit once she reaches school age. Nicole currently serves as a parent representative on the PACE Board. 
Kate Averett Anderson - Board Member         

Kate Averett Anderson (she/her) is an art historian, writer, and curator. A native North Carolinian, she is an alumna of UNC Asheville, where she studied Art History with mentor Leisa Rundquist, and later received her MA in Art History from UNC Chapel Hill under the advisory of Carol Magee. Kate joined the staff of Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in 2017 where she serves as Outreach Manager. She has co-curated exhibitions and led discussions with students of all ages that explore the radical, experimental community of Black Mountain College (1933-1957) and its relevance to creativity, curiosity, and justice in our everyday lives.

Ian Canary King - Staff Representative