Our Directors divide leadership between administration, exhibitions, and education.
Stan Reimer, Master Photographer Craftsman, C.P.P. began photography at the age of 12 with an adjustable camera. He pursued his art and passion for photography through out his career and education. Reimer received a BA in psychology from Bethel College in Newton, KS and holds a Masters Degree in music education from WSU.
Reimer founded Stan Reimer Photography LTD and The Photography Gallery in 1976, as owner and photographer. His accomplishments include: Certified Professional Photographer in 1981; Named Master Photographer by the Professional Photographers of America in 1985; Named Master Photographer Craftsman by the PPA in 1995; President of the Kansas Professional Photographers Association in 1984; Board member, Heart of America Photographers Association for 12 years; Member, Council of the Professional Photographers of America for 19 years
Reimer’s awards include:
-Juror for The Five State Photography Competition in Hays KS 1991
-Juror for the Darrell Williams Memorial Photography Competition in Dodge City 1992
–Winner of 85 print merits in the national competition of the Professional Photographers of America
–First place in the People category in the 1995 Hays Five State Photography Exhibition.
–First place in the Open category at the 2005 Hays Five State Photography Exhibition
–One of the Photographers of the Year for the Professional Photographers of America International Competition in 2006 and 2007
Stan has exhibited photography in galleries throughout Kansas including the Moss-Thomas Gallery of Art at Fort Hays State University, Hays Arts Center, Hutchinson Art Center, Century II in Wichita, Shafer Gallery in Great Bend, and the Carnegie Art Gallery in Dodge City. He has works displayed in the International Photography Hall of Fame in Liverpool, Nova Scotia and the International Photography Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Reimer has specialized in custom archival framing for 37 years.
Reimer has led the Filley Art Museum project since inception serving as the board chairman for the Vernon Filley Art Museum Foundation for 8 years. He is honored to have led the vision of the Filley family, creating a collaborative and artistic outlet for the greater Pratt area to build community.
Brittany Novotny started as Co-Director for the Filley in January of 2014. Relocating from Bloomington Indiana, Brittany moved to Pratt to begin working for the museum and join her husband Steven Novotny, a Pratt native. She holds a Master of Arts (M.A) in Arts Administration from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, with coursework from the #1 ranked non-profit management program in the Nation. Novotny completed a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance in 2007 at the University of Denver and began her arts administration career working in donor and public relations at the Lamont School of Music. She worked in event management and served as the concert house manager in addition to assisting with marketing materials, development, and serving as the editor in chief for a newsletter publication.
Novotny’s passion for visual art stems from growing up as the daughter of Tim Joseph, a sculptor and bronze foundry owner. She was also fortunate to be surrounded by the drawings, paintings, and sculpture of her grandfather William Joseph, artist and head of the art department at Loretta Heights College. Her brother, Qwist Joseph a ceramic artist and sculptor, has also been a strong influence. Family meetings to organize art shows, openings, exhibits, and collaborating with museum and gallery owners became Novotny’s motivation to pursue a career path in museums. Novotny has always pledged to ensure that art and creativity remain an integral component of education.
Novotny’s inspiration to study non-profits and arts administration came from her experiences in starting her own trumpet studio and an internship she served with The Denver Brass. Gaining experience with grants and operations at this non-profit she learned of the opportunity to specialize in business in the arts, and the opportunity to study successful non-profit organization mechanics. During her time in Bloomington, she worked as an intern in the finance and administration departments for the accredited Indiana University Art Museum.
Novotny’s research interests include cultural facility development in rural areas and creative placemaking. She is elated to be working with the incredible team at The Filley.
Anna Bassford-Woods began working for the Filley Art Museum July 26, 2016 and we are thrilled to have her expertise as the Museum Associate/Administrative Assistant. We are delighted to welcome Anna to the Filley team. She grew up in Wellington, KS. Anna holds a Master’s Degree in Museum Science from Texas Tech University. After school she moved back to the South Central Kansas area and worked for several museums in the region, before she and her family moved to Kingman in June 2015. Her husband grew up in the Pratt area and they are happy to be close to family again. Stop by the Filley to meet Anna and help welcome her – she works part time for the Filley and will be in the office most days, with the exception of Thursdays!