Kathryn Wagner (she/her/hers)
Kathryn is honored to help lead the Arts Everywhere initiative at Carolina. Kathryn oversees all aspects of the initiative including strategic programming designed to increase arts access for members of the greater Carolina community, including opportunities to create, experience, and learn through the arts. She works closely with a broad community of campus partners, including the groups that advise the initiative: the Carolina Arts Leadership Council, Campus Arts Council, and Carolina Arts Ambassadors.
Before joining the Arts Everywhere team, Kathryn worked for the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, where she oversaw strategic communications, publications, and media relations. Prior to her work at the Green Music Center, she was based for fifteen years in New York City, working as a communications associate with the New York Philharmonic as well as a publicist for several classical music PR firms. Kathryn holds a B.M. and M.M. from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and sings regularly with choral ensembles around the Triangle and beyond.
Dr. Crystal Wu (she/her/hers)
Marketing & Development Communications Manager
Crystal is responsible for managing the initiative’s strategic communications and works closely with campus leaders and partners, faculty, staff, students, and community members to support the creation of art at all levels across the campus and community.
Prior to this position at Arts Everywhere, Crystal held the role of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruiting Officer for the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. She also teaches private piano lessons and performs as a soloist and collaborative artist.
Crystal earned her BM in Performance from UNC-Chapel Hill where she was a recipient of the prestigious Kenan Music Scholarship. She received her MM in Piano Performance and DMA in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from UGA.
Prior to working with Arts Everywhere, Dr. Wheeler served as director of the North Carolina Museum of Art from 1994-2018. During that time, the Museum became one of the leading art museums in the American South. Dr. Wheeler also served as the Director of Development at the Cleveland Museum of Art from 1985 to 1994 and as Deputy Secretary for the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources from 1977 to 1985.
Dr. Wheeler’s awards include the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the Republic of France, the Medal of Arts from the city of Raleigh, the Leadership Award from The Triangle Business Journal, the Design Guild Award from the North Carolina State University College of Design, and the Thad Eure Memorial Award from the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau. In December 2000, he was named Tar Heel of the Year by the Raleigh News and Observer, which called him “the godfather of the Triangle’s cultural boom” and cited his skill at melding “arts, politics, and commerce into a powerful new cultural force.”
Dr. Wheeler grew up in Lakeland, Florida. He has Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and French from Pfeiffer College, and a Masters of Arts and Ph.D. in European history from the University of Georgia.