Orange City Arts Board Appoint New Co-Directors

ORANGE CITY — The Orange City Arts Board is pleased to announce the hiring of co-directors for the Arts Council, Emie Andrulewich and Dennis Rockhill.

Emie Andrulewich brings a unique blend of non-profit program management and administrative work with a passion for the arts. As a creative professional, she has over 20 years of art experience, including showing and selling work in several art galleries in Maryland and Delaware, art teacher, program manager, and designer. Before this position, Andrulewich was the Director of Design for ViBella in Sioux Center for seven years, where she designed multiple jewelry collections and worked to develop the skills of artisans in Haiti and Mexico. She has also taught several jewelry and art classes in Orange City and Alton.

Emie Andrulewich, Co-Director

Andrulewich states, “I am honored and thrilled to be involved in planning and facilitating what happens at Orange City Arts and excited to bring great programs and artists to the community and beyond.” As a creative person herself, she feels it is rewarding to support other creative people in the arts. “I believe art is vital to a community because it can be inspiring, connect us with others, and invite new ways of seeing and understanding.” Andrulewich holds a degree in Art Education and currently resides in Alton with her family.

Dennis Rockhill, Co-Director

Dennis Rockhill has a degree in Choral Music and has always been interested in that area. “ My family has always been very musical,” he explained. “My mom and aunt were singers and pianists and directed choirs.” While living outside of Chicago, Rockhill was hired by his church to develop a contemporary music worship service. He worked closely with the pastor, led and planned worship services, and recruited people. By the time he left, the 800-person church had exploded to 1,500 and has continued to expand since then.

Rockhill relocated to Orange City 15 years ago from the Chicago area where he was worship and music director for over 25 years. Rockhill recently retired after working ten years in the aerospace industry here in town. “I have always been impressed and have appreciated the way the arts can thrive in this community, and I am excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the arts program here in Orange City in a direct and tangible way.”

Rockhill and Andrulewich have big plans for Orange City Arts. They have already started re-building the website, and have plans to bring back the Regional Art Show at Northwestern’s Theater. Andrulewich is working on bringing artists in schools again, while Rockhill is preparing a fund-raising campaign, which hasn’t been done for the last two years. They are excited to re-build the program after the Covid shutdown.