Board of Directors


Tacie N. Jones

Tacie is an interdisciplinary social practice artist and co-founder of LoCo Arts. Her research spans public programs, public art, and community engagement and education. Tacie works in a wide range of artistic media including photography, sculpture, video, drawing and installation. As LoCo Arts’ Executive Director, she sets the vision, direction and strategy for the organization. Her practice for this work focuses on building resiliency and self-efficacy by helping people uncover their innate art form and collaborative ability within a cohort of peers to initiate positive change. Tacie holds a BFA in Studio Arts from George Mason University, a Master of Research in Creative Practices from the Glasgow School of Art and is licensed to teach Visual Arts (PreK-12) in Virginia.

Phyllis Newbill

Phyllis is the parent of three LoCo Arts children and an educator and education researcher.  Her areas of research include science education, informal education, and critical and creative thinking.  She is the Studio Associate for Outreach and Engagement at the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT).  In addition to her volunteer work with LoCo Arts, she is an active scout leader, camp director, and school volunteer.


Meggin Hicklin

Meggin serves as the Exhibition Program Manager at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech and is a resident of Giles County. She received an MA in Material Culture and Public Humanities and a BA in Art History from Virginia Tech in 2015, as well as a BA in Studio Art from Radford University in 2002.