Deborah L. Venezia
In her new role, Venezia will be responsible for leading the Foundation’s Arts DuPage Advisory Council to promote creativity and nurture engagement in the arts throughout DuPage County.
“Debbie has earned an outstanding reputation for her passionate support and promotion of DuPage County’s cultural environment for nearly 30 years,” said Foundation Vice President for Programs Barb Szczepaniak. “With her dynamic personality, she has fostered significant connections between artists and the public to stimulate a deeper understanding and appreciation of the arts in our region.”
Since 2002, Venezia has served as the Naperville Art League's executive director. During her 15-year tenure, she increased the organization's revenues by 82% during her first three years; secured more than $500,000 in grants and sponsorships; facilitated workshops, classes, and exhibits; coordinated all aspects of the Naperville Riverwalk Fine Art Fair; and managed all administrative and financial policies, procedures, and controls. She also founded and currently directs the 1,200-plus member After Hours Film Society, which meets at Downers Grove's Tivoli Theatre.
Venezia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rosary College (now Dominican University) in River Forest and is a resident of Naperville.