OUR MISSION

Springboard Arts Chicago believes in the power of creativity. Our mission is to encourage, educate and provide opportunity for both creator and collector. We seek to illuminate the impact of art through immersive experiences, inclusive philosophy, and sustainable excellence – both within the gallery space and in our relationships with others. 

OUR team

Donna Van eekeren
CEO & President

Donna Van Eekeren, retired Executive Chairman of Land O’Frost, has formed Springboard Arts in Chicago’s Wicker Park. Her love of — and longstanding involvement with — the arts, puts her at the helm of this venture in a way that promises education, inclusivity, and creativity in a new way. Donna is also involved with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, WTTW Chicago and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Headshot of Ann Foley, VP Operations for Springboards Arts, an art gallery in Chicago that also sells original art online

Ann Foley
VP Operations

Ann is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for innovation and sustainability. With over 20 years in operational management, Ann has experience on all levels of business from ideation to completion. She is eager to marry her passion for the arts with her entrepreneurial spirit. 

Ashley Freeland Miller
Visual Director

Owner & Principal, AFM Architect  

With an extensive background in architecture, Ashley began designing for residential clients in 2004. Since that time, she has designed ground-up residences, gut remodels, and other general renovation projects. Though spatial design and architecture are her specialty, she is also versatile in interior design.

Tara Jewell
Marketing Director

Tara has a long work history behind her, and has developed a variety of skills in written, verbal and visual communications. After 13 years as a high school journalism and English teacher, she started a career in social media marketing and content creation. With a life-long love of design, arts and fashion, Tara is thrilled to be on this talented team of women entrepreneurs at Springboard Arts.