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ArtHaus Board of Directors

Megan Torkelson


Megan is a 2005 graduate of Luther College where she studied Music and Education. She spent the last seven years in the Twin Cities, working for a regional nonprofit arts organization and completing her Masters in Arts and Cultural Management. She is thrilled to be back in Decorah and working in the Admissions Office at her alma mater. You can also find Megan singing with the Decorah Chorale; cooking and baking; and spending time with her husband, Ryan, and their two boys, Graham and Brendan.

“Being a part of ArtHaus and the ArtHaus board was one of the first things on my to-do list upon moving to Decorah. We are so lucky to live in a community that shows so much support and appreciation for the arts. ArtHaus knows how to balance programming to continue to provide classes and performances that we all know and love, but also push us into exploring new ideas and broaden our perspectives. I am excited to see what the future will bring for this vibrant little organization of ours!”

Marin Hanson

Committee Chair - Strategic Planning

Marin Hanson is a curator at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), where she is responsible for building and interpreting the museum’s non-Western collection. She earned her MA in museum studies and textile history from UNL and her PhD in museum studies from the University of Leicester (UK). She and her family have lived in Decorah for five years and have appreciated Arthaus’ presence from Day One. You can find her son, Per, in as many of the Lego classes as Arthaus can offer.

Tara Quass


Tara lives in Decorah and has 2 children.  Her degree is in Journalism/Mass Comm. from the University of Iowa.  Tara brings her commitment to the arts to the opportunity that ArtHaus provides to the Driftless Region.  Prior to being a board member she served a year as the ArtHaus Assistant Director.


Are you interested in being on a fun, hardworking board committed to providing Decorah and the surrounding area a place to create and connect?  Contact Shannon at