Robyn M. McGinley

Director of Programs

I graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor of Fine Art; concentration in Photography and Printmaking. From there I obtained a Master’s of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University with the goal of bringing forward art from the community.

I joined the National Arts Program staff as the Program Coordinator in March 2009 after spending three years working for a prominent non-profit arts organization in Princeton, New Jersey.  Starting in 2012, as the Director of Programs, I serve as the liaison between the NAP and all our current venue coordinators across the country.  I strive to make the process of hosting an NAP exhibit as easy and as enjoyable as possible for our coordinators by providing them with everything they need to run a successful show.

One of my favorite elements of our program is providing an opportunity for participants to display their artwork in a public space allowing them to receive recognition from their peers for their creativeness.  It truly brings a personal side of these professionals to their daily work environment.



Robyn's Pick

My featured selection is a guitar designed and executed by my husband and I for the “One Night, One Cause” art guitar auction.  The finished product was a true collaboration of our own artistic styles, spray paint and sewing, creating such a distinctive piece that the head of Paul Reed’s custom shop personally commented that this was the first time he had ever seen a guitar mounted and wrapped in fabric. 

“One Night, One Cause” is an annual event held in partnership with Paul Reed Guitars to benefit “The Living with Cancer Research Program” at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. The goal of the research program is to provide supportive care to cancer patients and their families when they need it most, during their treatment.  Each artist invited to participate is given free rein to transform a plain white electric guitar, provided by the event, however they desire with the only stipulation being that it needs to be able to function as an instrument when it is returned.  

This piece holds a special place in my heart because it not only provided me with the opportunity to collaborate with my husband on such a unique project, but as someone who’s family has personally been affected by cancer.  I loved knowing that the money raised from auctioning it off would benefit someone facing a similar situation.