Executive Director

Since joining the Summerfair Cincinnati organization in November, 2006 as Executive Director, Sharon Strubbe has been working on a variety of goals and new initiatives for the year-round programs of Summerfair Cincinnati.  Those goals include:

  • Developing a strong brand identity / awareness of Summerfair Cincinnati’s  year-round programs within the Greater Cincinnati region; in the arts, corporate and non-profit communities.
  • Developing a Corporate sponsorship plan, specific to both the annual Fair and to support the year round programs of the organization.
  • Creating new and exciting arts initiatives that will build on the mission of Summerfair Cincinnati – “Supporting and Promoting Artists and the Arts Year-round”, including collaborative initiatives with other arts organizations in the Greater Cincinnati region.
  • Designing and Implementing a YP event that will draw new patrons to the Fair - The Inaugural "Little Black Dress" event launched at the 2011 Fair.  Partnering with local online women's magazine Cincy Chic, models wearing LBD's supplied by various local boutiques were accessorized with jewelry, hats and bags from Summerfair artist exhibitors.  The event will take place again on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Moonlite Gardens from 7p - 11p with fashion show, photo booth and dancing!

In addition to growing the year round programs, Sharon has just administered her seventh Fair and looks forward to working with the Co-Fair Chairs and their committees on the 2014 Fair.

Under Sharon’s direction, a new brand identity was developed, the annual Fair program was redesigned and a newly designed website was launched. Social Media has been recently introduced into the organization’s marketing/PR strategy and SFC can now be “liked” on Facebook (summerfaircincinnati), followed on Twitter (SummerfairCincy), on the LinkedIn Group (Summerfair Cincinnati) and boards on Pinterest (Summerfair Cincinnati).

Sharon has developed a strong collaborative working relationship with Art Machine, Inc. (regional sponsor of the Scholastics Art and Writing Awards program); she manages and curates the annual Emerging Artist exhibit (area Jr/Sr college level art students); and most recently has grown partnerships with both the CAA/Overture Awards and with the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center through the Patrick Tobin partnership (arts integration program). 

Professional Development in both Arts and Non Profit Management continues to play a role in Sharon’s career and she has completed courses through the Fine Arts Fund (Business on Board training) and the Executive Service Corp (Non Profit Leadership Development).  In addition to her role as SFC’s Executive Director, Sharon has been an Adjunct Instructor for Professional Development at the College of Mt. St. Joseph.

Prior to joining Summerfair Cincinnati, Ms. Strubbe spent more than 9 years in the advertising and marketing field. During that time she worked with groups such as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (“Bravo Paavo” campaign), Cincinnati Art Museum (“European Masterpieces” and “Gordon Parks” exhibits), Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. (“Go To Town” campaign) and Crayons to Computers.  Mrs. Strubbe also has more than eight years of experience in the art education field, including being the program director for the Association for the Advancement of Arts Education, a non-profit arts education program. 

She has taught K – 12 visual art classes in both Florida and Ohio; and as a Graduate Assistant at UC/DAAP.  She is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA Tech) with a degree in Fine Art (drawing) and a minor in education.  She received her Masters in Art Education from the University of Cincinnati (DAAP).

Her email is sstrubbe@summerfair.org


Sunshine Artist Promoter Profile


Sunshine Artist Jan 2012Sunshine Artist magazine in their January 2012 issue profiled Summerfair's Executive Director Sharon Strubbe. Click here or on the image to view a copy of Sharon's Promoter Profile article. (Copyright 2012 Sunshine Artist magazine)