Andrea Purnell has had success professionally in her career both as an artist and an arts administrator. She has been engaged in public outreach and media relations, appearing in numerous local broadcasts and has maintained an active artistic career. As an artist, she uses her background in the arts to educate the community on matters related to public health. Purnell currently serves as the Audience Development Assistant with the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) where she assists in implementing initiatives to increase and diversify the museums audience profile. In addition to her public relations duties at SLAM, Andrea is an actress, writer, director and stage manager. Her acting credits include theater, commercials, industrial films, and movies. Among her writing credits is the play, “Depression, Whose Disease Is It Anyway,” which she produced for the stage as part of a performing arts program she created designed to match the actor and the professional in addressing mental health challenges.
In 2015, Andrea was appointed to the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) by the St. Louis County Executive. In addition, Purnell also serves on the Disability Awareness Commission for the city of Florissant and the Fontbonne University Council of Regents. For these accomplishments, she has received the Grand Center Visionary Award-Emerging Artist, North County Incorporated 30 Leaders Award and ALIVE Magazine Buzz Listing. Purnell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Fontbonne University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Arts Management and Leadership from Webster University.