Friday, August 3, 2012

Governor Matt Mead announces appointments to Wyoming Arts Council board

Governor Matt Mead has appointed two new board members and two returning members to the Wyoming Arts Council Board.

New board members are Erin Taylor of Cheyenne, Executive Director of the Wyoming Taxpayers Association, and Casper’s Holly Turner, Executive Director of the Trails Center Foundation and past Executive Director of both the Nicolaysen Arts Museum and the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra.

Reappointed board members are Janelle Fletcher-Kilmer of Laramie and Neil Hansen of Powell. Fletcher-Kilmer is Director of Fine Arts Outreach at the University of Wyoming. Hansen is Chairman of the Music Department at Northwest College.

Stepping down from the board are artist and retired arts educator Ila Miller of Aladdin and David Neary, Lander, Technical Director of the Wyoming Shakespeare Festival Company.

“I thank Ila and David for their service and dedication to the arts in Wyoming,” Governor Mead said. “The arts enrich the lives of everyone and this Board has an important role in fostering both the arts and artists in Wyoming. I am pleased to have Erin and Holly join the board and that Janelle and Neil are willing to stay on. They are all contributing time, talent and energy to promote arts in Wyoming.”

The Wyoming Arts Council Board is made up of 10 members who are appointed by the Governor for three-year terms. The board serves in an advisory capacity to the Wyoming Arts Council, and makes determinations on grants awards.

Other board members are:  Karen Stewart, Board Chair from Jackson; Duane Evenson, Gillette; Bruce Richardson, Casper; Chessney Sevier, Buffalo; Leslie Shinaver, Afton; and Tara Taylor, Mountain View. 

The mission of the Wyoming Arts Council is to provide leadership and invest resources to sustain, promote and cultivate excellence in the arts.

For  more information on the Wyoming Arts Council, the board members, the schedule of quarterly board meetings and other items, call the Cheyenne office at 307-777-7742 or go to the web site at

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