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Governor Walker Appoints Four New Members

Governor Scott Walker has announced the appointment of four new members to the Wisconsin Arts Board, the state agency which nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage.  The new members are: Mary Gielow, Mequon; Brian Kelsey, Fish Creek; Heather A. McDonell, Madison; and Kevin Miller, Fond du Lac.  (Click on the member's name for a short bio and a photographs.)

“We welcome these four outstanding new members to the Arts Board and look forward to working with them,” said Bruce Bernberg, Chairperson of the Wisconsin Arts Board.  “They each bring their passion for the arts and a deep understanding of the arts’ role in Wisconsin’s creative economy.”

The Wisconsin Arts Board is governed by a fifteen-member board appointed by the Governor to serve three-year terms. Board members are Wisconsin citizens recognized for their accomplishments in the arts, humanities, business, education or public service. The board includes members from urban and rural areas across the state and from diverse racial, economic and cultural backgrounds. Board members set policy for the agency and approve funding recommendations made by the peer review panels. The members meet a minimum of four times per year, and all meetings are open to the public.

The Wisconsin Arts Board is uniquely positioned to champion the arts’ role in creativity, culture, community, and commerce.  Since 1973, the Arts Board has supported artists and art organizations with funds from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on the Wisconsin Arts Board, please visit For information on Wisconsin arts and cultural events, please visit www.portalwisconsin.org.