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Wisconsin Arts Board Announces New Leadership

The Wisconsin Arts Board proudly announces the following new board officers and executive committee members: Bruce Bernberg, Racine, Chairperson; Robert A. Wagner, Milwaukee, Vice Chairperson; Sharon Stewart, Washburn, Member at Large; Glenda Noel ĖNey, Madison, Member at Large.  Paul Meinke, Green Bay, continues to serve as Board Secretary.  Short biographies for each of the committee members may be found below.

The December 7 resignation of Barbara Lawton, Algoma, from the board and as its chairperson necessitated a special election.   This election took place at the December 7 Wisconsin Arts Board meeting, following Lawtonís resignation.  These new officers began their service at the conclusion of the meeting and will serve until the annual meeting of the Arts Board, to be held on March 8, 2013. 

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 artsí 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.  It is 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.

For more information on the Wisconsin Arts Board, please visit For information on Wisconsin arts and cultural events, please visit www.portalwisconsin.org.

Wisconsin Arts Board Executive Committee

Bruce Bernberg, Chairperson, served as the Chief Financial Officer of All Saints Health Care System, and the Executive Vice President of Western Publishing Company. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Marquette University, and an MBA and Certificate for Advanced Graduate Studies from Northeastern University. His leadership and arts-advocacy work can be recognized through his previous civic engagements:  President of numerous organizations including the Racine Art Museum, the Racine United Arts Fund, and the Racine County United Way. He also served as a Board member for the Racine Symphony and Racine Theatre Guild.  Currently he serves as Treasurer for Arts Midwest, Wisconsinís regional arts service agency, and resides in Racine, Wisconsin. 

Robert Ade Wagner, Vice Chairperson, is a Milwaukee native whose family has been in metalworking in Milwaukee since 1850. He attended Milwaukee University School, Ripon College and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and is owner & President of R & B Wagner, Inc.
Wagner has served as a Regent of the Milwaukee School of Engineering, on the Boards of The Salvation Army, The Layton Art Collection, the Fox Point Lutheran Church Council, the Milwaukee Historical Society, the Wisconsin Humane Society, and the Milwaukee Art Museum where he served on the Building committee for seven years overseeing the building of the Calatrava addition.  Other interests include American decorative arts, Civil War history, vintage automobile racing, and tennis.

Paul Meinke, Secretary, is Founder and Principal of Arketype, Inc., a strategic advertising, design, and marketing communications firm that he established in Green Bay in 1992. In doing so, he founded the firm's principles to provide clients with the kind of originality, authenticity, and service that leads to long-term relationships. Behind Arketype's inception was Meinke's additional desire to position Green Bay as a place where creative capital could grow and be recognized, aiming to dispel the myths about where good design and great ideas come from.  A Detroit native and a 1984 graduate of the Art and Design School at Northern Michigan University, Meinke's professional career in design spans nearly 30 years, both on the client and agency sides of the business.  In addition to achievements in business and numerous local, regional, and national design awards, Meinke and the Arketype firm have been equally recognized for ongoing community service efforts in support of nonprofit organizations throughout northeast Wisconsin.

Glenda Noel-Ney, Member at Large serves as director of development for the Wisconsin Union at the University of Wisconsin Foundation.  A fundraising professional, she is a member of the Unionís Institutional Advancement team.  Ms. Noel-Ney  is known for creating and building strong partnerships and nurturing relationships that leads to major gifts and sponsorships that deliver value to all partners in both for-profit and nonprofit environments.  Before coming to Madison, she worked as the manager of the philanthropic program at American Express where she was charged with engaging community organizations and providing over $6.3 M in yearly support on a local and national level.  Ms. Noel-Ney began her career as a cultural affairs coordinator with Philip Morris Companies Inc., where she had a proven track record in conceiving and actualizing projects, creating noteworthy events, and successful campaigns.  A native of New York, Noel-Ney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Studies with a concentration in Management and Marketing from Buffalo State College in New York.  She participated in several advance level development workshops at New York University and the University of Illinois Foundation.  She served on the advisory board of the Romare Bearden Foundation in NYC, and locally on the Simpson Street Free Press.

Sharon Stewart, Member at Large, served as board member and long time President of the all-volunteer Chequamegon Bay Arts Council for many years from her home overlooking Lake Superior in Washburn.  She also worked as an educational grant writer, a teacher, and for nearly twenty years in community development and housing for local government.  During this time she learned the value of community amenities, good design, adaptive reuse, historic preservation, tourism, and special events in building a regional sense of place.  Stewart administered housing rehabilitation and rent subsidy programs to meet the needs of low income people, helped convert a railway station for use as a community action agency, and provided support during renovation, fund raising, and first year operation of a 1200 seat vaudeville/movie theater as a performing arts theater.