Arts Advisory Panel

The Arts Advisory Panel is comprised of representatives from each of the five artistic disciplines – Dance, Literature, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts – and generalists who demonstrate strong involvement in support of the arts in the SEMAC region.  The Panel is responsible for reviewing grant applications and making funding recommendations to the Board of Directors. 

Assembled through an open nomination process, panelists are appointed by the Board of Directors based on their artistic expertise and critical skills in their respective disciplines.  To nominate someone for a term on the Arts Advisory Panel, please contact the SEMAC office.

Discipline Panelist Description
Dance Judy Hickey board member of several local arts organizations, degrees in Theater and Drama, stellar track record of teaching, program development, and fund development in theatre arts, music, dance and visual arts
Dance Mary Ruth former executive director Faribault Art Center, co-founder Kinesia Dance Company, and visual artist transitioning from batik to encaustic panting.
Literary Arts Marie Maher past board member of the Minnesota Theatre Company and Rochester Music Guild, holds a degree in visual arts, and has performed with several symphony orchestras
Literary Arts Kathleen Peterson Arts Administrator at Winona State University, playwright and novelist, member of The Loft Literary Center, and Minnesota Playlist
Music Scott Anderson served as SEMAC Board President for six years, accomplished musician and former manager of the Historic Paramount Theatre in Austin
Music David Kassler professional musician with experience in performance, conducting and composition, recipient of a SEMAC Individual Artist Grant to compose and perform chamber music
Theatre Carter Martin Arts Administrator experienced in event and arts management with both background and education in the performing arts
Visual Arts Andrea Gaffke photographer and arts advocate who relentlessly volunteers in the community, recent judge at the Owatonna Festival of the Arts
Visual Arts Jon Swanson curator of collections and exhibitions at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, degrees in Fine Art and History of Art, member of the Winona Fine Arts Commission and previously served on the board of Midwest Music Festival
Generalist Beth Nienow accomplished musician and literary artist with advanced degrees in literature and educational leadership, as well as past SEMAC service
Generalist Susan Joyce author, founder and director of Park Avenue Authors in Albert Lea, with background in graphic design, community service, and arts advocacy