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June 24 , 2009

Tennessee Arts Commission Announces New Officers

  NASHVILLE - - During their recent quarterly meeting the Tennessee Arts Commission selected new officers to lead the state arts agency. The meeting was held June 4 at the University Club of Nashville. New officers are: Kim Wood McClamroch of Knoxville, chair; Julia G. McGuffin of Morristown, vice chair; and Dr. Paulette Coleman of Nashville, secretary. The appointments become effective July 1, 2009.
  Donna Chase, outgoing chair, has high hopes for the new leadership as she reflected on her time as Commission chair. “This has been a wonderful experience, and with the selection of the new officers, I am sure the Commission in good hands,” said Chase. “It has been a privilege to serve, and to work with such outstanding individuals. I am confident that the Commission will continue to build on previous accomplishments, and with the guidance of these exceptional leaders will continue to achieve even greater success.”
 Appointed to the Commission in 2005, McClamroch will serve as the new chair. For the past two years she has severed as chair of the Tennessee State Museum Committee.
McClamroch is a partner in Woodland Concept, a Knoxville-based creative services firm. Her community service activities are extensive. She has served as the past chair of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee and the Downtown YMCA of Knoxville. She has also served on the Executive Committee of the Metropolitan YMCA, East Tennessee Foundation, Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation, Leadership Knoxville. and the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Knoxville. McClamroch is on the Board of Directors for Young -Williams Animal Center of Knoxville/Knox County. Additionally, she is a member of the University of Tennessee Women in Philanthropy.
  Assuming the position of vice chair is Julia “Judy” G. McGuffin of Morristown. She was appointed to the Commission in 2005. McGuffin has worked as a real estate broker, and was previously a partner/owner of Century 21 Real Estate in Sevier County. Her dedication to community service has led her to leadership positions in many diverse organizations including: Board Secretary of Kingswood School; Past Board Member and co-chair, Capital Campaign for Alzheimers Lakeway Program Services; Walters State Community College Foundation Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Past President; Past Board Member and Vice-President of Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce; Past President of Hamblen County American Cancer Society and Past President, Tennessee Division of the American Cancer Society; Past President Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors; 1997 United Way Campaign Chairman and Board of Directors; Past Board Member of Boys and Girls Club; and Girls Club, Inc. Womens Hall of Fame. McGuffin is a member of First United Methodist Church in Morristown . She graduated from Oak Ridge High School, and attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
  Dr. Paulette Coleman was appointed to the Commission in 2005, and was selected to serve as secretary. For almost two decades, Dr. Coleman has been an advocate for the arts. After moving to Nashville Coleman was appointed to the Metro Nashville Arts Commission (MNAC). She served as chair of the MNAC, and during her tenure the grants program increased by $1 million, and the first Per Cent for Public Art Ordinance in the State of Tennessee was passed. She has also served as a founding board member of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Nashville Civic Design Center. Coleman previously served on the board of the Southern Arts Federation, where she chaired the Committee on Contemporary Arts, convening the first Southern Visual Arts Summit in 2005. She also previously served on the board of Humanities Tennessee. Currently, she is on the board of the Arts in the Airport Foundation and several other boards addressing social justice and the empowerment of women and girls. She earned her bachelor's degree from Fordham University in New York City, and her doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also completed the Certificate in Museum Studies at Harvard University in 2005.
  “We have had several extraordinary years of accomplishments, and I fully expect our new slate of officers will keep the arts moving forward in Tennessee,” said Rich Boyd, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission. “These individuals are dedicated to ensuring that all Tennesseans have access to the arts, and that our citizens recognize the value of the arts to their communities.”
  Commission members are appointed by the Governor for five year terms.  The Commission meets quarterly and meetings are open to the public.

  The Tennessee Arts Commission is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences that add value to the lives of every citizen, and enhances the quality of life in Tennessee communities.

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