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June 26 , 2013

Tennessee Arts Commission Selects New Officers

NASHVILLE - - During the most recent quarterly meeting, the Tennessee Arts Commission announced the new slate of officers that will lead the state arts agency in Fiscal Year 2014. The meeting was held in Nashville at the Commission office on Tuesday, June 11. The appointments become effective July 1, 2013.

Appointed to serve as chair of the Commission is Rhea Condra of Gallatin, with Lanis “Lanny” Cope of Knoxville as vice-chair. Patsy White Camp of Jackson will serve as secretary.

Rhea Condra has served on the Commission since 2009. She is a life-long resident of Gallatin and has served as a volunteer in Gallatin and Middle Tennessee organizations for 35 years. Much of her volunteer focus has been with organizations serving women, children, and families including TRAC House, CASA, Department of Human Services Child Abuse Team, and the American Cancer Society. Condra was also a founding member of the Gallatin Junior Service League, and for the past 10 years has been a member of the Sumner County Library Board. She has also been a member of the Warioto Regional Library Board.  She had her own fashion consulting business for 15 years. Condra currently serves on the Board of Tennesseans for the Arts (TFTA), an arts advocacy organization.

Serving as vice-chair is Lanis “Lanny” Cope.  He is an architect who founded Cope Associates, Inc. in 1983. Under his direction, Cope Associates, Inc. has achieved honored distinction in commercial, institutional, and historical preservation works. He received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Cope’s community involvement is broad and extensive. He is the founding president of University Area Sertoma Club; former board member and vice-president of Knoxville Montessori School; member of the University of Tennessee President’s Club; founding board member of United States Green Building Counsel, East Tennessee Chapter; member of the American Institute of Architects and National Roundtable of Architects; and Knoxville Heritage member.

Patsy White Camp will serve as secretary. She is a resident of Jackson, Tennessee, and is married to Charles H. Camp. They owned Camp’s Market, a family grocery business, until it was sold in 2010.
Camp received her bachelor’s degree in art and art history from Lambuth University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the Outstanding Art Student Award. She also participated in a course abroad, in London and Paris. Camp studied at Union University for seven years, taking “on location” art courses.

She has served on the boards of Tennesseans for the Arts (TFTA), Jackson Arts Council as President, Jackson Art Association, and received the Jackson Award for the Arts. Currently, she serves on the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation Board.

Camp is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Jackson where she has participated in a number of leadership positions. She has served as a Lay Leader, Staff-Parish Relations Chair, Co-chair of two capitol campaigns, delegate to six annual conferences, Conference Nominating Committee, and the Finance Committee. She has enjoyed working on five Habitat Houses, substitute teaching, tutoring, and as a soup kitchen volunteer. Currently, she serves on the First United Methodist Church Foundation.

Other community activities have included serving on the Girl Scouts Board, Literacy Council Board, and Friends of the Library Board. She has also served on the Lambuth University Alumni Board, and the Lambuth University Board of Trustees as Academic Chair, and on the Executive Committee.
Commission members are appointed by the Governor for five year terms.  The Commission meets quarterly and meetings are open to the public.

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