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Liz Albers

Liz Albers

 

Liz is a Staff Attorney with the SAFE Harbor Legal Program in Polson, Montana where she works with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Originally from the Boston area, Liz has a Bachelors of Arts in Business Management with a minor in Arts Administration from Simmons College in addition to a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maine School of Law. She lives in Missoula with her husband, Charlie and their dog, Toast. 

MAC member since 2017: Term – 2022

Cynthia Andrus

Cynthia Andrus | Chairman

 

Cyndy is an active community and board member, avid arts supporter, and has worked in the tourism industry for over 25 years. She is in her seventh year serving on the Bozeman City Commission and was recently (November 2015) elected Mayor. She serves on two state Governor appointed councils—the Montana Arts Council (chair) and the Montana Heritage. In addition, she serves on the board of directors for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and the board of trustees for the Western States Arts Federation. She is the past chair (2013) of the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Council where she served ten years. Cyndy is a graduate of Leadership Montana (Class of 2007) and is a lifelong lover of travel and culture.
 

MAC member since 2004: Term – 2022

Karen Bohlinger

Karen Bohlinger

 

Karen has enjoyed a 20 year career in business and international trade as creator and chair of the Montana District Export Council and founding member of the Montana World Trade Center, travelling to nearly 70 countries. The former interim Executive Director of the Holter Museum in Helena, Karen is currently a member of the President's Advisory Councils for the University of Montana and for Carroll College.
 

MAC member since 2013: Term – 2018

G.B. Carson

G.B. Carson

 

G. B. Carson, who resides in Townsend, was born in Helena and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, A.B., History of Art. In 1985, He started his own independent art appraisal business. His area of specialization is 19th and 20th century and contemporary American and European art, including paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and photographs, with a particular emphasis on the art of California and the West. He has been an active supporter of the Holter Museum of Art, the Myrna Loy Center, the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, the Missoula Art Museum, the Yellowstone Art Museum, the Montana Historical Society and in 2012-13 served on the selection committee for the Capitol Complex Advisory Council for the women’s mural commission.
 

MAC member since 2016: Term – 2020

Corwin Clairmont

Corwin "Corky" Clairmont
 

Corky is a celebrated contemporary artist, teacher, mentor, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and has recently retired as the art director at Salish Kootenai College. Corky’s work has been exhibited across the nation and around the world, and in addition to his many other honors, he was awarded the 2008 Montana Governor’s Arts Award for Visual Art.


MAC member since 2008: Term – 2018

Tom Cordingley

Tom Cordingley | Vice-Chair
 

Tom recently retired after 18 years as the Managing Director of Grandstreet Theatre in Helena, where he oversaw the growth of Grandstreet's Theatre School into a nationally recognized template for after-school and summer programs. A journalism graduate of the University of Montana, Tom acted and served on numerous theatre boards while working at the Great Falls Tribune, with the CM Russell Art Auction, and as advertising director for Montana Magazine.


MAC member since 2013: Term – 2018

Sean Falcon Chandler

Sean Falcon Chandler
 

Sean is an enrolled member of the Aaniinen Tribe (Gros Ventre), is the Director of American Indian Studies at Aaniiih Nakoda College (ANC) located on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. He also teaches the Aaniiih (Gros Ventre) Language to grade-school-aged children at the White Clay Language School at ANC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art and a Master of Arts in Native American Studies from Montana State University-Bozeman. He recently acquired a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from The University of Montana in May of 2014.


MAC member since 2016: Term – 2020

JP Gabriel

JP Gabriel
 

JP founded Filmlites Montana in 1989. A veteran lighting designer/director who has worked throughout the country, JP has worked on a majority of commercials or film productions that have come through Montana for the last twenty-five years.


MAC member since 2012: Term – 2022

Mark Kuipers

Mark Kuipers

 

Mark is president of MAK Direct, a marketing firm in Missoula which specializes in comprehensive direct marketing programs, has written and produced hundreds of media ads and managed marketing campaigns for clients nationwide, including Nordic Track, The Sleep Number Bed and Fisher Investments. Mark is president of the WestSlope Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a Montana Ambassador and writes non-fiction stories about his hunting and fishing experiences.


MAC member since 2009: Term – 2020

Tracy Linder

Tracy Linder

Tracy is a contemporary artist, whose sculptures and installations address our integral connection to the land and the sanctity of our food sources. She received an MFA from the University of Colorado and her works have been exhibited in New York, Missouri, Indiana, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, Colorado and North Dakota and her work has been extensively shown across the country.

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MAC member since 2008: Terms: 2008 – 2012, 2013 – 2022

Lynne Montague

Lynne Montague
 

Lynne worked for many years in Billings and statewide in the fields of child advocacy, juvenile justice, and foster care. Lynne's paintings are included in many private collections and have been shown in several local, regional and international juried shows, and in 2012, her book "Rim Haven" was chosen as a finalist, Best First Book category by the High Plains Book Award Committee.


MAC member since 2015: Term – 2020

Arlene Parisot

Arlene Parisot
 

Arlene has a background in education and is the retired Director of Workforce Development and 2-Year Education, under MT's Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education. She was a faculty member at U of Oklahoma, U of Maryland, taught public school in MT, ID, CA, Germany and Japan, and also partnered with Dr. Stuart Rosenfeld to focus on Montana's Creative Cluster work and she has also mounted her first solo exhibit of contemporary art.


MAC member since 2008: Term – 2018

Jay Pyette

Jay Pyette
 

Jay teaches theatre at Havre High School and Montana State University-Northern. A playwright and director, Jay has been the Artistic Director of Montana Actors Theatre, with branches in Havre, Great Falls, and Missoula, since 1992, and is a member of the Havre City Council.


MAC member since 2013: Term – 2018

Jean Steele

Jean Steele
 

Jean taught English literature, writing, drama and speech at Hamilton High School for 36 years, has an MFA from UM Missoula, and studied British history in England and medieval and renaissance art in Italy. She chaired the MT Committee for the Humanities (now Humanities Montana) in 2005, is currently an adjunct professor at UM and lives in Hamilton.


MAC member since 2010: Term – 2020

Renee Westlake

Renée Westlake

Renée Westlake received her BA in Music, ME in Curriculum and Instruction, and Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Montana State University in Bozeman. A lifetime educator in the Bozeman Public Schools music and fine arts department, Dr. Westlake has taught beginning band, elementary music, middle school world music, high school jazz band, high school flute choir, AP Music Theory, and was the Fine Arts Supervisor for the school district for 13 years until her retirement in 2015. Renée has been active in NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, and has been President of the Northwest Division of NAfME, State President of the Montana Music Educators Association, President of the Montana General Music Teachers Association, has served on the National Executive Board of NAfME, District Chair, and Montana State Evaluations Chair. Dr. Westlake is married to a grain farmer and has two grown daughters who are professional dancers, two sons-in-law, one granddaughter and one grandson.


MAC member since 2016: Term – 2022

 

 

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