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A new slate of Maryland State Art Council officers was elected at the Maryland State Arts Council’s annual meeting in June and assumes leadership this month. Three new councilors also begin their terms July 1, 2010.

August 06, 2010News

“The Arts Council has evolved over four decades into a dynamic organization that provides the vision for ensuring a thriving arts landscape in Maryland,” said Governor Martin O’Malley, “The Council also enhances the quality of life for our citizens, help attract visitors and stimulate tourism, and supports individual artists and arts organizations.”

The Council is an appointed body of 17 citizens. Thirteen are named by the Governor to three-year terms, which are renewable once. Two private citizens and two legislators are appointed by the President of the Senate and by the Speaker of the House. Councilors serve without salary.

William Mandicott, formerly secretary-treasurer, is now chair of the Arts Council. Mandicott is assistant vice president for student and community involvement at Frostburg State University in Allegany County. He is also chair of Frostburg's University Cultural Event Series for which he recently won the Present of the Year award from PA Presenters a consortium of arts presenters staging events in the region. The Allegany County resident was appointed to the Arts Council by Gov. Martin O'Malley in July 2007.

Abigail Hoffman
, remains vice chair of the Arts Council. Hoffman, an attorney, is a principal of R&R Professional Recovery Inc., based in Baltimore County where she also resides. David Terry is now secretary/treasurer. Dr. Terry is executive director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture, located near Baltimore's Inner Harbor. He is a resident of Prince George's County.
William Mandicott, Abigail Hoffman and David Terry all served on the MSAC management team that developed Imagine Maryland: A Strategic Plan for the Arts in Maryland 2009-2013.

Three new councilors also join the Arts Council in July: Margaret Footner, Lora Bottinelli, and Eric Conway . Footner is executive director and one of the founders of the Creative Alliance, a multi-discipline arts center located in southeast Baltimore. The center is an anchor of the Highlandtown Arts and Entertainment District. She is a resident of Baltimore County. Bottinelli is executive director of Salisbury University's Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. Previously, she was deputy director, curator and folklorist at the museum. She is editor of Wildfowl Art Journal and a member of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association's board of directors and resides in Wicomico County. Conway is the Director of the Morgan State University Choir as well as Chairperson of the Fine Arts Department. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where he majored in Piano Performance and minored in Conducting.

The mission of the Maryland State Arts Council is to encourage and invest in the advancement of the arts for the people of Maryland. For more information about the Maryland State Arts Council visit the MSAC web site at or call (410) 767-6555 or TTY 1-800-735-2258.