Wyoming Arts Council

Karen Stewart named new chair of Wyoming Arts Council board

Karen Stewart of Jackson will serve as the Wyoming Arts Council Chairwoman beginning July 1. She replaces David Neary, whose term on the WAC board ends June 30.

Neary served for six years on the board, two as chairman.

Stewart will lead the WAC Board as the new communication plan for the Council is implemented.

After two years of planning, and much input from the arts community and others across the state, changes are being made to the WAC “brand” which includes grant programs, website, “Artscapes” newsletter, new logo and more.

Stewart received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wyoming. She was the executive director of the Art Association of Jackson Hole from 1994 to 2011. During her tenure, she guided the organization through dramatic growth, more than tripling its educational scope, and the relocation to the Center for the Arts, which opened in 2005.

She has been recognized for her leadership in the arts with the receipt of the 2003 Governor’s Art Award and the 2004 Cultural Council of Jackson Hole’s Award for Creativity. She is a founding Board Member for the Center for the Arts and helped develop and guide this collaborative community arts center.

Karen currently serves as a board member of Wyoming Arts Council and St. John’s Hospital Foundation.

A Wyoming native, Stewart has lived in Jackson Hole for 37 years with her husband, Dick Stewart, and together they raised three daughters.

For more information about the WAC and its programs, go to www.wyomingartscouncil.org or call 307-777-7742.

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