Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Lexington Art League elects new board officers, adds four new board members
The Lexington Art League (LAL) recently held its annual members meeting to review the 55-year-old organization’s status, direction, and leadership. More than 20 members of LAL attended the session and cast ballots that approved four new individuals to sit on the board of Dd
“As a past president, I have seen LAL undergo dynamic changes throughout its existence,” said Marie Hochstrasser, a life member who joined in 1960 and led the organization as board president in 1974-75. “Our organization has grown from a small group of artist-activists into a community of like-minded people who understand the value of art for everyone. My service to LAL is just one facet of the plan that has built it into the esteemed visual arts organization it is today, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for LAL.”
Overseeing the session was LAL’s Executive Director Stephanie Harris, who has been with LAL for 5 years and as its executive director since 2010. LAL’s current executive committee, consisting of Paula Anderson (LexMark International), Sarah Davies (Sarah Davies Designs), Jane Jensen (University of Kentucky), Elizabeth Deener (Landrum Shouse, LLP), and Erik Carlson (Business Lexington), presented board candidates to the membership and introduced their recommendations for the fiscal year 2013 leadership.
As of July 1, Dean Langdon (DelCotto Law Group) assumed the position of president. Langdon served on LAL’s board from 1997 to 2008, with one term as president in fiscal year 2001. On July 17, the board appointed officers to the remaining positions on the executive committee. Carlson stepped in as vice-president, Lisa Wilson (Tempurpedic) assumed the position of treasurer, and Deener maintained her appointment as secretary. Davies and Shaye Rabold (LFUCG Office of the Mayor) will also join the executive committee as chair of governance and chair of development, respectively. All executive committee members have a history of involvement with LAL that spans more than 30 years cumulatively.
Like Langdon, the new board recruits — Christine Huskisson, John Price Nicol, Drura Parrish and Jomo Thompson — assumed their official positions on July 1 as well.
Including the four new additions, LAL has 16 of 20 maximum seats on its governance board filled. The Board of Directors oversees the organization’s operations, including exhibitions, finances, partnerships, and growth and development plans. In 2010, the Board of Directors began a campaign to raise funds for an expansion of LAL into the downtown corridor of Lexington, an effort that is still underway and will be well served by the new members of the board.
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