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Waterworks names Board Emeritae, elects officers for 2016-2017


Art patrons and longtime board members Sarah Kellogg and Phyllis Steimel were recently honored and named as Waterworks Visual Arts Center Board Emerita. “These incredible women have selflessly contributed their time, talent, and treasure to Rowan County’s cultural community through their work, support, and leadership at Waterworks for the last 20-24 years, respectively,” said Anne Scott Clement, Waterworks’ executive director. “Although this designation marks their formal retirement as board members, I want to thank them for their loyal and longtime support, investment, leadership, and service to promote Waterworks’ mission.” To commemorate the occasion, the recipients were presented a framed certificate of appreciation and an original work of art by local potter Brent Smith.

The board of directors also elected officers for 2016-2017. Marianna Swaim will serve as president; Taylor Sexton, first vice president; Jeff Wetmore, vice president finance; Emily Blanton, secretary; and Brad Williams, vice president facilities.

Joining the board of directors to serve three years is Lindsay Starrett, agent-Rowan County/ Byrd Agency – NC Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Group. “Lindsay embodies the spirit of community and brings talent, expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have her on board to help us continue to strengthen Waterworks as a community and regional resource,” Marianna Swaim, board president stated.

Other board members include: Pam Abernathy, president mortgage banking, F&M Bank; Paula Dibley, director of college relations, marketing, and communications at Rowan Cabarrus Community College; Megan Ferden, graphic artist and co-owner of The Lettered Lily Design Studio; Karen Hobson, executive director Historic Salisbury Foundation; Carly Stephenson, reporter, Time Warner Cable News; Greg Alcorn, president of Global Contact Services; and Traci Williams, immediate past president of the board and president, Crescent Construction Services, LLC.

The Waterworks Visual Arts Center is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Its mission is to provide diverse opportunities in the arts for all people through exhibitions, education, and outreach. The Waterworks is funded by individual memberships, corporations and businesses, foundations, the City of Salisbury, and Rowan County. The Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, a federal grant-making agency dedicated to creating and sustaining a nation of learners by helping libraries and museums serve their communities, supports the Waterworks Visual Arts Center. Waterworks receives general support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

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