Bemis Center director appointed to Alliance board
Posted on 10/26/2004
Bemis Center Director Appointed to
Board of Directors for the Alliance of Artists Communities
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is proud to announce that its Executive Director has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Alliance of Artist Communities. Mark Masuoka returned from the organization’s annual conference in Santa Fe held October 13 –16, and reflected: “It’s quite an honor to be appointed. The Alliance is an international advocacy group for residency programs all over the world, and it mirrors the Bemis Center’s mission to support exceptional talent.”
The non-profit organization developed out of the MacArthur Foundation’s 1990 program “Special Initiative on Artists’ Colonies, Communities, and Residencies.” With the Bemis Center as one of the founding members, the eighteen grant recipients formed the Alliance in September of 1992 with funding from the MacArthur Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Based in Providence, Rhode Island, the Alliance of Artist Communities is dedicated to contributing to America’s cultural vitality by supporting Artist-in-Residence programs across the United States. Today, the Alliance’s membership includes more than two hundred organizations and individuals worldwide.
Masuoka, who served as director of the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art and the Nevada Institute for Contemporary Art in Las Vegas, joined the Bemis Center as its new Executive Director in 2003. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1987 and he first came to Omaha in 1986 as an assistant to Jun Kaneko, returning in 1989 as a Bemis Center Artist-in-Residence. Given this background, Masuoka is especially dedicated to supporting the Bemis Center’s residency program as well as to increasing its presence within the local and regional arts community. As a board member of the Alliance for Artists Communities, Masuoka will expand on this role by contributing his expertise to the organization’s fundamental work of supporting artists’ communities. He will also serve as an important advocate for Artist-in-Residency programs on both a national and international level.
For more information on the Alliance of Artist Communities, visit the organization’s web site at: www.artistcommunities.org.