Saturday, January 1, 2011

Public Art League Expands Board of Directors

The Public Art League announces expansion of it's Board of Directors.  Beginning in January the Board began a process of nominations and interviews of candidates in order to expand the capabilites, experience, and diversity of the board.   This process resulted in the addition of 3 new directors, Robin Hall, Roopali Malhotra, and Alan Mette.

Robin Hall  brings significant experience in public arts, including the development of the Wandell Sculpture Garden in Meadowbrook Park and as Chair of the Urbana Arts Commission. 

Roopali Malhotra adds noteworthy legal experience and experience in public arts service and fundraising with the T.F. Arts for Humanity Foundation in New York City, and the Chicago South Asian Arts Council.

Alan Mette brings a distinguished career in the arts, teaching, and administration, serving on numerous instituational committees and as Executive Associate Director for the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois.

Their significant talents, relationships, and experiences will enable the Public Art League to expand geographically, engage arts-based foundations, and engage a wider section of the community, including expansion into Urbana, and engaging the University community.

We have included their background information from the Public Art League website Board of Directors page:  http://www.publicartleague/bod

Robin Hall
Robin Hall is the Director of the Office of Recreation and Park Resources at the University of Illinois. Prior to this, he was the Director of the Urbana Park District. One of his favorite projects while at the Park District was developing the Wandell Sculpture Garden in Meadowbrook Park. Hall currently serves as the Chair of the Urbana Arts Commission. He has served on several Boards including the Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Champaign County Arts, Culture and Entertainment Council. He was part of the group that formed the latter. Hall co-chaired the 2003 Boneyard Festival. Robin has a passion for the arts, parks and land preservation.

Roopali Malhotra
Roopali Malhotra joined PAL in 2011 and primarily focuses on soliciting funding for the organization through private and public grants. Raised in Danville, Illinois, she pursued her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Pennsylvania State University and University of Pennsylvania before returning to the University of Illinois to attend the College of Law. She currently serves as an attorney for the Office of University Counsel, and has previously assisted with matters for the T.F. Arts for Humanity Foundation in New York City, as well as the Chicago South Asian Arts Council.

Alan Mette
Alan Mette has been a member of the Champaign-Urbana community since 1981. He is a Professor and Executive Associate Director for the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois. He received a Master of Fine Arts from Michigan State University, Master of Arts from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University. He has served on numerous university, college, and school committees and has exhibited widely in regional, national and international exhibitions. Alan is the recipient of the Arts Achievement Award for Distinguished Alumni from Wayne State University and the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the University of Illinois.


About The Public Art League

The Public Art League was founded in 2010 to improve the aesthetic awareness and creative climate in our community by promoting public art in the form of a permanent Sculpture collection in and around Champaign County.   Following a successful program in 2010 in conjunction with Champaign Park District and numerous sponsors and donors, the Public Art League will be announcing their 2011 sculpture competition.