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About the Speaker

Name: Suzanne Wise

Title: Executive Director

Agency/Division: Nebraska Arts Council


Suzanne Wise  has served as Executive Director of the Nebraska Arts Council since 2003.   Prior to her appointment, she served on the Arts Council staff for 14 years, managing grant programs, artist fellowships, special initiatives, and the state’s public art program.  Previously, she held curatorial positions at Sheldon Art Gallery in Lincoln, NE, Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE, and Northwestern University’s Block Gallery in Evanston, IL, and has been adjunct faulty at Creighton University and the Lincoln and Omaha campuses of the University of Nebraska.  She was part of the development team that established the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, which provides supplemental funding support for the agency. She currently serves on the board of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and the Mid-America Arts Alliance (based in Kansas City). Ms. Wise has degrees in art history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Kansas.  In 1998, she was awarded an Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Hixon-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts.




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