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Nevada Arts Council Board gains three new members

CARSON CITY, Nevada — The Nevada Arts Council welcomes three new board members: Patrick Duffy, Nevada School of the Arts; Melissa Melero-Moose, a Hungry Valley artist; and Claire Muñoz, Nevada Museum of Art.

“We are pleased and honored to have these talented, creative people appointed by Governor Sisolak to serve on the Nevada Arts Council Board,” Tony Manfredi, Nevada Arts Council executive director, said. “Their collective experience as arts educators, leaders, and creatives will enhance our work to enrich and strengthen Nevada’s creative life.”

The Nevada Arts Council Board has nine members. Board members serve a four-year term; they are selected for their knowledge and experience in the arts, and to ensure geographic and ethnic representation of all areas of the state.

Patrick Duffy, president and CEO of the Nevada School of the Arts in Las Vegas, is a philanthropist and collector who has placed artwork in museums throughout the country and abroad, including the Goodman Duffy collection currently part of the Smithsonian Institute Archives of American Art. He has served on the boards of the Smith Center and the Neon Museum, both in Las Vegas. He curated “The Odyssey: A Visual Art Experience” for the 2013 Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas. Duffy also mentors artists and is a motivational speaker.

Melissa Melero-Moose is a Nevada artist whose paintings are exhibited regionally and nationally. Her works, influenced by imagery found in the Great Basin landscape and indigenous tribes of Nevada and California, are part of the permanent collections of the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, N.M.; the Autry Museum in Los Angeles; and other arts institutions. She is the founder of the Great Basin Native Artists collective and a contributing writer to First American Art Magazine. Melero-Moose is a member of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe.

Claire Muñoz is senior director of education at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, developing programs in the visual, performing, and literary arts. She is co-chairperson of the museum’s Diversity Team and a member of the Governor’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Subcommittee. She worked in programming and events at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif.

EDITORS: For images of Duffy, Melero-Moose, and Muñoz, click here. For a full list of NAC board members, click here.