Champaign, IL — Krannert Art Museum Council hosted its Spring meeting and luncheon on May 3 at the Champaign Country Club. The meeting was presided over by KAM Council President Lisa Kocheril, who updated the council on recent initiatives, the upcoming Acquired Taste Celebration scheduled for May 18, and introduced candidates for the group's 2019 slate of officers.
The 2019 officers were elected unanimously and include:
President: Sharon Williams
Vice President, Membership: Karen Devine
Treasurer: Mary Beth Kurasek
Assistant Treasurer: Liz Jones
Recording Secretary: Diane Schumacher
Corresponding Secretary: Jamie Storm
Museum Council Liaison: Chris Schaede
Ex Officio: Lisa Kocheril, Brice Hutchcraft
Gelvin Gardens: Gloria Rainer
Art Conversations: Brice Hutchcraft, Brenda Nardi
Luncheons: Jean Hagen, Debbie Eichelberger, Nancy Johnson
Hospitality: Lisa Kocheril
Program: Sharon Williams
Membership: Karen Devine
Public Relations: Susan Feuille
Fund Raising: Lisa Kocheril
Finance: Brice Hutchcraft
Archivist: Shelia O’Connor
Directory: Mary Kay Dailey, Mary Beth Kurasek
Newsletter: Diane Schumacher
Calling Committee: Margaret Maguire
Nominating Committee: Executive Board and Appointees
Unsung Hero: Donna Giertz
The spring meeting was called to a close by incoming Council President Sharon Williams, who had served as co-Vice President for Membership. She expressed her excitement at leading the Krannert Art Museum Council and sharing her many ideas on ways to engage and grow this important organization.
During the luncheon, Kevin Hamilton, Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois, addressed guests. His lecture, titled "What the Arts Bring to the Changing Modern University" focused on opportunities for collaborative engagement and the unique position of the arts to inform research across disciplines in the university setting.
Outgoing Council President Lisa Kocheril was honored with flowers and a gift, presented by Gloria Rainer and Brice Hutchcraft, and the 2019 Unsung Hero Award was presented to Jean Hagen who has contributed greatly to the life of the Council through her work on the luncheon planning committee and other volunteer activities.