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Immediate Past Chair

Executive Director

Nebraska Arts Council

Suzanne Wise

As executive director, Suzanne Wise is the Nebraska Arts Council’s CEO, representing the agency at the state, regional and national levels. She works with the Arts Council board to attain agency goals and objectives and responds to the needs of the state’s arts community through financial support, services and advocacy. Wise works with the Nebraska Cultural Endowment in developing financial resources for the arts and humanities. Her career at the Arts Council began in 1988. She has served as the public art program administrator and managed special initiatives and numerous grant programs for the agency. She has served on many boards both in Nebraska and nationally, including Mid-America Arts Alliance and NASAA. Wise holds an M.A. in art history from the University of Kansas, with a specialization in 19th- and 20th-century American painting and photography, and a B.A. in art history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Previously, she held curatorial positions at Sheldon Art Museum, Joslyn Art Museum and Northwestern University’s Block Gallery, and has taught at Creighton University and in the University of Nebraska system. Wise was awarded an Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award in 1998 from University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Alumni Association board of directors. In 2018, she received NASAA’s Gary Young Award for her significant contributions to public support for the arts at the state, regional and national levels. (Board term 2015-2022)