The Nevada Arts Council recently welcomed two new board members from Northern Nevada: Melissa Melero-Moose and Claire Muñoz. Melero-Moose, a member of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe residing in Hungry Valley, is a Nevada artist whose paintings are exhibited regionally and nationally, according to a May 20 press release from Travel Nevada.
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. Muñoz, of Reno, is senior director of education at the Nevada Museum of Art, developing programs in the visual, performing and literary arts. She is co-chair of the museum’s Diversity Team and a member of Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Subcommittee. She previously worked in programming and events at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif. Patrick Duffy, president and CEO of the Nevada School of the Arts in Las Vegas, was also added to the board, per the May 20 release. “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 in a statement. “Their collective experience as arts educators, leaders and creatives will enhance our work to enrich and strengthen Nevada’s creative life.” Part of the Nevada Division of Tourism, the Nevada Arts Council has nine board members who 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.