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Bronze Symposium – Selection Committee

National Selection Committee

Maria Lopez De Leon, Executive Director
Natl. Assoc. of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC)
San Antonio, TX

María López De Leon is the Executive Director and a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC). Ms. De Leon has been with NALAC for almost nine years and has served as Executive Director for four years. She has been involved in all aspects of development and implementation of the organization’s programs and strategic planning. Under Ms. De Leon’s leadership, NALAC launched the NALAC Fund for the Arts, a grant program for Latino artists and organizations, completed production of a documentary series on Latino art and culture for PBS, has directed the convening of two national arts and cultural conferences and has lead the continued development of the renowned annual Leadership Institute. She has also launched efforts to purchase a historic site to serve as NALAC’s national offices. Ms. De Leon has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs and for the Hispanic Heritage Arts and Entertainment Award. She was recently appointed by the U.S. President into the National Council on the Arts.


Tom Borrup, Planning Consultant
Creative Community Builders
Minneapolis, MN

Tom Borrup is a leader and innovator in creative community building–leveraging cultural and other community assets to advance economic, social, civic, and physical development of place-based communities. Consulting with cities, foundations, and nonprofits across the U.S, his approach integrates the arts, economic development, urban planning and design, civic engagement, and animation of public space. His book The Creative Community Builders’ Handbook, released in July 2006, profiles communities that have transformed their economic, social, and physical infrastructures through the arts and provides a step-by-step planning guide. As Executive Director of Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis from 1980 until 2002, Borrup developed a nationally-recognized multidisciplinary, cross-cultural organization in a diverse urban community. He has served on a variety of panels over the 20 years for the National Endowment for the Arts in the media arts, visual arts, presenting, design, and advancement program categories. He teaches for the Graduate Program in Arts and Culture Management at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, for the Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts, and for Drexel University’s Arts Administration Graduate Program. He is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.


Jerry Allen, Consultant
The Cultural Planning Group
Soquel, CA

Jerry Allen has been involved in cultural, facilities, and public art planning since 1985. Through his own firm, Jerry Allen & Associates, he has completed major cultural plans for many communities in California, Florida, Colorado and more. He was the Visual Arts Coordinator for the King County Arts Commission (Seattle) in the mid-seventies. King County had one of the earliest percent for art programs in the nation and the first county program ever established; he later served 3 years as Executive Director. Jerry then became the Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Dallas, Texas. While there, he assisted with the formation of the Dallas Arts District and the Arts District Foundation. In that position, he developed the City’s first cultural plan and policy and directed the first public art master plan ever completed by any city. Jerry went on to develop the Yerba Buena Arts Center in San Francisco, California, and recently retired as the Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs in San Jose, CA, where he was responsible for a general fund budget of $7 million and a public art budget of $18 million. Jerry has served on scores of art selection panels including the National Endowment for the Arts. He has served on both the Board of Directors and the National Policy Board of Americans for the Arts. And he is a member of the national advisory board for Forecast, publishers of the Public Art Review, the only national periodical dedicated to public art.


Greg Peckham, Managing Director
Cleveland LAND Studio (Landscape Art Neighborhoods Development)
Cleveland, OH

Greg Peckham is the Managing Director of LAND Studio. Greg served as Executive Director of Cleveland Public Art and worked with community groups, elected officials, artists, and designers to plan and implement projects in the urban core and surrounding city neighborhoods. Mr. Peckham is a board member of the Community Partnership for Arts & Culture, where he helps develop public policy, programs, and strategy efforts for the region’s arts and cultural sector. He is a member of the Ohio City Design Review committee and the Regional Transit Authority’s Arts-in-Transit Committee, and serves an advisor to the annual Cleveland Design Competition. Greg’s interests include urban policy focused on arts & culture, infrastructure, transportation, housing, and community development. Through his work with community groups, artists, and design professionals he maintains a strong commitment to citizen participation in urban planning efforts. Prior to his work with Cleveland Public Art and LAND studio, Greg worked in the fields of community development and public education, and also served as a legislative assistant in the Ohio Senate.


Bruce Olson, Owner
L’idee Corporate Art Concepts
Cincinnati, OH

Bruce Olson is President of L’idée, a family run operation which began business 20 years ago as a response to the lack of honest, knowledgeable representation available to emerging fine artists. Olson is a metal sculptor, wood and stone carver as well as painter (BFA, Ohio University) who quickly became disillusioned with the level of gallery representation he found around the country. In 1978 he teamed with his mother, Mary Lee, whose executive background in marketing, sales, public relations and corporate promotion, paired well with Bruce’s fine art knowledge and abilities. Together they have provided an aggressive, thinking sales force for the artists they represent, with a goal of exploring and finding alternative methods of exhibition, promotion and sale of Fine Art, plus providing additional resources for the artists and purchasers without interruption or restriction of more standardized methods.


Shayna V. McConville, Cultural Arts Manager
City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts
Kettering, OH

Shayna V. McConville is the Cultural Arts Manager for the City of Kettering, a suburb of Dayton. Through 2011, Shayna was the Assistant Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs for Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, and the Founder and Director of the North Philadelphia Arts and Culture Alliance. She has worked in the creative sector for over a decade, including in arts administration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Dayton Art Institute, and at the University of Pennsylvania.

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