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Mead Appoints New Arts Council Members

Governor Matt Mead has appointed three new board members to the Wyoming Arts Council.

One of them is writer and University of Wyoming instructor Nina McConigley. McConigley published her first short story collection, “Cowboys and East Indians” late last year. She won a major Arts Council grant in 2010, an experience McConigley says gave her the confidence to finish her book.

“When you're an artist and you're alone, and working and you don't know if your project is worth anything, or you kind of lose a little faith, it's lovely to have an organization like the arts council come in and say what you're doing is valid, we really appreciate what you're doing, it's worth something.”

The Arts Council’s other new board members are former Cheyenne Symphony Director Chloe Illoway, and rancher and poet Sharon O’Toole of Savery. The Arts Council’s next public meeting is June 5th.

Rebecca Golden is a reporting intern for Wyoming Public Radio and an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at University of Wyoming. She's the author of a memoir, "Butterbabe: The True Adventures of a 40-Stone Outsider" (Random House UK) and has contributed to Salon and the Times of London. Rebecca's current book project is a collection of essays about the city of Detroit. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys painting, photography and antiquing.
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