Lin An

Margaret C. Ayers

Xiaolu Chen

Patricia Dewey

Rod Fisher

David J. Fraher

David S. Guion

Wayne P. Lawson

Sharon Memis

Patty Mitchell

Daniela Müller

Drina Rendic

Na Risu

Angélica Soto

Margaret Jane Wyszomirski


Lin An

Beijing, People’s Republic of China
Former Project Manager, National Center for the Performing Arts

Presentation Title: Focus on Content: International Collaborative Productions of the National Center for the Performing Arts in China

Biography: Lin An has a master’s degree in Arts Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in Global Studies from Sophia University in Japan, and a bachelor’s degree from Peking University in China. She formerly worked as a project manager in the Programming and Production Department of China’s National Center for the Performing Arts. She now lives in Beijing and works as a consultant.


Margaret C. Ayers

New York, New York
Foundation Executive/Author, President, & CEO
Robert Sterling Clark Foundation

Presentation Title: Promoting Public & Private Reinvestment in Cultural Exchange-Based Diplomacy

Biography: Margaret C. Ayers is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, where she has served since 1979. When she began at the foundation as Executive Director, she managed a reorganization that included the development of grant programs to promote improved management of cultural organizations in New York City. The focus was to help arts organizations manage what resources they had in the most effective way possible to achieve their artistic goals. The foundation has funded this management-support work for three decades, during which time it has made more than a thousand grants totaling more than $30 million.

In 2007, the foundation changed its objectives and increased its level of grantmaking in the arts. During the past three years, Ayers has conducted research on public and private disinvestment in international arts and cultural exchange. The resulting report titled Promoting Public and Private Reinvestment in Cultural Exchange-Based Diplomacy has now been published and is being made available to government and foundation officials. The report will serve as the bedrock of the foundation’s new program area of the same name.

In recent years, Ayers has prepared numerous articles, papers, speeches, and congressional testimony. She has also helped to form a number of associations of grantmakers around specific issues, including Grantmakers in Support of Reproductive Rights, Grantmakers in the Arts (national), New York City Grantmakers in the Arts, and the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers (Philanthropy New York). Ayers currently participates on four non-profit boards including those of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation; the New York Foundation for the Arts where, in the past, she served as President; the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance; and the New York Studio School. Past board affiliations include the Alliance of Resident Theaters/NY (ART/NY) and the New York Council for the Humanities.

Ayers is a graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers University, where she majored in political science. She has been recognized by the University for her various contributions and has been inducted into the Douglass Society and the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Further, she has been honored for her contributions to the field of philanthropy by the Advocacy Institute and its members, Children’s Rights, Inc., the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, New York City Arts Coalition, and the New York Civil Liberties Union.


Xiaolu Chen

Beijing, People’s Republic of China
Project Manager, Education & Public Programs Department
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Presentation Title: Reshaping the Vision: From Cultural Diplomacy to Cultural Diversity

Biography: Xiaolu Chen currently works as a project manager at one of the most influential contemporary art centers in China: The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, which is in the 798 Art District in Beijing. He oversees the Center’s international public programs and cultural exchange projects.

Chen has been involved in many international cultural exchange projects over the years: He served as project coordinator for the 2005 Chinese Pavilion Project in the 52nd Venice Arts Biennale in Italy, in conjunction with his work for the Chinese Art and Entertainment Group. He also worked as a coordinator for the 16th Assembly of International Artist Association in Hefei, China, as well as for the 2nd Beijing International Arts Biennale. He has, furthermore, written and presented articles on the topic of cultural industries and exchange at international arts conferences.

Chen holds a master’s degree in Arts Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University, and he worked as a house manager with Columbus’s Available Light Theatre prior to his current position at UCCA.


Patricia Dewey, Ph.D.

Eugene, Oregon
Associate Professor, Arts & Administration
Director, Center for Community Arts & Cultural Policy
University of Oregon

Presentation Title: Performing Arts Centers & International Presenting: Identifying Management Competencies

Biography: Patricia Dewey coordinates the performing arts management area of concentration and the Ph.D./D.M.A. supporting area of study in arts administration in the University of Oregon’s Arts and Administration Program. She also serves as Director of the UO Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy and chairs UO Canadian Studies. Dewey’s main research areas are international cultural policy, cultural development, and arts administration education. She teaches graduate-level courses in performing arts management, cultural policy, and research methods.

At the core of her research, Dewey seeks to understand complex interactions among governments, arts organizations, and the cultural sector of societies. Her research focuses on policy analysis and theoretical modeling of cultural policy institutions, processes, and systems in the international context. Specific current research interests include comparative cultural policy and administration (especially Europe, Canada, and the United States), cultural diplomacy, international training in cultural policy and administration, capacity building for cultural policy advocacy, and the leadership role of flagship arts institutions in urban/regional cultural development.

Her two major research initiatives currently underway are titled European Union Cultural Policy and Cultural Development in the Pacific Northwest. She has published articles in Higher Education, the International Journal of Arts Management, the Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, and Studies in Art Education, and she is currently developing a book-length manuscript on EU cultural policy.

Dewey holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Indiana University, master’s degrees in international business (Vienna) and arts management (Salzburg), and a Ph.D. in Arts Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University (Barnett Fellow, 2000-2002). Her employment experience in Europe and the United States is comprised of positions as a professional classical singer, opera administrator, artist manager, foundation programs administrator, marketing communications consultant, research fellow, and instructor. Her numerous academic fellowships and awards include a Fulbright European Union Affairs Research Program Grant and a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship.


Rod Fisher

London, U.K.
Director, International Intelligence on Culture

Presentation Title: Transnational Cultural Project Management: Insights on Training Needs & Standards from the EU VANIA Project

Biography: Rod Fisher is Director of International Intelligence on Culture, the consultancy he established in 1994. Previously, he worked for the Arts Council of Great Britain, latterly as International Affairs Manager, and managed arts, festivals and, leisure programs in local government. At City University, London, where he was Honorary Research Fellow, he led a module on European Arts Policies and then on the International Dimension of Cultural Governance and Co-operation (1984-2007). He remains a Visiting Lecturer on European Cultural Policies at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Fisher co-founded the CIRCLE research network (Chairman 1985-94) and was Director of the European Cultural Foundation UK (2002-2010). He has conducted research, lectured , or delivered conference papers in 28 countries worldwide and has written extensively on European institutions, cultural management training, and comparative cultural policies. Work on international cultural co-operation/cultural diplomacy includes devising an international strategy for Hong Kong Arts Development Council (1997), contributing chapters on the work of national cultural institutes for the Interarts/EFAH study on The State of Cultural Co-operation in Europe (EC, 2003), and research for the ERICarts study Mobility Matters: Programmes and Schemes to Support the Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals (EC, 2008). The European Cultural Foundation/Lab for Culture commissioned Fisher to examine whether preconditions exist in Member States for the elaboration of A Cultural Dimension to the EU’s External Policies (Boekmanstudies 2007). He co-edited (with Dr. Karpodini-Dimitriadi) Training in Transnational Cultural Co-operation Projects (Fondation Marcel Hicter, 2007) in a European Commission study. His paper “Value Bringer or Tool for Damage Limitation? Culture in Foreign Policy” was published in Cultural Promotion and Diplomacy (Diplomatic Academy Proceedings, Vol. 7, No.1, 2009). Recent research on whether there has been a paradigm shift in EU States’ cultural relations policies with “third” countries prepared for a briefing of European Commission staff will be published in 2010.


David J. Fraher

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Executive Director, Arts Midwest

China-US Case Panel Chair

Biography: For more than three decades, David J. Fraher has directed his creative skill to building and leading arts organizations and programs throughout the United States. In 1983, he became the director of what was then the Affiliated State Arts Agencies. That position evolved in 1985 when, after a year of analysis and preparation, Fraher led the merger of the Affiliation with the Great Lakes Arts Alliance, creating Arts Midwest. Today, as part of a national network of regional organizations, Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Its cultural programs—including performances by high-quality theater, dance, and music ensembles; arts educational activities; exhibitions; and conferences—reach close to a million people.

In partnership with an array of member and affiliated state arts agencies, Fraher has led Arts Midwest in aggressively building a diverse and successful array of international partnerships and exchange programs which directly link Americans—especially those living in more rural areas—to the many cultures of the world. Current or recent partnerships have been established with governments and arts organizations in Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Turkey, Israel, the People’s Republic of China, Egypt, and Japan. Successful programs have included numerous large scale touring exhibitions (featuring work from both U.S. and international artists), exchanges and residencies for arts administrators, development and management of tours by foreign performers in the U.S., and management of tours by U.S. artists in other countries.

Prior to his Arts Midwest tenure, Fraher was Executive Director for the Wyoming Council on the Arts, and as an independent consultant for the Western States Arts Federation in Santa Fe, he designed and implemented the Western States Book Awards project.

Fraher has a degree in creative writing from SUNY at Brockport, New York and completed two years of graduate work in creative writing and American literature at Ohio University in Athens. He is a published poet, a six-time winner of the City of Minneapolis Blooming Boulevards Gardening Award, an amateur futurist, and an accomplished cook. In 2007, Fraher was presented with The Gary Young Award for Career Leadership by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.


David S. Guion, Ph.D.

Dublin, Ohio
Executive Director, Dublin Arts Council

Biography: Dr. David S. Guion has served as the executive director of Dublin Arts Council since 2005. Over the past 25 years, he has collaborated with nonprofit arts organizations and educational institutions in New York City, the Bay Area of California, and Columbus, Ohio, working with such iconic artists as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg, among others.

Guion received an M.A. in Art Education from The Ohio State University in 1988. A recipient of the Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Fellowship and the Manual Barkan Dissertation Fellowship Awards, he earned his Ph.D. in Art Education from OSU in 2008.

Guion has conducted fundraising seminars and workshops for arts professionals in Ohio, Poland, and Chile. He is a member of the Greater Columbus Creative Cultural Commission for the City of Columbus and serves on the board of directors for OhioDance. Guion has been a panelist for the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and Culture Works (the united arts fund and arts service agency for the Greater Dayton region), and he has adjudicated arts exhibitions for a variety of organizations.


Wayne P. Lawson, Ph.D.

Columbus, Ohio
Director Emeritus, Ohio Arts Council
Professor, Graduate Program in Arts Policy & Administration, The Ohio State University

Symposium Co-Director

Biography: Wayne P. Lawson served as the fourth executive director of the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) from 1978 to 2006. Under his direction, the OAC became one of the foremost state arts agencies in the nation. In 1988, he began the OAC's International Program with a cultural exchange between Ohio and India. Since that first project, he has raised more than $3 million in private funds to support international exchanges of visual and performing arts and has led numerous arts delegations to Russia, Japan, Mexico, Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Cuba, Chile, and Argentina. In 2006, he co-authored The Appreciative Journey: A Guide to Developing International Cultural Exchanges.

Lawson has chaired or served on many program panels for the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a board member of the National Alliance of Artists Communities in Providence, Rhode Island, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the Columbus Museum of Art, and the Thurber House—a literary center in Columbus, Ohio. He has also served on the evaluation team of Young Audiences New York, the Coca-Cola Education Foundation in Atlanta, and was a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Mandel Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He served a three-year term as chairman of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and completed three terms as chairman of Arts Midwest. From 2006 to 2007 he chaired the Creative Columbus Task Force, which resulted in the groundbreaking publication The Creative Economy: Leveraging the Arts, Culture and Creative Community for a Stronger Columbus.

Lawson has received many awards, honors, and recognitions throughout his career, including the Gary Young Award from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the Association of American Cultures award for leadership and commitment to the development of cultural diversity in the arts, and a medal for lifetime achievement in the arts by the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown. He has, furthermore, received an Excellence in Crafts award from Kent State University, the Ohioana Career Award, the Alumni Award of Distinction from the College of Humanities at The Ohio State University, and the Julian Sinclair Smith Celebration of Learning Award from the Columbus Metropolitan Library. In 2008, Lawson was given the distinguished Arts Award by the Columbus Jewish Film Festival, and in 2009, he received an “Homenaje”—a Medal of Arts Award by the Government of Chile—for his work in international collaborations.

Lawson received a B.A. in Romance languages, an M.A. in European literature, and earned his doctorate in theatre and comparative literature from The Ohio State University. He holds a certificate in Spanish literature from the University of Madrid, an honorary doctorate from Rio Grande College in Ohio and, an honorary doctorate from the Columbus College of Art and Design. He became a tenured professor of Arts Policy and Administration in the Department of Art Education at The Ohio State University in 2008.


Sharon Memis

Washington, D.C.
Director, British Council USA, British Council

Presentation Title: International Cultural Engagement: Experience & Evaluation

Biography: Sharon Memis studied Modern Languages (French and Spanish). She taught at universities in the UK and in Turkey, as well as at an inner city secondary school in London.

Memis joined the British Council in London in 1988. She was posted to Paris in 1991, Rome in 1996, and then Brussels in 2000, where she headed the Europe Programme. She has managed international programs for the British Council in the arts, science, education, and governance. Memis returned to London in August 2005 as the British Council’s Director of Corporate Planning and Performance. She took up her current post as the Director of British Council USA in September 2006.


Patty Mitchell

Athens, Ohio
Art Programming Designer & Artist-in-Residence, Ohio Arts Council, Passion Works

Presentation Title (with Angélica Soto): Innovative Institutional Change Through Art & Person-To-Person Connection

Biography: Patty Mitchell is a working artist and social entrepreneur specializing in collaborations between artists with and without developmental disabilities and focusing on creating employment for underserved populations and funding streams for continued arts programming. She started Passion Works Studio in 1996 through an Ohio Arts Council Artist in Residency in Athens, Ohio, where today 40 artists with cognitive disabilities are working artists and have generated almost one million U.S. dollars. With focus on the discovery of fine art—developed through the ideas and talents of participants—designs are translated into quilts, paintings, sculpture, and products.

Mitchell is now sharing this model throughout Ohio where more than 39 studios inspired by Passion Works are now making art. Hope Studios in Anchorage, Alaska has hosted Mitchell for three residencies and continues to support this vibrant project. Internationally, she has worked and helped develop studios with Handikos of Kosovo with the U.S. military, Coanil’s Flor de Arte in Santiago, Chile, and Colors of the Soul in Patagonia, Chile.

Mitchell has received a Distinguished Alumna Award from Ohio University’s College of Fine Art, an Individual Artist Award from the Ohio Arts Council, a Citizen of the Year Award from Athens Civitan Club, and The Keystone Award from Ohio University for outstanding community service. Passion Works has received the Governor’s Award for the Arts: Community Development and Participation and a Distinguished Organization for Art Education Award from the Ohio Art Education Association. PBS produced a one-hour documentary, Passion Works: A Story of Flying, which is now airing nationally.


Daniela Müller

Santiago, Chile
Ohio Arts Council Representative in Chile

Presentation Title: Exchange, Interchange, and Connections: a REVolution of Change

Biography: Daniela Müller was born in Santiago, Chile and holds a degree in dance from the University of Chile. Upon completion of her degree, she joined the chamber dance company at the University and taught modern dance, where she remained until she was invited to be part of Ballet Juventud of the Ministry of Education and was appointed Deputy Director of their newly created school of dance. She was also a soloist with Mobile Dance Company for eight years.

In 1985, Müller was hired by the American Embassy in Santiago as part of the staff of the Cultural Section, where she began working in U.S.-Chile cultural exchanges. For over 16 years, she was instrumental in the planning and execution of programs involving specialists, speakers, consultants, and artists from the fields of performing arts, arts administration, visual arts, arts education, and many other fields. She has received numerous awards, including several Meritorious Honor Awards, Certificates of Appreciation, Incentive Awards, letters of appreciation from Hillary R. Clinton, former Vice President Dan Quayle, and others, Superior Performance Awards, and the Foreign Service National of the Year Award.

Müller retired from the American Embassy in Chile in 2001. At the invitation of Wayne Lawson, she began work in 2002 as the representative in Chile for the Ohio Arts Council. During their eight years of collaboration, Müller and the Ohio Arts Council have successfully developed eight to ten projects per year in arts administration, the performing arts, and visual arts.

Müller returns to the Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Symposium on the Arts and Public Policy after having joined the discussion in a previous Symposium, Going Global: Negotiating the Maze of Cultural Interactions.


Drina Rendic

Santiago, Chile
National Council for Arts & Culture, Santiago, Chile

Presentation Title: The Cultural Dimension of International Affairs

Biography: Drina Rendic has served on the President-appointed Board of Directors of the National Council for Arts and Culture—the top cultural agency of Chile—since 2004. The main objectives of the Council are to design public policies aimed at developing and funding the arts, to help preserve Chilean national intangible heritage, and to encourage public participation in cultural activities, as well as administering five public endowments for the arts.

From 1994 to 2009, Rendic served as Executive Vice President of COBA, a municipal cultural organization that supports education and drug prevention through cultural activities for the needy and youth, with a focus on programs that have not been undertaken by other similar kinds of organizations. During her time with COBA, Rendic formed two youth orchestras and organized national debate tournaments with over 40 universities. She also produced the largest touring Chilean art exhibit, which visited eight European countries from December 2004 to April 2006.

In September 2009, Rendic was awarded the University of Portland Pamplin School of Business Significant Alumni Award for outstanding service to the community. She has also been recognized by El Mercurio Newspaper as one of the Top 100 Women Leaders, by Universidad del Pacifico as one of the Outstanding Women of the 21st Century, and by Universidad Mayor as an Outstanding Cultural Administrator, among other awards.

Rendic holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Portland, Oregon. She has lectured at many seminars related to arts and cultural administration.


Na Risu

An Da Union

China-US Case Panelist

Biography: Na Risu is a performer with An Da Union, winner of the prestigious Eco-Youth Prize awarded by CCTV and featured at the Kennedy Center Festival of China. The individual names of An Da Union's collective members translate to words like beauty, hero, pure, peace, and forever. An Da Union toured as part of Arts Midwest's World Fest in 2008 and 2009.


Angélica Soto

Santiago, Chile
CEO, Fundación Coanil

Presentation Title (with Patty Mitchell): Innovative Institutional Change Through Art & Person-To-Person Connection

Biography: Angélica Soto was born in Santiago, Chile and holds a degree in Economic Science from the University Catolica de Chile. She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry and as a professor in the School of Economics at the Universidad de Chile and at the Universidad Catolica de Chile.

As CEO for Fundación Coanil since 2001, Soto has led the organization on its mission of integrating, educating, and empowering people with intellectual disabilities and their families. She has promoted and managed support to improve the quality of life for the 4,000 people Coanil serves, and she manages 1,000 volunteers and a staff of 1,200. In 2005, Coanil was visited by Ohio Arts Council representatives Wayne Lawson, Daniela Müller, and Patty Mitchell. Coanil’s studio, Flor de Arte, took root soon after. Today, Coanil has a public fine art gallery, offers a product line, and is recognized by the larger community for its innovation and artistic talent.

Soto belongs to several government committees related to public policy, poverty, disabilities, integration, and education, with a special focus on vulnerable populations.


Margaret Jane Wyszomirski

Columbus, Ohio
Professor & Director, Graduate Program in Arts Policy & Administration
The Ohio State University

Symposium Co-Director

Biography: Margaret Jane Wyszomirski is Director of the Graduate Program in Arts Policy and Administration at The Ohio State University. Her publications on cultural policy include Art, Ideology and Politics, Congress and the Arts, America’s Commitment to Culture, The Public Life of the Arts, and Understanding the Arts and Creative Sector in the United States. In 1990, she was staff director for the Independent Commission on the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and between 1991 and 1993, she was Director of the Office of Policy Planning, Research and Budget at the NEA. She was a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Center for Arts and Culture for over seven years and chaired this committee between 1998 and 2002. She is a long-time member of the Research and Information Advisory Committee of Americans for the Arts. Between 1997 and 2002, she was part of the leadership team of three American Assembly projects on the arts. She has previously served as a member of the board of the Association of Arts Administration Educators and as Vice President for Conference Programming of ARNOVA. Prior to coming to OSU, she taught at Dickinson College, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Case Western Reserve University, and Georgetown University, where she directed the Public Policy Program from 1984 to 1988. She is a member of the editorial board of Nonprofit Management and Leadership and an executive editor of the Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society.

Recently, Wyszomirski has been a featured speaker on the subject of the creative industries and mapping the creative sector at conferences both nationally and internationally, including in Singapore, Vienna, Taiwan, Chile, Argentina, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Her research writing and interests cover national and state arts and cultural policy, public funding for the arts, cultural diplomacy, the creative industries, cultural advocacy and interests groups, philanthropy and the arts, nonprofit arts organizations, intellectual property issues and the arts, cultural policy transfer, globalization and the arts, and arts leadership. In 2003 she prepared a report for the Center for Arts and Culture on “International Cultural Relations: Comparative Perspectives” which surveys international activities of nine countries.