The California Arts Council consists of eleven members, nine appointed by the Governor, one appointed by the President pro Tempore of the Senate, and one appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly. The members serve staggered terms. Council Members serve without salary, elect their own chair and vice chair, and meet throughout the state to encourage public attendance. The Council establishes general policy and approves program allocations. Gubernatorial appointees are subject to Senate confirmation. Click here to download the Council Bylaws (PDF)
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Donn K. Harris became San Francisco Unified School District’s Executive Director for Creativity and the Arts in July 2016, a new position created to realize the city-wide dream of building out the SFUSD presence in the Civic Center arts corridor. Prior to that he had been the Executive and Artistic Director of the Oakland School for the Arts from 2007-2016. Mr. Harris came to OSA from the acclaimed Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, where he served as Principal for seven years. During that time, Mr. Harris also created a sister school, The Academy of Arts and Sciences, offering arts programs to students without prior experience.
During his tenure, both Ruth Asawa School of the Arts and OSA grew significantly and received awards as California Distinguished Schools and Arts Schools Network Exemplary Schools. Mr. Harris currently serves as the Vice President of the National Arts Schools Network and has served on the boards of the Engineers Alliance for the Arts and the San Franciosco Bay Area Theater Company, as well as having been a member of Create California, the statewide arts education coalition. He received his BA and MA in Theatre Arts from CSULA, and holds English Literature and Special Education teaching credentials, as well as an Administartiuve Services credential. A passionate commitment to diversity in the arts has marked his work throughout his career.
Governor Jerry Brown appointed Mr, Harris to the California Arts Council in January 2014. On January 28, 2015, Mr. Harris was voted in as the 20th Chairman of the Council, and received a second term as Chairman in 2016.
Larry Baza is a professional arts administrator with more than 32 years of experience in advocating for the arts at the local, state and national level. He is currently the Chair of the San Diego Arts Commission. Mr. Baza has served on the boards of various nonprofit arts organizations and provided his expertise as a panelist for arts commissions and foundations. In his professional career, he has directed and managed San Diego arts organizations and businesses including Centro Cultural De La Raza, Sushi Performance and Visual Arts, Fingerhut Gallery, and Community Arts of San Diego. His wealth of knowledge and experience includes affiliations, consultancies, site visits and panel participation with multiple arts organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, California Association of Local Arts Organizations, Chicano Federation of San Diego County, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, and the San Diego Community Foundation.
Baza was appointed to the California Arts Council by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins in February of 2016 and his term expires January 1, 2020.
Phoebe Beasley is the only artist to twice receive the coveted Presidential Seal on her artwork: First in 1989, when she was commissioned to do the "Official Artwork" for the inauguration of President Bush, and again in 1993 when President Clinton presented the Ambassadors of the Diplomatic Corps with one of Beasley's monoprints entitled "Clinton Inaugural.” She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, was honored by the State Department for her participation in the Art in Embassies Program, and has had her artwork featured in major touring museum exhibitions, including a group show mounted by the Smithsonian Institution. In 1998 Beasley collaborated with Dr. Maya Angelou, creating several serigraphs from poems by Langston Hughes for a limited edition book titled Sunrise is Coming After While. Beasley served as a Commissioner on the Los Angeles County Arts Commission from 1997 to 2012 and has worked nationally, as an instructor, with Victoria Rowell and her Rowell Foster Children Positive Plan to help students achieve self-esteem through their artwork expressions.
Beasley was appointed to the California Arts Council by Governor Jerry Brown in February of 2014 and her term expires January 1, 2019.
Christopher Coppola is the Director of the Film Department at the San Francisco Art Institute.
As President of Christopher R. Coppola Enterprises, Christopher Coppola has been a champion of, and leader in, digital media for over a decade. Since 1987 he has directed eight feature films and numerous television shows as well as developing and producing content for alternative distribution and interactive platforms. For example, his “HD: American Portraits” premiered on the Wal-Mart in-store network and reached over 160 million people. Coppola is also known as the “Biker Chef” who travels the country’s blue highways with his trusted comrade, Biker Cat, celebrating the endless diversity of people, their cultures and cuisine. Coppola’s company also produces a reality show series, “The DigiVangelist,” which features Coppola seeking out the latest innovations in creative technology while keeping the heart and soul of the human endeavor intact.
Coppola is deeply committed to education. His educational initiatives include helping to build a High Definition Research Laboratory at the San Francisco Art Institute, Coppola’s alma mater. The state-of-the-art lab provides equipment for shooting, editing and viewing, enabling students and visiting artists to discover new, artistic uses for high definition technology.
Coppola is in demand as a speaker and panelist, particularly on the topic of digital filmmaking. In 2006 he created Project Accessible Hollywood (PAH), a nonprofit organization that brings digital empowerment to underserved communities and individuals worldwide. PAH seeks to educate “everyday” people on using simple digital media to express themselves artistically. To date, Coppola has held forty-four free digital media festivals, called PAH-fests, across the U.S. and abroad. Each PAH-fest brings technology, education and community engagement while supporting artistic expression through a digital storytelling competition.
A member of the prolific Coppola family, Christopher studied music composition at University of Redlands School of Music and film at the San Francisco Art Institute. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and serves on the Independent Directors Committee. His term expires January of 2019.
Juan Devis, an award-winning producer, filmmaker and artist, whose work crosses multiple platforms, is Senior Vice President, Content, Development and Production at KCETLink, a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. Regardless of the medium, his work is often produced collaboratively allowing for a greater exchange of ideas in the production of media and art. For more than a decade, Mr. Devis has worked with a number of non-profit organizations and media arts institutions in Los Angeles serving as producer, director, educator and board member.
Mr. Devis develops strategic partnerships with funders, organizations and independent production houses to ensure a new slate of content, securing funds and maintaining an editorial vision and cohesiveness for the organization’s mission. Mr. Devis has also charted the station’s critically acclaimed arts and culture initiative, Artbound, consisting of a television series, an online networked cultural hub and the creation of programmatic partnerships with cultural institutions in Los Angeles.
In addition to the Emmy® award-winning Artbound, Mr. Devis has spearheaded a new slate of original series that are either in production or development, including Artbound Presents: Studio A, Border Blaster and the Japan Prize-winning online local documentary series Departures, among others.
Devis was appointed to the California Arts Council by Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon in May 2016 and his term expires January 1, 2020.
Vice Chair, OAKLAND
Nashormeh N.R. Lindo, artist and educator, is a native of Philadelphia. She has an M.S. in Education from the Bank Street College Graduate School of Education Museum Leadership Program and a B.A. in Art from Pennsylvania State University. She is a practicing visual artist/designer and an educator/curator. An independent museum consultant, Ms. Lindo enjoys lecturing and writing about the socio-political and cultural history of African-Americans. She is particularly interested in the visual culture, especially photography and its relationship to music and to literature. She continues to teach art classes to children in Oakland and, most recently, was an adjunct instructor of African American Art History at City College of San Francisco. She has served in various capacities at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, where she was Manager of Educational Programs; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Oakland Museum of California. She lives and works in the Bay Area and in New Jersey with her husband, actor Delroy Lindo, and their son, Damiri.
Lindo was appointed to the California Arts Council by Governor Jerry Brown in September of 2014 and her term expires January 1, 2017.
Artist and photographer Kathleen Gallegos is the Founding Executive and Artistic Director of Avenue 50 Studio, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts presentation organization located in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park. Avenue 50 Studio has been presenting free art and poetry programming since its inception as a for-profit in 2000. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Mexican Cultural Institute, the Museo de Arte in Mazatlan, Studio Channel Islands Art Center, the Wright Gallery at California Polytechnic Institute, the Instituto Cultural Interamericano in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and many more.
Gallegos was appointed to the California Arts Council by Governor Jerry Brown in September of 2014 and her term expires January 1, 2018.
Jaime Galli is currently the digital marketing manager at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and marketing consultant for SF Sketchfest. Previously, she was the senior marketing and communications manager for the San Francisco Film Society. Jaime has worked in marketing and fundraising for multiple nonprofit arts organizations, both in California and Oregon, including Eugene Opera, The Oregon Bach Festival, The Santa Barbara Choral Society, and San Francisco State School of Music and Dance. She has a master's degree in arts management from The University of Oregon and was awarded a graduate teaching and research fellowship focusing on initiatives in arts in humanities, performing arts center management, and arts in healthcare. Additionally, Jaime has a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from San Francisco State University, and has previously performed with many local ensembles including the San Francisco Symphony Chorus.
Galli was appointed to the California Arts Council by Governor Jerry Brown in September of 2014 and her term expires January 1, 2018.
Louise McGuinness has been a working artist since 1970, and presently serves on the Grants Committee of the Women’s Board of the Oakland Museum of California. She has been a member of the Board since 2010 and previously served on its Acquisitions Committee. As a jewelry artist/craftswoman whose business is established under the name “These Hands,” Ms. McGuinness was part of the burgeoning American Crafts Movement and participated in the groundbreaking first City of Omaha Crafts show in 1971. Her award-winning work has been exhibited at shows on both coasts, in galleries across the United States, and at the World’s Fair in Spain. In the 1980s she established a studio to teach young artists her techniques and in 2001 began a solo practice, emphasizing one-of-a-kind and limited edition work.
McGuinness was appointed by Governor Brown in October 2015. Her term expires January 1, 2019.
Steven H. Oliver
Steven H. Oliver is President of the award-winning construction and development firm Oliver & Company based in Richmond, CA, which has built over a thousand buildings in the Bay Area, including the California College of the Arts in Oakland and San Francisco, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. A well-known arts philanthropist, advocate, and civic leader in the Bay Area, Mr. Oliver is the former Chairman of the Board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Currently, he is serving as Chairman of the Board for the United States Artists. Mr. Oliver has also served as chairman of a division of the National Endowment for the Arts and has served on the boards of numerous arts organizations, including the California College of the Arts, Mills College Art Museum, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Artists’ Legacy Foundation, and Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST). Oliver and his wife, Nancy, are respected collectors of contemporary art. They display one of the nation’s most renowned private collections of site-specific art at their northern California home, Oliver Ranch.
Oliver was appointed to the California Arts Council by Governor Jerry Brown in February of 2014 and his term expires January 1, 2019.
Rosalind Wyman is a life-long resident of Los Angeles, and was the youngest person ever elected to the Los Angeles City Council, where she served from 1953 to 1965. Her commitment to making and keeping Los Angeles a Major-League city included attracting Major-League arts, education, and sports. In that regard, she was instrumental in bringing the Dodgers from Brooklyn, and worked toward bringing the Lakers from Minnesota and the American Film Institute Campus to the former Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles.
Mrs. Wyman is a long-time board member of The Music Center – Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County– whose main venues are the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Walt Disney Concert Hall, and is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Center Theatre Group, LA Opera, and Los Angeles Master Chorale. She is proud to work toward the Music Center’s goal of providing diverse opportunities for life-long learning and engagement with the arts and culture. A member of the Board of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, she served as President twice.
She serves on the Thelma Pearl Howard Board (part of the California Community Foundation), which works to create programs in the field of education, music, and culture for disadvantaged and homeless children, and is President of the James A. Doolittle Foundation, which is dedicated to the promotion of dance.
Mrs. Wyman was appointed under President Reagan to serve on the Independent Commission to Review the National Endowment for the Arts to determine the future of the NEA in America – which helped ensure the continuation of the NEA. A former executive at Columbia Pictures Television, she also served as the Executive Chair of the Producers Guild of America and was appointed to the National Endowment for the Arts under President Carter.
Through her service on numerous boards and commissions over the course of her lifetime, Mrs. Wyman has consistently dedicated much of her efforts to developing and maintaining arts programs in schools.
Wyman was appointed in November 2011 by Governor Brown. Her term expires January 2019.