Mary Walsh

Commissioner

Mary Walsh (formerly McElwain) founded McElwain Fine Arts in 1994 after more than 10 years consulting on the development, management, and acquisition of fine arts programs. Her experience includes budgeting, project management, commissioning artists and galleries, and delivering formal written and oral presentations on contemporary art issues. Walsh brings to clients a detailed knowledge of art history, the art market, and the role of art in public and community relationship campaigns, as well as an understanding of business. As a member of the Association of Professional Art Advisors, Mary Walsh has been distinguished as a qualified provider of art advisory services, by meeting extensive ethical, aesthetic, and professional standards.

In 2004, Mary was appointed interim director of the Missouri Art Council, the state’s grant-making agency for the arts, by Governor Bob Holden. She is a member of the Association of Professional Art Advisors and the Society of Arts in Health Care.

Mary received a B.A. in studio art from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.


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Due to the ongoing financial impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) has been working diligently to adjust our annual grantmaking programs to ensure alignment with RAC’s strategic priorities, and in response to feedback from the arts community.

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We have gathered a variety of news, information, and other resources to sustain the health and vibrancy of our arts community.

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As the leading public catalyst for arts and culture in St. Louis, the Regional Arts Commission leverages the power of creativity to strengthen and enrich our community. Read our commitment to diversity, racial equity, accessibility, and inclusion, and see our strategic plan for the next five years.

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Covid-19 has impacted us all. But what it hasn’t changed is RAC’s commitment to finding innovative ways to support arts programming, arts organizations, and individual artists through the pandemic, and to resuming these programs as soon as conditions allow.

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