Alabama State Council on the
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Chairmen and Council Officers
Members of the Council
- Joel T.
Hall Friedman, (Immediate Past Chairman), Fairhope
Rachel Brown Fowler
Frohsin, Jr., Alexander City
Woods Johnson, Dothan
- Douglas C. Purcell, Eufaula
T.B. Quinn, Huntsville
- Ceil Jenkins Snow,
T. K. Stephens, Northport
Chairman, State Arts Council
Harrison, III is the owner and director of Harrison Galleries LLC.,
which is located in downtown Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Founded in 2001, Harrison Galleries deals in vintage and
contemporary fine art and photography. Each year the gallery hosts dozens of civic, social and
cultural events, fundraisers and exhibitions, including the annual
University of Alabama Art Department’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
show, and is a corporate sponsor of Kentuck, the Alabama Blues
Project, Arts n Autism and numerous other cultural and educational
Galleries is a founding participant in Tuscaloosa’s monthly Art
Night, which is held on the first Thursday of every month.
native of Tuscaloosa, Mr. Harrison has over the years been involved in
the West Alabama community in many capacities, including chairmanship
of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, where he co-chaired the
development of the Chamber’s “Culture Builds” cultural master
plan. Past chair of the DCH Hospital Foundation Board, he
co-chaired the DCH Cancer Treatment Center capital campaign and served
on the Public Art Steering Committee for the new Tuscaloosa Federal
Courthouse, which opened in December 2011.
Mr. Harrison currently serves as vice chair of the Paul Jones
Collection Advisory Board and is a member of the board of the new
Tuscaloosa Museum of Art, home of the Westervelt Collection. As co-chair of the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center
Capital Campaign, he is spearheading efforts to transform a historic
building in downtown Tuscaloosa into performance and office space for
area arts organizations. In
addition to his involvement in the cultural life of Tuscaloosa, Jim
serves on the boards of directors of the DCH Health Care Authority,
the Chamber Foundation and The Community Foundation of West Alabama.
Harrison and his wife Kaye, who is an antiques dealer, have one son
James IV, an aspiring writer.
Harrison has served as Vice-Chair of the Council and Chair of the Council’s
Grants Review Committee. He was elected Chair of the Council in
December 2011. He will serve as Chairman for two
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I. Morrissette, Mobile
State Arts Council
Morrissette has a long history of effective community and
philanthropic service. She has spearheaded major volunteer and fundraising efforts in Mobile, as
well as at the national level for nearly 40 years. Mrs. Morrissette
recently co-chaired Mobile’s history museum’s successful $2
million capital campaign. She played an integral leadership role in the Mobile Museum
of Art’s $15 million capital campaign, participating in high-level
solicitations that generated very large contributions.
Mrs. Morrissette is the former Board Chairman of the Mobile Museum of Art and
the former Board Chairman of the Alabama School of Math and Science
Foundation. She also
serves of the Board of the Alabama Archives and History Foundation,
Citizenship Trust and American Village, and Spring Hill College. She serves
as well on the Board of Directors of her alma mater, Sweet Briar
College in Virginia. She is Trustee Emeritus of Washington and Lee
University; also located in Virginia. As Alabama’s chosen representative to
the Mount Vernon Ladies Association of the Union, Mrs. Morrissette has
worked for many years to raise money for the maintenance of George
Washington’s home. Her years of commitment and experience have yielded a wealth
of knowledge about the local and national political and philanthropic
landscape. Mrs. Morrissette serves on the Council’s Grants Review Committee.
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Blach Weil received an AA degree from Stephens College before
graduating from the University of Alabama in 1981 with a BA in Public
Relations and minor in Speech Communications.
She is married to Adolph “Andy” Weil III, and they have
three children: Adolph “Drew” IV, Amanda and Dustin.
Mrs. Weil has been an active volunteer since moving to
At present, Mrs. Weil
serves on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival,
the American Red Cross of Central Alabama, and Temple Beth Or, where she
serves as Sisterhood President. She serves as chair of Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s Armchair
Auction, founder of Clara’s Circle, a new program implemented by
Central Alabama chapter of the American Red Cross.
of the community activities Mrs. Weil helped to implement include
Ballet and the Beast, a Montgomery Ballet free performance at the
Montgomery Zoo, Tide ‘N’ Tiger for the American Red Cross and
Jubilee CityFest Juried art show.
She also is an active member of The Antiquarian Society of
Montgomery, The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, The Junior League of
Montgomery and The Montgomery Garden Club. In
her spare time Mrs. Weil enjoys gardening, entertaining, photography
and traveling and enjoys attending her children’s sporting
events and Alabama football games.
Weil serves on the Council's Grants Review Committee and is currently
Secretary of the Council.
Daves, IV, Mobile
Daves is past Area President for Regions Bank in Mobile. He received a
B.A. from the University of the South at Sewanee, TN, and a J.D., cum
laude, from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg,
FL. He also graduated with distinction from the Stonier Graduate
School of Banking at the University of Delaware.
Daves served on active duty in the United States Navy and later in the
Navy Reserve and retired with the rank of Commander. After practicing
law in Mobile for three years he joined AmSouth Bank and during his
thirty year career with AmSouth and Regions served in executive wealth
management roles in Mobile, Huntsville and Birmingham, as well as Area
President in Montgomery, Huntsville and Mobile. Immediately prior to
retuning to Mobile in 2009 he served as President, East Region, for
Regions Morgan Keegan Trust.
addition to serving on the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Mr.
Daves serves on the boards of the Alabama Department of Archives and
History, the United Way of Southwest Alabama and the Mobile Museum of
Art. He is past President of the Trust Division of the Alabama Bankers
is a former board member of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, the
Montgomery Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, the Alabama Shakespeare
Festival, the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, the
Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, the Montgomery Museum of Fine
Arts, and numerous other arts and business associations around the
state of Alabama.
Daves serves as Chair of the Council's Long-Range Planning Committee.
Hall Friedman, Fairhope
Immediate Past Chairman, State
Friedman just completed her two-year term as Chairman of the Council.
Mrs. Friedman, now in her fourth term, has served in a number of
leadership positions including the Chair of the Grants Review
Committee. Julie Friedman graduated Magna Cum Laude from the
University of Alabama with a BA in Art History. She serves on the
Boards of the National Museum for Women in the Arts (Alabama
Committee), the Alabama Writers' Forum, the Mobile Arts Council, the
Mobile Opera, and the Mobile Ballet.
Friedman's other civic activities include the Community Foundation of
Southwest Alabama (Building Families Committee), the Steering
Committee and Implementation Committee for the Cultural Plan (City of
Mobile), Fairhope Chamber of Commerce, Junior League of Mobile, Mobile
Opera Guild and Leadership Mobile. She also is a member of Mobile
United and participated in the Leadership Initiative of Leadership
Alabama. Mrs. Friedman and her husband, Dr. Frank Friedman own and
operate the Point of View Bed and Breakfast Inn. In addition to
her serving as Vice-Chair of the Council, Mrs. Friedman also served as Chair of the Council's Long-Range Planning Committee.
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Rachel Brown Fowler
Rachel Brown Fowler is a visual artist and cannot imagine her life
without art. Reoccurring themes in her work include past experiences,
thoughts, and dreams. Her
preferred mediums include photography, print making, India ink, and
Fowler's first serious work began with telling a story about her
parents. She began by photographing their hands and cherished objects
around their home. Her work has included memories from her childhood,
travel experiences, gardening, and even death. To her, art has been a form of powerful
expression, and yet at the same time, a form of subtle expression.
of Dr. Fowler's recent exhibitions and honors include being awarded
first place in printmaking at the 2010 Shelby County Art Council's
juried exhibit. She participated in the 2009 Telfair Art Fair, Telfair
Museum of Art, Savannah, GA. Dr. Fowler was the guest speaker at High
Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, in association with the exhibit, Dream
Children’s Book Illustrators, January, 1993. Her
photographic essay, Fences in Our Lives: From Birth to Death, traveled
to six Alabama towns along with Between Fences, the Museum on Main
Street. These exhibits were a partnership of the Smithsonian
Institution and the Alabama Humanities Council 2006.
Fowler served on the members board of the Birmingham Museum of Art for
She currently serves on the board of the Shelby County Arts Council as
an advisor. Dr. Fowler is past president of Arts and Humanities
Council of Shelby County. Other achievements include developer and
director of "Art in the Park," for the children of Shelby
County, AL. In the past,
she served as coordinator of the art and humanities programs in eleven
elementary schools, seven middle schools, and seven high schools.
Fowler is a professor emeritus in the University of Montevallo,
College of Education, and lives in Columbiana, with her
husband, attorney Conrad M. Fowler, Jr. They have two adult children
and four grandchildren.
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currently serving his fourth six-year term on the
Council. He served as Vice-Chair during his first term and second
terms. He served on the Grants Review Committee for eight years and
continues to be a
strong voice for arts education and support for rural communities and
Frohsin graduated from the University of Alabama with a BS in Commerce
and a JD in Law. After college, he served in the US Army in Germany,
attaining the rank of Captain. After returning to the states, he
joined his family's retail apparel business in Alexander City as
President of Frohsin's.
Frohsin's many civic activities include the Industrial Revenue Board,
the Chamber of Commerce, the American Red Cross, the United Way,
Junior Achievement, Operation Downtown Alexander City, the Children's
Hospital of Alabama and the Russell Medical Center. In 1992, Mr.
Frohsin was named Alexander City's Man of the Year. He has been
president of the Alex City Jazz Festival and a director of the Sarah
Towery Art Colony. Mr. Frohsin is married to Allyn Moses Frohsin, a
travel agent, and together they have one son, Mark Adler Frohsin.
Frohsin currently serves on the Council's Long-Range Planning Committee. He
is a former Chair of the Council.
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Dora Hanson James, Opelika
Hanson James graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia with
a BA degree in English and a minor in Education.
Mrs. James was appointed in 2005 to The Alabama State Council
on the Arts Board by Governor Riley.
Mrs. James currently is Chair of the Grants Review Committee.
Most recently she served on the Long Range Planning Committee.
James serves on the boards of The East Alabama Medical Center
Foundation, the Women’s Philanthropy Board of the College of Human
Sciences at Auburn University, is
past president of The Auburn Woman’s Club, and is past chair of
Envision Opelika Foundation and The Community Foundation of East
Alabama. Other boards she has served on in the past include the
Alabama Department of Mental Health, the J. W. Darden House
Foundation, the Lee County Habitat for Humanity, the Boys and Girls
Clubs of Greater Lee County and the Achievement Center for Easter
Seals in Lee County.
She is a founding member of the East Alabama Arts Association
(formerly The Opelika Arts Association) where she held many positions,
including board member and association president.
Other community activities include her work on the advisory
board of the Jule Collins Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University, and
her service as president of the Alabama Legislative Club from
2003-2005. Mrs. James remains active on the Founders Board of
Lee-Scott Academy in Auburn where her involvement has been felt in
many areas of this educational facility.
She has published two books of children’s stories and a
volume of poetry written by her late father Dr. James Fletcher Hanson
of Macon, Georgia.
James is a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution and
currently serves as Chair of The Auburn-Opelika Town Committee of the
Colonial Dames of America.
include being named a “Woman of Distinction” in 2009 by the Girl
Scouts of Southern Alabama; in 2009 she was named the recipient of The
National Medallion by the Boys and Girls Club on Greater Lee County,
and in 2012 she was named as recipient of The Community Champion Award
by same Boys and Girls Club.
married to the late Calvin Ellington James, Sr. of Opelika.
She has three children, Sidney James Nakhjavan (Behzad) of
Auburn, Calvin Ellington James, Jr. (Ashley) of Auburn, and
Kathryn-Aimee Rebecca James of San Francisco, California and four
grandchildren in Auburn.
hobbies include gardening and outside activities on her farm in Lee
County and traveling and playing and spending time with grandchildren,
family and friends.
James is currently Chair of the Grants Review Committee. Most recently
she served on the Long-Range Planning Committee.
Johnson of Dothan is a veteran member, currently serving in her third
term on the Council's board. During her tenture, she has served as
Chair of the Grants Review, Chair of the Long Range Planning and
Secretary of the Council.
Johnson was founder and first board chairman of the
Wiregrass Museum of Art, founding board member of
Dothan Landmarks Foundation, founding board member of Southeast
Alabama Symphony Association and advisory board member of the
Southeast Alabama Dance Company. She was honored with the2010 Lifetime
Achievement Award of Southeast Alabama Community Theatre, Outstanding
Friend of the Arts of the Dothan Cultural Arts Center and received the
Alabama State Council on the Arts Governor's Arts Award for her
exceptional service and arts volunteer work. In addition to her arts
involvement, Mrs. Johnson has been named a Rotary Paul Harris fellow
and is a Ruling Elder of Evergreen Presbyterian Church.
Johnson received her BS and MA from the University of Alabama. She was
a professional educator for 25 years as a classroom teacher, high
school counselor, Advanced Placement Coordinator and director of
Gifted Education. Now retired, Mrs. Johnson devotes her time to her
many arts endeavors. She is the widow of Joseph Huntley Johnson, a
Dothan attorney, and she had two children and five grandchildren.
Johnson is currently serving on the Council's Long-Range Planning Committee.
Selwyn Jones, Florence
Jones is a former member of the Alabama Department of Forensic
Sciences Laboratory, Huntsville Division. He was in the forensics
field for 27 years. As Lab Director in Florence, the lab
was selected as Lab of the Year, two years in a row.
has returned to his earlier career in law enforcement. Currently, he
is employed with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department. Before
his lengthy career in Forensic Sciences, Jones worked with the Opelika
Police Department in the traffic division. Jones grew up in Opelika.
his free time, Jones is usually performing with a variety of musical
instruments that he plays, including the saxophone, bassoon, bass
clarinet and violin. Mr. Jones is involved with several music
organizations in the Shoals area such as the Lyman Mitchell Big Band,
Shoals Concert Band and the Shoals Symphony where he served as board
member and president. Jones has also played with the Auburn Knights
Orchestra in Auburn. Other community involvements include the State
Lodge of Fraternal Order of Police, where he was recently named Member
of the Year, and the Cramer Children’s Center where he served on the
board as Treasurer. He is also active at Eastside Church of
Christ in Florence.
grew up southern Alabama and moved to the Shoals in 1992. Jones enjoys
living in northwest Alabama. He enjoys in particular his involvement
with the W. C. Handy Festival, which is rated in the top 100 Festivals
in North America. Jones serves as President of the Music
Preservation Society which produces the W. C. Handy Festival.
was appointed as a member of the Alabama State Council in 2007. He
currently serves on the Council's Grants Review Committee.
Douglas C. Purcell, Eufaula
is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and resides in Eufaula. After
receiving a B.A. in history from the University of Alabama, he
attended graduate school in the same field. In 1972, he became
executive director of the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, an agency
of Alabama and Georgia involved in the promotion of tourism and
historic preservation. He is past president of the Alabama Historical
Association, Alabama Historical Commission's Board of Advisors, and
the Alabama Preservation Alliance. He is past chairman of the Alabama
Live-In-A-Landmark Council, Main Street Eufaula, Inc. and the Eufaula
Historic Preservation Commission. During 1989-1998, he served as one
of two Alabama advisors to the National Trust for Historic
Preservation and was chairman of the Trust's ten-state Southern Region
Board of Advisors from 1996-97. He was also on the National Trust's
Executive Committee and served as Secretary in 1998. He has served
several terms on the Marketing Committee of the Alabama Bureau of
Tourism and Travel.
Purcell serves on the Board of the Wiregrass Festival of Murals, the
Advisory Board of Westville Historic Handicrafts, and the Boards of
the Eufaula-Barbour County Tourism Council, Chattahoochee Indian
Heritage Association, Friends of Fendall Hall, and Voyage of
Discovery, Inc. He is immediate past president of the
Eufaula Heritage Association, and continues to serve on the Eufaula
Historic Preservation Commission and the board of Main Street Eufaula.
He is a past Board member of the Eufaula Chamber of Commerce, Pioneer
Museum of Alabama, Alabama Travel Council, Alabama Hospitality
Association and the Alabama Conservancy. He is an active member of the
Eufaula Rotary Club, having served as president, and is a Paul Harris
Fellow. He is also a graduate of Leadership Alabama. He and his wife
Betsy have two children and two grandsons.
Purcell is a member of the Council’s Long-Range Planning Committee.
Sentell is one of the most respected tourism professionals in Alabama. Between 1991 and his current appointment, Mr. Sentell
served as tourism director for the Huntsville Convention and Visitors
Bureau in north Alabama. In that role, he was responsible for the
tourism and convention marketing and advertising of one of the
state’s largest destination marketing organizations. He also
developed a $4 million Huntsville Visitor Center.
Prior to that job,
Mr. Sentell served for 10 years as director of
marketing for the U.S. Space and Rocket Center where he directed a
staff of 30 and a marketing budget of $3 million. He also established
the marketing programs for the U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Space
Camp-Florida near Kennedy Space Center and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of
Sentell was the first paid tourism staff member ever hired by the Decatur
Chamber of Commerce. Before working professionally in the tourism industry,
Mr. Sentell worked
for 12 years as a reporter, business editor and later city editor at
the Decatur Daily, a family-owned newspaper in north Alabama.
Sentell was inducted into the Alabama Tourism Hall of Fame in 2000 and
has past service as president of the Alabama Travel Council and as
chairman of the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel Advisory Board.
He graduated from Auburn University where he studied communications
and served as managing editor of the campus newspaper, the Auburn
Sentell serves on the Council's Long-Range Planning Committee.
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Ceil Jenkins Snow,
choreographer and a former Miss Alabama, Ceil Snow has an impressive list of professional
experience with events and program coordination as well as community activities.
She is a graduate of Jacksonville State University and holds a BS
degree in Education and a masters degree in Education from the University of Alabama at
Birmingham (UAB). She is
currently Director of Local Governmental Affairs at UAB.
Ms. Snow has served as choreographer, director and workshop instructor at Samford
University in Birmingham. A few of her theatrical experiences include
the role of Marion the liberian opposite Jim Nabors in the The Music
Man; Eliza opposite Edward Mulhare in My Fair Lady and Lucille with
Rebecca Luker of Broadway's Sound of Music in No, No, Nanette. She has extensive video,
television and radio experience having represented companies such as Bell South, Southern
Companies Services and Alabama Power. Her community activities include co-host for
Cerebral Palsy Telethon and Member of Executive Planning Board for 1996 Olympics. She
has been the production director for numerous years for the American
Heart Association and the Heart Ball Fundraiser. Ceil has served on the Long Range
Planning Committee. Currently Ms. Snow serves on the Grants Review
Committee. She is also a past Chair of the GRC.
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Sontonia T. K. Stephens,
Stephens graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of
Science in Psychology and received a Masters in Community Counseling
from the University of West Alabama.
Her career path has allowed her to serve as an advocate for
abused children, mentally ill individuals, and those plagued by
poverty in West Alabama. Ms.
Stephens’ experience is well suited for building bridges between
healthcare, broad quality of life issues and the rich culture of the
Black Belt. Her interests include all of the arts with specific
training in photography and pottery.
Stephens is active in West Alabama both professionally and personally.
Her volunteerism spans many sectors of the community, some of
which include past Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of West Alabama
HIV/AIDS Direct Care Consortium, member of Mental Health Task Force,
graduate of Leadership Tuscaloosa, Temporary Emergency Services Board
Member, member of Home Health Committee of the Statewide Health
Coordinating Committee (SHCC) and The University of Alabama Alumni
Stephens is a member of the Council’s Grants Review Committee.
Becky Quinn earned her
undergraduate degree in Commerce and Business Administration from The University of
Alabama. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo,
of Law and studied law in the USSR, China, Italy and the United Kingdom. She is a member of
the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association, Alabama State Bar Association, District of
Columbia Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Mrs. Quinn
has served on
the boards of The Arts Council of Huntsville, Boys & Girls Club,
Care Assurance for the Aged, Historic Huntsville Foundation, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra,
Leadership Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, serving as its
chair in 2003. Mrs. Quinn received their Distinguished Leadership
Award for 2004. Her other community activities include committees of
the Huntsville Land Trust, The Huntsville Museum of Art Docents and The Early Works Museum.
Mrs. Quinn is a sustaining member of the Huntsville Junior League and
now serves as a Community Advisor. Currently, she is a member of the Women's Guild of the
Huntsville Museum of Art, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild, the Huntsville Rotary
Club and the Episcopal Church of the Nativity. She is married to Bill Quinn, the Vice President of Global
Procurement at SCI Systems, Inc. in Huntsville.
currently serves on the Council's Long Range Planning Committee. She is
past Chair of the Council serving from January 1, 2009-December 31,
2011, Mrs. Quinn was elected to the board of NASAA (National
Association of State Arts Agencies) where she will continue her arts
advocacy work. Already a strong supporter of the arts in Alabama, she will expand
her work to a national stage.