Governor Tony Evers has appointed Rafael Francisco Salas to the  Wisconsin Arts Board, the state agency responsible for the support and development of the arts throughout Wisconsin. Mr. Salas succeeds retiring board member Robert Wagner of Mequon. 

Mr. Salas is a Wisconsin based artist, and Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Ripon College in Ripon, WI. His work has been exhibited in New York City, San Diego, Boston, and venues in the Midwest including The Neville Public Museum, The Museum of Wisconsin Art, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Dean Jensen gallery, Circa Gallery and Frank Juarez Gallery. He is represented by the Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In addition, Salas has worked as an arts writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Urban  Milwaukee and Newcity Art in Chicago. 

“The arts not only make life more beautiful and enjoyable,” said Governor  Tony Evers, “they also strengthen communities and local economies,  improve academic performance and nurture creativity within the  comprehensive education of our youth, bring people together across  divides, and appeal to visitors outside the state.” 

“We welcome Mr. Salas to the Arts Board and look forward to working with him,” said George Tzougros, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Arts  Board. “Mr. Salas joins a strong board of directors and staff team, and as  an artist and educator, he brings important experience and insights to our  work.” 

The Wisconsin Arts Board is governed by a fifteen-member board appointed by the Governor to serve three-year terms. Board members are  Wisconsin citizens recognized for their accomplishments in the arts,  humanities, business, education or public service. The board includes  

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