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Board Members Speak: Lauren Selden

What brought you to wanting a board position?

SNAG has been a component of my life as a student, educator, and professional for the past 13 years.  I remain baffled that at a SNAG conference, I can sit down with my metals heroes and have a discussion about the continuation of creating beautiful objects that will continue to be a part of our culture throughout time. Serving as a SNAG board member is a gratifying method of service to a community that has provided me with knowledge, opportunity, and a constant belief in the importance of what we all do.

Lauren McAdams SeldenI hope to learn more about administration of a non-profit organization while also learning about logistics and management strategies.  Meeting new people and working with other talented members is a perk of the position while engaging in common goals to provide service to this community that has already done so much for so many artists. In short, I felt that it was my time to serve the organization that has served me for so many years.

What are your plans for board participation (your committee assignment)?

I am a member of the strategic planning committee and draft notes during these meetings.  I also help with the educational dialogue committee and pitch in on any of the committees that need extra help.  I enjoy working with multiple committees and filling in where extra help is needed. I have enjoyed working with the strategic planning committee and am looking forward to seeing us utilize our living strategy for making a more sustainable organization.

What exciting, interesting, confounding things are you doing right now (in your life other than being on the board)?

I recently set up an exhibition at Texas A & M College Station, titled Estrangeira. The exhibition was a response to a recent research trip that I was part of in Salvador, Brazil.  In the summer and fall, I plan on attending multiple art centers and have applied for residencies around the world.  I am currently committed to creating new work and showing in new venues.  In May, I was part of an all women’s outdoor sculpture exhibition at the Kemp Center for the Arts in Wichita Falls, TX. Currently, I have outdoor sculptures displayed in St. Joseph, MO, Palestine, TX and Abilene, TX.