ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 29, 2019) – The Orange County Arts Commission is excited to announce the election of three new officers to the advisory board. Fred Joiner has been appointed Chair of the board, Tinka Jordy Vice-Chair, and Delia Keefe Secretary.
Fred Joiner is a poet and curator living in Carrboro, NC, where he currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Carrboro. His work has appeared in Callaloo, Gargoyle, and Fledgling Rag, among other publications. Fred is a two-time winner of the Larry Neal Award for Poetry and a 2014 Artist Fellowship Winner as awarded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. One of Fred’s poems won the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art’s Divine Comedy Poetry Contest, in response to Malian artist Abdoulaye Konate’s textile work. Most recently, Fred was selected as one of 13 recipients of the Academy of American Poets’ inaugural Poets Laureate Fellowship.
Tinka Jordy has been working as a professional artist for 38 years. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977 after attending The Cleveland Institute of Art and The Kansas City Art Institute. Tinka is co-owner of Eno Gallery, a contemporary fine art gallery in Hillsborough, NC, and the creator of the Hillsborough Handmade Parade and the Solstice Lantern Walk.
Delia Keefe is a committed advocate for promoting the arts in education and has taught visual art in a school setting for many years. She earned her BA in studio art and art history at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA, and studied graduate printmaking at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Delia currently works as a studio artist in her Two Dog Studio in Chapel Hill and as an art educator.
Appointed by the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, the Arts Commission Advisory Board consists of 15 Orange County citizens over the age of 18 who help to steer the commission’s future and provide suggestions to the BOCC on arts and cultural issues. The advisory board meets the 2nd Monday of each month (except for December) at 6:30 pm, alternating between the Link Government Services Building in Hillsborough and the Chapel Hill Public Library.
To read biographies on all 15 members of the OCAC Advisory Board and view the current meeting schedule and meeting archives, visit https://artsorange.org/about/leadership/