2020 MMA Board of Directors Nominations
Two Year Terms
George A. Bayard III started Bayard Art Consulting in 1989. That business evolved into Bayard Gallery of Fine African American Art & Books which also fed our urge to collect items of Black history.
George has owned West Michigan’s oldest gallery devoted to artists of color for 30 years. An Art Education BA from the University of Delaware, George became regional manager of Philadelphia’s largest picture frame chain before moving to Michigan.
Bayard Gallery hosted Kwanzaa, Juneteenth, Underground Rail Roadshow, Authors Day, Soul of the City Festival, 100’s of exhibits, lectures, and book signings.
Currently, George is the founder and Executive Director of GRAAMA, the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives. This 5-year journey has culminated with Grand Rapids only museum devoted to Black history, culture, education, and community. GRAAMA is winner of the 2018 ArtPrize Outstanding Venue award and an AASLH magazine cover for the Grandma’s Voices Oral History Project.George is a professional picture framer, conservator, appraiser, artist, lecturer, collector, historian, Black culture expert, filmmaker, writer, and arts advocate. He is the 2019 winner of the Albert Baxter Award for Local History and the Carol and David Van Andel Leadership Award 2020 and the Grand Rapid Business Journal 200 Most Powerful People Award 2019 and 2020.
Emily Lanctot lives and works in Marquette, MI, where she is the Director and Curator of Northern Michigan University’s DeVos Art Museum. Additionally, Lanctot is a Contingent Assistant Professor at NMU’s School of Art and Design. She teaches classes that focus on art theory, methodology, and the social impact of Art & Design. As a member of the Marquette Public Art Commission, Lanctot has collaborated to create projects and policies that support the expansion and longevity of public art. On-campus, Lanctot serves as a planning committee member of the UNITED (Uniting Neighbors in the Experience of Diversity) and serves on the Diversity Common Reader Project committee. Lanctot’s research and multimedia art practice examine the everyday, place, memory, and archives. Lanctot earned a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Northern Michigan University and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
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