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Rhoda A. Pierce

Vice Chairman, Illinois Arts Council Agency
Highland Park, Illinois

Rhoda, Executive Director of the Illinois Arts Council Agency (retired) has been associated with that state agency since 1986. She is currently the Vice Chairman/ Legislative Liaison of the Council, as well as, Secretary/Treasurer of the Council Foundation. She has also been: Executive Director of the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra; Special Projects/Events Coordinator at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago and a High School teacher in the Chicago suburbs. She is currently a Trustee of the North Shore Water Reclamation District serving Lake County, Illinois. Rhoda has been a board member of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and has served on the National Endowment for the Arts State Partnership Panel and Arts and Disabilities Symposium, as well as, the Federal General Services Administration Percent for Art Committee. She was a member of the Fine Arts Review Committee for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and is a frequent panelist for the Art-In-Architecture Program in Illinois. She was on the Illinois Committee of the “Year of the American Craft.” She currently serves on the “Arts for Illinois Relief Fund,” serving arts organizations and individual artists throughout Illinois that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Rhoda is a past President of the Highland Park, Illinois Public Library and past Chairperson of the Highland Park Human Relations Commission; Cultural Arts Commission and Historic Preservation Commission on which she currently serves. She was the first President of the Highland Park/Highwood Sister Cities Foundation and is actively engaged in promoting cultural exchanges with Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Modena, Italy and Yerucham, Israel. She is a Life Trustee of Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois. Rhoda is the recipient of the “Woman of Achievement in the Arts” award from the YWCA of Lake County and the “Art Honoree of the Year” award from The Art Center of Highland Park.

Rhoda attended Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts and holds a B.A. degree from Lake Forest College. She also holds an Illinois 6-12 Teaching Certificate from Northeastern University, Chicago.