IN FOCUS: Bristol Ballet and Arts Alliance host reception for Chairman of Virginia Arts Commission01.06.2006
Bristol Ballet Company and Arts Alliance Mountain Empire (AAME) hosted a reception in honor of Dr. Lucius Ellsworth, chairman of the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol. The reception took place prior to a performance of The Nutcracker presented by Bristol Ballet and Highlands Ballet.
Dr. Ellsworth is the current and founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, VA. He serves on the boards of directors for Pro-Art Association of Wise, VA and the Community Arts Council of Buchanan County, VA. He is a past president and continues to serve on the board of directors for Virginians for the Arts, a statewide citizens advocacy organization. He came to Virginia in 1990 to join the faculty of the University of Virginia's College at Wise, and was Dean, Vice Chancellor, and Senior Scholar. He helped to plan and to raise the funding for the School of Law, which was chartered in 1995, enrolled its first students in 1997, and graduated its first class in May of 2000. His academic discipline is American history with a concentration on economic and technological history. Prior to his move to Virginia, he taught and held administrative positions in the State University System of Florida and was with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
Deanna Cole-Roberts, artistic director of Highlands Ballet, with Nancy Peoples, formerly with Bristol Ballet.
Audience members chat with Nancy DeFriece, formerly a member of the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Dr. Ellsworth, center, poses with Bristol Ballet board members, from left, Scott Dorton, Jerry Goodpasture, Sandee Woolley, Michele Plescia, Debra Zandi, Ann Oakley, and Pat Combs.