Three finalists vying for directorship of the Kansas University Lied Center soon will meet the Lawrence public.
A KU School of Fine Arts committee has narrowed its search for a new executive director. The candidates will visit Lawrence in February and March for interviews and a tour of the facilities.
"The Lied Center's national prominence is reflected in the overall excellence of the candidates who applied for this position," said Toni-Marie Montgomery, KU fine arts dean and search committee chair.
Pending outcome of the interviews, a hiring decision is anticipated by mid-March, Montgomery said.
The finalists are:
l Ellis Finger, director of the Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., since 1983. Previously at Lafayette College, Finger served three years as director of corporate and foundation relations and seven years as assistant director of foreign languages for German, comparative literature, cultural studies.
Finger's board affiliations include Chamber Music America, National Dance Project, Inside Arts editorial board and the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. He holds doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degrees from Princeton, Duke and Davidson College respectively.
l Timothy Van Leer has served as executive director of the El Camino College Center for the Arts in Torrance, Calif., since 1992. For four years earlier, he was director of the Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg, Fla. From 1977 to 1989, he was director of the Mershon Auditorium at Ohio State University. From 1974 to 1977, he was assistant director at the Gammage Center for the Performing Arts at Arizona State University.
Van Leer is a member of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, California Presenters, the Western Arts Alliance and other professional organizations. He holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from ASU.
l Evy Warshawski, executive director of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival in Ann Arbor, Mich. Before this position, she served as managing director of Washington University's Edison Theatre in St. Louis, 1989-99; managing director of the New Performance Gallery in San Francisco, 1986-89; development director for Nguzo Saba Films in San Francisco, 1985-86; editor of Video Networks and education coordinator for Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco, 1983-84; manager of the Oregon Mime Theatre in Portland, 1979-1982; and assistant director of Traditional Arts Services in Portland, 1979-82.
Warshawski is a member of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Michigan Nonprofit Presenters and Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce. She holds a bachelor's degree from California State University and is pursuing a master's degree from Washington University.