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Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute announces new board chair, trustee

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The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI) in Utica. (PHOTO CREDIT: MWPAI TWITTER PAGE)

UTICA, N.Y. — F.X. Matt III is the new board chair of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, and the board also welcomed Laura Tansey Wetzel of Cooperstown as a new board trustee.

Matt has served on the board for several terms since 2007. He previously served as board chair from 2013-2016 and has worked closely with the finance and governance committees.

He succeeds William Craine, who served as chair for the last three years, and helped Munson-Williams take major steps forward in its organization strategic plan, including the development of a campus master plan and a new brand it will unveil in March. During his tenure, the organization navigated the COVID-19 pandemic, relaunched in-person events, welcomed the largest PrattMWP College class to date, grew membership, and welcomed several new directors.

“William Craine successfully led Munson-Williams’ Board of Trustees through tumultuous and exciting times,” Munson-Williams President/CEO Anna D’Ambrosio said in a release. “We look forward to F.X. Matt III’s leadership as we move ahead on our rebrand and vision for the future.”

Board member Christian Heilmann serves as vice chair while Dietra Harvey serves as secretary.

The new trustee Wetzel was the director of quality management and regulatory compliance at Bryn Mawr Hospital, Main Line Health System, in Pennsylvania before moving to the area. She has served on the boards for the Guild of the Glimmerglass Festival and the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, among others. Wetzel has served as a Museum of Art docent since 2019.

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, founded in 1919, includes a 12,000-work collection, the PrattMWP College of Art and Design, community arts classes for all ages, and a calendar of performances and events throughout the year.