Warren Renaissance Man William Mullane Receives Art Award | News, Sports, Jobs
Becky Keck, president of Students Motivated by the Arts, describes Warren’s William Mullane as a Renaissance man.
Ohio State agrees. Mullane will receive a 2022 Governor’s Award for the Arts in the Community Development and Involvement category. He is one of nine state recipients for the awards, which were announced Thursday by the Ohio Arts Council.
“I was really surprised,” Mullane said he was informed of the price. “There’s certainly good work happening all over Ohio, and it’s especially gratifying that it’s coming from a peer group.”
He also sees the recognition for himself as a reflection of the region’s accomplishments, which are sometimes overshadowed by the state’s larger metropolitan areas.
“Given the vibrancy of the Mahoning Valley and all that happens there and the number of people who are doing great things, it’s especially gratifying (to be recognized),” Mullane said. “But all I have been able to do is thanks to others. When you get something like that, I feel blessed that they consider me, but I know the people I’ve worked with all these years and continue to work with are really the foundation of it all.
Mullane serves on the board of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, Raymond John Wean Foundation, Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County, Trumbull Art Gallery, Any Given Child-Warren, Friends of the Fellows Riverside Gardens, the Medici Museum of Art and the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, where he served as chairman of the board for several years.
“There would be no SMARTS today without his mentorship for me,” said Keck, who helped nominate Mullane for the award. “He is the only person in this community who has always supported the arts. He is a Renaissance man — teacher, artist, administrator, collector. And he is brilliant.
He also plays an active role, donating his time and talents and supporting the arts financially.
“This award is often given to someone who just writes a check, and that’s wonderful. I get these checks,” said Keck. “Bill is a doer. He’s not afraid to take the risk… He deserves it more than anyone I’ve known in the arts community in the nearly 20 years I’ve been involved with it.
FACT director James Shuttic agrees.
“There is not a single person I can think of who is more deserving of this award than Bill. The selfless time and effort Bill has given over the years to bettering the community, especially through the arts and education, are of holy level”, he said. “That’s why when Karen (Schubert of Lit Youngstown and Power of the Arts) and I first talked about Bill’s nomination, it seemed like a no-brainer. I was actually shocked that Bill hadn’t been recognized so far.
Donna S. Collins, executive director of the Ohio Arts Council, said in a statement released with the announcement, “The 2022 Governor’s Award winners exemplify the strength of the arts in Ohio. Their stories, community support and accomplishments illustrate how our state’s arts sector is working together to improve the lives of Ohioans. The Ohio Arts Council is proud to celebrate their work and accomplishments, furthering Ohio’s legacy and reputation as a creative place to live, work and raise a family.
Other recipients for 2022 are Gladisa Guadalupe of Bedford Heights for Arts Administration; richard “Duarte” Brown in Columbus and K12 Gallery & TEJAS in Dayton for arts education; Burt and Alice Saidel of Dayton for Patron of the Arts; KeyBank of Toledo for supporting arts businesses; Portsmouth Boneyfiddle Project for community development and participation; and Alan Cottrill of Zanesville and Weichih “Pink” Lee of Solon as individual artists.
Recipients will be honored at a ceremony on May 11 in Columbus.
“I like that he recognizes that art needs defenders”, Mullane said. “It’s really about advocacy and community engagement, and that’s always been my area of focus.”