ArtsMemphis Announces New Board Officers and Members, Names Chief Operating Officer

MEMPHIS, TN (September 5, 2019) – ArtsMemphis is pleased to announce new officer and member appointments to its Board of Directors and the promotion of an existing staff member to the newly-created position of Chief Operating Officer. 

Patrick Danehy, Principal, Client Communications with NewSouth Capital Management, has been named Board Chair. He joined the Board of Directors of ArtsMemphis in 2001 and has served as a member of the Finance Committee, Board treasurer and recently completed two years as Vice Chair. 

Danehy replaces immediate past chair Lucy Lee, who championed the implementation of a new grant-making structure to support more arts organizations and have a greater impact on the overall arts landscape in Memphis. During her tenure, ArtsMemphis was able to substantially increase the scope of its operating support grants. Lee will remain on the ArtsMemphis Board of Directors. 

“ArtsMemphis is a critical component in Memphis’ broad and deep arts identity. Lucy put tremendous effort into ensuring ArtsMemphis grant funding impacts a wide-ranging spectrum of arts organizations to shape a dynamic and sustainable arts community. I am honored to continue on this path and look forward to working with the ArtsMemphis board and staff to continue our important mission of strengthening our community through the arts.”

Kathy Gale Uhlhorn replaces Pat Danehy as Vice Chair. Uhlhorn is a former partner of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP. An ArtsMemphis Board member since 2016, she began her work with the organization as an event and grant panel volunteer in 2006. She most recently served ArtsMemphis as chair of the Artist Advisory Council. 

Newly elected to the ArtsMemphis Board of Directors for a 3-year term is Mike Campanaro, Vice President of Information Technology at AutoZone, Inc. and Mary Hopkins, Vice President, Internal Audit, with ServiceMaster. 

ArtsMemphis President & CEO, Elizabeth Rouse, has also announced the promotion of Tracy Lauritzen-Wright to Chief Operating Officer for ArtsMemphis. Tracy previously served ArtsMemphis as Director of Grants & Initiatives. 

In this new role, Lauritzen-Wright will continue as “chief program officer” for grants & initiatives. Her expanded responsibilities will include driving ArtsMemphis’ overall strategy and day-to-day operations. 

“Tracy led ArtsMemphis efforts to implement more accessible and impactful grant-making, spearheading our strategy for investing in the arts community,” said Elizabeth Rouse, ArtsMemphis President & CEO. “Her skill set is perfectly matched to lead continued organizational impact and growth.”

Tracy joined ArtsMemphis in November 2016 after a long tenure at the National Civil Rights Museum where she ultimately served as Director of Museum Partnerships and Compliance, and managed the museum’s $27.5M renovation project.

About ArtsMemphis:
For more than 55 years, ArtsMemphis has worked to sustain Memphis's world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthen local communities through the arts. ArtsMemphis achieves this mission by amplifying awareness, driving support, and building capacity and connections of artists and organizations through grants and services.  ArtsMemphis distributes more than 160 grants per year, to more than 70 local arts groups and artists, totaling more than $2.5 million in annual funding. For more information, visit


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