Former arts council director reappointed to state commission

Columbus’ Sherry Stark has been reappointed to serve a four-year-term on the Indiana Arts Commission.

Gov. Mike Pence made the appointment, which was announced Friday. Stark was first appointed to the board in 2012.

The Indiana Arts Commission advocates arts development opportunities across the state, and stewards effective use of public and private resources for the arts. Indiana’s governor appoints a 15-member board to oversee the commission.

Stark is former executive director for the Columbus Area Arts Council.

She served as president and CEO of the Heritage Fund — the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, and served as senior deputy mayor and executive director of Community Development for the City of Columbus.

She and her husband, David Tiede, have three adult sons and five grandchildren.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.