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mission and purpose

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It is the purpose and intent of the City of Maryville to promote and expand the opportunities for its citizens to experience public art and creative expression.

In October of 2013, the City of Maryville executed an agreement with SculptureOne of Sioux Falls, SD to consult and assist us in developing our public art program.

The following January of 2014, the City officially organized the Maryville Public Art Committee (MPAC) to advise on all matters concerning public art. In conjunction with SculptureOne and the City of Maryville, MPAC annually selects and installs artwork throughout the Downtown courthouse square.

Board Members

Joyce Cronin President

was the fundraising chair for the Maryville Downtown Community Renewal Committee. During that time, she and others discussed the role of public art in reviving court square. As a result, Joyce and fellow board member Diane Sudhoff volunteered to establish and lead the Maryville Public Art Committee. She has over thirty years of experience in media and marketing, and she is the owner and operator of the Nodaway Broadcasting.

Diane Sudhoff Vice President

served on the Maryville Downtown Community Renewal Committee. During that time, she rewrote building codes for signage, lighting, displays, and awnings in an effort to beautify downtown. Along with fellow board member Joyce Cronin, Diane volunteered to establish and lead the Maryville Public Art Committee to continue progress around downtown. Professionally, Diane has been a small business owner for 25 years. She owns a product design company that specializes in home decor. She has designed for and been featured in several national publications. Her work can be found at

Kathy Rice

is a reporter for the Nodaway News Leader. In addition to being on the board of the Maryville Public Art Committee, Kathy also holds office in the Maryville Pride Lions and the Local 26 Freedom of Road Riders (FORR). Previously, she ran the Maryville Festival of the Arts from 2001 to 2005 and, for her work, she received the Spearhead Award from the Chamber of Commerce. Additional service awards include the Engineer of Freedom from FORR, the Melvin Jones Award from the Maryville Pride Lions, and others. Kathy has 25 years of small-business experience and community involvement.

Frank Grispino, Ph.D.

is a retired Northwest Missouri State University professor, dean, and department chair. He was promoted to full professor and named a Distinguished Professor during his tenure at Northwest. He has participated in numerous national presentations and authored many juried articles. He is also the co-author of a professionally published book and is a contributing author of a regular column of various topics in the Nodaway News Leader. A graduate of Pitt State with BS and MS degrees, he also earned a doctorate from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Frank is married to Vicki, who is a retired elementary teacher from Eugene Field School in Maryville. They have two children who reside in Maryville. His hobbies include golf, automobiles, oil painting, and reading.

Jeff Zeller

was originally from the Kansas City area and came to Maryville to go to Northwest, which he graduated from in 2008 with a bachelors in Fine Arts. Seeing potential in the city he stayed, and invested in some properties and remodeled some. Most notable is The Pub in downtown Maryville, which he also runs. He is also a member of the Maryville Downtown Improvement Organization.

Ashlee Hendrix

earned a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Broadcasting from Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville. Ashlee works as a full time graphic designer for Northwest Missouri State University in the Marketing and Communication department. She has a background in newspaper design. She enjoys spending time with family, running long distances and singing in her church choir.

Mark Hendrix

is the University Event Scheduling Coordinator at Northwest Missouri State University. A graduate of Maryville High School, Hendrix relocated back to Maryville in 2015 and joined the Maryville Public Art Committee in 2016.