Jacque Lynn Keller, a signature and charter member of the International Acrylic Painters Society, is an award-winning artist whose work has been exhibited internationally. The Royal Academy of Arts, London, has included her work in their registry since 1995. She has been in numerous international and national exhibitions whose themes include the history of women (Florida), investigating war in a War Forum Exhibition (Chicago), colorful festival fun (Arizona), the nature of work in acrylic (Tacoma), and more. She was included in The Best of the West at the Coos Bay Art Museum (Oregon). Recently her work was included in the Northlight Publications coffee table book AcrylicWorks2. Her work is represented by Quantum Art, Inc. (www.QuantumArtInc.com) in Scottsdale’s Art District which she co-owns with artists John Gleason and Suzanne Larson. Her newest passion is Art for Aunt Rita’s in the Scottsdale art district—this philanthropic effort will raise awareness and money for the Arizona HIV/AIDS community.
David Simmons has more than 12 years of diversity management related experience. He began his career with the City of Scottsdale, AZ in 2005 where he has worked in a variety of staff and operations management positions in Planning & Development, Diversity Advisory, and as the appointed LGBT Liaison to the City Manager. He co-founded the City of Scottsdale’s LGBT Affinity Group where he deals with both internal and external stakeholders, hosts quarterly educational luncheons and acts as an ambassador for the LBGT community. David is active in the community. He has sat on the Planning Committee for the City of Scottsdale’s MLK Annual Awards Ceremony, Chaired the City of Scottsdale’s first annual Unity Festival, and participates in Scottsdale’s annual La Gran Fiesta Celebration. David is more than enthusiastic about co-chairing Art for Aunt Rita’s as well as helping to raise money for Aunt Rita’s Foundation and its 16 partner agencies. David quotes: “Bringing this event to Scottsdale helps to send a positive message of acceptance to those affected by HIV and brings HIV awareness to the forefront of the Scottsdale community.”