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Commission Member Bios


Charles Stanhope, Chair (Southwest Harbor)

Charles retired from his public service career at the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, the Library of Congress. He served the library as assistant chief operating officer, working alongside Librarian James H. Billington on executive matters of congressional, legal, and public affairs, as well as private sector fund-raising and donor cultivation. These responsibilities supported the library's well-regarded exhibit, literary and poetry program, including the activities of the U.S. Poet Laureate. He is especially proud to have served on the library team that designed and established the National Book Festival, which annually draws over 150,000 lovers of books and reading to the National Mall.

A resident of Southwest Harbor, Charles graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor's degree in French and from the Catholic University of America with a master's degree in library science. At UMaine, he has established an endowment to support travel for research purposes for honors college undergraduates. His upbringing and education have instilled in him a love and value for the arts—fine art, performing arts, literary arts—and he has long supported and attended musical and theatrical endeavors in Washington, D.C. He serves on the board of the Maine Historical Society and the Southwest Harbor Public Library.


Paul E. Benjamin (Rockland)

Paul began promoting blues shows as a hobby in 1978 and has been fortunate enough to turn that passion into a full-time occupation. He is the cofounder of the award-winning North Atlantic Blues Festival and the owner of Benjamin Productions and North Atlantic Blues Records. He currently produces blues music shows throughout Maine, offers consulting services to festivals nationwide, and manages national touring blues artist Kenny Neal.

Paul has been recognized many times for his exceptional work and dedication to the music industry: he was awarded Mississippi Trail Marker for his 32 years of work showcasing Mississippi-born artists in Maine; he is one of eight such markers located outside of Mississippi. He was the first person elected president of the board of directors of the Blues Foundation that did not reside in Memphis, TN. He was music director of the 25th and 26th Blues Music Awards show in Memphis and was awarded Chamber Person of the year in 2003 by the Rockland/Thomaston Area Chamber Of Commerce. He has also been a guest speaker at a number of music conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada.


Joshua Bodwell (Biddeford)

Joshua Bodwell is the executive director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. He is the co-founder of the Biddeford arts organization Engine. As a journalist, Joshua’s work has garnered awards from the Maine and New England press associations. Joshua served as the associate editor on the founding staff of Maine Home + Design magazine, and today is a regular contributor to Poets & Writers magazine and a contributing editor of the online journal Fiction Writers Review. Joshua’s fiction and poetry has appeared in magazines and quarterlies across the United States, England, and Europe.


Suzanne Grover (Norway)


Jonathan B. Huntington (Wayne)

Jon Huntington has practiced law in Maine for over 25 years. His practice is focused on intellectual property, representing individuals and businesses engaged in general commerce and many creative and artistic enterprises. He is widely experienced in trademark and copyright law in the U.S. and other jurisdictions including the creation and maintenance of trademark rights, registration in the United States and internationally including China and the European Union, licensing, and various adversary proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In his copyright practice, he represents mainly visual artists, authors, musicians, and other creative interests in the development and negotiation of performance and publication agreements, assignments, and licenses under the U.S. Copyright Act. His practice includes copyright and trademark infringement opinions and litigation in state and federal courts. He is a licensed attorney in Maine and Washington. He has chaired the boards of Spectrum Generations (Central Maine Area Agency on Aging) and the Androscoggin Yacht Club. He resides in Wayne.


Rowan Morse (Falmouth)

Rowan has been a real estate broker for over 25 years and a principal at Town & Shore Associates since 1993. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. degree in Psychology. Rowan began her involvement in the arts when the new wing of the Portland Museum of Art was built in 1983. She eagerly signed up for the museum docent program that was offered and served as a docent for a decade.

Rowan had no formal art education in college but over the years has taken numerous classes including a two-semester course in art history at USM and hands-on classes in drawing, painting, photography, calligraphy and others at MECA, SMCC and local community programs. Rowan and her husband moved to Portland in 1970 when the Old Port didn’t exist and MECA was a department store. Over the years they have witnessed an explosion of the art scene (with theaters, museums, galleries, festivals, architecture and music) which they support and participate in whenever they can. Rowan’s special interest now is art education through the schools as she had triplet sons and now seven grandchildren.


Cynthia Murray-Beliveau (Hallowell)

Cynthia has worked on developmental, educational, artistic and political endeavors for many years. Her artistic background includes experience as a production assistant for "Music From Maine," a program aired on National Public Radio, as a public school music teacher, as a member of the Advisory Committee on the Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and as the Chair of FORUM-A, an arts consortium between the University of Maine and local communities. She has worked in K-12 schools, both teaching and counseling and served on the boards of small liberal arts colleges and Maine’s University System. She has been an advocate for many causes for women and children, at the legislature, in public forums and as an international volunteer in Haiti, S. Africa, Honduras, and Kaoma, Zambia where she worked to support the needs of local residents in housing, food and health-care distribution systems.


Cynthia Orcutt (Kingfield)

Cynthia is currently the owner of the Schoolhouse Gallery in Kingfield, Maine and is a founding member and part of the leadership group for the High Peaks Cultural Coalition and the Franklin County Network of Networks. She is a ME licensed landscape architect and, with her architect husband John, co-founded Orcutt Associates and, subsequently, Orcutt Consulting in Portland, Yarmouth and Kingfield ME. 

Cynthia’s master planning and site designs emphasize cultural context, historical continuity, community and environmental fit, frequently incorporating usable outdoor open spaces. Prior to forming the Maine firms, Ms. Orcutt was a Senior Associate with the firm of Sasaki Associates in Watertown, MA. She has received numerous awards for outstanding site design of projects including Village-on-the-Green at Sugarloaf/USA, the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Samoset Village in Rockport, Maine and the Portland Public Market. 

She earned a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, and two Bachelor's degrees from State University of New York. Cynthia is also a trustee emeriti at Waynflete School.


Laurence H. Rubinstein (Scarborough)

Larry Rubinstein has lived in Maine since 2003. He currently serves as president of the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ and as president of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. He is also a trustee of the Portland Museum of Art, where he is chair of the development committee and the Bowdoin International Music Festival where he is also chair of the development committee. 

Larry has also served in a number of volunteer capacities at his Alma Mater, Columbia University. He earned both his master's and doctorate degrees from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where he was ordained a Rabbi. He currently serves on the Board of Surprise Lake Camp, a not-for-profit camp in upstate New York. He was President of the camp board during its 100th anniversary and chaired the capital campaign associated with that milestone. Larry and his wife, Robin, live in Scarborough and have two daughters and three grandsons. 


Heather Sincavage (Presque Isle)

Heather Sincavage is a mixed-media artist residing in Presque Isle, Maine. A transplant to Aroostook County from Pennsylvania, Heather joined the faculty at University of Maine at Presque Isle in 2011. She is an Assistant Professor of Fine Art and, in January 2012, she also became the Director of the Walter Reed Fine Art Gallery and University Collections. She is a dedicated community activist, looking for opportunities where art connects with community identity, unity, and change.

Her artwork has also been nationally and internationally received. Notably, she was awarded a full fellowship for a summer residency in Zaragoza, Spain in 2009 where her work continues to be exhibited under management with Artix Creativo Espacio. She has been awarded numerous Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grants, been funded to attend the Vermont Studio Center, and was a Spring 2010 Artist in Residence at Lehigh University. In May 2011, she was awarded the Outstanding Contributions to Visual Art Award by the Allentown Arts Commission, City of Allentown.

She received her B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and her M.F.A. from the School of Art, University of Washington in Seattle, WA.


Donald Tuski (South Portland)

Donald Tuski joined Maine College of Art as President in July 2010. Tuski received his undergraduate degree at Olivet and then earned both his master's degree and a doctorate in anthropology from Michigan State University. He built his academic career at Olivet, starting as a faculty member and assuming a variety of posts before serving as president for his last nine years at the college. He and his wife Louise live in Portland. They have two children attending colleges for the performing arts.