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Daniel Moylan O'Connell Named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who's Who

Mr. O'Connell has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fine arts industry
    PITTSFIELD, MA, September 07, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to name Daniel Moylan O'Connell a Lifetime Achiever. An accomplished listee, Mr. O'Connell celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Mr. O'Connell is a retired municipal official, and was celebrated as the cultural commissioner of the city of Pittsfield from 1983 to 2005, as well as a renowned artist in his own right. He is the founder of the of Lichtenstein Center for Arts in a donation to the city, named Number One Art Center in Mid Sized Cities by the Center for Art Research. Mr. O'Connell himself is primarily a painter, currently represented by Danette Koke Fine Art.

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts to Daniel Morgan and Anna Mildred O'Connell, Mr. O'Connell has served Pittsfield and Berkshire County all his life. He studied at the University of Iowa and founded the Lichtenstein Center fresh from earning a Master's degree in 1975. From 1976 to 1978 he was a vista volunteer for the city of Pittsfield developing arts programs for its Council on Aging. Mr. O'Connell served as the artistic and development director at Lichtenstein Center until 2005, almost his entire professional career, and has volunteered with the Berkshire Artisans for longer. In 1983, Mr. O'Connell was named cultural commissioner of the city, and two years later, he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has received a 1986 Design Award from the state of Massachusetts, and the next year he joined the board of directors for the Consortium of Local Art Agencies Massachusetts.

Mr. O'Connell founded the Berkshire Writer's Room in 1990, and helped to publish the Berkshire Review. Starting in 1996, he managed "The Studio," the media and performing arts center of Pittsfield for two years. Additionally, he has helped to manage the local public school radio station and founded the Black Cultural Center in 1992.

Due to benefactors like Mr. O'Connell, Pittsfield is now a thriving hub for the arts, named the "Brooklyn of the Berkshires." The Lichtenstein Center alone features a gallery, performance space, classes, a ceramic studio, a dark room, and nine artist studios, not to mention the headquarters for the Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development. Since retiring from the cultural commission in 2005, Mr. O'Connell has worked in Pittsfield as a consultant and lecturer, directed art education at the Hillcrest Education Center, and head of the department of fine art education at the juvenile resource center in the Berkshire County Sheriff's Department. He has been a leader with the Pittsfield Cultural Council, the Pittsfield Tourism Commission, the Pittsfield Mayor's First Night Commission, the Massachusetts Governor's Task Force on Community Education, the Public Cable Television Commission, the Boy's and Girl's Club of Pittsfield and the affiliated Alumni Association, Artscape, the Public Arts Board, the Downtown Pittsfield Arts and Entertainment Board, A.B.C.D.E. Incorporated, the Pittsfield Arts Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Massachusetts Arts Lottery Council.

Mr. O'Connell is the artist behind such works as "A Painted Place," "Under the Elms," and "Vietnam Memorial Lest We Forget." He has produced a number of larger artworks for the city, including a "To Serve and Protect" mural for the officers of the city, a mural in the Massachusetts Intermodel Transportation Center, and a mural for the hundredth anniversary of the Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club. He is a member of Beta Rho and Kappa Sigma. Mr. O'Connell was selected for inclusion in six volumes of Who's Who in the East and the 2006 volume of Who's Who in America. He enjoys drawing, photography, reading, and raising Afghan hounds.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Mr. O'Connell has been featured on the Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievers website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.

Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com.


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