Connie Bonfy is a graduate of Emporia State University (BFA) where she studied drawing/painting and art history. She holds a MA from Wichita State University focused on developing the arts in communities. She continues to study painting. In 2013 she was certified as a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.
Currently, Bonfy is painting “Waiting for the Bus,” an exhibition scheduled for spring 2015 that explores the bus system in Wichita and the people who ride. She serves as grant writer for Chamber Music at the Barn, Bartlett Arboretum and others as time permits. She teaches 1-2 art appreciation classes each semester for Butler Community College.
Previously, her career in arts management as an executive director has taken her from leading a small rural Kansas arts council; to Santa Fe, NM and the Desert Chorale—a professional chorus; to a metropolitan ballet company—Ballet Wichita; and more recently to Salina Arts and Humanities—a department of the City of Salina. Bonfy is grateful for such a diverse career that also includes serving as the head grant writer for two community colleges in Kansas and the performing arts presenter at one.
Bonfy was honored Kansas Governor Bill Graves with the Governor’s Arts Award in 2000 from for her lifelong committed work as an advocate for the arts. Connie lives with Lily (aka Lillian Russell) a Jack Russell Terrier in downtown Wichita, KS