Janet Dilenschneider, a Darien resident and fine art painter, has been appointed to join the Connecticut Arts Council, according to an announcement from Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk.

Duff praised Dilenschneider’s commitment to the arts community.

“Our thriving arts community is something that sets Connecticut apart from other states and makes the Nutmeg State truly special,” Duff said in making the announcement. “Jan’s deep love of art and unparalleled commitment to supporting artists will be a true asset to the council.”

Dilenschneider is known regionally for her landscape paintings, often drawing on subjects such Long Island Sound and other vistas near her Darien home. In July 2013 she enjoyed a successful show at the Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier which received positive reviews from American publications including Connoisseur Magazine and by Le Figaro in France.

She has also received awards from the National Academy of Design in New York City and the Silvermine Arts Center.

Dilenschneider’s charitable efforts have also been been recognized with the Helen Gratz Rockefeller Award by Family Centers Inc. in Greenwich. She received the Family Champion Award from the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies in 2013 and has served for nearly a decade on the Board of Catholic Charities of Fairfield County.

In 2014, she partnered with the International Institute of Education to develop and support the Scholar Rescue Program in the Arts, which provides fellowships and additional vital support for scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their home countries.

The Connecticut Arts Council is established within the Department of Economic and Community Development. The council includes 13 volunteer members appointed by the governor and legislative leaders for a maximum of two three- or four-year terms. The council consists of 11 voting members and two members who serve in an ex-officio, non-voting capacity. It is tasked with fostering and supporting the arts and establishing and managing a nonprofit foundation, the Connecticut Arts Council Foundation.