AVA Gallery and Art Center Appoints Executive Director
AVA Gallery and Art Center (AVA) has selected Paul N. Anderson III, commonly known as Trip Anderson, as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He will begin his tenure on November 1, 2016. He will lead the organization following current Executive Director Bente Torjusen’s retirement after 30 years of service.
A trained artisan, art historian, and preservation architect, Mr. Anderson served as Grants Officer at the Worcester Art Museum for the past five years. During this time, he developed a highly successful grants program, served as the museum’s team leader in the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s UP initiative, and collaborated with the City of Worcester in leading the effort to attain the Commonwealth’s designation for Worcester’s Salisbury Cultural District. For the past 15 years Mr. Anderson has been very active in Eastman Community Association (ECA) volunteer governance. He has also served as Interim Clerk on the Town of Grantham’s Planning Board. Mr. Anderson is a past Chair of the New England Museum Associations’ (NEMA) Independent Museum Professional PAG and a current member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH), and the Association of Fund-Raising Professionals (AFP). He has served as an instructor and guest lecturer in visual arts and design communications at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, the Boston Architectural Center, Bemidji State University in Minnesota, and Northeast Wisconsin Technical college in Wisconsin. Mr. Anderson graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in fine arts.
In making the announcement, Board Chair H. Sloane Mayor said, “We could not be more pleased to have Trip joining us at AVA. When looking for a visionary leader, someone who could build on our successes and help guide us to the next level of sustainability in the Upper Valley, all signs pointed to Trip. AVA has so much momentum and excitement with the new Sculptural Studies Building about to open. Trip has the vision and background to work collaboratively with our staff, our board, and stakeholders to move our organization forward.”
“Through Bente’s and the board’s leadership, AVA Gallery and Art Center has achieved the stature and pedigree which make it a regional thought-leader for the arts and cultural community. I am excited about the opportunity to forge AVA’s next chapter, building its sustainable future in the Upper Valley,” said Mr. Anderson. “Success creates even greater opportunities. I feel honored to join a most capable team – creative and purpose driven — who are eager to guide AVA through its next phase and welcome ideas from the larger community to further build on AVA’s accomplishments.”
“Congratulations to AVA Gallery and Art Center and to Trip Anderson on this appointment,” said ACG Vice President Bill Melamed “ACG was honored to work with the staff, search committee, and board members of this important organization in the Upper Valley and is confident that Trip’s passion for the arts and extensive professional experience will help AVA secure its place as a leader within the arts community for years to come.”