Executive Placements

Peter Stephen Arnold Executive Director Yakima Valley Museum

Yakima Valley Museum Appoints Peter Stephen Arnold as Executive Director

17:27 20 November in Executive Placements

The Yakima Valley Museum has selected Peter Stephen Arnold as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on November 13, 2017. For nearly 10 years, Mr. Arnold served as President & Chief Executive Officer at the Genesee County Village & Museum in Mumford, New York. During his time there, he was responsible for all aspects of site management, developing a strategic master plan to guide the museum’s future development, and creating new entrepreneurial programs and revenue producing strategies. He also successfully orchestrated fundraising activities and solicited the largest gift in the museum’s history. From 2001 to 2007, he was Director of Old World Wisconsin, the largest living-history museum in the Midwest, where he oversaw all operations and budgeting. Mr. Arnold has also held roles as Director of the Fort Myers Historical Museum, Director of the Burroughs Home and The Imaginarium Science...

Jonathan Kaledin President and CEO Cape Arts & Entertainment Cape Symphony Cape Conservatory Cape Symphony & Conservatory

Cape Arts & Entertainment Names Jonathan Kaledin as President and CEO

12:00 12 October in Executive Placements

Cape Arts & Entertainment, home of the Cape Symphony and the Cape Conservatory, has selected Jonathan Kaledin as President and CEO, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He will begin his tenure on October 16, 2017. Mr. Kaledin is a lawyer and seasoned nonprofit executive with more than 30 years of extensive experience working in both government and the private sector. During his illustrious career, he has become one of the country’s noted public interest environmental executives. His leadership roles include Executive Director of the National Water Education/Funding Council, Executive Director of the Alliance for Water Stewardship, and Executive Vice President/General Counsel of Natural Systems Utilities. He has also served as New York Regional Counsel for The Nature Conservancy and General Counsel of Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A professionally trained cellist and musicologist, Mr. Kaledin played in the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston-based...

Bonnie Butkas Merrimack Repertory Theatre Executive Director

Merrimack Repertory Theatre Selects Bonnie Butkas as Executive Director

17:12 02 October in Executive Placements

Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) has selected Bonnie Butkas as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She will begin her tenure in Fall 2017. Ms. Butkas joins MRT from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where she served as Senior Director of Foundation Relations. In this role, she was responsible for leading the university’s strategic efforts to secure funding from private and family foundations. Under her guidance, RIT secured its first significant gifts from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Henry Luce Foundation. Prior to her time at RIT, she served as the Director of Development at Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York. During her tenure, Ms. Butkas oversaw five years of unprecedented growth in the company’s contributed income. She played a key role in a successful $10 million capital campaign to renovate the building and grow...

Lieven Bertels Director The Momentary Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Names Lieven Bertels as Director of the Momentary

19:30 07 September in Executive Placements

Following an international executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has selected Lieven Bertels as Director of the Momentary, an innovative arts venue under development in Bentonville, Arkansas. Supported by the Walton Family Foundation, the venue is an adaptive reuse project that will transform a decommissioned Kraft Foods plant into a multi-disciplinary space for visual and performing arts and an artist-in-residency program. Mr. Bertels will begin his tenure in late September 2017, with a goal of opening the facility in early 2020. A Belgian musicologist, Mr. Bertels hails from Amsterdam, where he was CEO and Cultural Director of Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018 European Capital of Culture, a year-long arts festival in the Netherlands focusing on the arts in a rural context. He has also held positions at the Sydney Festival, Concertgebouw Brugge, and the Holland Festival. The Sydney Festival in Australia garnered acclaim for its...

Wiley Hausam University of North Carolina School of the Arts Managing Director of Performance Facilities Executive Search Arts Consulting Group

University of North Carolina School of the Arts Announces Wiley Hausam as Managing Director of Performance Facilities

15:19 14 August in Executive Placements

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has selected Wiley Hausam as Managing Director of Performance Facilities, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on August 1, 2017. Most recently, Mr. Hausam served as Senior Artistic Advisor and Artistic & Executive Director at The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College, where he presented an acclaimed West End staging of Orwell’s 1984, the Knights, Aaron Neville, Rosanne Cash, Chita Rivera, and Matthew Morrison. He has previously served as Executive Director of Stanford Live and Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University, Executive Director of The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College (State University of New York), and Executive Director of the Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University. From 1999 to 2010, he worked as an independent producer, artist manager, and consultant, leading Wiley Hausam Associates LLC and...

Dana Knapp President & CEO ArtsKC Executive Search Executive Placement Arts Consulting Group

ArtsKC Names Dana Knapp as President & CEO

14:22 12 July in Executive Placements

ArtsKC has selected Dana Knapp as President & CEO, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She has served as Interim President & CEO since January 1, 2017 and will begin her new role immediately. Ms. Knapp has served as Director of Programs for the Mid-America Arts Alliance for nearly four years, overseeing all regional and national programs, including grant making, touring exhibitions, and professional development for arts professionals. She also led the development of a new strategic plan, establishing a revised repertoire of regional programs that serve arts organizations and artists. For nearly 20 years, she worked at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art as Director of Planning. During her tenure, she led the Bloch Building construction and the renovation of the Nelson-Atkins building, including oversight of the capital expansion and associated planning. She also served as leader of the exhibition design team and as a practicing...

Community Music Center of Boston The Music Center Lecolion Washington Executive Director Executive Placement Arts Consulting Group

Community Music Center of Boston Appoints Lecolion Washington as Executive Director

19:54 05 July in Executive Placements

Community Music Center of Boston (the Music Center) has selected Lecolion Washington as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He will begin his tenure in September 2017, succeeding David Lapin, the Music Center’s Executive Director for a record-breaking 34 years. An advocate for music as a means for social change, Mr. Washington currently serves as Co-Founder and Executive Director of the PRIZM Ensemble, a Memphis-based organization that builds a diverse community through chamber music education, youth development, and performance. Under his leadership, PRIZM has created community engagement and youth development programs such as the OMusic Project, a music program in the first African American neighborhood to be built by African Americans. He also oversaw the PRIZM in the Schools program and the PRIZM International Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Washington was later invited to join the Memphis Music Initiative (MMI) as Director of In-School Programs....

Gavin Farrell Executive Director Powers Music School Executive Placement Arts Consulting Group

Powers Music School Announces Gavin Farrell as Executive Director

19:47 07 June in Executive Placements

Powers Music School, located in Belmont, Massachusetts, has selected Gavin Farrell as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He will begin his tenure in August 2017, succeeding current Executive Director Helen Clapp Stevenson, who announced her retirement last fall. Dedicated to supporting music and arts within the community, Mr. Farrell brings 18 years of experience in teaching, financial management, program development, and operations to Powers Music School. He most recently spent two years as Executive Director of the Peabody Institute's Preparatory Division in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Farrell previously held various roles within the organization, including Interim Executive Director of the Preparatory Division and Academic Services Administrator. He also served on the faculty, teaching music theory. During his tenure at the Peabody Institute, he helped develop Pathways to Peabody, a program that provides financial aid to talented and dedicated musicians. Additionally, he worked with the...

Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute MWPAI President Executive Search Arts Consulting Group

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Names Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio as President

14:43 25 May in Executive Placements

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI) has selected Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio as President, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She will begin her tenure in August 2017, succeeding current President Anthony Spiridigloizzi, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Since 2012, Ms. D’Ambrosio has served as Museum of Art Director and Chief Curator at MWPAI. First joining the organization in 1989 as Curator of Decorative Arts, over the course of her career she has helped draw visitors to the Museum by staging numerous well-reviewed exhibitions and bringing world-renowned artworks to the Utica region. Prominent exhibitions have included “Shadow of the Sphinx: Ancient Egypt and Its Influence,” “Monet to Matisse,” and “The World Through His Lens: Steve McCurry Photographs.” She has also enhanced programming, actively engaged the community, significantly increased visitation, drawn new audiences, and helped educate thousands of school children. A nationally recognized scholar in 19th-century American decorative...

Dr. Ryan Garrison Artistic Director Children’s Chorus of San Antonio CCSA Executive Search Arts Consulting Group

Children’s Chorus of San Antonio Appoints Dr. Ryan Garrison as Artistic Director

14:42 25 May in Executive Placements

Children’s Chorus of San Antonio (CCSA) has selected Dr. Ryan Garrison as Artistic Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). The second artistic director in the organization’s 34-year history, Dr. Garrison has vast experience as a professional choral singer, conductor, and educator. He will begin his tenure in July 2017. Dr. Garrison most recently served as the Choral Director of Arizona School for the Arts in Phoenix, a school acknowledged as a national model for exemplary education gained through intense emphasis on studies in the performing arts. Dr. Garrison has also maintained an active schedule of clinic and guest conducting appearances in Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Dr. Garrison has been a singing member of the Phoenix Chorale since 2005. With the ensemble, Dr. Garrison is credited on four albums garnering six Grammy nominations and two Grammy wins, including “Best Choral Performance”...

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