Executive Placements

Ray Cullom Tateuchi Center Executive Placement

Tateuchi Center Appoints Ray Cullom As CEO

14:41 16 July in Executive Placements

Tateuchi Center has selected Ray Cullom as CEO, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He will begin his full-time tenure on August 1, 2018. With more than 25 years of experience in the commercial and nonprofit arts industry, Mr. Cullom brings a wealth of knowledge in the development and supervision of arts venue construction and renovation projects. His previous renovation and development projects include the historic Theatre Row complex of five Off-Broadway theaters on 42nd Street in New York City; the Bethesda Theatre in the Washington, DC region; the 650,000-square-foot Zorlu Center for the Performing Arts in Istanbul, Turkey, which is now Europe’s largest multi-stage performing arts complex; and the 2,000-seat SIDC/North Bund Broadway Theater in Shanghai. The nonprofit Performing Arts Center Eastside (PACE) has been doing business as Tateuchi Center since receiving a naming gift from the Tateuchi Foundation. In making the announcement, PACE’s Chair of...

Kathleen Jameson James A. Michener Art Museum Michener Jameson

Kathleen V. Jameson Appointed Executive Director of the James A. Michener Art Museum

15:56 11 July in Executive Placements

The James A. Michener Art Museum (the Michener) has selected Dr. Kathleen V. Jameson as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She will begin her tenure on July 9, 2018. With a career spanning more than 25 years, Dr. Jameson has held leadership positions at or been affiliated with some of the most prestigious institutions in the United States, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; University of Houston; University of Delaware; and Delaware Art Museum. For the past seven years, she has served as President & CEO of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Jameson has authored numerous publications and curated many exhibitions that encompass a wide spectrum of artists, eras, and media. She is a National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program Fellow, member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), and serves as a peer...

Sarah Sullivan Museum of Latin American Art MOLAA Vice President of Development

Museum of Latin American Art Announces Sarah Sullivan As Its New Vice President of Development

19:02 05 July in Executive Placements

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) has selected Sarah Sullivan as its new Vice President of Development, following an international executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She will officially begin overseeing all aspects of MOLAA’s development operations on July 16, 2018. Ms. Sullivan has more than 20 years of experience in the arts and higher education. Since 2016 she has worked at Rhode Island School of Design, most recently serving as Senior Director, Institutional Engagement. During her tenure, she led the Institutional Engagement fundraising team, where she oversaw major gifts, annual fund, events, stewardship, and institutional giving. She also helped set, implement, and achieve the objectives outlined in the school’s strategic fundraising plan. Ms. Sullivan’s other senior level development roles included Chief Advancement Officer at Southern California Institute of Architecture; Executive Director of Development at California Institute of the Arts; Director, Campus Development Initiative at Art Center College...

Nathan Medd Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Banff Centre Managing Director of Performing Arts

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Appoints Nathan Medd As Managing Director of Performing Arts

20:22 02 July in Executive Placements

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Banff Centre) has selected Nathan Medd as Managing Director of Performing Arts, following an international executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group Canada (ACG). In his new role, Mr. Medd will oversee all of Banff Centre’s educational programmes and residencies in the performing arts. He will begin his tenure on August 27, 2018. One of Canada’s most accomplished arts leaders, Mr. Medd most recently served as Managing Director of English Theatre at the National Arts Centre, where he worked closely with the Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director to initiate the Department of Indigenous Theatre. He has also co-founded two studios that are key to performing arts creation and development on Canada’s west coast—The Metro Studio and Progress Lab 1422­. Located in Victoria, British Columbia, The Metro Studio is a vibrant venue for independent dance, theatre, and music. Vancouver’s Progress Lab 1422 is the...

Howard Bender Florida Grand Opera FGO Chief Development Officer

Florida Grand Opera Names Howard Bender As Chief Development Officer

14:20 02 July in Executive Placements

Florida Grand Opera (FGO) has selected Howard Bender as Chief Development Officer, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He will begin his tenure on July 9, 2018. With 18 years of experience in arts management, Mr. Bender has successfully secured new revenue streams and audiences as well as recruited new board members and major stakeholders in competitive marketplaces. He most recently held the role of Vice President at Virginia Opera, serving a board of 90 members. His efforts helped surpass contributed income goals by 15 percent in FY17 and by 7 percent in FY18. He also created new contributed revenue streams, such as the Adopt-a-School Program and the Virginia is for Opera Lovers tourism initiative. Prior to his time at Virginia Opera, he served as Director of Institutional Advancement and External Relations of the Castleton Festival, where he was chosen by Maestro Lorin Maazel to reconfigure and...

Gram Slaton- Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center WHBPAC

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Names Gram Slaton As Executive Director

14:34 26 June in Executive Placements

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (WHBPAC) has selected Gram Slaton as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). Beginning his tenure on July 16, 2018, he will be responsible for overseeing the programming, administration, fundraising, strategic planning, and overall operation of WHBPAC. Mr. Slaton brings nearly 25 years of experience as an Executive Director at numerous successful performing arts organizations to WHBPAC. Most recently, he oversaw the strategic planning, financial management, community projects, and fundraising for the 1,007-seat Grand Opera House in Macon, Georgia. From 2005 to 2014, he ran the iconic Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado. Mr. Slaton is also credited with producing and programming several highly publicized and successful festivals, including the Aspen RooftopComedy Festival/Aspen Laff Festival; Mountain Summit: Mountainfilm in Aspen, a documentary and advocacy festival; and the 7908 Aspen Songwriters Festival. He has programmed thousands of shows, working with some...

Ian Derrer The Dallas Opera General Director and CEO TDO

The Dallas Opera Names Ian Derrer As General Director and CEO

16:40 17 April in Executive Placements

The Dallas Opera (TDO) has selected Ian Derrer as its eighth General Director and CEO, following an executive search process supported by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He will begin his tenure in July 2018. A lifelong opera lover, he has worked professionally as a singer, Assistant Stage Manager, Stage Manager, and Director at influential regional and national companies, including Santa Fe Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Opera Carolina, Opera Pacific, and Washington National Opera. Mr. Derrer obtained international experience at the Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy, before taking on his first administrative position at New York City Opera in 2004. He later accepted a position as Rehearsal Administrator for Lyric Opera in Chicago. During his eight-year tenure, he rose through the ranks to serve as Director of Production and Head of the Rehearsal Department. For two years, Mr. Derrer served as TDO’s Artistic Administrator, where he worked on casting, production,...

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Angela Elster Vice President of the VSO School of Music & Community Programs

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Announces Angela Elster As Vice President of the VSO School of Music & Community Programs

17:37 06 April in Executive Placements

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) has selected Angela Elster as Vice President of the VSO School of Music & Community Programs, following an international executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group Canada (ACG). She began the newly created position on March 26, 2018 on a part-time basis and will assume her full-time duties on June 3, 2018. With more than 20 years of experience in music and arts education, research, and learning, Ms. Elster has succeeded in significantly expanding music programs and advocacy. Recognized as an expert in the field of music education, she has become a vital resource for expanding the impact, relevance, and effectiveness of music and arts programs across Canada. Ms. Elster most recently served as Interim Executive Director at the Coalition for Music Education Canada (CMEC), where she was charged with leading and expanding the reach of signature programs, such as Music Monday and Youth 4...

Pilchuck Glass School Names Christopher Taylor As Executive Director

20:17 13 March in Executive Placements

Pilchuck Glass School has selected Christopher (Chris) Taylor as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He will begin his tenure on April 9, 2018. Since 2011, Mr. Taylor has served as President of The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, where he was responsible for significant organizational growth, audience expansion efforts, and unprecedented fundraising successes. While leading the organization, The Clay Studio was featured in the Wallace Foundation report Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Arts Audiences, which highlighted its audience engagement efforts. Mr. Taylor has also held positions as Executive Director of the Holter Museum, a contemporary art museum in Montana; Associate Director of Three Rivers Arts Festival, a major arts festival in Pittsburgh; and Director of Community and Cultural Programs for the Center on Halsted, a community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and wellbeing of the LGBTQ people of...

Highland Center for the Arts Annie Houston Executive Director

Highland Center for the Arts Appoints Annie Houston As Executive Director

18:17 05 February in Executive Placements

The Highland Center for the Arts (HCA) has selected Annie Houston as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She began her tenure on January 22, 2018. A Vermont native, Ms. Houston most recently served as Program Officer at Boston’s Massachusetts Cultural Council. Since starting this role in 2011, she has created annual spending plans and timelines for programs and created cross-program initiatives to boost the organization’s efficacy while fostering relationships between the state’s 43 designated cultural districts, municipal government, and local stakeholders. She also helped design and facilitate a cultural district designation renewal process, built local parent support networks statewide for arts education advocacy, and represented programs and agencies at local, regional, and national meetings. Additionally, Ms. Houston has held the roles as General Manager at The Boston Camerata and as Administrative Director, Youth Chamber Program at Craftsbury Chamber Players. She holds a bachelor of...

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